I will be a new mac user very soon but after the launch of the new MBPs, i am confused of either getting the newly updated MBP 15" 2.6Ghz quad-core i7/8GB memory/750GB HDD or the new baseline MBP Retina with 2.3Ghz/8GB/256GB SSD. Although i would love the higher 2.6Ghz with optical drive, for the same price i could get the latest hardware w/retina.. I've heard that the SSD would compensate the lower processor, but i still need to know which is better for fast architectural renderings with Artlantis, Maxwell Render, and using ArchiCAD, AutoCAD, Sketchup and with Photoshop. I am student and submission requirements are usually in Print and CDs, although the MBP Retina is optical-less, i could get the USB-CD, IF the MBP Retina is your choice since im confused on which to get at the moment. I am currently using a 2009 Dell XPS 1640 with the spec: -Intel Core 2 Duo P8700 2.53Ghz -4GB Ram -500GB HDD Storage -Windows 7 Home Premium and rendering with artlantis would occasionally crash, currently rendering an image with Artlantis (1046x768 size) and it is still going after 2hrs. (I am sick and tired of my Windows crashing, freezing and affecting my work flow, thus im migrating to Mac. Im not a completely new user, had an iBook and used Mac in college) Please help, I need to order one before next week!