4 or 8 gigs of Ram

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  1. ERabbit

    ERabbit OT Supporter

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    Boss is letting me expense out a new laptop

    Currently have a 15" MBP 2.16GHz with 2gigs of ram (not the unibody obviously)

    Going to get either the 15 or 17 3.06GHz but I'm not sure if the 8gigs of ram is worth the additional 1,000

    Does anyone here have any advice for or against the additional ram?

    And I love my 15 but thinking maybe the 17 would be nice for the extra screen space
     
  2. alverino03

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    I would rather spend that money on an SSD, you would probably get better performance.
     
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    Buy the RAM separately from Newegg or something. Apple RAM is a ripoff.
     
  4. Fucker

    Fucker out of the fast lane, bitches

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  5. ERabbit

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    I asked my boss if he cared if I got the additional ram he said just go for it, I got a student discount (saved 200 on the 17" unibody, saved 30 on the upgrade to 3.06GHz, saved 100 on the extra ram, and a little over 100 on the Pro Care, also saved money on office)

    So for 900 it's definitely not as cheap as 650 but will come preinstalled (not like its hard) and with warranty
     
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    Wish my boss presented me with this decision.
     
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    +1 for ssd. I have 4 gigs and never come close to using it all
     
  8. Jack Horner

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    This thread inspired (reminded?) me to upgrade my 2GB to 4GB on my 2.2GHz MBP

    Also looking to see if there's any way to replace my obsolete (and now dysfunctional) optical drive with a SSD on the same machine.
     
  9. ERabbit

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    I didn't opt for the SSD because I heard about issues of them slowing down over time, not entirely sure how correct this is but a normal hard drive will hopefully be fast enough and suffice
     
  10. ERabbit

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    Ya I'm pretty stoked about it, I asked him to expense out a lap top because they bought his business partners daughter one (who does jack shit compared to what I do) and I've been using my personal Mac for the last 2 years.

    Having all of my photos, personal files, etc etc and having to work on my laptop slows things down
     
  11. ZCP M3

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    All the drives have wear-leveling and garbage collection now. The Intel X25's are the best in this area followed by the SSD's with Indilix's Barefoot chip (OCZ Vertex).

    That being said, they don't play very nice with the new MacBook Pros that have EFI firmware 1.7 on them. I just downgraded to EFI 1.6 and my OCZ Vertex Turbo is working great.

    SSD will make your laptop MUCH faster than going from 4 to 8gb of ram.
     

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