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Old Apr 27th, 2010, 04:07 PM   #1
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MBP: 4GB or 8GB of ram?

Hey Guys.

About to get a new MBP (likely a 17"). Was trying to decide between a i5 and i7. But its been suggested that I should save my money and get the i5 with 8gb of ram instead. I was under the understanding that 4gb vs 8gb wasn't a big jump as the numbers suggest. And often your computer didn't even use a full 4gb anyways (even ith 8gb installed).

I'm a designer & developer. I spend all day multitasking with many apps open, and running the adobe cs suite (on big files).

Will 8GB make a big/noticeable difference all day long, or only the odd time? Curious of peoples thoughts, I'd love some real world input.

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Nick

BTW: I will be getting a 7200 rpm drive.
Oh, and I did try searching the archives but couldn't come up with much.
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Old Apr 27th, 2010, 04:45 PM   #2
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8GB of RAM would certainly make multiple apps work smoother if they're all open with large files. I would buy it afterwards and install it myself though. A set of two chips of 4GB costs about 370$ at Canada Computers, and you could most likely sell the two original 2GB chips for 100$ or so, further reducing the cost. Apple charges 420$ for the upgrade, and you don't get the pair of 2GB chips back.

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Old Apr 27th, 2010, 04:55 PM   #3
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The basic answer -- More RAM helps *if you need it*.

If you are multitasking with heavy programs (professional graphics, audio or video) then they will take advantage of the extra RAM.

If you just have email and a web browser open, you wouldn't notice a difference.
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I'd get the faster CPU...it can't be changed while its easy to upgrade the memory...if you need it.
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Old Apr 27th, 2010, 05:44 PM   #5
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Hey Guys,

Thanks, I think I have decided in the faster CPU for exactly that as you mention Andrew. You can't change it later. RAM and a SSD drive can be added later (for cheaper too). Just wasn't sure about ram now. I do a lot of multitasking. I think I'll just watch my ram usage and upgrade later if needed.

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