Recommended Ram

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by IGotBush, Oct 14, 2011.

  1. IGotBush macrumors member

    Oct 14, 2011
    To the point I want to purchase a 15" macbook pro...I know a good amount about computer hardware (enough that I've made my own very good rig),but macs were never my thing. Honestly though no one can come close to them when it comes to laptops (at least from what I've seen with my family members)why I'm buying one.

    I'm aiming for the standard 15" macbook pro quad core 2.0 ghz,4gigs of ram,500gb 5400rpm,64xx videocard. I'm not going for the $2199 b/c .2ghz is not noticeable,extra 250gigs is useless (I store all videos and music on my home made rig..if anything I only store my music on it [working its way up to 150gigs total ] and school work), I cannot for the life of me see the need for the better videocard not when I'm ever going to be gaming on it,but I also do not want to bottleneck it.

    In all honestly this laptop will be for school work and around the campus use (pretty much everyday ****). My question is though how does the OS run with only 4gigs of ram? I've been told by a few between safari and Lion it can suck up a lot. Would the 8gigs be a worth while upgrade or unnecessary spending?

    Is the High-Res anti glare worth it?

    I find it kind of laughable that they want to charge you $250 for .1ghz upgrade on the $2199,but I do like they give you the choice of 500g 7200 rpm or 750 5400 rpm.

    Also $200 for 4gigs of ram is a little ridiculous but hey w/e. I'm guessing it would be cheaper to buy an extra 4gigs myself and install but would it be easier? I've read some things saying its somewhat hard to find compatible ram.

    So I have two choices (assuming I go with the 8gigs of ram)

    Pay $2299.43 (after taxes NJ .07) for

    15", 2.0ghz quadcore,8gigs of ram,500g 5400 rpm,64xx videocard

    or $2727.43 (after taxes) for
    15'',2.2ghz quadcore,8gigs or ram, 500g 7200 rpm (may well get the faster HD over the space since I most likely wont need it),67xx videocard

    I may just take a drive to delaware to buy it too lol to save some money

    Sorry for the long thread..I always get carried away putting thought for thought into the post..If you made it through the whole thing thank you for the help!
  2. negativzero macrumors 6502a

    Jul 19, 2011
    In short...

    8 gigs is not necessary for you if you are using it only for school work, but the high-res is essential if you need to use lots of spreadsheets and documents. Aside from that, you should consider going for the 13 inch instead or the MBA. Those are far more portable and would suit your needs better.
  3. Wattser93 macrumors regular

    Sep 6, 2010
    Buy it with the high res, and then add 8gb of RAM on your own (not from Apple) later on.

    The $200 to buy it from Apple just isn't worth it when it's only $50 to buy the RAM, and only takes 5 minutes to switch.
  4. IGotBush thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 14, 2011
    There isn't a way to see a detailed list of the hardware in macs is there?

    Edit: again thanks for the replies sorry for the long post really just wanted opinions
  5. GuitarG20 macrumors 65816


    Jun 3, 2011
    buying and installing 8 gigs of RAM yourself is much less expensive. Although, honestly, for your needs, you don't need 8 gigs. You could probably even use a 13" MBP or MBA and save some money, plus benefit from the portability.
  6. some idiot macrumors member

    Oct 12, 2011
    As others have said, if you want 8GB of RAM, buy it aftermarket for $50 and install it yourself.

    You're getting the educational discount, correct?

    You may also wish to buy from somewhere like Amazon to avoid sales tax.
  7. IGotBush, Oct 15, 2011
    Last edited: Oct 15, 2011

    IGotBush thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 14, 2011
  8. Young Spade macrumors 68020

    Mar 31, 2011
    Tallahassee, Florida
    Personally I don't think you'll need more than 4. I just upgraded to 8 because I always have a ton of background applications and programs open all of the time.

    Ram is only 50 or so bucks, like everybody stated, so you should get it stock 4 and see how it is before dropping the extra cash and upgrading.
  9. aCondor macrumors 6502

    Oct 20, 2010
    United States
    4 GB RAM is all you need. If, in the future, you decide you do need more, you can always upgrade at a fraction of Apple's price. Apple products are already expensive, there's no need to shell out an additional $200 for 4 GB RAM.

    I use a base model 2011 MBP, I am a gamer and multi-tasker and have not had any problems whatsoever. Just something to think about.
  10. saberahul macrumors 68040

    Nov 6, 2008
    Yup - got mine off Amazon for $38 + tax... quite a deal.

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