I'll be going to university in a couple years and will need to buy a new computer for my studies. I currently have a late 2008 MacBook with aluminium unibody. For what I do at the moment, it's only just sufficient. It tends to get quite slow at times with only 4GB of ram and a CPU of only 2GHz. It has lasted quite well, except I'm not expecting it to remain at a usable performance level for long. I use my current laptop for hours everyday, therefore the new laptop I would get would also be used well. The course I will most likely be taking at University will be computer science and programming related, which may require CPU intensive tasks. I've used OS X for a long time with Windows on a bootcamp partition, although I have a thorough understanding of both systems, I definitely prefer OS X hands down. This leads me to a bit of confusion. If I needed to get a laptop for University, a MacBook would be my first choice. This is because of the overall build of the laptop and system. It gives me the opportunity to access both main operating systems which could be useful for cross platform development and understanding at a later stage. I came to these forums to discuss this because on other forums people may be biased towards Windows because they have never experience an Apple computer for themselves and it is impossible to discuss with them because of their ignorance. People on here may also be biased towards mac, but they understand what I mean when I say that I like OS X. This laptop will most likely last me a long time and get me through my university course and further, I need something that will be worth the money and be a suitable choice. The only issue I have is the extreme price of the laptop compared to a Windows alternative, it hard trying to justify the high price of the retina macbook for a university entrant student. My family is averagely rich, we are not extremely well off but not too bad either. My parents will not be able to fully pay for my laptop but may contribute slightly. I need to know if getting this will be the right decision for a university entry student, I'm not sure how hard it will be with expenses and living costs and I don't want to regret buying one and always be in debt. I also don't want to get a Windows computer and regret it also because of how much I hate it and want to use OS X and have the nice feeling of using a mac. I know it would sound stupid to a Windows user, but after using a mac, it doesn't feel right having a Windows computer, there is something that feels good about owning a mac. Sorry it's so long, I wanted to explain thoroughly the situation I'm in because it's a serious decision I need to make. If I do decide to go with the retina macbook, I need to start saving and maybe sell things now so I can have enough to go towards it. Too long;Didn't read: I need a laptop for university, studying digital science related subject, would prefer a retina macbook, what should I do?