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Which lap top is better for mathematical modelling?

I am plannning to purchase a Mac Book Pro and there is a noticeable priced dfifference between the Core i5 Mac Book Pro versus the Core i7 version (2.5GHz vs 2.8Ghz) with about a $350 difference. I plan to use it only for general email, microsoft applications, Mathlab, Labview applications. Which would you recommend and why? I am just trying to understand if I should pay that difference or use that $$ and upgrade my DRAM instead. Thanks in advance.
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  1. Hello YoungUser;

    Both versions will run your software fine (and fast).
    IMO $350 for a .3Ghz speed bump is not a good use of your funds.

    How much RAM is included and what would the upgrades cost?
  2. Currently, the $350 difference is based on the following tech specs:
    Mac BookPro Core i7
    2.8 GHz Dual-Core Intel Core i7 Processor
    4 GB 1333MHz DDR3 SDRAM
    750GB 5400rpm Hard Drive; 8x DVD/CD SuperDrive

    MacBook Pro Core i5
    2.4 GHz Dual-Core Intel Core i5 Processor
    4GB 1333MHz DDR3 SDRAM
    500 GB Hard Drive, 8x DVD/CD SuperDrive

    As you can see, the only difference is the Core specification and the additional 250GB SATA HD (750GB SATA HD vs 500GB SATA HD).

    What do you recommend?
  3. WR2 said:
    Hello YoungUser;

    Both versions will run your software fine (and fast).
    IMO $350 for a .3Ghz speed bump is not a good use of your funds.

    How much RAM is included and what would the upgrades cost?


    WR2,
    Currently, the $350 difference is based on the following tech specs:
    Mac BookPro Core i7
    2.8 GHz Dual-Core Intel Core i7 Processor
    4 GB 1333MHz DDR3 SDRAM
    750GB 5400rpm Hard Drive; 8x DVD/CD SuperDrive

    MacBook Pro Core i5
    2.4 GHz Dual-Core Intel Core i5 Processor
    4GB 1333MHz DDR3 SDRAM
    500 GB Hard Drive, 8x DVD/CD SuperDrive

    As you can see, the only difference is the Core specification and the additional 250GB SATA HD (750GB SATA HD vs 500GB SATA HD).

    What do you recommend? $200 will probaboy buy me additional 4GB 1333MHz DDR3 SDRAM making that a 8GB instead of 4GB
  4. I hate to see you pay $200 for 8GB of RAM when it's true cost is more like $40
  5. Best answer
    G.SKILL 8GB (2 x 4GB) 204-Pin SO-DIMM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Laptop Memory $40

    My suggestion would get the laptop with 4GB of RAM and -maybe- consider upgrading it yourself at a later time. It's much more of a luxury than a necessity.
    All your programs will run fine with 4GB of RAM.
  6. Thanks WR2. You've been a great help!!
  7. Best answer selected by YoungUser.
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