8 or 16gbs of ram for my usage?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by zackify, Mar 31, 2012.

  1. zackify macrumors member

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    Hey guys, so I just got a baseline 13" MBP. I like to run windows and ubuntu in a vm but even running Windows 8 with 1gbs of ram makes my system very laggy. The CPU usage will be 80% idle but ram pages out to like 2gbs pretty fast. And thats with just one vm. So should i upgrade to 8 or 16? I'll mostly be playing casual games, photoshop, imovie, spotify, or browsing in OS X while the VM's run.
     
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    More RAM can't hurt. If you can afford 16 GB why not?
     
  3. zackify thread starter macrumors member

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    is that komputerbay stuff crap? and can my late 2011 mbp use it for sure? its the 13"
     
  4. yusukeaoki macrumors 68030

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    Maybe give VM like 2~3GB of RAM?
    But 8GB will pretty much suit you enough.

    If you tend to do more heavy stuff on your VM, get 16GB.
    It can run on baseline 13in 2011.
     
  5. njean777 macrumors 6502

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  6. heisenberg123 macrumors 603

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    8GB should be fine, be sure you know how much RAM your OS running in VM can utilize for instance i think 32 bit versions of windows only utlizie 4GB
     
  7. jetblk328i macrumors 6502

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    i think 8 i fine but 16 has really gotten a lot cheaper, so if you can afford it i would say 16 won't hurt.
     

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