Upgrading memory but not storage? (MBA)

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by mtm3, Jun 21, 2013.

  1. mtm3 macrumors newbie

    Jun 21, 2013
    Apologies in advance for my lack of knowledge about the complexities of storage and memory...

    I want to buy a 2013 Macbook Air soon. It'll be replacing my old iMac (1.83 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo with just 512MB of memory and 160GB of storage), which I bought in late 2007.

    According to Disk Utility, I'm currently using only 95GB of (160GB total) storage on my iMac, whereas I've had ongoing problems for a while now with my computer being suuuper-slow when trying to run even seemingly simple programs like Microsoft Word or Safari.

    So when I buy a Macbook Air, I figure I'll definitely upgrade to the 8GB RAM option. Would it be strange, then, to just buy the basic 128GB flash storage model?

    I'm not necessarily planning on this Macbook Air lasting me as long as the iMac did before I upgrade to something newer (i.e. in 3-4 years, most likely), so my thinking is, if I've only used 95GB of storage in 5.5 years, wouldn't 128GB suffice now? (I'm not planning on transferring any of my current files to my new computer except for ~5GB of music). And if it turns out I do need more storage, adding an external hard drive would be pretty simple, right?

    I'm just wanting to get some opinions from those more in the know about this - does upgrading the RAM to 8GB but opting for only 128GB of storage make enough logical sense?

    (For more background: I mostly use my computer to browse the internet (including streaming TV shows). I'll have access to download Photoshop through my work, which I might do to get better at using it, but I wouldn't be saving a huge amount of image files long-term for that.)

    Thanks for any input you can give!
  2. torana355 macrumors 68030

    Dec 8, 2009
    Sydney, Australia
    SSD's can lose performance as they fill up, especially write speeds, for this reason i would get the 256gb ssd if you currently use 90gb.
  3. Collider macrumors regular

    Oct 8, 2009
    I guess it depends on how much you expect your stuff to expand from here on. If it helps, I went for exactly the configuration you're pondering -- upgraded RAM but otherwise base 128GB, so it's definitely not a strange thing to do. The jump in price to 256GB is pretty steep, IMHO, so I'd have to have had a good reason to justify it.

    If it's taken you 5 years to build up 95GB of stuff, and you're planning on using the new computer in a similar way, I'd probably do as you're planning and stick with the 128GB, and maybe invest in a small external harddrive or a USB flash drive if you find yourself filling up more quickly than you thought.
  4. mtm3 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 21, 2013
    Thanks to both of you for your input! This gives me something to chew on.

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