Opinions Everyone! *Upgrading MBP*

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by EddieMac, Aug 2, 2010.

  1. EddieMac macrumors newbie

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    Here's the deal, I purchased a 13' 4gb ram, 250gb hd 2,4ghz MBP a couple of weeks ago. I upgraded from my old MBP 2008 model. My question: I am attending university 1st year this September and my program doesn't call for any editing software (photoshop, finalcut, grageband...) just word, ppt and sometimes excel. I plan on keeping/using this laptop for a while and am considering upgrading the ram and hd to 8gb and 500gb. The total price for both upgrades is about $310 at the OWC site. Should I A) wait some time or B) upgrade now because the price is good or C) leave it stock because its fine itself.

    *Note* I plan on installing office 08 in a few days.

    -Thanks
     
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    You don't need 8 GB of RAM to run the Office suite.
     
  3. saxon48 macrumors 6502a

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    Definitely don't go with the RAM upgrade. Only up the HDD if you're planning on having a massive iTunes library, or something of the like.

    My 250 GB HDD and 4 GB's of RAM have done me well through my first year of college. No worries.
     
  4. aohus macrumors 68000

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    nod. if you want a noticeable improvement in speed, best option would be to replace your HD for a SSD.
     
  5. EddieMac thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Is there a big difference between 4-8 gb of ram. My guess is that it will run 2x faster... not too sure though.
     
  6. aohus macrumors 68000

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    whoa whoa there. not at all. more ram does not equal faster speed.

    its like this

    every program (or app, or however you want to call it) utilizes a set amount of memory. chances are you will NOT be utilizing all 8GB. Even if you had 20 instances of a web browser open with multiple video editing suites/adobe, you're not going to reach full capacity of 8GB.

    if you're gunning for speed, its best to just upgrade the CPU, 4GB is plenty good. You're only wasting money/time by adding up to 8GB. Now, if you're doing sysadmin work on your system (which i doubt) running 8 virtualization processes, chances are youre gonna need that 8GB real fast, heck, maybe 16GB.
     
  7. saxon48 macrumors 6502a

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    You would notice a significant speed gain in RAM intensive programs (Photoshop and the like) if you were to upgrade. Again, for what you'll be using your MBP for, 4 GB is perfectly fine.
     
  8. jbrenn macrumors 6502a

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    leave it as is for now in a year or two then upgrade the ram and or hard drive if you need more space or memory. It will more than likely be cheaper then.
     
  9. TZRaceR6 Guest

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    You want speed, go with an SSD. You barely notice any difference with more RAM, but with an SSD... holy crap! I hate using other computers now that have HDD's (especially 5400rpm ones.)
     
  10. saxon48 macrumors 6502a

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    :(
     
  11. EddieMac thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Stupid question here, Your MBP specs says 128SSD and 6GB ram, do you see a significant increase in speed b/c of your 6gb ram upgrade and is the 128SSD an internal modification?
     
  12. EddieMac thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Do you think the price wil be cheaper? the total upgrade 8gb ram and 500gb hdd is about $310?
     
  13. TopHatPlus macrumors 6502

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    you definetely do not require the upgrade!!! and if you are going to buy it buy it now, i spent the same 2 days ago on 2gb of ddr2 ram as i did in 2007 so it really seems to make no difference.
     
  14. KirkL macrumors 6502

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    Ya just get the SSD. This will increase your laptop's speed better than any RAM upgrade.
     
  15. RWil85 macrumors 6502a

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    I don't by any means intend to hijack the thread..but, if you guys swear that the SSD upgrade will be a serious performance enhancer for a Macbook Pro..

    can someone suggest a reputable brand/model, as well as a common size, etc.?

    thanks so much in advance!
     
  16. curlefry macrumors newbie

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    Agreeing with other posts here. You already have the 2010 13". It's cheaper and most of all more efficient to upgrade to a SSD. If you already have a decent non-iPhone and are just looking for something Apple to add to your collection: iPod! :D
     
  17. EddieMac thread starter macrumors newbie

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  18. KirkL macrumors 6502

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    Intel makes them. Size is really dependent on your needs as the SSDs are pretty expensive. 80GB easily will set you back $200.
     
  19. RWil85 macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah, haha..just saw a 480GB over at owc.com for $1600 :eek:

    and still, the consensus is that the performance enhancement is worth that cost?
     
  20. KirkL macrumors 6502

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    Yeah :D

    Check this out

    http://www.anandtech.com/show/3762/...ly-2010-reviewed-shaking-the-cpugpu-balance/3

     
  21. nineohtoo macrumors 6502

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    ^yep. If you can do without an optical drive use an SSD with a larger HDD. I'm running an 80GB+500GB that I plan on upgrading to 80GB+1TB and I'm very happy with it.
     
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  23. KirkL macrumors 6502

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    No problem :). You can probably make do with 80GB. Ya some people use SSD just for the Apps since using it for Storage would be so expensive.
     
  24. EddieMac thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Ssd Hybrid

    Im really considering the Seagate Momentus Xt the hybrid ssd/hdd its pretty cheap and has plenty of storage room not to mention that it is also fast.

    Opinions?
     
  25. bsmith918 macrumors newbie

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    From what I have read, it's not all that fast. Certainly not comparable to a SSD.
     

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