Buying advice: i5 worth the upgrade?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by originalvector, Aug 19, 2010.

  1. originalvector macrumors member

    Aug 26, 2007
    Considering upgrading from a 15" MBP with 2.4ghz C2D 4gb to an iMac. Would there be a noticeable difference going to the base 21.5" iMac?

    I am a professional web developer, using a text editor (textmate) and Creative Suite 3 for design all day. I don't do much photo editing, just resizing and cropping when putting them into a web layout.

    My current MBP has performed brilliantly so I know the i3 will be sufficient for what I currently use. But my question is, should I consider upgrading to the i5 if I'm planning on keeping this for a few years?

    The base 21.5" seems like the best bang for your buck, because to go up to a 21.5" with an i5 brings the cost to around 1500.

    If I get the base 21.5 and sell the iPod touch (student), my total cost is only 1080 or so.
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    I don't think you'd see significant time savings or performance gains.
  3. Hellhammer Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 10, 2008
    The base is just fine, an i5 might be a second or two faster in some tasks

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