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    Worth the extra RAM - Macbook?

    So I've decided to finally get myself to buy a Macbook Pro. Now the model I have chosen to go for is the 13 inch Macbook Pro Retina with the 256GB SSD (unless I opt for 128GB).

    Base is 8GB but I wanted to know is it really worth the upgrade to 16GB. I know that it's not later upgradeable and why I kinda want to spend the extra and get it now rather than mope and think "I should have gone with 16GB". I can get it for £1212 (16GB) or £1074 (8GB) with my university discount of 15%. My main use will be Photoshop, Fireworks, Dreamweaver, Office Software, browsing, games.

    Save money or go for future proofing? I want this to last me a long time and I'm willing to spend the money to do so.

    Please no "Oh you can get an equally better specced Windows machine for much less". This time I'm sick of going with Windows based laptop and want something decent.

    Thanks.

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    Go for the best spec you can afford if you want to maximise the life of the machine.

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    i got 16gb mbp last year, don't use it noww
    Edited by: "CBEE2" 7th Jul 2014

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    CBEE2

    i got 16gb mbp last year, don't use it noww



    The notebook itself or the full 16GB?

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    a904lea

    Go for the best spec you can afford if you want to maximise the life of … Go for the best spec you can afford if you want to maximise the life of the machine.



    I mean that's the way I think. I mean I'd rather spend now than later really. I mean, CPU upgrades. Would you recomend the base 2.4GHz i5 or go for say a 2.6 i% or even go for the i7. I can't see me using the i7 as I don't edit video. Would an extra .2Ghz matter?

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    M0nk3h

    The notebook itself or the full 16GB?

    the notebook itself, it's great and all but now I don't live alone I prefer to be on my pc in a separate room rather than on my macbook cause people can be loud and annoying

    I got the late 2013, 13" MBP, 8gb ram 256 ssd, its brilliant, hardly uses the full resources of the machine, if you can afford it get the 16gb for future proofing. But if you can't the 8gb is fine.

    Yes, get it!! It's not user replaceable. I have 16 and monitor its use with memoryfreer in the menu bar, often maxed out. They're better with handling idle memory now than 2-3 OSXs ago, but 8 will not bode well 3 years down the line.
    Also depends what you want to do with it. I mainly browse web with ~100 tabs open on safari at the same time (which unfortunately is not as good with ram compared to multiple tabs on chrome).

    Processor upgrades are less worthwhile unless you do tasks such as video editing or other processor intensive tasks. My usage of the quad core i7 2.4ghz is usually very minimal.

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    DennisG

    Yes, get it!! It's not user replaceable. I have 16 and monitor its use … Yes, get it!! It's not user replaceable. I have 16 and monitor its use with memoryfreer in the menu bar, often maxed out. They're better with handling idle memory now than 2-3 OSXs ago, but 8 will not bode well 3 years down the line.Also depends what you want to do with it. I mainly browse web with ~100 tabs open on safari at the same time (which unfortunately is not as good with ram compared to multiple tabs on chrome).



    I think 16GB it is then X)

    DennisG

    Processor upgrades are less worthwhile unless you do tasks such as video … Processor upgrades are less worthwhile unless you do tasks such as video editing or other processor intensive tasks. My usage of the quad core i7 2.4ghz is usually very minimal.



    Looking at it now, the i5 2.4GHz would be the one to stick with. Cheers.

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    Right, I've chosen to go with the 16GB model for future proofing.

    Thanks for all your advice, really appreciated

    M0nk3h

    Right, I've chosen to go with the 16GB model for future proofing.Thanks … Right, I've chosen to go with the 16GB model for future proofing.Thanks for all your advice, really appreciated



    16gb ram is immense

    you dont need it

    unless you want to future proof till 2030

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    revster

    16gb ram is immenseyou dont need itunless you want to future proof till … 16gb ram is immenseyou dont need itunless you want to future proof till 2030



    Well I mean I've done it and it's en route to my house. At the end of the day, I want a machine that will last me and will have a better resell value later on. In addition, due to Soldered RAM, I would rather have too much than too little really.

    On a side more OCD note, buying the extra RAM rounded the total cost to a nice even £1,200.
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