Which Macbook Pro Retina should I buy ?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by shiva31, Oct 22, 2013.

  1. shiva31 macrumors newbie

    Jun 28, 2013
    Hi everyone

    I plan to buy my first Mac and I think I'm gonna buy the MBPr 13" I5 256GB SSD.

    I will use it for :
    - watching video (streaming)
    - coding (PHP, C++, C# in a virtual machine)
    - virtual machine (Windows 7 / Linux / Windows server but not all at the same time)
    - After effect / FCP Pro (occasionally).

    I don't know if it's useful to get the 16GB RAM upgrade for my usage.

    So, Do you think I should take the upgrade? Is 256GB enough ?

    Thanks in advance
  2. RAPTORSKI macrumors regular


    Jan 24, 2013
    British Columbia
    The $1499 model with 256 GB SSD and 8 GB RAM should do you just fine.

    16 GB RAM would be going overboard for the moment but definitely could be useful in 3 or 4 years perhaps. I'd just go with the $1499 model.
  3. aloshka macrumors 65816

    Aug 30, 2009
    Whenever you deal with virtual machines, up the ram even if you think you won't use it. For a good Visual studio 2013 machine Id' recommend at least 4gb assigned to a 64-bit VM. More if you have SQL or SQL Express installed that you test with. ALWAYS, leave a minimum of 3-4 gbs of OSX that is not assigned to the VM so it's not jumpy.

    I say 16gb..
  4. shiva31 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 28, 2013
  5. Black.Infinity macrumors 6502


    Apr 17, 2010
    Apple tree-Toronto
    if you think you will keep your device for next 3 years then go with 16GB. I know you may not need it now but when you do need it, you can not simply upgrade it.

    This is how I'm thinking and I'm also going with 16GB.
  6. merkinmuffley macrumors 6502a

    Dec 3, 2010
    This is a no brainer given what it costs, get 16. Resale will be easier.

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