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!

3 Answers from the Community

  • Best Answer:

    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
    • Jul 11, 2014
  • Consider this,

    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
    • Jul 25, 2014
  • 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
    • Jan 23, 2015