i5 or i7?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by andrew086, Apr 15, 2010.

  1. andrew086 macrumors regular

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    I am planning on purchasing a new MacBook Pro soon, but I was wondering if I should just go for the base model 15" or get the high end with the i7 and 512mb of vRAM. I was planning on using the computer for HD video editing and playing some Left 4 Dead when Steam comes out for Mac. Would the i5 and 256mb of vRAM work or should I go for the higher end?
     
  2. swish2351 macrumors 6502

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    If you can afford it, DEFINITALLY go with the high end i7, get 7200rpm. It will make your HD video editing a LOT easier, and it will play games MUCH smoother without lagging.
     
  3. andrew086 thread starter macrumors regular

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    I have decided I don't really care which processor it is - but now I'm wondering if I should get 512mb vRAM or 256mb. I heard that the 9600m was only able to handle 256mb?? Will I notice a difference between 512mb and 256mb (or would it be worth $500)
     
  4. m85476585 macrumors 65816

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    Do you play games (in bootcamp) or do anything GPU-intensive? If not or if you don't know, you probably won't notice a difference. I'd say it's not worth the extra money (unless you have a good reason that you need it).
     

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