Which processor for new MacBook Pro 13"?

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  1. NYR0027 macrumors newbie

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    I mostly surf the web, etc., but 1) I want the laptop to last 5 years, 2) I want to run at least 1 external monitor, and 3) Sometimes I'd like to run Flight Simulator X (graphics intensive).

    So I've decided to upgrade to 16GB ram. But what do I do about the processor? Leave it at the basic i5 ... jump a bit to the mid-tier i5 ... or go to the i7?

    Thanks.
     
  2. aodesigns macrumors member

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    I don't think the i7 is utilised in most gaming as gaming doesn't take use of the hyper threading (so I read)

    What size SSD are you getting?
     
  3. NYR0027 thread starter macrumors newbie

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  4. snaky69 macrumors 603

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    1) If you usage doesn't change, it'll last as long as you want it to.
    2) Sure
    3) EDIT: Nevermind, I had 2015 in mind.

    You did not say what your usage was apart from that one game, impossible to say whether a more powerful processor will be useful to you.

    A good rule of thumb though: If you have to ask, you don't need it. Most people that need a powerful processor know they need one.
     
  5. CaptainChunk macrumors 68020

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    Given your usage, you're probably going to be fine with the base i5 CPU. IMHO, the cost to upgrade to the faster chips isn't worth the maybe 3-5% performance gain you'd get.

    Flight Simulator X is a nearly 10-year old game, so I would image that it would run very well, even on the barebones model. The only thing I wouldn't be 100% certain of is whether or not it will allow itself to run on integrated GPUs. Some older games have this issue.
     
  6. darngooddesign macrumors G3

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    My 2008 MBP does all those things now; I think the i5 will be fine for your needs.
     
  7. Smeaton1724 macrumors 6502a

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    I'm typing this on a 2.9/16/512. It is a beast of a machine but I have noticed the CPU is a lot weaker than the 15 Quad 2013 retina I've just dropped down from. RAM and SSD are faster and feel it too.
     
  8. yjchua95 macrumors 604

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    Don't bother with the i7 in the 13", it's still a dual core part and only 5% faster than the base 2.7GHz i5 (just look at the Geekbench scores).
     

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