Currently Being ModeratedJul 7, 2013 9:56 PM (in response to J_Co)
Well, you've opened yourself up to receiving plenty of opinions ... here's mine:
You already hit the most important upgrade by far - 8GB RAM. I would say if you're going to upgrade anything, that is the first choice.
If you think you might need more than 256GB Flash, then I think that would be second choice, based on your workload description. I don't feel exceptionally strongly about this, except to say it would be ugly if you got close to your Flash drive's capacity.
Currently Being ModeratedJul 8, 2013 7:18 AM (in response to J_Co)
Nothing in your use description cries out for the (relatively modest) speed increase an i7 CPU provides. But lots of music, photos, and Windows does suggest 256GB won't be enough. My usage is probably similar to yours (depending on what you mean by lots of music). I am able to live within a 256GB SSD but that is only because I have a desktop and don't keep all my music and photos on the MBA and I've been able to keep my Windows container drive under 30GB. If I didn't use iTunes Match and kept all my photos on the MBA I'd need the 512GB SSD.
Currently Being ModeratedJul 8, 2013 9:17 AM (in response to dwb)
I'm with dwb. SSD size and memory seem more important than the processor upgrade. I bought all three but the I7 seems to be more power hungry anyway and if you don't need the power you might actually better off with the i5. I always figure if I don't max it out I'm going to kick myself for not spending a few more bucks up front.
Currently Being ModeratedJul 8, 2013 12:01 PM (in response to J_Co)
You can always buy external storage device(if needed) but not an external processor so i would suggest you go with the 1.7 GHz upgrade.