mid 2012 i5 vs i7 advice

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  1. mark1239, Aug 5, 2013
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    mark1239 macrumors newbie

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    I'm going to buy a new laptop in few hours having instant need of it, it has to be a long term purchase(4+ years), but I don't know if the 13 inch(I need a 13 inch one) i7 worths the difference of price with the i5 one.

    what I intend to do is: browsing, video streaming, netbeans, web programming(from web sites to web applications), xcode, aperture(not very frequently), and having an external monitor I intend to make an intense use of a virtual machine during the previous operations.

    The questions are:

    - the 13'' base (i5, 4gb ram) is sufficient for my purpose?
    - Will I have significant advantages with the i7 one?
    - Is a good idea to buy the 13 base one and install 8gb ram and a 256gd ssd instead of buy the 13'' i7 one?

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. maflynn Moderator

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    I'd go with the 256GB SSD and 8GB of ram over choosing the i7. I think those options will give you more bang for your buck then getting the i7. Just my $.02
     
  3. kodeman53 macrumors 65816

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    Unlimited funds, then get the i7.
    Limited funds, the advice has not changed from the first MBA, or any computer;

    1. Get enough hard drive/ssd space.
    2. Memory.
    3. Processor.
     
  4. mark1239, Aug 5, 2013
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    mark1239 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks both for answering, funds cover the i7 one, I'm just trying to understand if for my usage I will have some advantage or if I will just buy something more (hyper-threading, more cpu cache, more frequency) that I will never use.
     
  5. kodeman53 macrumors 65816

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    Most people will never use a faster CPU. Yes, it might be nice to use, should your requirements change in the future, but there are better ways to spend $$$, e.g., max out memory and increase storage space.
     

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