Core I5 or Core I7

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  1. police340 macrumors regular

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    I will be buying a iMac this weekend. I have put up my 17" 2011 MacbookPro for sale. I am trying to determine which one I should get. Money is not the object although it will make a difference in what I do.

    Up until six months ago, I was a die hard WIndows user for 30 years although my first computer was an Apple II+. My processing consists of usual word processing, some documents for business, and about 20,000 photographs. I have Adobe CS5 but am not versed in most of the programs. I was tempted to get the most, Core I7 with 3.4GHz and add RAM to it later. If I get the I5 and add RAM to it later, I could use the savings and maybe put toward an MacAir for the very rare times that I do travel or want something to take with me. As I said my processing requirements are light so wondering which way to go?

    I appreciate all the suggestions in this board that I have already read and look forward to new ones.

    Thank you,
    Bill
     
  2. electricdreams macrumors member

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    core 2 duo would still work for most things, i5 would be enough!
     
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    The i5 should be plenty unless you plan on doing a lot of heavy video editing.
     
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    Ram is cheap and easy to swap yourself - Apple marks it up big time.

    Spend the $ on a better processor, GPU or another computer. Buy the ram when you need it via 3rd party, and feel better when you realize how easy it was to DIY.
     
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  6. police340 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Core I5 or I7

    Hello,

    Thanks for the comments already. I did not realize there were two Core I5's . 2.7 or 3.1 . There is a three hundred dollar difference. Any big difference in the two i5's?

    Thanks agin,
    Bill

     
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    The only difference is the CPU speed. If you will be using it for normal, non-intense uses, save your money and the less expensive one.
     

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