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MBP 17 Inch Processor Question

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I currently have a MBP 15 inch and I am considering getting a 17 inch MBP.
On the Apple web site when configuring the 17 inch MBP there are two options for the processor: 2.53GHz Intel Core i5
2.66GHz Intel Core i7 [Add $200.00]

My current MBP 15 inch is: Mac OS X, 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 2 GB 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM.

I use my MBP for surfing the web, e-mail, working in Excel spreadsheets, and photo processing ( a lot of photo processing) - currently with Adobe Photoshop Elements 6 but I would add Light Room III and the latest version of Photoshop Elements to the 17 inch - if in fact I decide to make the purchase. I would get the anti-glare screen as I have that on my 15 inch MBP and prefer it for photoshop work. The 17 inch MBP would come with twice the RAM that my current 15 inch MBP has - and that would help running Light Room III.

For my use do I really need the 2.66GHz Intel Core i7 for an additional $200.?
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I wouldn't say you "need" it... the i5 will, and does as you know, handle what you are doing.

BUT.. for $200 I would get the i7 to do it a little quicker, and might as will get the better, faster chip for less than 9% more cost.

If you are already buying a $2300 machine, I assume you have the funds to go with the i7.
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