Refurb i5 quad core 2.66 or Refurb i7 quad core 2.8?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by goncode, Jul 29, 2010.

  1. goncode macrumors newbie

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    Is it worth the extra $127?

    What do you guys think?

    Thank you!
     
  2. tturland macrumors member

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    Absolutely! That's all you need to know....you can always upgrade the RAM later, but never the CPU
     
  3. JoelMarcey macrumors 6502

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    From what I see it is an extra $170. And I semi-disagree with the previous poster. I don't think it is that cut and dry. For $170 you can almost buy an extra 8GB of RAM. Then you can have an i5 with 12GB RAM. That is a pretty nice setup. That's what I did.

    But the previous poster is right. Harder to upgrade the CPU.
     
  4. tturland macrumors member

    tturland

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    What about the fact that the i7 has Hyper Threading and the i5 hasn't? Isn't that worth the difference alone?
     
  5. dwd3885 macrumors 68020

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    to me, i thought the refurb i7 would be better than the NEW i5. So I think it's better than the old one for sure, even if it's $170 more.
     
  6. goncode thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I ended up getting the i5. I'd rather spend the extra money on more ram...

    Thanks for all your suggestions!
     
  7. JoelMarcey macrumors 6502

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    HT would only be useful if you use apps that make use of it. Obviously, you are going to get a speed bump, albeit negligible just by processor speed alone. But the i5 with Turbo Boost is going to be just fine for a majority of tasks. That said, if you can afford both extra RAM and the i7, go for it.

    (Although, I think this poster just got the i5).
     

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