Let me start with....I'm a PC guy. I used to work for MS and I've lived in Windows most of my computing life (with some exposure to VAX/VMS...but that was another life). I currently have a large PC for gaming and photo editing and a couple of laptops. I'm in the process of planning a move to NYC so I need to downsize. My primary goal is to end up with one very portable but still powerful device to meet most of my computing needs (I also have an iPad and iPhone). The gaming is something I've stopped recently and while it's not important, it would be cool if I could play a little COD or BF in the future if I really wanted to. Photography is my biggest concern and what is driving me toward the retina display. I'm thinking I'd most likely dual boot so that I can run Windows 8 primarily, but run OSX from time to time to see if it's something I actually want to use for some things. Some of my questions are: 1) Should I spend so much $$$ for a rMBP? I was hoping a competetive Windows device would be launched, but it doesn't appear to be happening in my time frame (end of year) 2) If I buy, which features are worth the $$ to upgrade so that I guarantee myself a powerful device that lasts without breaking my bank. 3) Is there a better time to buy? (Within the next 3 months) Any other thoughts or concerns are greatly appreciated. This is a big change for me being a PC devotee, so please be gentle with the criticism.