09-10-2010, 11:18 AM
So I am currently in the market for a new MacBook Pro. I am using an early 2008 MacBook Pro which isn't in a perfect condition as both the optical drive and battery are dead. I don't want to replace them because they cost A LOT of money here and I'd rather just sell it, add money, and buy a whole new MacBook Pro.
MBPs are expensive in Egypt but not as expensive as in the Netherlands, where my father is going to be in a few days, so I decided I will be buying it from here.
I will give the models that are available here (I am looking for a 15" like my current one) and I would like to know exactly why one is better than the other.
1) MacBook Pro (2,408.94 USD) - 2.4GHz Intel Core i5 - 4GB (two 2GB SO-DIMMs) of 1066MHz DDR3 SDRAM - 320GB Serial ATA; 5400 rpm - Intel HD Graphics5 and NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M with automatic graphics switching 256MB GDDR3
2) MacBook Pro (2,628.12 USD) - 2.53GHz Intel Core i5 - 4GB (two 2GB SO-DIMMs) of 1066MHz DDR3 SDRAM - 500GB Serial ATA; 5400 rpm - Intel HD Graphics5 and NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M with automatic graphics switching 256MB GDDR3
3) MacBook Pro (2,890.93 USD) - 2.66GHz Intel Core i7 - 4GB (two 2GB SO-DIMMs) of 1066MHz DDR3 SDRAM - 500GB Serial ATA; 5400 rpm - Intel HD Graphics5 and NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M with automatic graphics switching - 512MB GDDR3
I know the price difference between the i5 models and the i7 one is major, that's why I am thinking of just getting one of the i5 ones.
My current MacBook Pro's specifications:
MacBook Pro - Intel Core 2 Duo 2.5 GHz - 2GB of RAM - 250GB Hard Disk - Nividia GeForce 8600M GT 512MB
I would like to know if there's a major performance difference between the i5 models and this one. I am happy with my current MacBook Pro's performance, except for the RAM, which can easily be upgraded but I'd rather buy the new MBP because it looks so good.
One thing that is bothering me is the new i5 MBP's graphics card. It's 256MB a little too low? I mean my current one has 512MB, but I'm not sure which one is better because I'm very newb when it comes to hardware components.
Also, if the i7 model is like WAY better than the rest, then I might be able to find someone who's coming from the USA to Egypt and he'd pick it up with him. It's only $2199 there which is way cheaper than the lowest 15" model here.
Thank you guys for your time and I know this may seem like a chunk of text, but I hope you can take the time to read this and help me out.
PS: I am not a hardcore gamer, but I like to play computer games sometimes, and I hate the fact that Battlefield: Bad Company 2 runs kind of slow on the MacBook Pro even on low resolutions. So I don't know if the i5 models can run it smoothly?