Looking to replace my 2008 MBP. It's barely holding on and I plan to buy today before it goes *poof* on me. I'm not a huge technical person; specs and such are meaningless to me. I tend to hold onto computers for 4 years. My usage: I typically work remotely from home where my computer is almost always at my desk & plugged into a monitor. Standard business usage with occasional bursts of graphics (Usually Fireworks. RIP. Damn you Adobe.) I watch a lot of video. I occasionally edit video, but not enough to make it a significant part of the decision process. The power to do so easily would be nice, though. Some gaming. If I cared more about this I'd get a gaming rig and not a mac. I'm one of those annoying people that never closes anything. It is not unusual to see several day old windows running, including a couple different browser windows each with a bunch of tabs. (though I'm slowly getting better about the browser thing) I've mostly decided on an rMBP because I want a 15 inch screen. Plus the retina screen is sexy & I work in a field where impressions can mean more than intelligence & talent. I'm a bit worried because I tend to use an external monitor in a dual monitor setup and this seems to have caused problems for some - is it really an issue or more of an occasional thing/fluke? Should I be safe and go with a cMBP? I haven't even looked at the inside of my MBP in the 5 years I've had it, so the upgradability of it is not a selling point for me. But if it works better with an external monitor, that is the way I'll go: the daily work on a dual screen setup is far more important to me than the occasional impressionable client visit. Budget: I'd like to stick around $2000 or, of course, less. Here's what I'm looking at (all 15in rMBP): B&H: 2.4GHz 8GB 256GB Flash Storage $1999 no tax = $1999 Refurb: 2.3GHz - Originally released June 2012 8GB 256GB Flash Storage $1599 + tax = $1711 2.6GHz - Originally released June 2012 16GB 256GB Flash Storage $1949 + tax = $2086 So, it comes down to this... New vs Refurb: I'm not afraid of refurbs (especially from Apple) but was the upgrade in February significant? Did this stop some of the lag/screen issues? If so, then I'll get the new 2.4. 8GB vs 16GB RAM: 8 seems more than enough right now (heck, I'm used to 2GB). But the 16GB comes on a 2.6GHz machine. I can't imagine that I'd regularly notice that difference now, but in 4 years? If newer is not better and 16GB/2.6 isn't worth it, even in the long run, than I can save almost $300 and get the 2.3. Thoughts?