8 GB RAM or more SSD?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by bubulol, Nov 18, 2013.

  1. bubulol macrumors 6502

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    Hey i m facing a dilemma

    due to my limited budget, i have to choose either updating RAM, 4 up to 8 gb or getting bigger SSD

    128 GB SSD + 8 GB RAM

    or 256 SSD + 4 GB RAM

    what do you think?
     
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    It really depends on your particular needs. You could always store additional files on an external drive, if needed, but you can't add more RAM after purchase. While 4 GB of RAM may be be suitable for your needs, I probably lean toward getting 8 GB.
     
  3. Boyd01 macrumors 68040

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    I currently have a 2013 i7/8g/512gb MBA but previously had a 2011 i5/4g/256gb MBA (4gb and 256gb were maximum you could get in 2011). Really, I was very happy with that machine and I ran Final Cut Pro, Logic Pro, Photoshop, VectorWorks and other professional software with no problem.

    If it were me, I would get the 256gb SSD because I want to keep as much as possible onboard. And if I'm editing video it's especially nice to have enough space for a project or two.

    Others will point out that the SSD is user upgradable but RAM is not. This is very true, however personally I don't think an SSD upgrade makes sense financially unless prices have dropped a lot, and I'm not sure if anyone even offers one for the 2013 models yet.

    For me, 128gb just wouldn't be enough for what I want to keep on the laptop so that would be the deciding factor. But you need to decide that for yourself.
     
  4. mpantone macrumors 6502

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    It also depends on how long you plan on keeping the MacBook Air.

    If you're going to swap it out for a newer model in a couple of years, the 4GB RAM might be adequate. However, future versions of OS X will likely have more memory requirements, leaving less free memory available for running applications.

    If you plan on keeping your Air until Apple obsoletes it from the OS X upgrades, you'll probably want to go with the 8GB version, since you can't upgrade RAM.
     
  5. cerberusss macrumors 6502a

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    I went with the bigger RAM. However, I do keep music off of my main drive, and often carry an external hard drive.

    Basically, my disk looks like this:
    25G for OS including swap and sleep files
    25G for applications
    5G for mail
    20G for documents
    5G in downloads that vary more or less in size
     
  6. ZBoater macrumors G3

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    Storage can be expanded with external drives. RAM cannot. I would vote RAM if I had to make that choice. It does depend on your specific needs, since 4GB of RAM is fine. I run multiple VMs so I wanted 8GB. YMMV.
     
  7. Mike in Kansas macrumors 6502a

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    I think you should either buy a 256/8GB on refurb OR save for a couple more months or so. I think both the 128/8 and the 256/4 will be limiting in the long run. Kinda like getting a 16GB iPad. But that's just me...
     
  8. Dweez macrumors 65816

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    Quoted for truth and clarity.
     
  9. Dustman macrumors 65816

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    +1 for RAM.

    You can have an external HD, you can't have external RAM.

    Note: First person who says you can theoretically add ram with some external TB contraption gets slapped.
     
  10. Jonathanchasr macrumors newbie

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    RAM or more Storage answer

    Depends on what tasks you will be doing on that computer, If you will have more programs running at once then more RAM will be better and remember the RAM is soldered onto the board so you cannot upgrade in the future however the SSD is replaceable. If you do regular tasks such as web browsing, email and just documents then none of the upgrades are useful. More programs open means 8GB of RAM is more suited, if you have a lot of songs, photos and videos then the larger SSD will be a better choice. But you can always hook up a external hard drive to store your media. In my opinion I would choose 8GB of RAM due to the fact that I already have all of my media files stored in multiple hard drives.
     
  11. bubulol thread starter macrumors 6502

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    i ll pick 8 GB of ram because i m eventually going to buy an external drives
    my basic needs dont require so many space
    and i will keep my purchase for a long long time, over 3/4 years
     
  12. ZBoater macrumors G3

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    You have chosen wisely.
     

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  13. fedecape macrumors 6502

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    wait, save and get both.. but If I had to choose I'd go for the RAM. No doubts.
     
  14. cerberusss macrumors 6502a

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    I won't, but it might be possible to desolder the RAM with a heat gun, and change them for ICs with a bigger capacity :D
     

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