Returned MBP 15 2.6ghz, but now which one?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Metalsam, Apr 18, 2010.

  1. Metalsam macrumors newbie

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    Well the last MBP 15 2.66ghz i had only for 3 weeks and its was my first Mac computer ever, i was really happy with difference in use and productivity i had with my laptop.
    But when the new i5/i7. I started the return so i can buy the new one.
    So now i am stuck trying to decide which to buy from the 15inch i5 or the i7.
    Also considering glossy Hi-RES 1600x1050

    This is what i did with the laptop for the short period it for.
    I am student so i did a lot of basic Hulu, Youtube HD, Itunes, watching movies, downloading movies. Skype.
    Played a lot of World of Warcraft raids at high setting. also when steam is available i will start using it. This is the reason for Hi-res option
    I had started many video editing project that i did for fun with a lot of home videos. i see myself doing this a lot more with an HD camera.

    So i having been following the geekbench result and lots of review but still cant decide if i should get the i5 glossy hi-res 256 but the has i7 512 ram. So i really don't know which one to get, any suggestion? since i spent about 2090 for the last MBP C2D i want to stay under that budget if possible.
     
  2. alphaod macrumors Core

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    If you liked the size of your old 15", the buy the new 15"; then if you want a high resolution display, go for it; otherwise the standard display is fine too. If you want the anti-glare, the high-resolution display is the only option you have.
     
  3. Metalsam thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Yes i will be getting the 15inch MBP but i am stuck at which one to go with should i go with the i5 or i7 for the extra memory and processor speed.
     
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  5. therealseebs macrumors 65816

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    If you can afford it, I'd tend to recommend the i7/512MB vram system as being better. That said, I also recommend matte, not glossy, so I'm pretty much an outlier. :)
     
  6. alphaod macrumors Core

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    IF you want to save a bit of money, and what you describe is really what you need the computer, I'd think the i5 2.4GHz base model is enough; if you want more performance that you may not use (but want it anyways), consider the i7 2.66GHz; personally I'd forget about the i5 2.53GHz because it's a bad compromise—not really faster than the 2.4GHz model, but not as fast as the top end. At least the jump from the i5 2.4GHz to i7 2.66GHz has a performance difference that justifies the price difference.
     
  7. Metalsam thread starter macrumors newbie

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    will there be any difference in World of warcraft fps from the i7 to i5 in hi-res?
    Has anyone played Wow in Hi-res on the i5 or i7?
     
  8. rodrigo7 macrumors newbie

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    I believe that if you pick the high-res display the 512mb vram on the i7 might make a difference but nothing THAT noticeable I believe.
    If you want to save some money the i5 2.4 would do more than great for you. Like other said, just don't waste with the 2.53.
    I kinda use my computer for the same things you do and am also looking for a new mac. This is what I pretty much reasoned so far. Be aware that the i7 is more a marketing thing than a real difference in performance.
     

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