Advice buying rMBP 13

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  1. jcmpdo macrumors newbie

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    Hi

    I am going to buy a new retina MBP 13'' but I need some help.
    In terms of SSD I know that I need 256GB.

    I need advice on the CPU and RAM.

    CPU: i5 2.4 GHz or i5 2.6 GHz
    RAM: 8 or 16 GB

    I am going to use it for web browing, pages/office, a Linux VM, java and c++ programming with eclipse, some Matlab, lots of pdfs.

    What do you think?
    Thanks
     
  2. simon48 macrumors 65816

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    How long do you plan on keeping it? VMs eat RAM for breakfast, but Linux isn't as needy as Windows. I'd lean towards 16GB
     
  3. jcmpdo thread starter macrumors newbie

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  4. simon48 macrumors 65816

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    I would say 16GB and you don't really need the CPU bump. I'd get a few more opinions though, but get out before the inevitable RAM argument starts. ;)
     
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  6. carjakester macrumors 68020

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    id get the standard cpu and 16gb of ram, if you can get the best everything. Enjoy!
     
  7. BlueMoonForever macrumors 6502

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    I'd wait as long as you can, or even buy the classic macbook pro. The retina line still has issues. I just a 13" with bad image retention.
     
  8. disasterdrone macrumors 6502

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    Get the RAM - the CPU difference is not noticeable.
     
  9. simon48 macrumors 65816

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    If you get a bad display you just exchange it. There's no need to wait, the problems are not that common.
     
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    Yea I agree with simon48. I used to use VM a lot, and since I only have 8GB of RAM it's very power-hungry.
     
  12. Groovemaster17 macrumors member

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    I agree mostly with the above...

    Get the RAM now because you can't upgrade later. You'll be glad you have 16GB if you plan on keeping it for more than two years.

    The CPU speed most likely won't be noticeable. Stick with the i5. These new retina machines get their speed from the PCIe based flash.

    Hope that helps.
     
  13. fskywalker macrumors 65816

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    +1 for 16GB Ram and I5 processor. If you have some extra cash beyond the 16GB Ram, go for a bigger SSD drive rather than a faster CPU.
     
  14. Commy1 macrumors 6502a

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    I'm using the exact configure you're looking at with 16GB ram, I'm loving it.
    Truly a great machine for everything and more you would plan on using it.
     
  15. Groovemaster17 macrumors member

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    Ssd

    Yeah, the storage would be the next place I look to with extra $$.

    256GB is nothing to sneeze at, but you have to look long term. Just another thing to consider.

    BTW, I use a new, 2013 15" MBPr with 16GB/512SSD/Nvidia GPU. If I didn't need the graphics power, however, I'd go with the 13". IMO, it's a very nice size with a killer display :D
     
  16. jcmpdo thread starter macrumors newbie

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    In terms of storage 256GB is more than enough for me.

    So between a 2.4GHz/16GB or a 2.6GHz/8GB configuration, you would choose the first one?

    Dont you think is worth the upgrade from the i5 2.4 to the i5 2.6 GHz? You get more 0.2 GHz on cpu and 0.1 GHz gpu, for 100$.
     
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  18. fskywalker macrumors 65816

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    I would favor 16GB Ram over the 2.4 to 2.6 Ghz increase, but if you can do both it is not a bad idea. Before I got a great deal for my 2.8/16/1TB 13" rMBP I had my mind set on 16GB Ram and the 2.6 GHz chip since most say it is the best bang for the buck CPU upgrade.
     
  19. accountforit macrumors 6502a

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    8gb really is a lot of RAM and more than enough for most people. I too would agree that I would rather have the 16gb or RAM over a small CPU bump that you will probably never notice. However, I would watch the refurb store and wait for the 2.6/8gb/512gb model to pop up again for $1,529.

    I really think this combo in the refurb store is the best bang for your buck. That is unless you figure you absolutely need the 16gb, which it doesn't sound like it's a necessity.
     

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