refurb MBP 2.3GHz dual-core i5 vs. refurb iMac 3.06GHz dual-core i3 ?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by navigator4, May 13, 2011.

  1. navigator4 macrumors newbie

    May 13, 2011
    Just wanted to get some second opinions...

    I'm considering buying one of these from :apple: refurbished, not sure which:

    MBP 2.3GHz dual-core i5 -- £850 ($1380)

    iMac 3.06GHz dual-core i3 -- £820 ($1330)

    It is going to be used only for music recording/production purposes, using ILife 11 GarageBand - mainly working with real not software instruments. I will be recording and saving from an external FW800 drive.

    If I get the MBP I will be upgrading it to a 500GB 7200rpm HD (same as the iMac), and whichever I get I will upgrade to 8GB RAM.

    I need to be able to occasionally move the computer a few metres to lock it in a secure room when not using it, so for this reason the easier portability of the MBP would be convenient but is not essential.

    The main question I am looking for some kind of answer to is whether there would be much difference at all for music production, in terms of speed/performance/latency/reliability between the two models? On paper the only real difference would be 2.3 i5 versus 3.06 i3 processors... I suspect the 3.06 i3 is a better processor but how much better is it?

    Also I am thinking the MBP might be more DIY upgradeable than the iMac so a better choice as a long-term investment.

    Any advice or thoughts greatly appreciated.
  2. Hellhammer Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 10, 2008
    i5 support Hyper-Threading which helps with Logic. Due to that, the i5 might be slightly faster than the i3, making the MBP a better buy.

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