Refurb 2011 i7 or 2012 i5?

kieonsegg

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Original poster
Dec 7, 2009
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Need some people's opinion on this.
Buying an air. I use it for what any other university student uses it for. Videos, Facebook, adult content, and of course macrumors.

Both are the same price.

2012 i5 basic specs 13"
OR
Refurb mid 2011 13" 8gb ram i7 and 256gb ssd?

USB 3.0 holds no significance to me whatsoever

EDIT** I also have 50 gigs of music

What do you guys think?
Thanks!
 
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AlanShutko

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Jun 2, 2008
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What exactly do you mean? They both have 4gb. I am going to go with the 2012 but do you think the extra 108$ is worth it to upgrade to 8 gb?
For me, YES.

You may not need it now, but depending on how long you intend to keep the machine, you may need it in the future.
 

tbobmccoy

macrumors 6502a
Jul 24, 2007
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Austin, TX
For me, YES.

You may not need it now, but depending on how long you intend to keep the machine, you may need it in the future.
Exactly it. The upgrade to 8GB will help future proof your mac, as well as being a lot better at performance and multitasking. Plus, in integrated gfx cards, the upgraded RAM gives you upgraded Virtual Memory for your graphics to share. I think 8GB will allow 512mb of RAM to be shared, which does make a difference.
 

kieonsegg

macrumors newbie
Original poster
Dec 7, 2009
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Exactly it. The upgrade to 8GB will help future proof your mac, as well as being a lot better at performance and multitasking. Plus, in integrated gfx cards, the upgraded RAM gives you upgraded Virtual Memory for your graphics to share. I think 8GB will allow 512mb of RAM to be shared, which does make a difference.
Could I just void my warranty and upgrade my ram on my own if I find it too slow? (I have a feeling I read somewhere where you can't on the new airs)
 

AlanShutko

macrumors 6502a
Jun 2, 2008
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Could I just void my warranty and upgrade my ram on my own if I find it too slow? (I have a feeling I read somewhere where you can't on the new airs)
You can't upgrade RAM on any of the Airs (including the original). It's soldered to the motherboard.
 

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