Results 1 to 3 of 3
  1. #1

    Member Since
    Apr 08, 2013
    Processor upgrade worth it?
    I am looking to purchase the 13" rMBP with 8GB RAM and 256GB flash storage. I am conflicted with the two processor options, should I stick with the 2.6GHz i5 or upgrade to the 3.0GHz i7 for an additional $180.00

    My budget is around $1,700 and I get an education discount, so if I go with the 2.6GHz i5 I could tack on AppleCare for $183, bringing the total to $1,782.

    or if the 3.0GHz i7 is worth it, I could add it on bringing my total to $1,779 then purchase AppleCare before the end of the first year.

    My daily usage on the computer is internet browsing, word processing (MS Office) for college work and I watch a decent amount of videos and movies.

    Would it be worth the upgrade to the 3.0 i7 or should I just save the $180 and use it towards AppleCare? Is there a major difference in performance between 256GB and 512GB SSD? I have also considered the 13" MacBook Air but with the student discount it comes to $1,622, only $160 more than the 13" rMBP that I am considering, which I feel like is worth it. Any ideas?

  2. #2

    Raz0rEdge's Avatar
    Member Since
    Jul 17, 2009
    27" i7 iMac, 24" iMac, 13" Macbook Air, iPhone 5 & 5S, iPod Nano 7th Gen, iPad 2 16GB WiFi, iPad 3
    Based on your usage, you won't see a big difference with the i7, so you might want to stick with the i5 and get the AppleCare..

    Be sure to read the Community Guidelines | The more information you provide, the better answers you get, remember GIGO.

  3. #3

    Member Since
    Jun 18, 2012
    San Diego, CA
    2010 MacBook Air 4 GB, 128 SSD
    You might consider this refurbished model from the Apple website. 13" MBP with Retina display, 8 GB of ram and a 256 GB SSD for $1,359. From everything I've read, Apple's refurbished products are as good as buying one new.

    Refurbished 13.3-inch MacBook Pro 2.5GHz Dual-core Intel Core i5 with Retina Display - Apple Store (U.S.)

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Similar Threads

  1. I7 processor upgrade
    By AbdulaOblongata in forum Apple Notebooks
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 01-22-2011, 06:49 PM
  2. processor worth extra cost?
    By fivesecondrule in forum Switcher Hangout
    Replies: 11
    Last Post: 08-07-2008, 02:07 AM
  3. Replies: 13
    Last Post: 02-22-2007, 07:30 AM
  4. Mac Pro 2gig processor worth it?
    By leecho7 in forum Apple Desktops
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 01-21-2007, 07:39 PM
  5. Processor upgrade for imac- Is it worth it?
    By Choobus in forum Switcher Hangout
    Replies: 8
    Last Post: 01-16-2007, 02:59 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts