Should I update RAM, Hard Drive or... both

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by soupyjnr, Feb 2, 2008.

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What should I do

  1. Upgrade to 2GB or RAM

    6 vote(s)
    15.8%
  2. Upgrade to 4GB of RAM

    11 vote(s)
    28.9%
  3. Upgrade Hard Drive to 160 GB and upgrade the memory to 2GB

    3 vote(s)
    7.9%
  4. Upgrade the Hard Drive to 160 GB and upgrade the memory to 4GB

    21 vote(s)
    55.3%
  1. soupyjnr macrumors 6502

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    Hey Guys

    So I wasnt going to pay £90 to upgrade my MacBook to 2GB or RAM, so I thought I would just buy the basic macbook and upgrade from there.

    I will be using my computer for photos and music, making presentations and slide shows etc. - so would I be better upgrading my RAM to 2 GB or 4 GB, or updating my Hard Drive to 160 GB? Or would it be good to do both?

    Ive added a poll so please vote and leave a comment :)

    Thanks for your help
     
  2. iDAG macrumors 65816

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    It is always good to have the biggest hard drive you can get, but for your needs I would say you should save yourself a few bucks and only get 2GB of memory.
     
  3. riscy macrumors 6502a

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    If you are just using the MB as storage, then a bigger HD is what you need (you can always put them on a CD/USB thumbdrive). If you are working with the pics then max out on the RAM.

    I would personally max out the RAM as it will help with everything on the Mac, especially if you use BootCamp, and then move the pics off to other devices, external HD/USB/CD.
     
  4. soupyjnr thread starter macrumors 6502

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  5. Charliekid21 macrumors regular

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    i just updated to 2gb of ram and a 160gb hard drive, i also got an enclosure so i can use my old hd as an external:D:D:D
     
  6. kewpid macrumors regular

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    As you have relatively simple requirements, I would go with the 2GB memory upgrade.
     
  7. xraydoc macrumors demi-god

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    Regardless of what you do with your machine, upgrading to 2GB will be the single best option. 1GB with MacOS X 10.4 or 10.5 is what I would consider to be the minimum usable amount.

    Only you can determine if you need more HD space. There will be little significant speed increase in going with a larger drive.

    On a cost-benefit consideration, RAM is probably best.
     
  8. Pees330 macrumors 6502

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    Yea I would go for the 2 gb ram upgrade and maybe go for an external hard drive if you think you need more space.
     
  9. soupyjnr thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Hey

    Yeah I think I will just upgrade the RAM first - what sort of RAM shuld I look for - there are all types, what does the MacBook take
     
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  11. yetanotherdave macrumors 68000

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    http://crucial.com/uk/

    use the memory selector there. They're good, they have a lifelong guarantee and are competitively priced.
     
  12. asnozz macrumors member

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    play.com have a good deal on 2gb ram modules at the moment. I'd say go for it ;)

    Im waiting for the 500gb hdd from samsung in march
     
  13. soupyjnr thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Just bought the latest BlackBook and orderd 4gh of Ram from crucial! So excited for the Ram to arrive this week. Sweet. :D
     
  17. soupyjnr thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Cool! How has your experience with them ben so far?
     
  18. Fezzasus macrumors regular

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    Crucial are great - i've put their ram in all the macs i've had and delivery is always quick.
     
  19. heatmiser macrumors 68020

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    Suggestion: don't use multiple-choice polls. They make it impossible to tell how many people actually voted, and what they voted for.

    That said, I'd upgrade the memory. There's no need to upgrade the drive unless you're running out of space.
     
  20. Fezzasus macrumors regular

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    Oh and with regard to what to upgrade. Keep in mind that it's much more hassle to upgrade a hard disk once you have used your computer for some time as you have to transfer files and programs. I'd suggest getting the hard disk first.

    When I got my macbook, I even waited a day before turning it on so I could put a 250 GB HD in.
     
  21. modesty macrumors member

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    /agree

    how much did that set you back? sounds great. i wouldnt need that much. i keep my games/movies on my desktop, and jus transfer my movie to my mac when im going away for a bit. 80 gigs free is plenty
     
  22. lazydesi macrumors 6502

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    upgrade the HD to 320GB and Ram to 4GB

    if you can wait one more month U can able to upgrade your HD to 500GB
     
  23. lazydesi macrumors 6502

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    I am also waiting for the B Day
     
  24. Fezzasus macrumors regular

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    I have two networked, wireless hard drives that I used for my music and movies when I had my iBook with an 80 GB hard drive (upgraded from 40 GB). I found that I'd prefer to have my itunes library on my laptop rather than a hard disk, because I do some radio work it's fairly large and I needed the 250 GB to have the music and some free space.

    It was £100 at the time, I think it's close to £60 now.
     
  25. modesty macrumors member

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    im jealous >.<
     

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