Which option is better for a Macbook pro: 8GB memory with 500 Gb Serial ATA Drive @ 5400 rpm or 4 GB memory with 750 GB Serial ATA Drive @ 5400 rpm?

I am a general user (music, tv shows, movies, Facetime, pictures, email, lesson plans, presentations, etc) and I am also a teacher. So I will use this just about everyday making lesson plans or emailing. I want something fast and reliable. I am thinking the MacBook Pro 13' and I don't need the retina display. I just want to know if I should spend an extra $90 to get more memory or a bigger hard drive or just go with the basic setup (4GB 1600MHz DDR3 SDRAM — 2x2GB with 500GB Serial ATA Drive @ 5400 rpm)? I am new to Mac and I don't want to spend money on something that won't make a difference/something I won't need. Are both of these options too much for what I need to do my daily tasks? Also, should I opt for paying for Pages, Keynote, and Numbers to be pre-installed or not? Is it cheaper some other way?

2 Answers from the Community

  • Best Answer:

    You're going to be fine with the basic setup. If you want to spend extra today, get the bigger hard drive. You can always add memory later- it's easy to do and cheap on the aftermarket.

    • Answered by David M from Swedesboro
    • Aug 31, 2013
  • Get more ram. I have the retina 13 and love it. You can upgrade your ram later but I would start off at 8 and go to 16 ram when noticing it getting slow. I have had the non retina MacBook Pro and the retina with the SSD drives are so much faster. With hard drives there are more moving parts that are likely to break and are much slower. If it was me I would get the retina but if not upgrade your ram up front. You can change out the hard drive for SSD which I would do and do the ram up front that way if you get the non retina you will be set with enough to last maybe as long as you own it.

    • Answered by Rhonda S from Little Rock
    • Sep 26, 2014