Need help choosing the upgrades

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

  1. deltagods macrumors newbie

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    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

    Thanks,
     
  2. deltagods thread starter macrumors newbie

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  3. KeegM480 macrumors 6502a

    KeegM480

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

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    If you're going for the 2.6/16GB, Check out Macmall.com.
    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

    glenthompson

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    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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