Wait for now on SSD and ram?

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  1. Spencer Reynen macrumors member

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    I was interested in getting some ram and maybe an SSD for my early 2011 13" macbook pro. My question is should I wait for 16 gb memory to go down in price or just get 8 gb ram now. Also the same for the ssd. when could we expect a significant price drop on both the ssd and the ram? Thanks for your reply in advance!
     
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    "Significant" price drops rarely occur with things like this. The price will decrease over time as the item becomes more ubiquitous.
     
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    If you don't really need the 16GB, I think it's a good time to buy the 8GB RAM now. I don't think the price for 8GB will go any lower (except for special offers of course).

    The SSD price situation is less clear to me. It also depends on the amount of SSD storage you want/need.
     
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    Hmm... I thought 8 gb ram used to be as expensive as the 16 is now and has come down to the current price in a year. (i could be wrong tho as i dont know much about it)
     
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    Well right now i cant afford an ssd haha
    But maybea 256 or 512 would be nice if they camed down in price.
     
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    Of course they will come down in price. With the RAM it is usually 18months to half get twice the memory for the same amount.
    SSDs go down in price much slower. I would have to look it up too but still in 2 years your 256GB should be fairly affordable.
    Yet what does it help you that in 2 years stuff is much lower?
    Do you really need 16GB RAM? 95% of users don't benefit at all from 8 GB. Do you really do stuff that requires so much RAM? More RAM doesn't make anything faster it is only enough or too little in either case you have absolutely no buisness waiting for 16GB. If too little you desperately need 8GB now, if too already enough no point even phantasizing about 16GB.

    With SSDs the cheap solution is to get a 120GB SSD + an Optibay HDD. It is afordable and gets you the best of both worlds now and today not in 2 years.
     
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    I paid about $130 for 8 GBs (2x4). That was just over a year ago, if I recall correctly. Edit: it might have been 18 months ago.
     
  8. dionysious macrumors newbie

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    yeah i think the smartest thing to do know is to do the optibay. thats my exact setup im getting. 128gb intel 320, 640gb samsung spinpoint mp4. i hate how long post takes in australia! i think that 4gb of ram is a need now. 8gb would be nice as i have had a few lockups because of ram being maxed. 16gb is just ridiculous i hate to say
     
  9. robinwjonsson macrumors newbie

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    For advances Pro Tools work, is 16gb a benefit?

    Also, can one install an optibay yourself?
     
  10. snaky69 macrumors 603

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    Depends on how many tracks you run.

    Yes, very easily.
     
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  13. Spencer Reynen thread starter macrumors member

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    Yes.
     
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    are they good?
     
  15. Steve's Barber macrumors 6502a

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    G-Skill has a 5 star rating. Did you even look at the reviews in the link?
     

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