I'd like to get some user's input on a new computer.
My Sony vaio 17" laptop is dying and I am thinking of replacing it with a new Mac Mini. I already have an MBA so I like macs. But I'd probably set the mini up to dual boot and keep win7 for MS Project and Visio and few other Win only apps I use (and yes, I use Parallels now and will probably do that on the Mini).
My Sony is a 3 year old dual core (1.8 GHz I think). My main apps that requires any significant power are Adobe Lightroom and Corel Draw. The Vaio is pretty sluggish with Lightroom (I have 8 GB of RAM and a hybrid drive HD to help). I'd probably install the Mac version of Lightroom.
I'm wondering if the quad core I7 is worth the money over the dual core model, both CPU wise and graphics wise. I don't do video editing and I don't play games much so I don't care about that. From what I have read, the speed difference is pretty small on any benchmarks except video editing where the quad core is much faster. Dual monitor support is important to me for Lightroom (I have an older 24" DVI cinema display I'll continue to use as a secondary monitor).
Any opinions on this? The "power" needed by Lightroom is roughly what Photoshop needs as they have the same "engine" under the hood for imaging processing.
I'm thinking the better bang for the buck is go for the dual core and spring for more RAM and perhaps a hybrid drive.
Your thoughts and opinions are appreciated.....
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