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Choosing a Macbook Pro


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Hi,

I'm curently contemplating buying a Macbook pro and i have boiled it down to these two choices:

i) MacBook Pro 2.4GHz Intel Core i5

15.4-inch LED-backlit glossy widescreen display (1440 x 900 pixel)
4GB (2 x 2GB) of 1066MHz DDR3 SDRAM
320GB Serial ATA @ 5400 rpm
8x double-layer SuperDrive (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M graphics processor with 256MB of GDDR3 memory

-or-

ii) MacBook Pro 2.66GHz Intel Core 2 Duo

15.4-inch LED-backlit glossy widescreen display
4GB memory
320GB Hard Drive
8x SuperDrive (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
Built-in 7-hour battery
NVIDIA GeForce 9400M + 9600M GT with 256MB

The obvious difference is the processor (i5 vs. Duo)... both laptops are the same price. I want to use the computer primarily for word processing, internet browsing, watching movies (in other words no extensive paintshoping or anything of that kind). However I will be looking to multitask a lot wuth many different apps opened simultaneously.

Which is best???

Please help!
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The i5 with the GT 330 is going to have probably a $150 - $200 better resale value than the C2D. Without googling to compare, I would also guess that the i5 is just as fast if not a little faster than that C2D even though it has a lower clock speed.

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The first one has newer technology in it. Has a faster GPU. >_>" How are they selling these for the same price?

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Jump on the i5. The newer processors are faster across the board, plus they require less power. Plus, as mentioned above, the gpu is newer, and will serve gaming needs better.
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