MPB i5 vs. MPB i7 - worth the extra cash?

JepperMAC

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Feb 17, 2010
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I've already ordered a MPB, but it has not been shipped yet. It's the one with 2.53Ghz i5 processor. I've upgraded the harddrive to 7200rpm and the screen to a higher resolution as well. It's around 2672US dollars in my country.
To me, that is a huge amount of money, but then i got thinking if it would be foolish if i didn't just spent the extra 270US dollars for the upgraded 15 inch model with i7 CPU and twice as big graphics? That would mean the total price is around 2905US dollars.
But would that be completely insane? Or is it worth getting the i7 CPU and twice as big graphics?
Or am i going to be fine with what i've already ordered?
 

Nuak

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Oct 29, 2009
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You are going to be fine with the 2.4GHz i5 and probably wouldn't appreciate the small performance advantage of the other systems. Otherwise you wouldn't be asking for advice and your decision would be already made.

If it is a huge amount of money for you, there are millions of better ways to spend the extra cash. I promise.
 

Hellhammer

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Depends on what you do but IMO the 2.4GHz i5 is the biggest bang for your buck. Those few extra MHz aren't that important, at least for me.
 

expost

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Apr 13, 2010
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No it's not. The i5 is the most cost-effective processor in comparison to the i7. Stick with the i5 if you don't do a lot of heavy mathematical lifting. Spend on SSD or more RAM, will deliver more bang for buck.
 

JepperMAC

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Feb 17, 2010
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Okay, so i should just keep the one i have already ordered? And not worry about the i7 CPU or the better graphics?
 

King Apple

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I would personally get the base 2.4 ghz i5. Its plenty fast. The 2.53ghz is really a waste, its not much faster than the 2.4 ghz..

If i was you, i would have 2 choices.

2.4ghz i5 (recommended for daily use)
2.66ghz i7 (recommended for heavy use)

Depending on what you do and the budget you have, make a choice.
 

mt229431

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Apr 13, 2010
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Okay, so i should just keep the one i have already ordered? And not worry about the i7 CPU or the better graphics?
I'd like an answer to this too. I was pretty much sold on the base 15", but I read a post that said Starcraft 2 will require a 512MB card to run at full graphics. I'd like to get an i5 with the upgraded card, but alas that isn't an option. So is the top 15", with the i7 and 512MB card worth it?
 

modular

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Apr 10, 2009
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i agree the difference wouldn't be that great and you should just go with the i5 if you aren't sure.
I did end up getting an i7 though - I needed to buy the laptop in-store (tax reasons) and I wanted the high-res anti-glare screen. they only stock the stores with the antiglare in the i7 model. More than the i7 though, i think i'll appreciate the extra vram the most.
 

amjustice

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I will throw my hat in the ring for the other side of the argument.

If its a machine you are going to keep for awhile and you are going to be doing processer intense things on it (Gaming, Photoshop, Video, etc) then it might be worth the upgrade.
 

JepperMAC

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Feb 17, 2010
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I am having serious doubt. But let me put it like this; would you choose
2.53GHz Intel Core i5
4GB 1066MHz DDR3 SDRM - 2x2GB
500GB Serial ATA Drive @ 7200
SuperDrive 8X DL
MBP 15" HR Glossy WS Display
Geforce 330 256mb

Price: 2671 USD

Or

# 2.66GHz Intel Core i7
# 4GB 1066MHz DDR3 SDRAM - 2x2GB
# 500GB Serial ATA Drive @ 5400 rpm
# SuperDrive 8x (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
# MacBook Pro 15-inch Glossy Widescreen Display
Geforce 330 512mb

Price: 2743 USD
 

jozu

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Mar 4, 2010
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I am having serious doubt. But let me put it like this; would you choose
2.53GHz Intel Core i5
4GB 1066MHz DDR3 SDRM - 2x2GB
500GB Serial ATA Drive @ 7200
SuperDrive 8X DL
MBP 15" HR Glossy WS Display
Geforce 330 256mb

Price: 2671 USD

Or

# 2.66GHz Intel Core i7
# 4GB 1066MHz DDR3 SDRAM - 2x2GB
# 500GB Serial ATA Drive @ 5400 rpm
# SuperDrive 8x (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
# MacBook Pro 15-inch Glossy Widescreen Display
Geforce 330 512mb

Price: 2743 USD
the 1st one for sure
 

Alphakline

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Nov 30, 2003
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I am having serious doubt. But let me put it like this; would you choose
2.53GHz Intel Core i5
4GB 1066MHz DDR3 SDRM - 2x2GB
500GB Serial ATA Drive @ 7200
SuperDrive 8X DL
MBP 15" HR Glossy WS Display
Geforce 330 256mb

Price: 2671 USD

Or

# 2.66GHz Intel Core i7
# 4GB 1066MHz DDR3 SDRAM - 2x2GB
# 500GB Serial ATA Drive @ 5400 rpm
# SuperDrive 8x (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
# MacBook Pro 15-inch Glossy Widescreen Display
Geforce 330 512mb

Price: 2743 USD
Really it boils down to the graphics because that would be the main difference. 256 or 512. Are you a heavy gamer in windows and Maybe Mac soon with Steam coming? If so then go with the 512 which is the i7 version. Also for my preference I would have to have the hi res display as im already used to 1680x1050 with my desktop and the 512 for my games.
 

Apple Expert

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Jan 31, 2010
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I am having serious doubt. But let me put it like this; would you choose
2.53GHz Intel Core i5
4GB 1066MHz DDR3 SDRM - 2x2GB
500GB Serial ATA Drive @ 7200
SuperDrive 8X DL
MBP 15" HR Glossy WS Display
Geforce 330 256mb

Price: 2671 USD

Or

# 2.66GHz Intel Core i7
# 4GB 1066MHz DDR3 SDRAM - 2x2GB
# 500GB Serial ATA Drive @ 5400 rpm
# SuperDrive 8x (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
# MacBook Pro 15-inch Glossy Widescreen Display
Geforce 330 512mb

Price: 2743 USD
Option 2, but with the High Res Screen. If you plan on keeping this for a while, might as well get the most right now. My motto is "Go Big or Go Home". :D
 

wirelessmacuser

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Dec 20, 2009
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Okay, so i should just keep the one i have already ordered? And not worry about the i7 CPU or the better graphics?
The deciding factor is what you will be using it for. In my case I went with a Core i7 with 512 Vram as I do resource intensive 3D Aerospace design. For the average user, what you've chosen is excellent. Enjoy it! :)
 

swish2351

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Feb 28, 2010
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Michigan
I've already ordered a MPB, but it has not been shipped yet. It's the one with 2.53Ghz i5 processor. I've upgraded the harddrive to 7200rpm and the screen to a higher resolution as well. It's around 2672US dollars in my country.
To me, that is a huge amount of money, but then i got thinking if it would be foolish if i didn't just spent the extra 270US dollars for the upgraded 15 inch model with i7 CPU and twice as big graphics? That would mean the total price is around 2905US dollars.
But would that be completely insane? Or is it worth getting the i7 CPU and twice as big graphics?
Or am i going to be fine with what i've already ordered?
Not worth it i5 is good
 

JepperMAC

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Feb 17, 2010
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Yea, but i am having serious doubt.. Really not sure wether or not i should choose the more expensive one. But i really want a faster drive and the better display.
 

Mark Booth

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Jan 16, 2008
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The timid, cautious and meek should stick with the slower machine. Maybe get a Core 2 Duo at a discontinued/discounted price. Save the i7 machines for the bold, adventurous and brave Mac enthusiasts. :)

Mark
 

Linkzi

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Mar 27, 2010
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If you are unsure, then get the i5 and save money. If you know you must have the fastest, then the i7. In your case and 90% of computer users, the i5 is more than enough.
 

JepperMAC

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Feb 17, 2010
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So you're saying that i should keep the i5? I shoul prefer the faster drive and higher resolution, instead of the i7 and the better graphics?
 

Hellhammer

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Dec 10, 2008
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So you're saying that i should keep the i5? I shoul prefer the faster drive and higher resolution, instead of the i7 and the better graphics?
It would be easier to help if you told us what you gonna do with it. Gaming? Pro apps?

CPU upgrade is unnoticeable for majority of people but faster drive and better res is something that everyone will notice
 

MrBrekke

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Oct 1, 2009
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As i understand ts said he would play games on it. then the GPU is the main component. if you can afford it go for the top 15" and high res display. that is the best you can get if gaming is the most important for you. but then i would advice not to get a mac in the first place if it is only for gaming.
 

cluthz

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Jun 15, 2004
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I was torn between the 2.2Ghz with 128MB graphics and the 2.4Ghz with 256MB back in 2007. The difference was ~$250 if I'm not mistaken. Today I don't regret it at all that i choose the cheapest. The $250 was later on spent upping memory and HD.
If you have the computer for 2-3 years I think you are better off buying the cheapest model, and in a years time bump RAM to 8GB and buy an new SSD, that will probably cost you the difference between the models. The only thing I would upgrade if it's a matter to you is the screen.
 

JepperMAC

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Feb 17, 2010
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No I'm not going to game on it, just going to use it for watching movies, listening to music and stuff like that. But once in a while I would like playing a new. And a fairly new one.
I'm planning on keeping this mac for 5-6 years, so I just wanna make sure I'm not making the wrong decision.
 

chikit

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Dec 24, 2009
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No I'm not going to game on it, just going to use it for watching movies, listening to music and stuff like that. But once in a while I would like playing a new. And a fairly new one.
I'm planning on keeping this mac for 5-6 years, so I just wanna make sure I'm not making the wrong decision.
Stop faffin about and just buy the i5. You don't have high requirements, and you definitely won't be able to notice a difference between the two in processor speed. What you WILL notice is the 7200RPM HDD improvement and the Hi-Res screen. Its a no brainer. Now stop dilly dallying.
 
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