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hellomms
Oct 24, 2012, 11:57 PM
13" rMBP is a disappointment - IMHO. Thinking of getting MBA instead (my first Mac). Not sure what configuration I should go for - primarily to get 3-4 good performance years out of it. Here are the options:

- upgrade base to i7 and 8gb ram ~ $1699
- upgrade base to i7 only ~ $1599
- upgrade base to 8gb ram only ~ $1299
- don't upgrade and get 4gb w/ i5 base (as it may be an obsolete in 3 years) ~ $1199

PS: I don't plan to play games, I would be using it for studying and general computing, browsing, etc. though I had heard that the new OSX was causing some lag in certain MacBooks.



sam2428
Oct 25, 2012, 12:32 AM
Base to 8gb if you want to future proof although 4gb shoud be more than adequate for browsing and general computing.

Lukewarmwinner
Oct 25, 2012, 12:40 AM
Upgrade base to 8gb RAM - 1299$

katai
Oct 25, 2012, 12:42 AM
I'm in college and want to carry light. First macbook and currently using a 11" netbook. I just ordered the 13" 2.8 i5 8gb/128ssd.

Lukewarmwinner
Oct 25, 2012, 12:45 AM
I'm in college and want to carry light. First macbook and currently using a 11" netbook. I just ordered the 13" 2.8 i5 8gb/128ssd.

cMBP?

katai
Oct 25, 2012, 12:48 AM
Oops. The air I ordered. Rmbp is too much to pay since I'm in college.

AlvinNguyen
Oct 25, 2012, 01:07 AM
Oops. The air I ordered. Rmbp is too much to pay since I'm in college.

Air max out at 2.0GHZ...not 2.8

Lukewarmwinner
Oct 25, 2012, 01:10 AM
Air max out at 2.0GHZ...not 2.8

Ahh, that makes more sense

katai
Oct 25, 2012, 01:23 AM
I got the 1.8ghz. Sorry for the typo.

Lukewarmwinner
Oct 25, 2012, 06:10 AM
Just ordered the base with 8gb RAM. It seems to increase delivery time by a week?

oxfordguy
Oct 25, 2012, 07:02 AM
In order of priority I would say:

1) Increase RAM to 8Gb

2) Increase SSD to 256Gb

3) Increase CPU to 2Ghz i7

The CPU bump is probably the least important for most people. I went for all three, though :D

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Just ordered the base with 8gb RAM. It seems to increase delivery time by a week?

Its worth it

Lukewarmwinner
Oct 25, 2012, 07:05 AM
In order of priority I would say:

1) Increase RAM to 8Gb

2) Increase SSD to 256Gb

3) Increase CPU to 2Ghz i7

The CPU bump is probably the least important for most people. I went for all three, though :D

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Its worth it

I know! Although those upgrades are expensive! :). That's why I only upgraded the ram. So just to save some bucks I'll have to do with 128gb - thank god for Dropbox :)

oxfordguy
Oct 25, 2012, 07:20 AM
I know! Although those upgrades are expensive! :). That's why I only upgraded the ram. So just to save some bucks I'll have to do with 128gb - thank god for Dropbox :)

Indeed, and at least with the 2012 MBA you can connect external discs with USB 3.0, which is *way* faster than USB 2.0. The RAM is not possible to extend at all, though, so is the priority over SSD capacity, if you have to make a choice.

If you do need more storage space, this new G-Tech USB 3.0 drive is nice (and pretty cheap): http://www.g-technology.com/products/g-drive-slim.cfm

(BTW USB 2.0 versions of this drive are still on sale in some places, so if you go for this drive, make sure its a USB 3.0 one!)

hellomms
Oct 26, 2012, 12:23 AM
What and when I am facing if I dont upgrade?


I got $200 Amazon GC and wont have to pay tax either - unfortunately Amazon doesnt have a 8gb version.

Lukewarmwinner
Oct 26, 2012, 02:17 AM
What and when I am facing if I dont upgrade?


I got $200 Amazon GC and wont have to pay tax either - unfortunately Amazon doesnt have a 8gb version.

Honestly, I would just buy the non-upgraded at Amazon. But it depends on your financial situation. Money is a focus point for me, so a 200$ saving would be nice. If you do heavy tasking then you might have to plunge for a upgrade, but if you're normal user then don't

TheRichboy247
Oct 26, 2012, 06:29 PM
If there is a deal that can save you some money, go for it. I got mine on sale but I wasn't able to upgrade the RAM.

hellomms
Oct 26, 2012, 07:20 PM
If there is a deal that can save you some money, go for it. I got mine on sale but I wasn't able to upgrade the RAM.

I think I might have to stick with 4gb since Amazon doesnt carry anything other than the base model.

TheRichboy247
Oct 26, 2012, 07:32 PM
Go for it, you won't regret your decision. I love my 2012 Air!