i5 vs i7 for Logic/Addictive Drums/Soft Synth

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by jerrydpi, Apr 23, 2013.

  1. jerrydpi macrumors member

    Apr 4, 2013
    Hi guys,

    A situation has come up (again!) that I need your advise on.

    Thanks to all your previous input, I went with the i5 with 8Gb and a 500GB 5400 RPM Hard Drive.

    If I keep it, I'm going to put a new Samsung 840 Pro 256GB SSD in it, and replace the Super Drive with the 500GB Hard Drive I am swapping out.

    It needs to be brought up that I haven't purchased the 840 Pro yet, so I still have to spend $200.00 to buy one.

    As previously stated, all I'm going to use the MBP for is writing original songs, using Logic, Addictive Drums and eventually a Soft Synth.

    The most I will ever record simultaneously is two track at a time, as I will eventually bring what I've recorded at home to a larger Studio to add the additional tracks.

    I need to move on, so this is my last request for all of you to help me on this, but it's ironic that the following has come up (it will probably come up again and again, so that's why I need to put this dog to rest!).

    Through my various connections, I have found a local friend that I used to play in a band with that wants to sell me his mint condition, late 2012 13" MacBook Pro i7 that has 16GB RAM and a 256GB Samsung 830 SSD in it (it doesn't have 500GB Hard Drive in it, I found out he sold it a few months ago).

    His i7 will run out of the Apple Warranty in December, and my i5 has two more months on the Apple Warranty and two years of the Full Apple Care Warranty after that.

    For the price I can probably get by selling my i5 (without adding the 840 Pro), he's willing to sell me his i7 for basically the same price.

    My heads going in circles now!!!

    It boils down to (the i5 or the i7) Apple Care, no Apple Care, 8GB RAM or 16GB RAM, a brand new Samsung 840 Pro 256GB SSD (that I have not bought yet) or a used Samsung 830 256GB SSD, etc!!!!

    It needs to be brought up that if the i5 didn't have the two year Apple Care left on it, that the choice would be a LOT easier!

    So my question is, what would you do (which computer would you go for, and why)?

  2. B... macrumors 68000


    Mar 7, 2013
    Hello again!

    Let's look at retail prices...

    1) i5 with 8 GB RAM and regular drive AND Applecare: $1200+$40 (for 4 GB more RAM)+$250 (for AppleCare)= $1410

    2) i7 with 16 GB RAM, 256 SSD:$1500+$60 (for 8 GB more RAM)+$200 for SSD-$70 (for selling the HDD)=$1690

    So, technically, the i7 is a far better deal. However, if you have no use for the i7 and the extra 8 GB of RAM, just stick with the computer you have. The AppleCare is just a plus. You will add an SSD, so that is $200 more. In reality, you will be putting in more money for a worse system (if you buy the 840 SSD (which is just fine compared to the 840) and if you don't really need the 500 GB HDD).

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