Get the 13 inch i7 or base model i5 and add Ram and SSD

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by mariot, Aug 25, 2011.

  1. mariot macrumors member

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    Hello,
    I am going to purchase my first mac tomorrow and I am wondering what option is better for long term use.
    I would either get the base model i7 13 inch or add more ram and get a 128 gig SSD.

    Thanks in advance for the help!
     
  2. dsio macrumors regular

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  3. Young Spade macrumors 68020

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    The jump in processor is a waste of money. Get the baseline and buy the ram yourself from an online site for 50 bucks. No sense wasting money when you don't have to.

    And no, using your own ram doesn't void the warranty and you can install it within 5 minutes of getting it.
     
  4. dmccloud macrumors 6502a

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    I bought the 13" base model, then bought an 8GB RAM upgrade and a Seagate Momentus XT Hybrid drive for about $180. That gave me the added memory as well as a faster HDD than stock without the SSD premium.
     
  5. DWBurke811 macrumors 6502a

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    What will you be using your laptop for? Without knowing that it's hard to recommend what you should get.
     
  6. Young Spade macrumors 68020

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    Doesn't really matter; the 200 dollar upgrade for the little bit of performance makes no sense whatsoever.

    Real world improvements are from nil to minor.
     
  7. Dhelsdon macrumors 65816

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    I just did this.:D
     
  8. thinkinblue613 macrumors 6502

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    Whichever one you choose, you're walking out of that Apple store on cloud 9. Enjoy it! ;)
     
  9. Prodo123 macrumors 68020

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    The jump in processor only gives you Hyper-threading. The baseline + upgrades give you extreme speed.
    Use common sense and get both. xD Or get the baseline + upgrades
     

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