Which has more longetivity, more RAM or a better processor?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by BizzyLeo, Aug 29, 2011.

  1. BizzyLeo macrumors newbie

    Aug 27, 2011
    When buying a computer you plan to keep for as long as possible, which computer will stand up best, one with a better processor (i7 over i5) or a computer with more RAM?
  2. Hellhammer Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 10, 2008
    RAM can always be upgraded whereas the CPU cannot.
  3. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    Depends on what kind of computer you're talking about, but in Apple portables this is the case.
  4. AdrianK macrumors 68020

    Feb 19, 2011
    It depends what you want to do now and what you intend to do in the future. CPU usage while you aren't running any tasks is negligible and that won't change soon, so it's only the applications you use that will dictate whether a CPU upgrade is essential or not. Bear in mind that a lot of mac users are still using the often dubbed 'extremely date' Core 2 Duo CPUs which serve most just fine.
  5. jamisonbaines macrumors regular

    Dec 14, 2007
    at the point where your computer is sloooow new computers are often 100% faster (or more)

    case in point a c2d geekbenching at 2500 and an i7 clocking 10k

    at that point it doesn't matter if you got the 2.2 or the 2.4, they're both slow.

    RAM is easy to upgrade so buy what suits you now, upgrade a few things when you feel left behind (ram/ssd) and then start saving for some new technology

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