Questions on what to get?

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  1. Klae, Jul 14, 2012
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    Klae macrumors member

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    So I have been debating for a while between MBA speced out or a MBP. Here is what I want to do.

    2012 MacBook Pro 15 inch $1799
    Crucial M4 512gb SSD$409
    or
    OCZ Vertex 4 256gb SSD$299
    or is there a better SSD out there? I want to spend under $500 for a 512gb SSD

    with

    Corsair Vengence 16gb of Ram$114
    or
    Corsair Vengence 8gb of Ram$54

    what do you guys think I should do?
     
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    Do whatever you want. What do you use your computer for?
     
  3. M0esmac macrumors 6502a

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    Id say Samsung 830 SSD and how much GB you need is up to you.

    And 16GB of ram.
     
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  5. Klae thread starter macrumors member

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    I updated it to show prices

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    Ive heard a lot about that ssd what makes it so good?
     
  6. Dangerous Theory macrumors 68000

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    How about the price of the MBA you're interested in?
     
  7. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    It depends on how much storage you need and what your typical workload is.

    To determine if you can benefit from more RAM, launch Activity Monitor and click the System Memory tab at the bottom to check your page outs. Page outs are cumulative since your last restart, so the best way to check is to restart your computer and track page outs under your normal workload (the apps, browser pages and documents you normally would have open). If your page outs are significant (say 1GB or more) under normal use, you may benefit from more RAM. If your page outs are zero or very low during normal use, you probably won't see any performance improvement from adding RAM.

    Mac OS X: Reading system memory usage in Activity Monitor

    Also, you may have better success in attracting responses to your thread, and you'll make your thread easier to find for those browsing the forum for the same answers, if you change your thread title to something more descriptive. To do so, click the "Edit" button on your original post, then click "Go Advanced" and you will see where to edit the thread title.
     
  8. Spink10 macrumors 601

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    15inch MBP
    Crucial M4
    8GB RAM
     
  9. Klae thread starter macrumors member

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    $1799

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    Alright thanks for your help!

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    Thats kind of what I have been leaning towards I just want a good SSD with lots of storage.
     
  10. Dangerous Theory macrumors 68000

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    Personally the MBA sounds like a much better deal, unless you need the GPU/2" more screen space/slightly faster proc
     
  11. Slivortal macrumors 6502

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    The difference between a ULV dual core and a full quad core is quite the large one.

    @OP: Have you considered the MBPR? Don't want to sound tiring, but they're practically the same specs within $100 for the smaller chassy and new screen (and a larger graphics card).

    Just wanted to throw it out there. :p
     
  12. Spink10 macrumors 601

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    Crucial M4 is easy to update firmware with Mac - as long as you still have the optical drive in it. That is a bonus.
     
  13. Klae thread starter macrumors member

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    So your saying if im going to spend the money might as well go with the retina?
     
  14. Spink10 macrumors 601

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    very true :)
     
  15. Klae thread starter macrumors member

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    Yeah I plan to keep the optical drive unless I put a data doubler in it then I will just use my usb superdrive from my mac mini.
     
  16. Dangerous Theory macrumors 68000

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    Good point. I thought the base 15" had a DC for some reason.

    I second the MBP(R) notion though.
     
  17. Klae thread starter macrumors member

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    Yeah see thats another area im stuck I like the thinness and portability of the MBA.
     
  18. Spink10 macrumors 601

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    then go retina
     
  19. Klae thread starter macrumors member

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    will 256gb of ssd be sufficient enough?
     
  20. Dangerous Theory macrumors 68000

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    You could always compromise, and get a USB 3.0 ext. drive if that doesn't bother you. I'll be doing that if I need space on my MBP(R) when I eventually get it, because I can't justify the massive price difference for the 512GB. I think it's the best all-round package.
     
  21. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Only you can make that determination. How much storage do you need? Everyone's needs are different.
     
  22. Klae thread starter macrumors member

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    I'm not sure how much I need I just don't want to run out abd be sol.

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    What drive do you plan on getting just curious?
     
  23. 01mggt macrumors 6502

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    I say 8gb ram (16gb will be even cheaper by the time you really need it) and a samsung 830 256gb ssd from newegg :)
     
  24. Klae thread starter macrumors member

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    I love newegg! Haha so why not a 512gb ssd or should I use the data doubler and put the 500gb hd back where the optical drive is?
     
  25. Spink10 macrumors 601

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    yes - if you don't use a lot of space and or willing to use external.
     

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