MacBook Pro with Retina Display: Should I upgrade to a 256 GB SSD, 16 GB RAM, or an i7 CPU.
I am getting this computer for school and I will be programming with Xcode, editing videos with Final Cut Pro X, and doing everyday tasks such as email, word processing, and watching YouTube videos. I am going to get the computer with at least 8 GB RAM, a 2.6 GHz i5 CPU, and 128 GB SSD.
I can only upgrade one of the following:
256 GB SSD ($200, my first choice)
16 GB RAM ($180)
i7 CPU @ 2.8 GHz ($180)
This is going to be my first Mac computer, so I don't know what upgrades would help the most.
Thanks for any advice!
- Asked by Brett D from Naperville
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3 Answers from the Community
If you can only get one, upgrade the processor to a i7 @ 2.8 GHz.
If you find money to upgrade a second, go with the larger RAM after the processor.
As always, getting an external HD, backup drive, or TIME CAPSULE to back up everything.
- Answered by Marshall M from Aberdeen
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The ram is not upgradable afterwards, just as the cpu can't be changed.
I would consider the Ram issue. The SSD can possibly be upgraded also by third party vendors, but check it out first.
- Answered by Juanito S
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This is a late answer, but always upgrade RAM before CPU, especially if you're developing or doing video encoding.
- Answered by Matt W from Maple Valley
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how and where to find an external hard drive with more gigabytes for storage and memory? for macbook pro retina display and the cost and everything
- Asked by Larry C from Concord
- Jul 31, 2014
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Macbook pro 15" 256 gb or 13" 512 gb.
- Asked by Benjamin B from Ann Arbor
- Nov 16, 2014
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For those engineers out there, what specifications of a MacBook Pro would you value the most? The processor? The RAM? The PCle-based flash storage?