i5 or i7?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by stapleyarts, Feb 9, 2010.

  1. stapleyarts macrumors newbie

    Feb 9, 2010
    Is the i7 worth it? I am a graphic designer and I illustrate digitally so speed and performance matters. Is the i7 much better than the i5?
  2. Jhanson09 macrumors regular

    Feb 24, 2009
    kansas city, mo
    i7 is definitely better than i5, although the i5 is still a pretty solid processor. is this going to be in a laptop or desktop? i7 eats up battery life.
  3. slicecom macrumors 68020

    Aug 29, 2003
    Toronto, Canada
    The processor isn't used very intensively in most graphic design work. You'd be better off getting an i5 with an extra 4GB of RAM as RAM is much more important than CPU power when working with programs like Photoshop. If you're editing video, then I'd think about the i7.
  4. HLdan macrumors 603


    Aug 22, 2007
    +1, OP, take this advice. :)
  5. donster28 macrumors 65816

    Oct 5, 2006
    Great White North
    i5 for your purpose should do.

    Heck, I edit and encode video and I will be happy with an i5. Save the $200 bucks for more RAM or a 4 SATA disc enclosure (this is just me).:)
  6. chrismacguy macrumors 68000

    Feb 13, 2009
    United Kingdom
    +1 on the i5 - heck I still do my Graphic Design on my G4/450 in Photoshop CS, Illustrator CS and InDesign CS (Yes, this is a pimped G4, but still, its a G4)
  7. Spike88 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 25, 2010

    Two options to consider....

    Graphic designer as a hobby? If so, I'm sure the i5 with extra RAM will do the trick (for today's needs). Being a hobby, one doesn't mind waiting 10ths of seconds extra.

    If graphic designer as a "professional" (especially if running your own company), then get the i7 with more advanced graphic card. For depreciation costs for this tool, buy the highest model i7 iMac under your business name. And if a business tool, get "the business" to buy lots of RAM for your future iMac "tool" as well.

    Always size "the tool" for 2-3 years from now - not for today's processing needs. Especially if you see graphic design apps becoming "processor hogs" in the future...

    Hope these other considersations help as well...


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