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  1. celebrian23 macrumors 65816

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    an upgrade on my future mbp (base model). I don't know much about the technical side of computers, so would it be more beneficial to

    1. upgrade memory to 1GB 667 DDR2, 2 X 512 SO-DIMMs from the 512 MB 667 DDR2 1 SO DIMM

    or

    2.upgrade hard drive to 100GB from 80GB

    Thanks
     
  2. Peyton macrumors 68000

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    I'd definitely go with the ram, 20gb really isn't that much of a difference (unless you're going to a 7200rpm HDD) if you need the space, buy an external with alot more than 20gb, for a lot less. Buy the ram. :cool:
     
  3. Glenn Wolsey macrumors 65816

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  4. NEENAHBOY macrumors 6502

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    As someone who's not a fan of external hard drives and frequently exceeds the space on his 80GB PowerBook, I say go for the hard drive.
     
  5. Peyton macrumors 68000

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    I don't like external drives either but if you want bang for your buck I'd go with the ram. IMO
     
  6. Koodauw macrumors 68040

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    you can always upgrade the ram later, the HD can be too, but is much more work.

    However, i think the Ram will make more of a difference now.
     
  7. ieani macrumors 6502a

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    Upgrade RAM and get a 1GB stick you can, its only $120 on data mem. 512, from everything I read is bare minimum to run OSX Tiger.
     
  8. celebrian23 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I will be using this mbp for about 4 years, which is why I was wondering if maybe it'd be worth it in the long run to add the hard drive space. What kind of a difference will I see from 512MB to 1GB?
     
  9. Peyton macrumors 68000

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    Search it in the forums but Macs love ram. Some people were saying they could see some apps twice as fast, 512 will get the job down but 1 gb will make it a lot snappier.
     
  10. Kingsly macrumors 68040

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    Get the drive because you can always add RAM later.
    Also, Apple is charging $100 for an extra 512 stick. Macsolutions.com has 1Gb sticks for $119.

    Edit: Damn, I just gave up my secret
     
  11. celebrian23 thread starter macrumors 65816

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  13. Kingsly macrumors 68040

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    What he said.
     
  14. discoforce macrumors 6502a

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    [chanting vikings]

    Lovely ram, wonderful ra-a-m,
    Lovely ram, wonderful ram,
    Ra-a-A-a-A-a-A-am,
    Ra-a-A-a-A-a-A-am,
    RA-A-A-A-A-A-A-AM,
    RA-A-A-A-A-A-A-AM,
    LOVELY ram, LOVELY ram,
    LOVELY ram, LOVELY ram,
    LOVELY RA-A-A-A-AM...
    RA-AM, RA-AM, RA-AM, RA-A-A-AM!

    [/chanting vikings]

    (With humblest apologies to Monty Python)

    Ahem, I'd pick the Ram myself :)
     
  15. asherman13 macrumors 6502a

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    Tiger can run on a minimum of 256MB of RAM; I ran it on my iBook G3 with 384MB and it was pretty good, until my HDD died.

    I say upgrade the HDD, but only if you think you might need the space in the future. RAM is a snap to upgrade, while an HDD upgrade is costly, hard to do yourself, and might (I'm not sure) void your warranty since you're opening up and modifying a part of the machine that isn't meant to be opened up and modified by the end user.
     
  16. celebrian23 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I think I'll go for the HD then. It seems like more space would be better for me right now, and when I have the money I can add RAM.

    Thanks :p
     

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