Last minute advice for Macbook Air

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by WillWest, Jul 6, 2012.

  1. WillWest macrumors newbie

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    Hi everyone, so I'm a student and so I don't usely run heavy programms but I wanted my Macbook Air 13 (i5) to last 4/5 years..so would the 4go of RAM be enough or should I go with 8go ?? :confused:
     
  2. HenryHealy macrumors member

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    DefInately go with 8 as it can't be upgraded later on.
     
  3. Deeps macrumors regular

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    I would go with 8GB. Its not that much more in terms of £££.
     
  4. G5isAlive macrumors 6502

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    4/5 years is an ambitious target to keep a laptop primarily known for its thin design, not for its powerhouse cpu. it will need all the help it can get. And as noted here, once you buy you can not upgrade the RAM.

    Get the 8.
     
  5. aznguyen316 macrumors 68020

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    Get the 8gb.

    I plan on getting an MBA with 4gb, however I don't hang into my laptops for more than a year. Plus after using my gf air for a day keeping an eye on activity monitor with normal usage I was rarely above 2.5gb used with no page outs. I upgraded my pros to 8gb when possible though, but for 4 years absolutely 8gb ram. $100 is worth it in the long run of 4-5 years.
     
  6. entatlrg macrumors 68040

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    Get the 8 FOR SURE ... it's a cheap upgrade and as time goes by you'll be so glad you have it ... you made not need it now, but what happens if in the future your computer usage changes and you need it.
     
  7. eddjedi macrumors regular

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    It depends what you're using it for. I have a 2011 1.4ghz 11" MBA with 2GB RAM, and it is plenty fast enough for light use (internet etc.) In fact it does most things faster than my i7 iMac with 8GB RAM due to the SSD.
     
  8. noteple macrumors 65816

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    While 4GB is ok today, it will be marginal tomorrow.

    3-4 years is a lot of tomorrows.

    I would upgrade to 8GB today and future proof yourself as much as possible for minimal cost.
     
  9. JackHobbs macrumors regular

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    There are some things you will be able to get round. If you run out of hard drive space you can always use an external hard drive for you files. The RAM thing though, you cannot get round easily.

    Get the 8GB. The 4GB will probably do what you want now but you have no idea what great software there is around the corner that you may want in the next four years.
     
  10. topocalypse macrumors member

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    4 is enough, but i personally prefer 8. if its not upgradable then go with the bigger one then. just to be sure.
     
  11. Vampire5003 macrumors 6502

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    Get the ____

    Honestly it's a no brainer, get the 8GB. Why? Well if you want this beauty of yours to last 4 years than you better have more RAM. Just think 4 years ago we would be making fun of some teenager for putting 4GB of RAM in his Windows XP PC or Mac OSX 10.3/10.4 you know? My point is in 4 years 8GB will be standard and 16GB will probably be preferred. I myself have a retina display macbook pro and have 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD. I will probably sell this computer next year right before the refresh to get the maximum value, but if not I would have got the 512GB SSD and 16GB RAM personally. That away that Mac would still kick*** after 4 years.
     
  12. h4cky0u macrumors member

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    I'm shocked people are even considering 4gb to be enough for the next 3-4 years!
    NO, it will NOT be enough! Go with 8, especially because you are using integrated graphics which shares with RAM instead of having its own discrete RAM.

    I'm just going to say, a Macbook Air/Pro is not the kind of laptop you want to keep for 3-4 years. They are already behind in technology for the price (minus the Macbook Pro Retina) and they update every year.
     
  13. Vampire5003 macrumors 6502

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    Sort of agree, but you're going to get some hate for those comments. My ninja senses are just screaming to me....be warned.
     
  14. WillWest thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Ok thanks guys, I'm gonna go with the 8go of RAM, I don't know if I will keep it that long but, just in case I couldn't get "enough" money to buy the latest model in 2/3 years..you know
    Plus when I'll get ride of it I guess more people would be interested in 8go than 4go :)
    Again thanks
     
  15. h4cky0u macrumors member

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    Excellent choice! You are going to be one happy Macbook Air owner :)
     
  16. Tech198 macrumors G4

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    Macbook Air

    Would you also wanna "future proof" the cpu to ? ... As this is also my decision too on getting the Air.
     
  17. WillWest thread starter macrumors newbie

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    About the CPU I'll stick to the i5, I don't think the i7 is worth the upgrade..
    (for exemple I saw a video from that guy on YouTube :TLDtoday and he was doing speed comparisons, and also Benchmarks,.. between the MBA i7 and i5 and the 2011 model and the i7 was like 3 secondes faster converting a 1080p video..) :)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l7ChhQ1SH1g&feature=plcp

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    Little question, I was ordering my Macbook Air and I was about to buy the base model with 8go of RAM as I said but then I wondered if 128 would be enough :confused:
    I mean..I always can put my moovies and some files in my iPod Classic (that would actually have more space then my computer :p) but over the years if I stick to this Macbook Air and don't resale it, would it be enough as programms are taking more and more RAM but also more and more space (I guess..)
     
  18. aziatiklover macrumors 68030

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    I'm sure 8GB will be standard in 2-3 years. So why not getting 8GB now and you won't regret it in 3-4 years down the road!
     

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