Need Help Deciding on a Processor

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Ride., Dec 21, 2010.

  1. Ride. macrumors newbie

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    Hey guys!

    In short, I'm debating between two processors: 3.06GHz Core2Duo and 2.53GHz Core i5. Both laptops are brand new, and both are utilizing a 256GB SSD along with 4GB RAM, same graphics card, etc etc.

    Essentially, my main debate here is over my use of the Final Cut Pro/Express program. I will first be purchasing FCE due to monetary constraints, but should quickly be acquiring FCP. Which processor would be more sutiable for handling somewhat extensive (I'm not making a movie here) use of FCE/P? Also, will the difference be marginal?

    Which would win-out in everyday tasks, and even intermediate tasks such as extensive use of Garage Band or iMovie?

    Thank you so much!
    Franklyn
     
  2. NickZac macrumors 68000

    NickZac

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    Dec 11, 2010
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    While Core2Duo is very capable, for what you are doing, you will see the gains that the i-series has to offer. You may even want to consider the i7 if finances permit. With i7 you will see major differences with processor-heavy tasks. For basic stuff like Word Processing and web browsing, you won't see any difference and the SSD will make more of an impact on these than the processor.
     

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