Buying a 13-inch now, want input

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  1. skaertus macrumors 68030

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    I am going to buy a 13-inch retina MacBook Pro for my girlfriend today. At first, she was looking at the Air but then she fell for the retina model.

    In principle, I was going to buy the lower-end version (4 GB, 128 GB) as she will make light use of it, but now I am thinking this configuration is a little puny for such a gorgeous laptop that should last for years. I am thinking of buying the 8 GB, 256 GB instead. Is it worth it, considering the light use (web browsing, emails, word processor)?

    How long is the lower-end version expected to keep fast with only 4 GB?
     
  2. Freyqq macrumors 68040

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    Considering it has a retina screen, all the display elements, etc are going to take 4x the memory. Also, with no dedicated graphics memory, it all comes out of the system memory. When it first came out, there was no 4gb option. So, even apple thought that 8gb was a good number.

    I think 8gb is a good investment.
     
  3. AppleGoat macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah get the 256GB, 8GB configuration. If anything, it increases the resale value of the computer.
     
  4. Idarzoid macrumors 6502

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    Double the storage and RAM for a bit more money? It's worth it, it'll last longer and the resale value is higher.
     
  5. glenthompson macrumors 68000

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    If she decides to do anything else with it like music or photography she is going to want the additional memory and disk space.
     
  6. andyp350 macrumors 6502a

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    If you're happy to spend it get the 256GB 8GB
     
  7. pragmatous macrumors 65816

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    I don't know what your budget is but if you can at least double the RAM. the storage isn't an issue. You can spend 70 bucks and get an external drive. Or just upgrade it later at http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/SSD/OWC/

    edit:
    you cannot upgrade the RAM. I recommend maxing it out.
     
  8. skaertus thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Thanks for your valuable input. I bought the 8 GB, 256 GB model. It will last for a few years. It's a great laptop.
     
  9. Crichton333 macrumors 6502

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    8 GB RAM, the best decision I made a year ago, do it.
     
  10. skaertus thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Yes, that's what I bought. 256 GB SSD as well.
     
  11. s2mikey macrumors 68020

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    It will last for a lot longer than a few years! It better, I have this config and expect a heckuva lot more than a few years out of it. ;)
     
  12. Anitramane macrumors 6502

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    You need to download more ram when you order it.
     
  13. maflynn Moderator

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    I think that's the best option, as others stated the 4GB may cause some performance slow downs as time goes on. As for the 256GB, I think 128GB is just too small now a days.

    Congrats :)

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    That makes no sense, what do you mean download more ram? :confused:
     
  14. yjchua95 macrumors 604

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    What the hell?

    RAM is physically soldered onto the logic board, how the hell does one download RAM?
     
  15. iMacBooked, Jun 8, 2014
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    iMacBooked macrumors 6502a

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    I bought the top end 13" model (2.6/8/512) and I can definitely recommend it. I would have gone for that one, but for light use it would indeed probably have been overkill.
     
  16. Hieveryone macrumors 68020

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    I'm glad you got the 256 GB SSD because she can run boot camp on it if she needs to at some point.

    I run boot camp and even the 256 is tight on space but it'll do.

    P.S. I hope she does something for you ;)...that's an expensive gift for a girlfriend!!! Lucky her!!!
     
  17. simonsi macrumors 601

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    Yep, downloadable RAM needs to be installed with a left-handed screwdriver though :rolleyes:
     

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