Good news - my wife has given me permission to get a new computer! I am currently working with an old 2.16 Ghz from the end of the white-bodied generation, so anything is truly an upgrade. I plan on using the new computer as I used my old one, Adobe products (on a casual to slightly-more-than-casual basis), and the i-programs. Based on money and me not trying not to abuse her kindness, I have 2 options I'm booting around: 1. Non-retina 27" 3.5 Ghz i7, 8GB ram (upgrade on my own), better-of-the-two graphics card, and the 512 GB SSD OR 3TB fusion 2. Retina 4.0 Ghz i7, 8 GB ram (upgrade on my own), better-of-the-two graphics card, and the 1TB fusion or 256 SSD The major difference, as can be seen above, is the smaller hard drives in the retina due to the price already being higher for the computer itself - they won't come out exactly the same, but in the ballpark I believe. Also, know I plan on getting some external drives for backups and whatnot in the future - but probably not for a little while. And also... I don't need to worry about refurb; my education discount will help a little in that respect. I know purchase choices are discussed often on these forums, and I hope this one is slightly unique enough for you to forgive me! Thanks for your thoughts!