Need help choosing the upgrades

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by deltagods, Nov 8, 2013.

  1. deltagods macrumors newbie

    Nov 8, 2013
    I'm thinking of purchasing the macbook pro 13" retina and need help choosing the upgrades. Since i'm a primarily a windows users, my knowledge of mac hardware sucks. But i settled on the rmbp 13, for its lightness, portability, power and resolution. Resolution is my primary concern, because i need space when i program and i hear retina display does not look well in windows.

    My usage:
    • Either bootcamping/vming/parallel windows
    • Using visual studio in windows
    • Programming/development
    • Xcode - making iphone apps
    • Unix usage/admining
    • Photoshop
    • Watching movies/videos (1080p/720p)

    Which should i choose: 8gb ram or 16gb ram.
    Which cpu: i5 2.4, i5 2.6, i7 2.8

  2. deltagods thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 8, 2013
  3. KeegM480 macrumors 6502a


    Aug 13, 2013
    Orlando, FL
    16GB, 2.6GHz Intel i5, probably should wait for black friday, why not save some money :)
  4. Beezy253 macrumors 6502

    Sep 19, 2013
    Tacoma, WA
    If you're going for the 2.6/16GB, Check out
    They may have the configuration you want in-stock.

    There is currently a 3-4 week lead time from Apple for the 13" rMBP with the 16GB ram upgrade.
  5. glenthompson macrumors 68000


    Apr 27, 2011
    If you're running windows via Parallels then get the 16 gb. I have a 15" and find the screen just barely large enough for working in visual studio or Xcode. I have a 23" monitor at my desk which gives me the needed space. I spent too many years programming on Lenovo 14" screens to go with anything smaller. YMMV if the need for portability outweighs the screen real estate.

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