First time Mac buyer

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by peznut, Jun 10, 2013.

  1. peznut macrumors newbie

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    Hi there,
    Looking at purchasing a MacBook Air as a first time Mac buyer. It sounds as though the new release will be available in store tomorrow - is that applicable in Canada as well?

    My use is mainly web browsing, movie watching, some basic business programs, and online poker - I'm sure I'll be downloading some apps from the app store as well. Should I be looking at getting the i7 1.7 or should I be fine with the i5 1.3 GHz - I know if I was buying another windows machine I'd be going after the speed. Should I be looking at 8gb instead of 4gb RAM?

    Basically, which upgrades are worth getting - and which aren't required? I'd like to be able to use the machine without issue for ~2 years before looking at updating again.

    Thanks for your help!
     
  2. mj1108 macrumors 6502a

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    Go with 1.7ghz and 8 gigs of ram. It should last you awhile.
     
  3. fa8362 macrumors 65816

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    You don't need the i7 for "web browsing, movie watching, some basic business programs, and online poker."
     
  4. omgitscro macrumors 6502a

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    The new models will be in-store beginning June 12th, at least in the U.S.

    I can't find any reference on the Canadian store to when the Canadian Retail stores will be getting them. You should call the store before you go.

    I think that 8GB of RAM is almost a necessity these days. But I've been getting by on 2GB for several years and Mac OS X is efficient enough that I don't notice, even when I run very intensive programs. So 4GB may be enough for you. I have a suspicion that it'll be the minimum requirement for OS X Mavericks though.

    You'll be fine with the 1.3GHz i5. It automatically overclocks to 2.6GHz when it needs to.
     
  5. summitRun macrumors regular

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    Well put, and all you need to know OP, imo

    You could prolly find yourself a used mid-July i5 rig for half the price
     
  6. barrk macrumors member

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  7. mattferg macrumors 6502

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    This is what I went for. Whereas the CPU performance increase is minimal for the price the 8GB of RAM is a much better deal.
     

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