I'm getting a new dev laptop, mostly on Apache/PHP/Oracle/Eclipse and VirtualBox doing web dev stuff. I've googled around and basically most people agree that i7 would be too much just for that. So I was thinking whether i5 with 7200 RPM HDD is better than i7 with less RPM. As I've read that most of the time, the processor is actually twiddling its thumb waiting for the HDD to finish whatever operation the HDD is doing.
Everything else are the same, just the processors and HDD.