Originally Posted by Marvin
The difference in cost is quite high between the entry i5 27" and i7 27" but there are some benefits. Whether you will make use of those benefits is something only you can decide.
The CPU difference is marked with this chart:http://www.primatelabs.ca/blog/2011/...arks-mid-2011/
The i7s are hyper-threaded so show up as 8-core and do perform better. If you aren't doing CPU intensive tasks though, even a 50% performance difference won't be all that noticeable.
The 6970M is around double the performance of the 6770M and has twice the VRAM but this only helps for apps like Motion and high-end 3D gaming.
If you want an everyday machine, the entry 27" is just fine. Also, sell the 24" on eBay for spares/repairs detailing the problem with it and you should still get some money for it. Core 2 Duo machines are a bit old now but I'd guess $400-500 for the parts.
thanks so much for pitching in and helping with my decision
So the older 27" i7 will be a better buy or is it the BTO 27" i7?
I usually do basic video editing and lots of audio editing
I do lots of research [web browsing] and end up with LOTS
of open tabs [You Tube]
and Safari most likely will crash on me.
Is this because of having too little VRAM?
I get the beach ball very often...
If I get the i5 27" I will get 16GB of RAM for it [Can't believe the prices,