Cloudera VM system requirements

I am preparing for my CCA 175 exam on Cloudera VM.I do realise that the VM needs 10GB RAM and 2 vCPUS’s .but now that I am buying a new Macbook Pro, what is the advisable configuration for the Macbook? Should I go with i7 Quad core 16GB or i5 Dual core 16GB would suffice.

You should consider i7 Quad Core. It will be handy to get up to date with latest technologies.