Which MacBook Pro to buy?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Dom497, Jul 8, 2015.

  1. Dom497 macrumors newbie

    Jul 8, 2015
    I don't have the money for a 15" so I'm looking at the 13". I'm pretty sure 256GB should be enough for me and the 2.7Ghz processor is fine as is. When it comes to RAM, I don't really know if I should go with 8GB or 16GB.

    I'm heading into first year computer science. I'm also considering installing Windows as well. How much RAM will do?
  2. Cuniac macrumors 6502a

    Jan 23, 2013
    So 8GB is still pretty good. Especially with the new PCIe SSD drive, "memory" kept in the swap space will move pretty quickly. However, its still not as fast as actually having the ram. If the RAM bump is really going to hurt your bottom line then 8BG will probably be ok. If your thinking of running parallels though 16 will help quite a bit since you can give 8GB to parallels and leave 8GB for your mac. Make sure your using your student discount as it will save you 100 bucks.
  3. yjchua95 macrumors 604

    Apr 23, 2011
    GVA, KUL, MEL (current), ZQN
    If you're a first year CS student even a MacBook Air would last you until your final year.

    8GB of RAM is plenty. Due to compression and caching of RAM in OS X, it'll act more like 12GB.
  4. T5BRICK macrumors G3


    Aug 3, 2006
    8GB is fine for your needs.

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