PB RAM vs HD space

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by TheBerr, Oct 24, 2005.

  1. TheBerr macrumors newbie

    Oct 24, 2005
    Tried to find a thread that answered this, but this is my 1st time and cannot find the answer.
    I will buy a PB 15" tmrw (my 1st Mac!!!). I was wondering whether to spend the hard earned cash on more RAM or larger HD.
    With working mostly on video editing and DVD burning, plus some recreational games, would it be better to go RAM instead?
    My option at the moment is to go 2x512MB from apple (i am buying from the USA to be used in Germany) or go for the 1MB and leave the slot open for later. In this case I can only afford the standard 80GB HD.

    Does this seem right?

    thank in advance

  2. Chef Medeski macrumors 6502a

    Chef Medeski

    Jun 14, 2005
    New York, NY
    Definetly go for HD space. Ram is much cheaper not from Apple and HD space cannot be upgraded. While RAM is very important probably more so than HD, you can only change out the RAM so go for the 100gigger.
  3. neocell macrumors 65816


    May 23, 2005
    Great White North
    I would be tempted to go with the larger HD, as it's much easier to add ram later, than a new HD. That said, 80GB is fairly large so by added another 20 or 40GB might not really be needed. More ram is always good. 512 isn't bad, but editing videos and games would be better with more. I would probably go with the 100 GB HD and try it out with the ram that comes standard, then in a few months buy a 1GB chip from a 3rd party (cheaper than from apple). Good luck with your new toy and congrats.
  4. Clix Pix macrumors demi-goddess

    Clix Pix

    Oct 9, 2005
    8 miles from the Apple Store at Tysons (VA)
    Go for the RAM

    OK, here's my take on this, based on years of experience with various PCs (I'm now using my first Mac!): go for the additional RAM right from the start, as that will affect every aspect of the machine's performance. Some software is pretty RAM-intensive and it does make a difference to have as much RAM in there as you can afford. DVD burning and video editing are definitely RAM-intensive activities. I would choose the 1 GB chip and that way you've left the other slot open for later on when you might want to add another 1 GB. Getting 2 512s is going to mean that later on when you do decide to upgrade that you'll be wasting one of those chips. When I bought my iMac at the Apple store and said that I wanted to max out the machine with 2 1GB chips, they "bought back" the 512 chip that was initially in the machine. Nothing wasted and now I don't have an extra chip floating around here unused the way I would've had I gone ahead and waited to upgrade the RAM myself. Yes, it costs a bit more to have Apple upgrade the RAM chips but my feeling on this was since I was buying a brand-new machine, might as well go all the way and have it done, then I wouldn't have to worry about it, and if there were problems the machine and the RAM are both under warranty and it would be their responsibility if they'd put in a bad chip. Happily, everything is working great in this machine, no problems...

    I have also just ordered a 15" PB and again did the same thing, maxed out the RAM (2 GB), and now I will be assured of maximum memory performance from the get-go and won't need to worry about upgrading it further down the road. On both the iMac and the PB I will be doing Photoshop, Dreamweaver, etc., as well as burning DVDs. Even when doing basic day-to-day computing activities, the increase in RAM is noticeable.

    In your situation, go with the 1 GB chip in the one slot so that further on down the road when you're ready to pop in more memory, you'll have that free slot ready to go and there will be no waste the way there would be if you pull out the existing 512 MB one.

    As for the hard drive issue: I'd stick with the hard drive configuration and size that you can afford -- the standard 80 GB should be fine for a while -- and put the money into the RAM. Later on down the road you could always add on an external hard drive (and this is usually recommended anyway for providing a safe backup to your system and data).

    Good luck! I'm waiting for my new PB to arrive later this week.

  5. ipacmm macrumors 65816


    Jun 17, 2003
    Cincinnati, OH
    I agree with everyone about the hard drive, that would be the first thing I would upgrade, you can always upgrade the ram later on from crucial.
  6. Demon Hunter macrumors 68020

    Mar 30, 2004
    Apple is very picky about installing hard-drives. If you think you'll need the extra storage, go for the hard-drive. It can make your warranty a mess later on if you install one yourself.
  7. Zoowatch macrumors 6502

    Jan 6, 2004
    Sheffield, UK
    get the biggest HD for ur Powerbook

    the RAM can come later...
    (it's much easier to upgrade RAM at a later point)

    small hard disks get filled up pretty quickly

    so i'd recommend a 100GB hard disk

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