Refurb 2011 i7 or 2012 i5?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by kieonsegg, Jun 12, 2012.

  1. kieonsegg, Jun 12, 2012
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    kieonsegg macrumors newbie

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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!
     
  2. Mjmar macrumors 65816

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  3. kieonsegg thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Yeah you're right my mistake
     
  4. Mjmar macrumors 65816

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    If I were you I'd try to get an Air with the 8gigs of ram so that it will last longer
     
  5. kieonsegg thread starter macrumors newbie

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  6. rygamble macrumors regular

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    2012 i5 appears to actually be faster than 2011 i7.
     
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  9. kieonsegg thread starter macrumors newbie

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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?
     
  10. AlanShutko macrumors 6502a

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    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.
     
  11. crazyxzer0 macrumors 6502

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    remember the graphics card is different on the 2012 :)
     
  12. tbobmccoy macrumors 6502a

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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.
     
  13. kieonsegg thread starter macrumors newbie

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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)
     
  14. AlanShutko macrumors 6502a

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    You can't upgrade RAM on any of the Airs (including the original). It's soldered to the motherboard.
     

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