About to place an order but conflicted on 8 vs 16gb ram

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  1. Westbrook0 macrumors member

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    Almost ready to click Buy on the 13", but I'm conflicted about 8 vs 16gb of ram. I plan to use this laptop for 5+ years, so would you guys recommend the extra ram? I'll be starting grad school soon, and will be working with large data sets and applying machine learning & vision techniques. Aside from that, some light gaming like Civ, casual music creation, web development, and art.
     
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    I mean 16GB of memory wouldn't hurt if price is a concern. But honestly 8GBs of ram has been a good number for most people for quite a few years now, and that really doesn't look like it's going to change soon.
     
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    If you are planning to keep it 5 years or longer then definitely max out the RAM. Better pay a couple hundred extra now than having to buy a whole new machine in 5 years if you feel like you need more RAM.
     
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    8 GB is fine if you're worried about the financial increase for the 16, but I would shoot for 16 if you're looking to hold on to your device.
     
  7. therealseebs macrumors 65816

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    I would absolutely recommend the 16GB. If that means compromising on other things, that may be livable. If it means waiting, again, that may be livable. But I have an 8GB machine, and it is annoying.
     
  8. Westbrook0 thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks for your opinions guys! But my question then becomes, after the 16gb upgrade, I'm only about $400 away from the base 15, so wouldn't the 13" become too overpriced at that point?
     
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    If you want to get another 5+ years out of your MacBook then you should go for 16GB. I rather buy a new model but that's just me.
     
  11. Fancuku macrumors 6502a

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    Completely different machine. Quad core i7, dedicated gpu and 16gb ram standard.
    You first need to decide if you want a 13" or 15".
     
  12. timcook_boyfriend macrumors newbie

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    Daily use, few bootcamp, virtual machine install > 8 gb
    Intensive use, too browser tabs, too bootcamp-virtual machine install > 16 gb
     
  13. 5iMacs macrumors regular

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    I frequently run analyses on large data sets as well and memory is hugely important. As are extra CPU cores. Personally I would choose the 2015 15" MBP in this case. Unless the size is a deal breaker or the extra approx. $600 for the 2016 model is no concern.
     
  14. aajeevlin macrumors 6502a

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    I don't know if you can compare it like that, I mean giving the fact that Apple computer are already somewhat over priced to start with. If you always think of it as pay a little bit more to get to the next level, it'd be very hard to actually purchase anything. I think your purchase decision should be what is your desired screen size first? what is the purpose of your machine? I mean if you need to take this guy with you all the time, whats the point of buying 15 vs 13?
     
  15. JTK28, Nov 2, 2016
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    Get the extra ram and (if you can afford it), also get the best graphics card you can. You can never have too much memory and you will always need a better graphics card. Especially if you plan on keeping your computer to 5+ years.

    Im still using my 2009 macbook pro and i'm glad i got the best computer i could afford at the time. while my computer is pretty obsolete at this point, i can still run modern day programs without too much trouble.
     
  16. 5iMacs macrumors regular

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    Another consideration is whether in a two or three years you will actually be running real data sets (not just samples for dev/debugging) on your own machine. Some of the people I know are already working in the cloud with google Dataproc, Databricks, etc.

    (In that case it doesn't matter what machine you access it from)
     
  17. therealseebs macrumors 65816

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    Up to you. If a larger screen is worth $400 to you, then maybe it's worth the upgrade. But you might prefer the smaller machine. But this is a personal preference thing, I think.
     
  18. crassapple Suspended

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    I'm using a 2008 macbook (the original unibody). Purchased with 2GB ram and upgraded to 4GB then 8GB. I would absolutely get 16GB if you want to get 5+ years out of it. That's the one upgrade I'm getting with the non-TB MBP.
     

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