iMac i5 or i7 - some questions

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  1. Naxul macrumors newbie

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    Well, I recently bought a MacBook Pro after the last refresh and I love it for it mobility. But if at home I really like to work behind a desktop. Im thinking of buying an iMac but I do now know if I should buy the i5 or i7. When I ordered my MBP I choose the i7. Is the i5 in the iMac twice as fast as the MBP i7?

    Will i5 do fine or is it smart to order a i7 for these tasks:
    • MSN (Almost every day)
    • Itunes (Every day)
    • Firefox and/or Chrome (Every day)
    • Photoshop CS5 and/or Illustrator CS5 (Almost everyday)
    • Textmate (Almost everyday)
    • FTP program (Almost everyday)
    Im not planning to do some serious gaming but maby Ill try it for fun :p
    Well im almost sure the answer will be i5 but isn't smart to order the i7 because it "only" 170€ more? or will it be better in my case to double the RAM and not update the chip?

    Thanks for the information.
     
  2. TheBritishBloke macrumors 68030

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    I5 will be fine. But if you can spend the extra $200 for the i7 I say do it just to future proof yourself.
     
  3. ucsb2002 macrumors newbie

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    I had the same dilema and decided to go with the i7 since we plan on keeping this iMac for about 5 years. i7 has hyper threading so when more applications in the future take advantage of the multi-core processors it will be good to have. Plus, the extra cost for the i7 is minimal compared to what the i5 cost already.
     
  4. Naxul thread starter macrumors newbie

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    4gb of RAM will be enough anyway for these jobs?

    Thanks for answering guys.
     
  5. TheBritishBloke macrumors 68030

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    Should be fine. You could buy a 2x2GB kit and stick it in there along with the 4GB that's already in there. Cheap to do and gives a nice performance boost.
     
  6. ucsb2002 macrumors newbie

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    Should be enough. However you can always pick up 4 GB of Crucial RAM pretty cheap if you find that you need more. That's what I plan on doing when the iMac arrives.
     
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    You could just get an external monitor, keyboard and mouse to make your MBP a desktop. Will cost a lot less plus all your files are in one computer (makes it a lot easier). If you really want an iMac, I give my vote for refurb i7, it's amazing value and the upgraded GPU won't make difference for you
     
  9. freiheit macrumors 6502a

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    should be fine

    I'm running on a 2006 Mac Pro (4x2.66GHz) with 5GB of RAM and it's still running like a champ under MacOS X 10.6.4. I do much the same as the apps you listed (minus PhotoShop but plus video encoding and occasional editing in Final Cut Express). An i5 with 4GB of RAM is 2 or 3 revisions more refined than the processors in my Mac Pro so yeah, that should do nicely for the apps you mentioned.

     

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