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imjoee
Aug 5, 2013, 11:20 PM
Best buy has a sale 900$ for a MacBook Air Base 13" 4GB/128GB/i5 for student discount.

Apple's is 1200$ for 8GB/128GB/i5 base MacBook Air 13"

My question is,

Should I spend an extra 300 for the ram? I'll want to have the computer for about 3-5 years.

I do light editing in Lightroom, email, Facebook, twitter, Internet probably all at once.

Will 8GB be the better buy?

Also, has anyone had the situation where they had bestbuy match a 4GB ram air to a 8GB ram for 90$ more?

Thanks



bambooshots
Aug 5, 2013, 11:26 PM
Best buy has a sale 900$ for a MacBook Air Base 13" 4GB/128GB/i5 for student discount.

Apple's is 1200$ for 8GB/128GB/i5 base MacBook Air 13"

My question is,

Should I spend an extra 300 for the ram? I'll want to have the computer for about 3-5 years.

I do light editing in Lightroom, email, Facebook, twitter, Internet probably all at once.

Will 8GB be the better buy?

Also, has anyone had the situation where they had bestbuy match a 4GB ram air to a 8GB ram for 90$ more?

Thanks

Yes, get the 8GB RAM now.

It's not so much that you may need it now, but since you keep, or intend to keep, your computer for 3-5 years and the RAM in the MBA is not user upgradable.

As far as Apple vs Best Buy, I went with apple as I wanted to take advantage of their financing offers. No experience with best regards.

cheezeit
Aug 5, 2013, 11:32 PM
I went with the 4gb to save the $300 and will just sell my air in like 2-3 years and upgrade then. Didn't. Feel the need for the extra ram especially for that price point.

PDXPean
Aug 5, 2013, 11:50 PM
I think you'll be fine with 4 gigs. I originally wanted 8 gigs too but the BB deal was too good to pass up.

AXs
Aug 6, 2013, 12:25 AM
I went with the 4gb to save the $300 and will just sell my air in like 2-3 years and upgrade then. Didn't. Feel the need for the extra ram especially for that price point.

I agree. Spending $300 more for 4gb ram is a far stretch.
That's a 30% price jump!
Better use the $300 down the road on a new Air.

iAppl3Fan
Aug 6, 2013, 12:43 AM
I agree. Spending $300 more for 4gb ram is a far stretch.
That's a 30% price jump!
Better use the $300 down the road on a new Air.

I completely agree with this statement.

imjoee
Aug 6, 2013, 08:28 AM
I completely agree with this statement.

Alright, I'll probably sell it in a year or two before I head off to college. Thanks! I'll get the 4GB RAM

imjoee
Aug 6, 2013, 08:40 AM
I think you'll be fine with 4 gigs. I originally wanted 8 gigs too but the BB deal was too good to pass up.

Hey, is the bestbuy edu deal including teachers?

Thanks

magbarn
Aug 6, 2013, 08:44 AM
Hey, is the bestbuy edu deal including teachers?

Thanks

If you have a personal .edu email address you should be able to get it.

imjoee
Aug 6, 2013, 10:21 AM
If you have a personal .edu email address you should be able to get it.

Awesome, thanks

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Yes, get the 8GB RAM now.

It's not so much that you may need it now, but since you keep, or intend to keep, your computer for 3-5 years and the RAM in the MBA is not user upgradable.

As far as Apple vs Best Buy, I went with apple as I wanted to take advantage of their financing offers. No experience with best regards.

Hey, thanks for the reply. I decided to go with the bestbuy deal, I'll sell the laptop in a year or 2 before I go to college so I can upgrade. Thanks!

Boyd01
Aug 6, 2013, 10:33 AM
I had a 4gb/256gb i5 MBA for two years and loved it. No problem running Final Cut Pro 6 and Logic 9 in 4gb - even both at the same time.

But I think a 128GB SSD just isn't enough. I suppose it depends on how you use the machine though. Just upgraded to an 8gb/512gb i7 2013 model and am really happy. I feel like I have some room to grow now with the SSD. But side by side with the 2011 machine, the performance differences are nothing very earth-shaking.

Now this is all based only a little less than a week's light use while staying with a friend in NYC. Now that I'm back home, I will start pounding on the new machine a little harder.

But the bottom line is that I don't think i5 vs i7 matters a lot, and 4gb RAM is probably enough for most people. But a 128gb SSD is going to be very limiting.

radiohead14
Aug 6, 2013, 10:52 AM
Best buy has a sale 900$ for a MacBook Air Base 13" 4GB/128GB/i5 for student discount.

Apple's is 1200$ for 8GB/128GB/i5 base MacBook Air 13"

My question is,

Should I spend an extra 300 for the ram? I'll want to have the computer for about 3-5 years.

I do light editing in Lightroom, email, Facebook, twitter, Internet probably all at once.

Will 8GB be the better buy?

Also, has anyone had the situation where they had bestbuy match a 4GB ram air to a 8GB ram for 90$ more?

Thanks

if you're a student.. why not get it from the apple education store? you can snag the 8GB version for $1140 and you also get the $100 gift card, which makes it a better deal imo.

imjoee
Aug 6, 2013, 02:13 PM
I had a 4gb/256gb i5 MBA for two years and loved it. No problem running Final Cut Pro 6 and Logic 9 in 4gb - even both at the same time.

But I think a 128GB SSD just isn't enough. I suppose it depends on how you use the machine though. Just upgraded to an 8gb/512gb i7 2013 model and am really happy. I feel like I have some room to grow now with the SSD. But side by side with the 2011 machine, the performance differences are nothing very earth-shaking.

Now this is all based only a little less than a week's light use while staying with a friend in NYC. Now that I'm back home, I will start pounding on the new machine a little harder.

But the bottom line is that I don't think i5 vs i7 matters a lot, and 4gb RAM is probably enough for most people. But a 128gb SSD is going to be very limiting.
Hey thanks! I chose to go with a 128SSD and a 500GB external for extra storage

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if you're a student.. why not get it from the apple education store? you can snag the 8GB version for $1140 and you also get the $100 gift card, which makes it a better deal imo.
With tax the 4GB is 950$
With tax the 8GB is 1,210

I hope the 4GB ram will hold up for 2 years as I sell it before I go to college

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I went with the 4gb to save the $300 and will just sell my air in like 2-3 years and upgrade then. Didn't. Feel the need for the extra ram especially for that price point.

Have you heard of anyone going to apple and price matching a MacBook Air for 900$? And a apple iTunes card?

kage207
Aug 6, 2013, 02:49 PM
It's a $90 upgrade for RAM for the MacBook Air. I mean that is the student discount. Then it's $100 for the.

It might be a different story for the rMBP but I don't know. I'm not really into that model.