Ghz or GB more important?

makefunnyfaces

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Jun 12, 2010
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I'm going to get the Retina display MacBook Pro for college, and I need some advice on how to spend my money.

What I need:
Computer to last me at least four years without getting -too- slow

I was going to get the 2.3ghz with 16gb memory or the 2.6ghz with 8gb memory. It's hard for me to justify ponying up $2,600 for the latter, but if that's what it takes to make my computer run tip top for at least four years, I'm willing to do it. Or do I even need to? Will the 2.3 with 16gb last if I'm just writing papers, doing research, and searching the web?

Thanks so much for the input!
 

Swain

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Nov 6, 2011
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I'm going to get the Retina display MacBook Pro for college, and I need some advice on how to spend my money.

What I need:
Computer to last me at least four years without getting -too- slow

I was going to get the 2.3ghz with 16gb memory or the 2.6ghz with 8gb memory. It's hard for me to justify ponying up $2,600 for the latter, but if that's what it takes to make my computer run tip top for at least four years, I'm willing to do it. Or do I even need to? Will the 2.3 with 16gb last if I'm just writing papers, doing research, and searching the web?

Thanks so much for the input!
Looking at the fact that the RAM is not upgradeable, I'd say 16 GB Ram>2.3Ghz
 

Stetrain

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Feb 6, 2009
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Seconded on going with 16GB of memory.

A 2.3Ghz Ivy Bridge quad core processor is a very fast processor and should last a long time, especially for the tasks you listed (it's actually overkill for the things you list). Software is always using more memory however. Going with 16GB should keep it feeling fast even after several major OS versions come and go.
 

stevelam

macrumors 65816
Nov 4, 2010
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i'm sorry but you are not going to see ANY performance difference going from 8 to 16 gb ram if all you're doing is surfing the web and writing papers.
 
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