intel core i5 2.3 vs 2.4, $100 difference, which one?

9Benua

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Aug 20, 2011
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Hi guys,

I'm going to buy a 13 inch mbp for my gf. BB offered the 2.3 mbp $100 cheaper than the 2.4. Looking at the specs, it looks the only difference are 2.3 vs 2.4 and 320gb vs 500gb. Since I will upgrade the hd (750 gb 7200 rpm) and memory (8gb RAM) by myself, the hard drive difference is a non factor.

I think I know the answer already but will the difference between 2.3 vs 2.4 in processor will be noticeable?

Are there any other difference beside the hard drive and processor which I missed?
 

TheJing

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I would just get the 2.3 one. With the 100 dollars you save you get the RAM for "free" plus you get money over to buy the hard drive.

No brainer for me.
 

Sonhascome

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Yea unless she's doing some hard core video editing I'd just go with the 2.3 ghz, you probably won't really notice much of a difference.
 

Naimfan

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Hmmmm . . . I wrote up the differences between the two on a thread here. The bottom line is that if you have a 2.3, keep it, if not, the 2.4 offers better value based on the 500 GB hard drive, ever-so-slightly faster processor, and having SATA 3 on the optical drive bay.

Keep in mind that you can sell off the 500 GB hard drive from the 2.4 for anywhere from $60-80, which erases most of the price difference if you're going to change the hard drive anyway.

Alternatively, you could get a refurb 2.3 for $929. If I were to go the 2.3 route, that's what I'd do.
 

Mersailios

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If you're planning on swapping out the hard disk and upgrading the memory yourself then I would recommend purchasing the 2.3 GHz MacBook Pro, as you're not going to see much of a difference between the two and you'll be saving a bit of money that you can put towards upgrading the hard disk and memory.

Have a great day. :)
 

jjahshik32

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Sep 4, 2006
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I saw that same specs at my local best buy last night, I believe the 2.3GHz model was priced at $1034.99 or something close to that.

Anyways, if you have a local microcenter, they have the 2.3GHz 13" mbp for $999 about $38-$40 cheaper. I thought it was a bit funny, I really hate best buy.
 

9Benua

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Aug 20, 2011
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I saw that same specs at my local best buy last night, I believe the 2.3GHz model was priced at $1034.99 or something close to that.

Anyways, if you have a local microcenter, they have the 2.3GHz 13" mbp for $999 about $38-$40 cheaper. I thought it was a bit funny, I really hate best buy.
Thanks for the respond guys, I'll get bestbuy to price match the microcenter offers :D
 
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