More RAM or new computer?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by igmolinav, Apr 10, 2012.

  1. igmolinav macrumors 65816

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    Hi,

    I have a one year old MBP. I was about to buy more RAM
    to use with photo and video applications. Here is the link:
    http://www.crucial.com/store/mpartspecs.aspx?mtbpoid=87071457A5CA7304

    But then I thought that if MBPs are going to get updated,
    they may come with at least 8 GB of RAM.

    What would be your thoughts on this?

    Thank you, kind regards,

    igmolinav : ) !!!
     
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    To determine if you can benefit from more RAM, launch Activity Monitor and click the System Memory tab at the bottom to check your page outs. Page outs are cumulative since your last restart, so the best way to check is to restart your computer and track page outs under your normal workload (the apps, browser pages and documents you normally would have open). If your page outs are significant (say 1GB or more) under normal use, you may benefit from more RAM. If your page outs are zero or very low during normal use, you probably won't see any performance improvement from adding RAM.

    Mac OS X: Reading system memory usage in Activity Monitor
     
  3. simsaladimbamba

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  4. lamboman macrumors 6502

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    Little use in upgrading a whole system just because of increased memory capacity. The new machines will likely still come with 4GB of memory as this is a good starting point that most users will be able to get by on without any issues.

    Memory is dirt cheap now anyway. Even in the UK, I was amazed at how little it costs to get 8GB of memory.
     
  5. Interstella5555 macrumors 603

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    MBP Ram:
    8GB - ~$40
    16GB ~$120

    New MBP:
    Baseline: $1,799
    High end $2,199

    I would go for the RAM, the MBP will last you at least 5 years, so your current one has plenty of life left in it.
     
  6. igmolinav thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Hi,

    Thank you : ) !!! I'll go ahead to launch Activity Monitor,
    but as I go to to that, I would also like to know where do
    you get 16 GB of RAM for less than $120 ?? The one
    from the link, from crucial, is a lot more in price.

    Kind regards,

    igmolinav : ) !!!
     
  7. simsaladimbamba

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    Newegg.
     
  8. dusk007 macrumors 68040

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    You can also type vm_stat into the terminal and report back the object cache hitrate. If that is not well over 5% the page outs you have don't really matter either. Also if the page outs are only slightly higher than the swap size, it means that the stuff in swap is hardly ever actually swapped and you are just very lazy with closing apps you don't use.
     
  9. igmolinav thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Hi,

    Of all those brands that Newegg sells, is there one that you recommend the most?

    I'll also type vm_stat into the terminal. I hope it is not so bad.

    Thank you, kind regards,

    igmolinav : ) !!!
     
  10. dusk007 macrumors 68040

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    Most of them are the same thing with a different sticker.
     
  11. igmolinav thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Hi,

    If newegg and crucial offer the same RAM, why
    is crucial more expensive ?? Is their RAM better ??

    Thank you, kind regards,

    igmolinav : ) !!!
     
  12. dusk007 macrumors 68040

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    newegg just sells them for a lower price.
    Retailers often lower prices to attract customers who later buy the more expensive stuff too. Brand stores usually don't sell below their recommended retail prices. They don't want to threaten the profit margin of retailers since they depend on those very much.
     
  13. igmolinav thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Hi,

    Thank you : ) !!!

    Kind regards,

    igmolinav : ) !!!
     
  14. SDAVE macrumors 68040

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    More RAM & SSD (Some good deals out there right now).
     
  15. kevink2 macrumors 65816

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    After seeing how SSD improved the boot speed and normal operation of my Mac Pro, at some point I might replace my hard drive in my MBP with one. In this case, though, I'll wait until 500GB drives are more affordable. $500 and more is still a lot of money (though not as much as I was expecting).
     

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