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Uas - One of the companies I service held off going with the retina models as at the time they did not offer the RAM & storage they needed. It's only now the latest model that offers 16 GB of RAM and a larger 2 TB SSD. BTW that is over 300 MacBook Pro's.
 
To answer your direct questions:
 
* Is 8 GB enough? For most it is. For a graphics pro it might be tight if you work on larger or too many multiple items at the same time. Video editing also might be an issue if you work on large projects or have too many windows open with other elements.
* Can I upgrade the RAM or SSD? Sadly the RAM is soldered so what you get is what you'll have to work with. The SSD can be upgraded but you are very limited on your choices. Either you'll need to find a used Apple SSD or get a [https://eshop.macsales.com/shop/ssd/owc/macbook-pro-retina-display/2012-2013|OWC SSD]. Finding an Apple SSD in the larger sizes will be hard and very expensive!
* Apple had a rash of dual GPU systems which had issues with some tantalum capacitors overheating which caused the GPU problems. Apple has an extended warranty repair program but the window is getting small. Even still a good board repair outfit can replace the bad caps with better ones.
 
You may want to look for a 2012 i7 15" MacBook Pro with a hi-res display (1680x1050) like [http://www.everymac.com/systems/apple/macbook_pro/specs/macbook-pro-core-i7-2.7-15-mid-2012-unibody-usb3-specs.html|MacBook Pro 15" 2.7 GHz i7"i7 (Mid-2012)] Vs making the jump to the retina series. The costs of upgrading the RAM to 16 GB as well as putting in still larger SATA SSD's may make a better buy and offer what you need.
You may want to look for a 2012 i7 15" MacBook Pro with a hi-res display (1680x1050) like [http://www.everymac.com/systems/apple/macbook_pro/specs/macbook-pro-core-i7-2.7-15-mid-2012-unibody-usb3-specs.html|MacBook Pro 15" 2.7 GHz i7"i7 (Mid-2012)] Vs making the jump to the retina series. The costs of upgrading the RAM to 16 GB as well as putting in still larger SATA SSD's may make a better buy and offer what you need.

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Uas - One of the companies I service held off going with the retina models as at the time they did not offer the RAM & storage they needed. It's only now the latest model that offeroffers 16 GB of RAM and now offer a larger 2 TB SSD. BTW that is over 300 MacBook Pro's.
Uas - One of the companies I service held off going with the retina models as at the time they did not offer the RAM & storage they needed. It's only now the latest model that offeroffers 16 GB of RAM and now offer a larger 2 TB SSD. BTW that is over 300 MacBook Pro's.
 
To answer your direct questions:
 
* Is 8 GB enough? For most it is. For a graphics pro it might be tight if you work on larger or too many multiple items at the same time. Video editing also might be an issue if you work on large projects or have too many windows open with other elements.
* Can I upgrade the RAM or SSD? Sadly the RAM is soldered so what you get is what you'll have to work with. The SSD can be upgraded but you are very limited on your choices. Either you'll need to find a used Apple SSD or get a [https://eshop.macsales.com/shop/ssd/owc/macbook-pro-retina-display/2012-2013|OWC SSD]. Finding an Apple SSD in the larger sizes will be hard and very expensive!
* Apple had a rash of dual GPU systems which had issues with some tantalum capacitors overheating which caused the GPU problems. Apple has an extended warranty repair program but the window is getting small. Even still a good board repair outfit can replace the bad caps with better ones.
 
You may want to look for a 2012 i7 15" MacBook Pro with a hi-res display (1680x1050) like [http://www.everymac.com/systems/apple/macbook_pro/specs/macbook-pro-core-i7-2.7-15-mid-2012-unibody-usb3-specs.html|MacBook Pro 15" 2.7 GHz i7" (Mid-2012)] Vs making the jump to the retina series. The costs of upgrading the RAM to 16 GB as well as putting in still larger SATA SSD's may make a better buy and offer what you need.

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Uas - One of the companies I service held off going with the retina models as at the time they did not offer the RAM & storage they needed. It's only the latest model that offer 16 GB of RAM and now offer a 2 TB SSD. BTW that is over 300 MacBook Pro's.
Uas - One of the companies I service held off going with the retina models as at the time they did not offer the RAM & storage they needed. It's only the latest model that offer 16 GB of RAM and now offer a 2 TB SSD. BTW that is over 300 MacBook Pro's.
 
To answer your direct questions:
 
* Is 8 GB enough? For most it is. For a graphics pro it might be tight if you work on larger or too many multiple items at the same time. Video editing also might be an issue if you work on large projects or have too many windows open with other elements.
* Can I upgrade the RAM or SSD? Sadly the RAM is soldered so what you get is what you'll have to work with. The SSD can be upgraded but you are very limited on your choices. Either you'll need to find a used Apple SSD or get a [https://eshop.macsales.com/shop/ssd/owc/macbook-pro-retina-display/2012-2013|OWC SSD]. Finding an Apple SSD in the larger sizes will be hard and very expensive!
* Apple had a rash of dual GPU systems which had issues with some tantalum capacitors overheating which caused the GPU problems. Apple has an extended warranty repair program but the window is getting small. Even still a good board repair outfit can replace the bad caps with better ones.
 
You may want to look for a 2012 i7 15" MacBook Pro with a hi-res display (1680x1050) like [http://www.everymac.com/systems/apple/macbook_pro/specs/macbook-pro-core-i7-2.7-15-mid-2012-unibody-usb3-specs.html|MacBook Pro 15" 2.7 GHz i7" (Mid-2012)] Vs making the jump to the retina series. The costs of upgrading the RAM to 16 GB as well as putting in still larger SATA SSD's may make a better buy and offer what you need.

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HasUas - One of the companies I service held off going with the retina models as at the time they did not offer the RAM & storage they needed. It's only the latest model that offer 16 GB of RAM and offer 2 TB SSD. BTW that is over 300 MacBook Pro's.
HasUas - One of the companies I service held off going with the retina models as at the time they did not offer the RAM & storage they needed. It's only the latest model that offer 16 GB of RAM and offer 2 TB SSD. BTW that is over 300 MacBook Pro's.
 
To answer your direct questions:
 
* Is 8 GB enough? For most it is. For a graphics pro it might be tight if you work on larger or too many multiple items at the same time. Video editing also might be an issue if you work on large projects or have too many windows open with other elements.
* Can I upgrade the RAM or SSD? Sadly the RAM is soldered so what you get is what you'll have to work with. The SSD can be upgraded but you are very limited on your choices. Either you'll need to find a used Apple SSD or get a [https://eshop.macsales.com/shop/ssd/owc/macbook-pro-retina-display/2012-2013|OWC SSD]. Finding an Apple SSD in the larger sizes will be hard and very expensive!
* Apple had a rash of dual GPU systems which had issues with some tantalum capacitors overheating which caused the GPU problems. Apple has an extended warranty repair program but the window is getting small. Even still a good board repair outfit can replace the bad caps with better ones.
 
You may want to look for a 2012 i7 15" MacBook Pro with a hi-res display (1680x1050) like [http://www.everymac.com/systems/apple/macbook_pro/specs/macbook-pro-core-i7-2.7-15-mid-2012-unibody-usb3-specs.html|MacBook Pro 15" 2.7 GHz i7" (Mid-2012)] Vs making the jump to the retina series. The costs of upgrading the RAM to 16 GB as well as putting in still larger SATA SSD's may make a better buy and offer what you need.

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Has - One of the companies I service held off going with the retina models as at the time they did not offer the RAM & storage they needed. It's only the latest model that offer 16 GB  of RAM and offer 2 TB SSD. BTW that is over 300 MacBook Pro's.

To answer your direct questions:

* Is 8 GB enough? For most it is. For a graphics pro it might be tight if you work on larger or too many multiple items at the same time. Video editing also might be an issue if you work on large projects or have too many windows open with other elements.
* Can I upgrade the RAM or SSD? Sadly the RAM is soldered so what you get is what you'll have to work with. The SSD can be upgraded but you are very limited on your choices. Either you'll need to find a used Apple SSD or get a [https://eshop.macsales.com/shop/ssd/owc/macbook-pro-retina-display/2012-2013|OWC SSD]. Finding an Apple SSD in the larger sizes will be hard and very expensive!
* Apple had a rash of dual GPU systems which had issues with some tantalum capacitors overheating which caused the GPU problems. Apple has an extended warranty repair program but the window is getting small. Even still a good board repair outfit can replace the bad caps with better ones.

You may want to look for a 2012 i7 15" MacBook Pro with a hi-res display (1680x1050) like [http://www.everymac.com/systems/apple/macbook_pro/specs/macbook-pro-core-i7-2.7-15-mid-2012-unibody-usb3-specs.html|MacBook Pro 15" 2.7 GHz i7" (Mid-2012)] Vs making the jump to the retina series. The costs of upgrading the RAM to 16 GB as well as putting in still larger SATA SSD's may make a better buy and offer what you need.

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