RMBP 13 Config HELP!

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  1. TS13 macrumors member

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    Hi!

    upgrading an early 08 white macbook to a 13" retina.

    need help deciding specs!

    uses: websurfing, word/powerpoint, itunes, casual photoshop, etc...

    I currently have filled up my original 160GB HD and 4GB ram which usually around 75%-90% used most of the time

    before this announcement, I was set on base processor, 8GB ram, and 512SSD

    now, the configurations dont let me have that :(

    1. will 8GB ram last me for about 5 years with these usage patterns? or should I up it to 16GB

    2. 256 or 512 SSD?

    if I get the 512, I'm not sure I can get 16GB ram

    your opinions please! want this machine to last 5 years like this one has
    (I know I'd be fine with an air, but I want the better screen)
     
  2. maflynn Moderator

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    8 should last you, though if you're planning on keeping it 5 years I think 16gb would be safer since you'll not be able to upgrade that after purchase. Get the 256GB SSD and you can upgrade later (albeit expensively).
     
  3. wwe2008 macrumors 6502

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    I'm in the same boat! Plus if the i7 is a better option than the i7??
     
  4. maflynn Moderator

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    Its rather doubtful if you'll see any real world speed difference between the i5 and i7
     
  5. TS13 thread starter macrumors member

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    I'm going i5 for sure, don't need that kind of power for the basic things I'm doing!
     
  6. ShaneBunting Suspended

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    I'm deciding the same thing.. well, RAM or i7 :S
     
  7. wwe2008 macrumors 6502

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    Yeah i honestly don't know whether I need it either!! Need someone to explain the difference haha
     
  8. bounou macrumors 6502

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    I ordered mine, went with 16GB of ram, 2.8 Ghz i7 and 256 GB flash storage

    Storage for me is not a big deal on a laptop but power is, i am "upgrading" from a maxed out 15" rMBP from last year, it was too big for me, was a mistake to get the 15" so trying to limit the loss of power.
     
  9. wwe2008 macrumors 6502

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    This will be my first 13" as last year I went for the 15" and while I loved the screen estate I was kidding myself and it was way too big and too powerful for my needs. So I'm looking at 13" just wondering what will affect resell value more?!? Probably RAM I assume
     
  10. purplekush604 macrumors member

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    Can u upgrade the ssd/hard drive after purchase? If so I may consider 128gb to save money
     
  11. wwe2008 macrumors 6502

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    Think you can but its quite expensive
     
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  13. MN7119 macrumors regular

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    Just ordered mine. Got the fully loaded 13" with 1tb flash and 16gb. I am upgrading from a 2006 white Macbook so after 7 years I guess I can justify getting the top option.
     
  14. wwe2008 macrumors 6502

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    I'll probably go with the i7/8GB/256GB... I sold my 15" base rMBP as it was way too overpowered so I hope that this will be the right decision!! Will resell next year hopefully as I always do
     
  15. TS13 thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks guys! I think I'm going to go with 16gb ram even though it's overkill.. So is the 512 SSD but I can use externals if ever necessary (which I already own) but the ram is set in stone forever

    Regardless, my current hard drive is full but 256 has 90 extra gigs compared to my current one.. I'll probably have at least 60 to spare after a year or so anyways

    Anyone have any last minute input? Ordering in a couple hours as I'm not home yet
     
  16. wwe2008 macrumors 6502

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    what CPU you going for?
     
  17. astalavistathes macrumors member

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    I don't know if I help you but I have the same needs with you and I will probably buy the i5-2.6GHz/16GB/256GB (this is basically the middle model with upgraded processor and upgraded ram)
     
  18. psik macrumors 6502

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    Is there any speed difference (practical speed I mean) between the two I5 varians offered? I mean between these two, or is it just a marketting scheme to get you to pay more. I know for example more memory will have an impact I mean for example 8 GB versus 4 GB and so on...but what about the two i5s, w.r.t to the extra $100 you will have to pay for that specially...

    1) 2.4GHz Dual-core Intel Core i5, Turbo Boost up to 2.9GHz
    2) 2.6GHz Dual-core Intel Core i5, Turbo Boost up to 3.1GHz [Add $100.00]

    I would appreciate anyone's suggestions!
     
  19. wwe2008 macrumors 6502

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    This is the one I'm looking at now... No point upgrading to i7 and 16GB RAM as that price is getting close to base 15" which has better graphics etc. But for £60 might as well upgrade to 2.6GHz!
     
  20. astalavistathes macrumors member

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    That was my thought, too.
     
  21. wwe2008 macrumors 6502

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    Plus when it comes to resell I think many buyers will care about RAM than CPU! But the 2.6GHz can never hurt... Just wish it shipped quicker
     
  22. TS13 thread starter macrumors member

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    the base cpu, don't need anything more

    still second guessing my decision..
     
  23. wwe2008 macrumors 6502

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    Same!! I went for the slightly upgraded 2.6 with the 16GB RAM and hope that I won't regret it!
     
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  25. theSeb macrumors 604

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    RAM will be the better option for 99% of users.

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    You will see minor differences in benchmarking applications and CPU intensive tasks will be slightly faster, but in a practical sense, you won't see notice this. If you really have CPU intensive tasks, then the quad core 15" or 27" iMac is a much better choice.
     

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