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Drich290195

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I currently have a late 2013 rmbp 2.6ghz i5 version. Now I'm after a desktop too use instead of plugging and unplugging monitors all the time. Now is there much of a difference between the 2.3 and 2.6 i7. I want a machine with better specs than my laptop so would the 2.3 be enough with maxed out ram. I'm also mindful of the refresh but is it due soon. All I really do is run a few virtual machines and use the internet will this be enough for my needs
 

Crosscreek

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I currently have a late 2013 rmbp 2.6ghz i5 version. Now I'm after a desktop too use instead of plugging and unplugging monitors all the time. Now is there much of a difference between the 2.3 and 2.6 i7. I want a machine with better specs than my laptop so would the 2.3 be enough with maxed out ram. I'm also mindful of the refresh but is it due soon. All I really do is run a few virtual machines and use the internet will this be enough for my needs
2.5 with 8gb ram is all you need. SSD if you want faster boot and app loading.
 

mvmanolov

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yes the 2.5 is the dual core i5, i'd go with the 2.3 quad i7 but that's just me.... the upgrade to the 2.6 i7 isn't really worth it unless you have a $100 you don't really care about :D
 

COrocket

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Is that the 2.5 i5
To answer the OP's question - The 2.6 Quad is about 10% faster than the 2.3 Quad, which is approximately twice as fast as the 2.5 Dual.

Even the dual core is sufficient for VM's and web browsing. VM's need RAM more than CPU power. Although having a Quad core is nice for future-proofing and it is the thing that you can't upgrade later.
 
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