Retina MacBook Pro 13" processor vs memory

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Ianwbz, Oct 26, 2013.

  1. Ianwbz macrumors newbie

    Oct 26, 2013

    I am getting ready to buy the 13" MacBook Pro and currently have:
    256 gb, 2.4 ghz, 8 gb. Selected

    I will be using it for:
    Word processing
    AirPlay video
    Light gaming

    My question is which of the following would be the most useful/necessary to do ?

    Keep those specs
    Upgrade to 2.6 ghz
    Upgrade to 16 gb

    Thanks for any advice !
  2. sarakn macrumors 6502a


    Feb 8, 2013
    Without a doubt, upgrade to 16GB.
  3. Hemlis macrumors newbie

    Sep 3, 2013
    If that's your usage, I don't believe an upgrade is in order. Your current ram and processor is sufficient. Unless you plan on running a few virtual machines while doing all of those tasks simultaneously. Of course, if you have money to burn, that's another issue all together.
  4. Animalk macrumors 6502

    May 27, 2007
    Montreal Canada
  5. Ianwbz thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 26, 2013
    I could also upgrade to 512 GB or would that be overkill for what I need?
  6. simon48 macrumors 65816


    Sep 1, 2010
  7. Scott7975 macrumors 6502

    Oct 18, 2013
    Don't upgrade the processor.

    RAM could go either way. You would probably be fine with 8 but 16 may be better in the future. Cant change it later.


    How much stuff do you plan to put on the computer? If you are going to dual boot windows and also store some games/music/videos/whatever... then I would go with a 512 yes.
  8. Meister Suspended


    Oct 10, 2013
    with what u intend to do an upgrade is a waste of money.
    a base version mba "13 4gb/128gb that u can get for 999,- in some places will completely satisfy your needs (without the retina)
    if u need the retina u could go with the rmbp 4gb/128gb.
  9. ioannis2005gr macrumors 6502


    Aug 10, 2013
    I agree!

    (MBA is a cheap choice but not for long...after 2-3 years, it will become completely obsolete!)
  10. Meister Suspended


    Oct 10, 2013
    thats a bold statement ;)
    i would disagree.
  11. sarakn macrumors 6502a


    Feb 8, 2013
    OP: As new apps get released, they would likely require more ram and your MB would be able to handle it. Buy what you can afford to increase the longevity of your system. You can always add on storage or connect an external drive.
  12. Ianwbz thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 26, 2013
    Thanks everyone for your input.This is what I am leaning towards. I would get the air but after seeing the retina I don't think I could go back. My budget is 2k and anything under that would be great, that is why I was asking for processor vs memory. After looking with the student discount I can afford both, do you think it's worth it or just get the 16 GB ? What do you guys think ?

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  13. leman macrumors G3

    Oct 14, 2008
    Keep the original specs. I don't see a valid reason for spending $200 on extra RAM which most likely won't improve your experience in any way. Upgrading a CPU makes even less sense.
  14. smakdown61 macrumors regular

    Aug 21, 2008
    Forget the prices for upgrades for a second. Create a max budget in your head. As in, you WILL NOT go over this number. Then add upgrades in this order until you go over: RAM, HD space, CPU speed.

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