Custom rMBP - which upgrades to get?

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  1. JackDaRos macrumors newbie

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    Hi everyone!
    I'm getting a 13" rMBP next week... I'm wondering if it's better to upgrade the processor (2.4 to 2.6 GHz) or the ram (8GB to 16GB) for roughly the same price?
     
  2. ano0oj macrumors 6502

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    depends on your needs, but if you're using your laptop for basic needs (browsing, streaming, microsoft office, etc) then you'll notice very minimal performance increase even if you upgrade both.
     
  3. JackDaRos thread starter macrumors newbie

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    well, i'm going to use it mainly for photoshop, aperture, autocad, web browsing and office...
     
  4. AlecMyrddyn macrumors 6502

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    There are a metric ton of threads on this subject.

    But given your reply, I'd recommend RAM over processor.
     
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  6. AlecMyrddyn macrumors 6502

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    Sounds like you are looking at the mid-level base model, 2.4/8/256, and upgrading either the processor for $100 or the RAM for $200?
     
  7. ano0oj macrumors 6502

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    yes, ram would be the thing to upgrade first, but given his uses, I doubt he'll ever use up 8gb either
     
  8. AlecMyrddyn macrumors 6502

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    Depends on how large the files he's editing are, and how many of those apps are running together at the same time. I could see 16 GB helping things out if the PS files are huge or multiple files are open at once.
     
  9. Tears Apart macrumors 6502a

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    Same dilemmas here. Initially I was all for ram over CPU. Then an Apple assistant convinced me of the opposite.

    Eventually coming to the conclusion that I will be more than happy with the base high-end model (8Gb/512Gb)
     
  10. JackDaRos thread starter macrumors newbie

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    As I'm expecting to keep it for 4-5 years, which upgrade would make it more future proof?
     
  11. PDFierro macrumors 68040

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    RAM. Definitely.
     
  12. JackDaRos thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Those 200 MHz wouldn't make a difference in photoshop?
     
  13. rMBP2013 macrumors member

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    Based on your usage, get neither update.

    Save the $200 or invest it in AppleCare.
     
  14. JackDaRos thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks:)
     

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