I just wanted to know it from people with sound knowledge of computer hardware that for general purpose use and running engineering softwares, how much beneficial would it be to have core i5 instead of core i3 ?
My question arises from choosing the acer aspire 5742 model which comes powered by i3 and i5. The i3 model costs 41k and i5 model costs 49k. Also the i3 model comes with 2GB RAM and i5 model with 4GB. In comparison I saw i5 model had "VGA" but i3 one did not have.i3 is clocked at 2.4GHz and i5 with 2.53 GHz
So is the extra spending of 8k worth the gain in performance ? Also if I buy i3 model and want to upgrade my RAM would it cost lower than the additional money I would otherwise spend in buying i5 model. What do you advise ?