4gb/128gb vs 8gb/256gb rMBP

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Drock93, Jul 17, 2014.

  1. Drock93 macrumors newbie

    Jul 17, 2014
    Hey guys, getting a 13" rMBP for college from bestbuy. Gonna be using it mostly for web browsing and research papers, so nothing intensive. I'm trying to decided between the 4gb/128 and 8gb/256 versions. I can get the first for $1100 with discounts, and the second for $1300. I tend to upgrade my electronics often, so I'm thinking the cheaper first one and getting the broadwell refresh.
  2. mad3inch1na macrumors 6502a

    Oct 21, 2013
    What computer do you have right now?
  3. Naimfan Suspended


    Jan 15, 2003
    The 2.4/8/256 seems likely to hold its value better. Since you said you change frequently, I'd go with 8/256.

    You can see it with the 4/128 model already - they're being listed on Craigslist starting in the $800s and going up to to $1050 (which is absurd). The 8/256 models get listed starting at about $1250 on up, with one enterprising person trying to sell a used one for full retail (which is also absurd).

    And I think the 4/128 model will crater further once a replacement comes out, whenever that is.
  4. Drock93 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 17, 2014
    I have a gaming pc that I built myself, but I strictly use it for games and am thinking about selling it, and moving to a macbook with an external display for my main setup. I also have an iPad, iPhone, and PS4. Had a 2011 Macbook Pro 13" for a few years, and am really wanting another.

    How long would the 4gb RAM version last for the typical user? 3 years at least? I will use it for browsing, papers, and maybe light gaming.

    Part of me says go with the cheaper base model and use that ~$200 for accessories (like a keyboard, mouse, stand, and applecare). While the other part of me says go for the 8GB/256GB to "future proof".
  5. mad3inch1na macrumors 6502a

    Oct 21, 2013
    With those needs, you would be fine with 4GB for the next 4-5 years. I just gave my 2GB MBA to a relative, and web browsing, watching movies, writing, and light gaming ran perfectly on the latest version of Mavericks. In a year or so, 2GB will probably not be enough. 4GB is plenty though.

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