I am an engineering graduate student. I am looking for a new laptop. I have money to spend and I fell myself drawn to maxing out a 17" MBP. 512SSD 8GB ram 2.8 i7. I may wait a few months to see if there is an update but I would probably go for whatever the max specs are then. Even though i want the best computer will I notice any difference between a maxed out on and one that is not. What kind of difference will I see with a SSD is it just a difference when opening apps and booting. For the ram and processor let me tell you what I do. I use a lot of safari for research. I run windows 7 as well with parallels from what I have seen this can be a ram eater so would going to 8GB be worth it just because of that? I also use aperture, photoshop, and illustrator to make posters. I don't game or anything else. So I guess what I am wondering is if YOU had my needs (which are not too much) and up to $4000 to spend what would you do?