Penryn MBP 2.5 "Basic Use" Do I really need to upgrade Ram?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by jiholl, Mar 3, 2008.

  1. jiholl macrumors member

    Feb 10, 2003
    Hi...just got new MBP 2.5 Penryn...I really just use it for web, email, very occasional iphoto or itunes..I read that most everyone here maxes out Ram..but do I really need to..will I notice any difference?..thanks
  2. Watabou macrumors 68040


    Feb 10, 2008
    United States
    I don't get why you bought MBP then...
    Whatever...And 2 GBs is fine for you.
  3. KrAyZiE macrumors newbie

    Jan 20, 2008
  4. jiholl thread starter macrumors member

    Feb 10, 2003

    wanted 15.4 screen...and I kept my Powerbook for 5 like to be future proof as much as possible....also wanted light up keyboard and just love look and feel over macbook. Its an indulgence...I admit it.
  5. NewbieNerd macrumors 6502a


    Sep 22, 2005
    Chicago, IL
    Well, I can understand someone just liking the larger screen or the look of it or the backlit keyboard or the multitouch. I just wonder why the OP bought the 2.5 instead of just the THAT really seems strange.

    You'll be fine at 2GB of RAM, but if you've got money to burn, the sure, up it to 4GB.
  6. jiholl thread starter macrumors member

    Feb 10, 2003

    got 8% employer discount so just went for 2.5
  7. Achiever macrumors 6502


    Jan 23, 2008
    For your needs, 2 GB of RAM will be more than sufficient.
  8. TimJim macrumors 6502a

    May 15, 2007
    All you do is surf the web? You could have even bought another Powerbook on eBay.

    Anyway, 2GB will be fine for you.

    Edit: Employer Discount?, aren't Apple employees not aloud to be on forums?
  9. blurb23 macrumors 6502a

    Feb 25, 2007
    Other companies offer discounts as well.

    For example, I know that Alcoa offers a discount equal to the EDU discount.
  10. jbg232 macrumors 65816


    Oct 15, 2007
    You guys are being really harsh - he wanted the screen and to run leopard - completely reasonable to get a middle MBP, especially because the base model is so crippled in the cache department. Plus, the graphics card really can make a difference rendering certain parts of the GUI

    OP, to answer your question: 2GB will be fine, but 4GB is only ~130 and it will definitely help you "future-proof" your machine. But unless you are running Windows Vista virtualized or any other RAM-demanding programs don't worry about it for the time being.
  11. John.B macrumors 601


    Jan 15, 2008
    Holocene Epoch
    He doesn't need a reason, other than he wanted to buy one and he had the means to close the deal. Sheesh!

    "In communist Russia, laptop computer buys you!" LOL
  12. EvryDayImShufln macrumors 65816


    Sep 18, 2006
    You should have bought the 2.4 model. Future proofing doesnt matter when you only surf the net lol
  13. ozziegn macrumors 6502a


    Aug 16, 2007
    Central FL Area
    don't bash the OP just because he likes good stuff. I'm the same exact way. I just bought my 15" MBP Penryn setup and all I do is browse the net and check email.

    what can I say? I also like good stuff. LOL :p
  14. markrivers macrumors 6502a


    Feb 9, 2008
    Valencia, California
    the man has taste!
    just like the rest of us..
    who doesn't want a " plastic looking" laptop


    i bought RAM from NewEgg and it onl cost 85 bucks with free shipping.
    since you went for the mid range, i assume that 85 is just pennies for you!
    congratulations on your purchase
  15. jiholl thread starter macrumors member

    Feb 10, 2003
    In Defense

    Sorry folks...didnt mean to start a fight...all in good fun, I hope :) To further clarify....One of the main reasons I chose to sick with MBP and not MB was because of the location that I use the computer in. In my library I have a set of french doors facing west and the light and sun in the afternoon would create a ridiculous glare on a glossy screen..also have large light overhead behind to only surfing web..true that is what I do most on a day to day basis..and I imagine that is what most home users do day to day, but I like that I can do ALOT more with this machine and know that it can handle it...I might want to run Windows virtually..I use it at work and can see benefits of having both operating systems, I do scan photos now and then and I might do movies too. And yes I do like nice things, and am fortunate to be able to afford them :)
  16. Zeos macrumors 6502

    Jan 24, 2008
    I use my new MBP Penryn 2.5 for the exact sort of things you list plus text editing. It runs Mac OSX and Win XP via Bootcamp plenty fast with 2 GB RAM.

    Part of my reason for going with the MBP is that when I travel for work, I plan on leaving my business Dell D620 at home and taking my personal MBP. I already have it loaded up with Office 2007 Ultimate, Lotus Notes client and other good stuff. The MBP is definitely the right choice for versatility and for professional looks. And personally, I would have bought the MBP reagradless just for the backlit keyboard. I hate pecking for keys on a dark plane or in a dark meeting room.
  17. tremendous macrumors 6502


    Jan 16, 2008
    UK? Yeah I'm OK. Stop asking.
    oh i know what you mean. it's been terrible since i installed the sliding glass roof in the solarium. glare everywhere
  18. soccerjoe5 macrumors regular

    Feb 3, 2008
    to the threadstarter, you don't have to justify your purchase.

    guys, it'd help to just answer his question on RAM instead of bashing/questioning his purchase of the MBP.
  19. Joko macrumors 6502


    Jan 30, 2008
    Wow some interesting responses, sounds a little bit like jealousy to me.

    To the OP: If you want to buy a Ferrari for Sunday visits to the beach, that's your choice..don't mind the negative replies.

    2GB is plenty for what you do.
  20. spaceballl macrumors 68030


    Nov 2, 2003
    San Francisco, CA
    If you want to keep your computer for FIVE years (yuck!), then upgrade the RAM. RAM prices are at record lows right now. For $100, you can get 4 gigs of RAM. pretty sweet deal. You can also eBay the RAM you pull out of your MBP so you really don't end up paying that much at all.
  21. tremendous macrumors 6502


    Jan 16, 2008
    UK? Yeah I'm OK. Stop asking.
    yeah LOL @ OP for wanting something to last!!!!! OMG i wonder if he feels dumb for not upgrading every 6 months?!?!

    I am simply amazed at some of the spoilt, self-centred, blinkered, money grows on trees attitudes on this forum. yuck indeed.
  22. notatrumpetpro macrumors member

    Feb 19, 2008
    Do you read what you type? If you don't want to be positive you don't need to reply, obviously you haven't tried to help answer the OPs question, instead you have been negative.

    @ OP like others have said, if you have $85 it's a great update. Day-to-day use want see a huge imporvement, for what you are doing with the machine, but you will see things be a little bit quicker. I hope that helps and enjoy the new machine!
  23. akadmon Suspended

    Aug 30, 2006
    New England
    No discount on the 2.4Hhz model? :confused:
  24. tremendous macrumors 6502


    Jan 16, 2008
    UK? Yeah I'm OK. Stop asking.
    oh dear. the first comment was at the user who thought wanting a computer to last for five years warranted a 'yuck'. i think the OP's aim of keeping a computer for that long is a GOOD thing. I was being critical of spaceballl, as I find the attitude that keeping things for any length of time is somehow a bad thing to be pretty distasteful.

    the second comment was a joke. french doors in his library..i have..oh forget it .
  25. BlueScreenX macrumors member


    Feb 7, 2008
    San Antonio TX
    I would have bought a MBP even if i was not using it for photo work. 13 inch screens make me hate life.:( And shame on everyone who gave him a hard time for buying a mbp.

    The french door's in your library= You win!!

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