reflecting on my purchase

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by perfectshadows, Oct 11, 2010.

  1. perfectshadows macrumors member

    Mar 3, 2010
    Okay so i have got myself a new MBP and I am amazed at it its so amazing compaired to my windows machine.

    The more I read this forum the more i see people have go the i7 route I didn't go i7 as I felt it was not needed for my usage I mean I might use aperture at some point in my life but not extensively it wold be just to play with photos.

    I guess my question is should I be happy with the 2.53 i5 that I have or should I return and cough up the extra £150 for the i7 variant? Or should I saved that £150 and go for more ram or SSD's? after all its only 0.13ghz extra ? geekbench put is as 448 points more.

    I have mroogled and googled the death out of this, I am just looking for a no crap answer to will i see a difference in every day usage as all I do is calc, itunes, iphoto, sync my iphone4, ical, mail, safari, imovie when bored, and maybe in the future possibly some apperture when i get a better camera or my girlfriend does, I just don't know enough yet about macs to know if what I have is enough or not.

    Thank you all for replys I must appolgise for my fickleness in these matters but you guys seem to be the best source of real world answers I can find.

    ps. my girlfriend told me to shut up n be happy with what i've got or she is going to bash me on the head and bury me in a back garden, so if anyone wants to save my life cheers.
  2. Frosties macrumors 6502a


    Jun 12, 2009
    Listen to your girlfriend. I'm with her on this.
  3. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    Another vote for your girlfriend. Be content with what you have, the i7 won't give you that much more processing power and it will impact your battery to a greater degree
  4. Fubar1977 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 30, 2010
    North Yorkshire, UK
    +1 you won`t see much (if any) real world difference with the i7.
    Stick with the i5, my 2.4 is plenty fast enough.
    Save up for an SSD if you want to see real world speed increases in just about everything.
  5. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    Your girlfriend sounds like the wise one of the pair. ;)
  6. peskaa macrumors 68020


    Mar 13, 2008
    London, UK
    i5 is fine, don't worry about it. Spend the £150 on a nice dinner out for you two.
  7. thebeautyisfake macrumors regular

    Mar 4, 2010
    For what you're doing you honestly won't notice the difference. It's always an annoying feeling knowing you could have got the better version, but just be happy you didn't and saved yourself a bit of cash!
    Now go and spend that £150 on your girlfriend so she doesn't go ahead with the killing :p
  8. Pillar macrumors 6502


    May 25, 2010
    yeah, i'm with her aswell ;)

    congrats with your new machine
  9. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    Did you pick a good spot in the garden? Be sure it's shady! :D
  10. gameface macrumors 6502

    Sep 11, 2010
    Boston, MA
    I have edited HD broadcast tv programs on a 2.4 C2D MBP. Trust me, you'll be fine with what you got.

    You could have got a MB and been happy if you weren't so vain because nothing you are doing even needs the pro.
  11. eawmp1 macrumors 601


    Feb 19, 2008
    Listen to your girlfriend. Your peni....I mean processor envy is just the testosterone talking.
  12. devilstrider macrumors 6502a

    May 12, 2010
    Is a SSD really worth it? I heard about the MBP not waking up and stuff.
  13. DanMacApple macrumors 6502

    Jul 1, 2010
    You have a nice laptop and it should do everything you need just fine. Enjoy!!
  14. Stvwndr219 macrumors 6502

    Jan 26, 2009
    Which would you rather lose? Your e-peen or your girlfriend and your head? Realistically, it won't make much difference at all. Spend the money on the girl! :D (At least that's what my gf would tell me...)
  15. pastrychef macrumors 601


    Sep 15, 2006
    New York City, NY
    I had the pleasure of playing with an i7 MBP several days ago... It's one sweet machine... :p
  16. Narse77 macrumors regular


    Jun 24, 2010
    Unless you are doing video or audio encoding, transcoding or hardcore gaming you will not see the difference at all, most people would not see the difference in a fast core 2 duo and the i7 to be completely honest.. If someone tells you that you would see a difference they are full of crap. The biggest bottleneck for any computer is the storage media get a fast SSD or a Momentus XT, then you WILL see a huge difference. The mobility i7 and i5 are not very far in forms of performance for everyday tasks.
  17. MisterFeeney macrumors 6502

    Sep 17, 2010
    San Francisco
    IF I were you I'd stick with what you have. If you do end up returning it though, I'd recommend you first pour concrete over the garden for safety.
  18. perfectshadows thread starter macrumors member

    Mar 3, 2010
    thank you all for your replies its put my mind at rest I will look into this SSD's or momentus XT's see what its like i shall google them.

    On the up side i wont need to get a grave stone and I save a little cash cos I can get the missess to take back that shuvel to B&Q and I get to live that little bit longer, well least until the next thing.
  19. DJ-R macrumors regular


    Feb 17, 2010
    yeah GF is telling you to be quiet cuz she is jealous over you and your Macbook... :p
  20. DJ-R macrumors regular


    Feb 17, 2010
    Well here is your result:

    Core i5 and i7 different in Mhz doesn't really show the whole performance.

    As you can see the 2.4Ghz is faster at loading due to SSD.

    Overall right now i5 and i7 doesn't really matter. What's matter is the HDD.

    I am waiting for next year or way later for the price to drop on SSD seriously. Having SSD will blown out more computer +5 years in advance due to the speed. Just speaking in general, if you are able to obtain SSD. Your computer will feel new again.
  21. perfectshadows thread starter macrumors member

    Mar 3, 2010
    ppffft Jealous I just told her I was looking at a cruical SSD:

    Part #: CT1255474
    • Internal 2.5-inch Solid State Drive • 355MB/s Read, 215MB/

    £466.46 inc. Vat

    She was not happy. but on the flip side what do you guys think to this as an upgrade? I dont think I'd fill 256gb let alone the 500gb i have now
  22. Eddyisgreat macrumors 601

    Oct 24, 2007
    Pretty much.
  23. perfectshadows thread starter macrumors member

    Mar 3, 2010
    SSD's what ones are UK users buying? cruciel looks good but whats this performance drop issue?
  24. erasr macrumors 6502

    Sep 18, 2007
    Everyone always thinks the grass is greener :)

    Listen to her, she's right. Forget about what else is out there, that's the only way to enjoy what you already have.

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