i5-750 vs. i7-860

Discussion in 'iMac' started by BreadMaster, Jul 30, 2010.

  1. BreadMaster macrumors member

    Jul 30, 2010
    I'm going to be buying a new iMac, (well, new for me - discounted last-gen refurb), and I reeeeeally want to be running Wii and GC games at full speed at enhanced resolutions (Dolphin Emulator).

    I had this in mind - http://store.apple.com/us/product/FB953?mco=MTM3NDgzNjY

    But then there's this - http://store.apple.com/us/product/G0GF0LL/A?fnode=Njc4MjQzOQ&mco=MTcxNTM3Mzk

    I would kill for an i7, but I simply don't have the cash - is it reeeeally worth it? What kind of performance boost would that give me, in terms of fps in Brawl at 720p? (Under a 64-bit Windows build of Dolphin, OS X revisions blow!)

    $170 is a hefty chunk of dough - and I'd gladly spend that much to upgrade sometime down the road - but that's just not possible. Financing isn't an option, and I'm already going $100 in debt with it the i5 as it is.

    I don't have a job (well, full time) - I don't have a credit card, I'm in school, so the purchase will have to go through my mom (she's cool with it, as long as I pay her up front). I have $1490, and I won't be getting any money until December (Christmas). I can squeeze up to the i5, but I feel the i7 is pushing it. An extra $210 + tax is out of my reach, and I don't have anything else to sell (I'm craigslisting my MBP, 22' Monitor, and Magic Mouse as it is to get to where I am now)

    Plus! Hilarious bonus conversations I had with Apple Store Chat! (Just for kicks - he just told me stuff I already knew, but I'd hoped he might sway me one way or another)

  2. Hellhammer Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 10, 2008
    Games won't really benefit from Hyper-Threading which is the main difference between i5 and i7, so i5 should be just fine
  3. hl450 macrumors member

    May 18, 2010
    I just cancelled my order for i7 refurb.. I think i5 is gonna be just as fine for your need and mine as well.

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