macbook pro with faster processor or more ram????

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  1. bigben334 macrumors regular

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    im gettin a macbook pro for college....but should i upgrade to the 2.16 ghz processor for $300.....or should i upgrade to 2gb or ram for $300....i can decide..im thinking the processor is better to upgrade because the ram i can upgrade myself later....wat do u guys think?!
     
  2. itgoesbuzz macrumors regular

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    id say ram, thats what i did, i went with the 1.5Ghz PB instead of 1.67 and upgraded the ram to 1.5GB
     
  3. plinden macrumors 68040

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    If it's a trade off between an 8% faster CPU or 4x the RAM, go for the RAM. You won't notice much of a difference (if any) in performance with the faster CPU but having the extra RAM will fly.

    On the other hand, look at getting 3rd party RAM. If you're a student, you'll get Apple RAM for $270 - can you beat that at, say, Crucial?

    Or, if you can afford another $90, get the CPU upgrade and the 1GB RAM upgrade for $360.

    (Edit: oops didn't realise 1GB was standard - I think 1GB is probably good enough to start with so if you really want to spend the extra, get the CPU upgrade)
     
  4. jsw Moderator emeritus

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    RAM.

    Buy two 1GB sticks form OWC - I have the same GB sticks in my 17" Intellimac, and they're great, and the total cost is under $250.

    The 2.0->2.16 speed difference is something you'll never, ever notice, but the 2GB RAM will do wonders. By the time 2.0GHz is too slow, 2.16 GHz would also be too slow for you.
     
  5. treblah macrumors 65816

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    Assuming you are looking at the stock 2.0, get the 2.16 and since its for college make sure you get the student discount.

    You can always get more ram later and for much cheaper than what Apple sells it for.
     
  6. netb0y macrumors regular

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    I agree with the previous posts, don't pay $300 for the processor upgrade. Get the stock 2.0 from Apple and buy a 1gb ram stick on your own for ~ $120.
     
  7. buryyourbrideau macrumors 65816

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    man you kids are crazy.

    i got my 1.83 in the mail today, and it only has 1gb

    this thing flies!
     
  8. asherman13 macrumors 6502a

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    Just so you know, the Apple Product Guide for the MacBook Pro says that RAM will be optimized if you have two chips of the same amount. Bigger is better in this case.
     
  9. GimmeSlack12 macrumors 603

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    More RAM.

    Processor power won't be such a factor when there is plenty of RAM.
     

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