Stock i7 or Pimped out i5?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Hard-Hat-Mac, Jun 22, 2010.

  1. Hard-Hat-Mac macrumors regular

    May 18, 2007
    Philly Burbs
    Simple question. I have $2500 to spend with accessories for work.

    Should I go with a faster HD 7200 RPM and High-Res Screen, but lower i5 processor 2.53


    The stock i7 2.66 processor without the upgraded speed of the hd or high-res display?

    Your thoughts are appreciated.

  2. Collider macrumors regular

    Oct 8, 2009
    IMHO, it all boils down to how badly you want the HR screen. You can always replace the HD at a later date... but you can't do the same with the processor.
  3. Mikeosoft macrumors newbie

    Jun 17, 2010
    I agree with colin idler.
    Spend money and get the stuff that you can't easily replace later. The items that fall under this category:

    1.CPU (Get the i7 2.66)
    2.High Res Monitor (can't change later)

    **** like RAM & Hard Drive speed (7200 vs 5400) are simple stuff that you can change easily later and most definitley for cheaper than apple.

    hope that helps. Enjoy your purchase, and don't look back. Trust me you will love the new MBP with whatever you get, it's a great machine.
  4. MacsBestFriend macrumors 6502a


    Sep 6, 2008
    upstate ny (purgatory)
    everyone else is hitting the nail on the head. i'm about to get an i7, and i am definitely going to feel that pinch from the new hdd and hi-res, but it will be bada** in a couple years when i save up for a ssd. :)
  5. DeusInvictus7 macrumors 68020

    Aug 13, 2008
    Kitchener, Ontario
    If you can, definitely go for the i7 with the high res. Then upgrade the HD later on. That's what I'm doing. Sure I might not need all the power of the i7 for most of the stuff I need to do, but I wanted the best I could afford, and when I do need this much power, it's ready to use. :D
  6. robotmonkey macrumors 6502

    Apr 24, 2010
    I'm not really interested in anything bigger than 13 inches, but if I HAD to pick... well that hi-res screen is amazing, and the differences in the macbook line are really very little.
  7. robotmonkey macrumors 6502

    Apr 24, 2010
    a 7200 hd isn't gonna be that much faster, see if you can do ssd
  8. mark28 macrumors 68000

    Jan 29, 2010
  9. xi mezmerize ix macrumors 6502a

    xi mezmerize ix

    May 24, 2010
    Maryland, USA
    IMHO, the only upgrades that are worth anything are more RAM and bigger/faster HD, so go ahead and get the i7 and later on get some cheap prices for those upgrades. Hi-res screen makes everything too small...not a big fan of that.
  10. Hard-Hat-Mac thread starter macrumors regular

    May 18, 2007
    Philly Burbs
    Thanks for all your thoughts! I went with the i7 HR screen. I tried to talk my boss into a SSD but he said it was just too expensive for the capacity. I'm happy with this choice as this will be my work machine for probably the next 4 years or so.

    Thanks again!
  11. Sirmausalot macrumors 6502a


    Sep 1, 2007
    SSD buy now

    For a year or two, you might be able to get away with a 64GB or 80GB SSD then upgrade to a 'proper' one when they come down in price. It's what I'm doing. With care, I've got 23GB free on by 80GB drive.

  12. offwidafairies macrumors 6502a


    Jun 5, 2007
    Melbourne, Australia
    i got the stock standard i7. i love it. i haven't noticed a problem without the hi-res screen (my last lappy was hi-res).

    i know u can't afford it right now, but i put in an ssd and it is so super fast!!!!

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