Baseline 13" or high end 13"

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  1. thda13 macrumors newbie

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    Im deciding between these two which one should i get. I mainly use for school, web browsing, downloading all that stuff and only a tiny bit gaming.

    if i get the baseline 13" what upgrades should i get or should i just get the high end 13"
     
  2. DWBurke811 macrumors 6502a

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    Order a stock base 13", then throw in 8GB or RAM yourself, as well as a SSD in whatever size you need.
     
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  4. Naimfan macrumors 68040

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    Welcome to MR.

    You might try the search feature--there are scores of threads on your exact question. To summarize, the base 13" is the one to get.
     
  5. palpatine macrumors 68040

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    i agree with everything above, especially using the search feature :)

    welcome to mr.
     
  6. Michael383 macrumors 6502a

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  7. thda13 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    If i get the base 13" what uprgrades should i get?

    and thx for the advice :)
     
  8. Skream macrumors member

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    All you can really upgrade is the HD and the ram, but for your needs I don't think you'd ever need an SSD or more then 4gigs of ram.
     
  9. palpatine macrumors 68040

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    you can always get the upgrades later. i'd say you ought to give it a try, see what you think, and upgrade if the performance doesn't meet expectations.
     
  10. zap2 macrumors 604

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    The SSD is really a great upgrade, even if you don't need it, it saves a ton of time for booting. If you end up wanting a huge amount of storage the HDD is a solid choice, but honestly, I prefer the speed on my laptop(which has very similar usage as yours)

    Although I have a desktop to go with it, which gives me more storage choices elsewhere.
     
  11. thda13 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    i dont have desktop so i will need at least 500gb for sure :/ and is there a big differnce between 4gb ram and 8gb?
     
  12. lindstedt56 macrumors regular

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    Baseline - If Apple offered a custom high res in the 13 it would be worth it
     
  13. zap2 macrumors 604

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    Depends on how much multitasking is worth to you...if you'd want not worry about it, I'd upgrade.

    If you feel comfortable doing your own upgrade is much cheaper, almost a no brainer for that route from a price perspective. And the actual upgrade is quite easy.
     
  14. thda13 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    other than the ram, is there a huge differnce between the 5400rpm and the 7200rpm performance wise and price wise and woould it be worth it?
     
  15. zap2 macrumors 604

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    I don't know the price difference off hand, but honestly HDDs are such a large bottleneck, I'd get the fastest possible model.

    Not sure how you feel about upgrading the HDD yourself, but there are some 1TB at 5400RPM and 750GB at 7200RPM that fit in the Mac Mini which you can find on newegg. Also there are hybrid drives which help speed things up, having a small SDD and the standard HDD all in a 2.5" enclosure. I think those top out at 500GB though.
     

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