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andy1cool Level 1 Level 1

Hey guys,

 

i'm kinda in a serious dilemma here.

 

When the MBA first came out, i decided to get the 13 inch model with i5, 8gb ram and 256 ssd.

 

But that's really expensive, especially for a student like me.

 

So im either going to upgrade the ram or the ssd capacity, but i honestly have to idea what to upgrade. I can get the base model too, of course.

 

Anyways, this is what i do...

-Write essays, not a lot though.

-watch movies, but i never store movies, cuz the moment im done watching them i delete them so that won't really interfere with my storage.

-watch news, and when i do i open about 15 tabs at once, but using my laptop with 6gb of ram it works perfectly, and when i check with task manager it only uses like 1.7 gb of ram....

-i DONT play games on a MBA

-I am going to install windows via bootcamp.---probably divide the partition like 3:7 or 4:6.

-i am going to install microsoft word, itunes, etorrent, and all those basic stuff.

 

Anyways, what do you think? Should i get a 4gb ram with a 256gb ssd? Or 8gb ram with 128gb ssd? Or maybe the base model?

 

Thanks in advance! I really hope you guys can write all your opinions down so i can finally decided what to buy!


MacBook Air
Solved by mende1 on Jul 25, 2013 7:44 AM Solved

OS X takes less than 10 GB, so you should have about 120 GB of storage to save files and apps

Reply by mende1 on Jul 25, 2013 7:30 AM Helpful

I can ask this in one question: do you want more RAM (that you won't be able to add more after buying the RAM in case you need more) or more storage (you can add more by getting an external drive)? I think the answer is clear

Reply by mende1 on Jul 25, 2013 7:38 AM Helpful

You may need 256 GB of space, but you will only know this after buying the Mac. If you haven't got enough space, get an external drive

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  • mende1 Level 10 Level 10
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    Buy the MacBook Air with 8 GB of RAM. You can use an external drive to store your data, but RAM can't be added after purchasing your MacBook. Also, new OS X versions will need 8 GB of RAM to work correctly, so it's important that you get the MacBook Air with 8 GB.

     

    If you haven't got enough space in the MacBook Air, get an external drive and put the files in it. Also, you can use it to make backups of the Mac with Time Machine > http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1427

  • andy1cool Level 1 Level 1

    do you think 128gb will be enough even after using bootcamp? some other member said installing windows will take up like 60gb if you install all the necessities...is it true? i thought it only took like 25gb away...

  • OGELTHORPE Level 8 Level 8

    mende1 wrote:

     

    Also, new OS X versions will need 8 GB of RAM to work correctly,

    How do you know that?

     

    Ciao.

  • mende1 Level 10 Level 10
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    Windows takes about 10 GB, so I doubt you will need 60 GB unless you have a lot of applications in it. You can start by giving 60 GB to Windows, and if you need more, use Paragon Camptune, but note that you will need 8 GB of RAM in future versions

  • mende1 Level 10 Level 10
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    OS X Mountain Lion requires 2 GB of RAM, but the least amount of RAM to run Mountain Lion with a good performance is 4 GB. If you want the best performance, 8 GB of RAM.

     

    I have tested this with my iMac: with 4 GB, Mountain Lion takes a lot of RAM and only leaves some MBs of free RAM. New operating systems will probably take more, so it's better to get the MacBook Air with 8 GB of RAM and make sure that future OS X releases will work properly

  • andy1cool Level 1 Level 1

    thanks, i just had another question if you dont mind. all im going to install in windows is microsoft office(the most basic one), a korean type of microsoft word, itunes, etorrent and other programs that are small in size. how much do you think these programs will take up? 25gb or so?

  • OGELTHORPE Level 8 Level 8

    mende1 wrote:

     

    ....  New operating systems will probably take more, ....

    That still is a guess on your part.  Only beta testers can determine that with any accuracy and they are bound by the NDA.  You may be correct, but you may not be correct. 

     

    Ciao.

  • mende1 Level 10 Level 10
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    You are right. However, if you are only going to use Windows for light tasks, consider the option of installing Windows on a virtual machine. You just have to get Parallels, VMware Fusion or VirtualBox, and install Windows on the virtual machine. You won't have to create a second partition and you will be able to use Windows and OS X at the same time

  • mende1 Level 10 Level 10
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    In the MacBook Air, 8 GB of RAM are a must have, just to be sure that you can run future OS X editions without any problem. Maybe you can get a MacBook Pro with 4 GB of RAM because you can add more RAM in the future, but not in the MacBook Air

  • andy1cool Level 1 Level 1

    what do you suggest i get? same with mende1?

  • OGELTHORPE Level 8 Level 8

    Please understand that the issue is not if 8 GB RAM is desirable but will it be absolutly necessary for an OS that we do not know anything about. 

    mende1 wrote:

     

    In the MacBook Air, 8 GB of RAM are a must have, just to be sure that you can run future OS X editions without any problem.

    Your statement is valid, but it does not follow that it will be the case, even for MBAs. 

     

    If you wish, we can continue this in the WC. 

     

    Ciao.

  • mende1 Level 10 Level 10
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    I can ask this in one question: do you want more RAM (that you won't be able to add more after buying the RAM in case you need more) or more storage (you can add more by getting an external drive)? I think the answer is clear

  • andy1cool Level 1 Level 1

    ummmm what should i get? :)

  • mende1 Level 10 Level 10
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    I wanted to say "after buying the MacBook Air" instead of "after buying the RAM" ;)

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