8GB Ram or Dual SSD's, $$$ Burning a hole in my Pocket.

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by dsa420, Jul 30, 2009.

  1. dsa420 macrumors 6502

    Feb 23, 2007
    Feeling frivolous and want to continue my upgrade pursuit of my MBP. Currently I have 4GB or RAM (came stock with my 15" purchased a couple of weeks ago) and a 256GB SSD boot drive.

    The 500GB hdd that came with the machine is in the optical bay. Which would be the bigger bang for the buck, upgrading to 8GB or RAM or an additional 256GB SSD?
  2. geoffreak macrumors 68020


    Feb 8, 2008
    Send the money to me. You have plenty of upgrades.

    Additional RAM will only make your computer faster if you have used all your existing RAM.
    Another SSD will only make your computer faster if you put it in RAID 0 with your other SSD.
  3. adamk77 macrumors 6502

    Jan 6, 2008
    I'd go with the second SSD and do RAID 0.

    I haven't had a need to go above 4 GB for my needs. I don't know about your computing habits though.
  4. rgarjr macrumors 603


    Apr 2, 2009
    Southern California
    it depends if you need more extra hard drive space.
  5. Gabriel GR macrumors 6502a

    Gabriel GR

    Jul 12, 2009
    Athens, Greece
    I've posted it in numerous thread. I don't see a reason why people would RAID 0 SSD's as there is no way to get data in and out of the computer at such speed and the single SSD almost never tops. Seek times and latency doesn't reduce either.

    If you want performance get a single SSD and save up/wait for more ram. The second SSD will just add storage but you can do that with a normal drive. Just not raid them.
  6. dsa420 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Feb 23, 2007
    So much for the dual SSD idea.... I sounds like there would be no gain in speed.
  7. JavierP macrumors regular

    Mar 17, 2008
    It reduces the time from getting stuff from disk to ram
  8. geoffreak macrumors 68020


    Feb 8, 2008
    ... so let's go back to my original suggestion! I can stop that money from burning a hole in your pocket.
  9. jav6454 macrumors P6


    Nov 14, 2007
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
    If you find yourself using more than 4GB RAM, I'd suggest going with the RAM offerings. Otherwise, a RAID 0 set-up will help you boost speeds to insane levels in notebooks.
  10. percival504 macrumors regular

    Feb 10, 2009
  11. fireman13 macrumors 6502

    Aug 12, 2008
    Florida Panhandle
  12. applebook macrumors 6502a


    Jul 21, 2009
    + 1

    What sort of monitor(s) do you have? Perhaps upgrade if you don't have the latest and best. I'm dying for a 120Hz LED LCD.
  13. HLdan macrumors 603


    Aug 22, 2007
    Adding more ram to supplement used up ram won't make the computer run any faster, it will just prevent it from slowing down due to accessing the HDD for memory swapping.
    Sheesh, a year ago 2GB of ram and a 5400rpm HDD was MORE than enough in a notebook for most people. Honestly, do you really need 8GB ram and a dual SSD or is the OP just bored and wants to brag that he has money to spend?:p
  14. Eidorian macrumors Penryn


    Mar 23, 2005
    I had 4 GB of RAM and a 320 GB hard drive back in 2007 in my MacBook. They were cheap when I got them.

    Personally, savings account and get ready for layoffs.
  15. Dan73 macrumors 6502a

    Jul 30, 2009
    I'd get niether. Unless you're actually using up all 4GB of your RAM then I would get the 8GB. But 1 SSD for a laptop is plenty fast in my opinion.

    Want to buy me a 160GB (or 80GB) of the new Intels pretty please? :D
  16. antskip macrumors regular

    Apr 24, 2009
    Unless you need rather than want 8GB of ram (e.g.huge photo files to process), go for the second SSD, and place all your data files there. In replacing the HDD, you will be accessing your files at SSD speed, your second storage area will be utterly silent, like your primary drive, and the files stored there will be much safer than on a HDD, in the event of a sudden impact. It is always much better to separate your OS and your stored files in separate media, and much better for both those media to be SSD's than a SSD and a HDD (e.g both are silent, not just one, which will make one being silent of little benefit - similarly, with heat levels, and demands on system fans) provided the 2nd SSD has sufficient storage space for your needs.
  17. Dr.Pants macrumors 65816


    Jan 8, 2009
    Depends on what you use your machine for. What are you usually do on it that is strenuous?


    As a computer monitor, no. While some intermediate frames might be beneficial on large televisions, not so on "small" computer monitors; furthermore, DVI/HDMI is still broadcasting at 60Hz, making the point somewhat moot.
  18. thegoldenmackid macrumors 604


    Dec 29, 2006
    dallas, texas
    Put the money in the bank until February. When your new computer comes take out the SSD, etc. etc. etc. Both seem rather unnecessary.
  19. moral-hazard macrumors regular

    Jul 27, 2009
    Palo Alto, CA
    Financial responsibility is good...personally my spare income is going to stocks, IRA, CD's, etc...new computer hardware is never a good investment.:rolleyes:

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