Core2duo vs Core i5

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  1. Icanhazmacbook macrumors newbie

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    Hi, im buying a MacBook pro open box from a store by me called Micro Center.
    They have two ones I'm interested in:

    $750 - 15.4" MacBook pro w/ C2D 2.66 ghz Model Number MB985LL/A

    $800 - 13.3" MacBook pro w/ Core i5 2.4 ghz Model Number MD313LL/A

    Also please don't say buy a new or a refurb MacBook, because it is too much for my budget.

    Thanks :)
     
  2. Jessica Lares macrumors G3

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    The Core i5 is much, much, much newer, and much better.
     
  3. Icanhazmacbook thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I know it is newer, i only do photo editing occasionally and school work, will I benefit a lot from the i5?

    Thanks
     
  4. Hrududu macrumors 68020

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    I think the real question here is whether or not you would benefit from the larger screen & dedicated graphics more than a little horsepower.
     
  5. Jessica Lares macrumors G3

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    Yes.

    The C2D is from 2009, and the i5 is from 2011 (It's the same model I have).

    I don't know what software you're going to use to do photo editing, but Photoshop works really well on the i5.
     
  6. srsub3 macrumors 6502

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    two year difference for a computer is huge.... hands on the i5!
     
  7. Crzyrio macrumors 65816

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    Small screen is a quick fix with an external monitor, but you cant fix a C2D. 100% go for the i5, it is a fairly big jump in processing power.
     
  8. yusukeaoki macrumors 68030

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  9. throAU macrumors 601

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    To give you an idea, a core i3 benchmarks about the same speed as a Core 2 Q6600 quad core (yes, multi-threaded).

    An i5 is much faster.
     
  10. keekl macrumors regular

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    Agreed and wouldn't think twice about it:cool:
     
  11. vladster macrumors member

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    Around a year ago I upgraded from MacBook 2009 white C2D 4G RAM to MacBook Pro i5 4G RAM.

    One particular CPU intensive project that I've been working on and transferred to a new laptop became ~2 times faster. So, it almost feels like the difference in speed between these two processors is proportional to number of cores.
     

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