After doing my homework, I think that buying a rMBP can actually cost the same or even cheaper than owning a PC. From my past experience, I would spend around $1000+tax on average for a decent Windows laptop. And if I will sell the laptop 3 years later, I usually can sell it for $300 (if lucky) assuming that it's still in a good condition (which is very rare, because the build quality is usually really bad). Whereas, the base rMBP cost me $1,999+tax (with student pricing)... and I am hoping that I will be able to sell it for at least $1200 in 3 years or so. Basically, I'm getting a much better computer (especially that eye-popping retina display!) and it will ultimately cost the same for me. Anyone agree?