Intel i5 vs i7

Hello,
what is best suited for a math major entering grad school?
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  1. Hello Taxman,

    Could you give us some more information on what you may be doing on the system besides any school work?

    Unless you are running intensive programs I think the i5 might be more suited for your purposes. Cheaper as well which is great being a student.
  2. Core i5 is currently the sweet spot in terms of CPUS. Core i7 is more expensive, a bit more powerful, but can be crushed by the i5 if the i5 is overclocked. Plus it will save you some money :)

    +1 for i5
  3. But if you're not gaming or doing anything extreme, you won't need either. Usage?
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