Guys help 13'' i5 or i7

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  1. scmarcos macrumors member

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    I am still deciding between the two 13'' models.
    I would do a lot of office, SPSS, with little photoshop and some minor video editing!
    Do you thing the difference in performance worth the 300 euros of difference?
     
  2. Mik3F macrumors 6502

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    Base will be fine for you. You could put the extra savings towards getting 8gb ram
     
  3. Naimfan macrumors 68040

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  4. scmarcos thread starter macrumors member

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    DO you think the high end would perform better with Lion OSx or worth more when selling back?
     
  5. Mik3F macrumors 6502

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    Doubt it to be honest, you may get a little extra when selling it but that all depends on when you sold it.

    What do you currently have?
     
  6. Naimfan macrumors 68040

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  7. scmarcos thread starter macrumors member

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    I have 1200-1400 euros
     
  8. Mik3F macrumors 6502

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    I meant what PC / Mac do you currently have

    Still stand by my Base model comment with or without the additional ram
     
  9. scmarcos thread starter macrumors member

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    I have a netbook SAMSUNG NF210
    with ATOM 550
    2gb
    SSD 64gb

    and a

    HP DV6
     
  10. DudeMartin macrumors regular

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    Take the i5. Invest the 300 Euro/Dollar difference in either 8GB RAM or SSD, that will be significantly more noticeable compared to i7.

    Also, the i7 machine will probably run hotter, which is never good.
     
  11. scmarcos thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks! I will probably order a i5!!! Do you think that parallel desktop will perform much better with the i7 than i5???
     
  12. DudeMartin macrumors regular

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    That's more RAM-based than processor-based. In fact, i5 and 8GB RAM will perform MUCH better using Parallel than an i7 using 4GB RAM. The virtual machine is created and stored in your RAM when you're using programs like Parallel, and a whole operating system can take up like 3GB of RAM. So with only 4GB you'd be operating on like a 1GB system, where as with 8GB you'd have 5GB of RAM left. Now I don't need to explain the difference in performance between 1GB RAM and 5GB RAM :)

    If that's not convincing enough, if you buy an i5 and configure it with a 500GB hard drive (compared to 320GB default) and 8GB RAM, it will cost $1449, where as the stock i7 costs $1499. And those build-to-order options are from Apple, you can pick those upgrades up aftermarket for like 50% less.
     
  13. applefanDrew macrumors 65816

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    I got the i7 with an SSD. No complaints here. The SSD is more noticeable for speed improvements but the i7 process things in a breeze :D duh. lol
     

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