I need some serious advice from fellow mac geeks I have a first gen intel MBP (early 2006). It works, just super slow. Ram is maxed at 2gigs. The biggest problem I have with it is the functionality of the browsers (I have chrome, firefox & safari). They crash constantly. They are no longer upgradeable because the OS is so old and I can't upgrade the OS because of the hardware. I do a lot of work on web stuff so this makes for a pretty frustrating experience. The machine is also just slow. I write a lot of papers and spend a lot of time in powerpoint and excel as well and it is painful at times. Anyhow, I have decided that now is the time to replace it, but I am torn between the new rMBP 2.3GHz, 18gb of ram, 256SSD hard drive and the cMBP 2.3GHz, 8gb of ram and 750gb 7200rpm HDD? I am trying to determine the cost of maintaining/upgrading as well since I like to keep my machines for a long as possible. With regards to the rMBP, I would get apple care, but what do I do after that? The rMBP is pretty much non-serviciable, right? However, I'm sure since the SSD is on a daughter board that a replaceable unit will available shortly, but what about other parts? Do you think, in 3 years when the apple care expires, will we see the availability of other replacement parts? I see that the battery is permanently glued. I have had to replace the battery on my existing one once, so that concerns me about the rMBP. In the 6 years that I have owned my current MAC I have only had to take it apart a couple of times, once to replace a failed hard drive and once to clean it out. But that's it. Now, my biggest question is do you think I am likely to get that kind of life out of the new rMBP? Or should I just stick with the cMBP with the 8gb of ram & 7200rpm drive that I can later update? My biggest fear is that I will get stuck in the situation that I am now. I have an OK machine but can't update the OS past 10.5.8, can't upgrade the ram past 2gb. I Could upgrade the drive to an SSD but I would rather put the money towards a new machine that is more capable of running the software I need. To me that is no different than having a non-servicable machine. I have priced out both machines and with my student discount there is only $255 difference between them, so money is not as much of a concern as is the longevity of the machine. But for $255 is the rMBP a better value? I apologize for rambling! Thank you for any advice you can offer!!