Hello! I'm currently self-learning the worlds of graphic and web design with hopes of eventually becoming a freelancer. I currently own a 2010 white Macbook which has stood the test of time very well with the occasional upgrade ( Dual hard drives & RAM). It's more than sufficient for online classrooms but I realize I will eventually need to move on to more advanced programs and therefore a more powerful machine. I've been reviewing my options and it seems a MBP is probably the best road to take. But I have some questions that I cannot answer myself; 1.) Is the bump to retina necessary if I were to purchase a spec'd out 2012 pro? I've been told retina is particularly helpful for graphic design and I realize the last non retina pro built is aging. 2.) Do you feel 16GB of ram is necessary or will 8GB suffice? A friend who is in the same field swears by the spec'd out 15" retina with all of the bells and whistles but she spent over $2k and I'm not convinced that is entirely necessary. Any insignt would be very much appreciated! Thanks!