RAM question for 15" rMBP

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by joeperry, Oct 25, 2013.

  1. joeperry macrumors newbie

    Oct 25, 2013
    About to buy a 15" rMBP - my last Apple is almost 8 years old (1GB RAM) and has been working poorly for the last year or so.

    If I wanted to keep this computer for the next 5 years minimum - will 8GB of RAM be enough for itunes and youtube. Money is not an issue but more than likely I would put the $200 savings into an account for my next Apple purchase.
  2. Spink10 Suspended


    Nov 3, 2011
    Most people suggest getting the extra RAM - I personally dont think its needed most of the time.

    What will your tasks be in the next few years? Most likely if you keep a computer that long your not a power user.
  3. Count Blah macrumors 68040

    Count Blah

    Jan 6, 2004
    US of A
    Do you know everything you will be doing in the next 5 years? If you do, and 8 is enough to do those, then great. If you don't know, but running VMs might be part of your future, then 16 might be of GREAT use to you - especially 3+ years down the line.
  4. joeperry thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 25, 2013
    I just want to watch youtube or surf the web and have it be as fast as possible in year 5 or 6 of ownership
  5. joeperry thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 25, 2013
    Thanks for the quick reply - I only want to have the laptop for 5 or 6 years due to the longevity of Apple products. I don't see the need to upgrade to a new laptop if the old one is not broken if all I am doing is surfing the web. However if the laptop failed after 2 or 3 years I would have no problem buying a new one.
  6. NewbieCanada macrumors 68030

    Oct 9, 2007
    What he said - your uses are fairly light. Most computers out there are far less powerful and Youtube and websites have to operate on them.

    Right now I have 13 tabs open in Safari and you can see below how much memory they're using. I also have Outlook and iMessage running, and usually have Excel, iBooks and a video streaming app running too, with no lag whatsoever.

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  7. sjjordan macrumors 6502

    Jun 10, 2003
    United States
    Max out the RAM. What happens with each subsequent OS release to the RAM requirements? It goes up. Is 16GB overkill now? Sure. Will it be in 4-5 years? Not likely.

    If you want to make your machine last as long as possible, max out the RAM.

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