So I went to Simply Mac today. New store in the mall and I thought I would check it out. They offered me a $1050 for my 15" Macbook Pro i7 w/ 2.0 GHz quad-core, 8GB of ram, and 500GB HD. I then started to talk to them about upgrading it. They said for $475 parts and labor, they could bump up the ram to 16GB and put a SSD 240 GB drive in it. That would also include an external case for my current 500gb HDD. Just wondering, if I jump to 16gb and the SSD, how big of a difference will that make in performance and is it worth it? I'm a reporter and do a lot of little two three minute videos in final cut and just recently got into photography, so am using lightroom a lot. If I upgraded I would probably need to keep it a couple more years, and it would suck not having a Retina Display.