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    Upgrading my MacBook (2008) to a new MBPr (2014).... is increasing RAM from 4G to16G overkill or a wise investment? I tend to keep a laptop for 4 to 6 years. I use Adobe Lightroom 5 as my photo editing choice but do very little video editing; second question, can the SSD hard drive be reasonably replaced, cost wise, at some future time.
    Thanks for any advice.
    Larry
    02-08-2014 09:35 AM
  2. Jaguarr40's Avatar
    I would say buying a new 2014 and upgrading from 4 GB to 8 GB would not be and not that 16GB would as it would be in the eye of your wallet. If you are going to keep it that long with ever changing Ram and speeds I might up to only upgrade to 8GB right now. Again the ultimate decision is on you and what you are going to use it for.
    02-08-2014 09:49 AM
  3. warcraftWidow's Avatar
    Get the 16. It's not user upgradeable and is soldered to the motherboard. The SSD is also not considered to be user upgradeable although a few places do sell upgrade kits for it. It will void your warranty though.
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    02-08-2014 09:54 AM
  4. Jaguarr40's Avatar
    This was the first item I looked at BEFORE I answered the OPs question and it seems to me unless of course I am reading it wrong all MBPr are upgradeable in RAM except for the last and most expensive which has onboard memory.

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    02-08-2014 10:20 AM
  5. warcraftWidow's Avatar
    This was the first item I looked at BEFORE I answered the OPs question and it seems to me unless of course I am reading it wrong all MBPr are upgradeable in RAM except for the last and most expensive which has onboard memory.

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    Yes you can buy them with RAM upgraded to 16. You cannot buy with less RAM and upgrade it yourself later down the road. So I was advising the OP to get the most his budget allows.
    02-08-2014 10:30 AM
  6. Ipheuria's Avatar
    I would also advise getting the 16GB. RAM is one of the things that affect performance directly. As some have already said since the RAM is soldered to the motherboard. It is best to get your best option now since upgrading down the road is not as viable an option as it use to be. Yes you should only do it if your wallet can take the hit. If you plan to keep the laptop for that period of time OSes and apps become more demanding. Also even though you might not do highly intensive things now don't limit yourself for the future.


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    02-08-2014 10:37 AM
  7. Jaguarr40's Avatar
    Well since i was trying to assist and I do not own a MBP I will defer the advice to the experts which I should have done since I don't as stated own a MBP. I was just using common sense. Good luck to both of you in your help.
    Last edited by Jaguarr40; 02-08-2014 at 11:41 AM.
    02-08-2014 10:56 AM
  8. Fausty82's Avatar
    Let me add another vote for 16GB. This is especially true of a machine that (1) you can’t upgrade after purchase and that (2) you plan to keep for a long while.
    02-08-2014 11:35 AM
  9. Jaguarr40's Avatar
    Now the OP has the experts advice and all he has to do is make up his mind what is good for his wallet. Thank you for the advice to the posters.
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    02-08-2014 11:43 AM
  10. Ipheuria's Avatar
    Well since i was trying to assist and I do not own a MBP I will defer the advice to the experts which I should have done since I don't as stated own a MBP. I was just using common sense. Good luck to both of you in your help.
    I think your advice was great. It added another perspective. A one sided argument doesn't help the OP see all the options.


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    02-08-2014 12:02 PM

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