8GB RAM advice

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by jahman, Apr 14, 2010.

  1. jahman macrumors regular

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    Hi Folks,

    As always, the more RAM the better, of course. However, not having done any development work on a Macbook Pro before(iPhone/Pod/Pad in Objective C), would the machine struggle with 4GB or is OS X efficient enough to give a good experience with just 4GB?

    I'm trying to weigh up the pros and cons of just speccing a machine with 8GB and swallowing the fact that I could save a fair bit of cash by not doing so.

    Looking at a 17", i7, 4GB, 128GB SSD with Applecare. That's a base price of £2, 500 here in the UK or $3865! Another 4GB of RAM is £320 taking the total to £2, 820 or $4360. Feeling faint just thinking about it!

    Cheers,

    jahman
     
  2. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    For app development running Xcode, 4GB is enough.
     
  3. Hellhammer Moderator

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    Try with 4GB first and keep your eye on Activity Monitor. If you're using more than 75% of your RAM most of the time, it might be worth it to get some more
     
  4. techound1 macrumors 68000

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    With the i7 and the SSD, you really should try out the 4gb first - it should be plenty for your needs with those other specs.
     
  5. Badger^2 macrumors 68000

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    X code really requires nothing elaborate.

    8 gigs of ram is $375US, thats pretty significant amount of money.
     
  6. jahman thread starter macrumors regular

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