RAM vs. better processor???

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Puffoath, Feb 27, 2008.

  1. Puffoath macrumors newbie


    Feb 27, 2008
    Here we go...

    I've recently been converted from windows to mac and have been waiting for the penryn update to move to the mbp. I am happy with the upgrades and cant wait any longer:D so...
    I need to know if it is more worth it to upgrade the RAM on the baseline or go with the midrange (better processor dealio). the cache on the baseline has been complained about, and does the 256mb compaired to the 512mb video card make a difference.

    I plan on using this beautiful beast with logic and basic word processing stuff.

    Thanks in advance
  2. EricVT macrumors member

    Feb 19, 2008
    You can save yourself a few hundred bucks by purchasing the additional RAM from somewhere else and installing it yourself. It really is easy enough for absolutely anyone to do it.

    If you have "X" amount of money and you are choosing between spending more money on RAM or more on the CPU, then spend it on the CPU and upgrade the RAM yourself down the road when you have an extra 90 bucks to buy RAM with.
  3. chrisbeebops macrumors regular

    Jun 8, 2007
    When I purchased my MBP in June, I looked at it this way: you can always upgrade ram later, but you cannot upgrade your processor or video card.

    For me, going from 2.2GHz to 2.4GHz isn't much of a performance boost, but I also doubled the video ram (128MB to 256MB), which does make a good amount of difference.

    Just before the new year, I spent $100 to up the ram to 4GB.

    If you have the money, go for the middle model. If not, then don't. But no matter what you do, buy the ram outside of apple (recommend OWC or Crucial). You will save yourself a lot of money!
  4. MacDann macrumors 6502a


    Mar 27, 2007
    Can see the end of the Earth from here
    Processor - RAM can be field installed and is currently cheap as wine.

    Check OWC for RAM prices if you're in the States.

  5. Puffoath thread starter macrumors newbie


    Feb 27, 2008
    Thanks guys. that's what i needed to know. It needs to be decently easy on the wallet for me, so upgrading the ram is gonna be much better. thanks again.

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