I'm working out the best setup for a programming/testing computer. I am looking at two processors:
Both Sandy Bridge running Win7 x64:
I know about the SATA issue, this system will be purchased in a couple months.
I will be programming in an IDE and testing in multiple browsers. Due to the nature of Internet Explorer, I need to setup a couple virtual instances of IE to test for different version (6, 7, & 8). I know I can hack IE to run on the same system as different versions, but I need IE as close to my clients as possible.
Other than a slightly larger cache (6MB vs 8MB), faster clock speed, & Hyperthreading enabled for the Core i7, the two chips a the same.
Are there any other solid reasons to choose i7 over i5?
Or will the Hyperthreading make virutalization that much better and I should go with i7?
The price difference ($185 vs $300) isn't that big a deal to me.