So my current MacBook Pro is a 2008 15" model and it is getting long in the tooth. I've been waiting for Broadwell for ages, but now I am not sure what I want to do. Since I have been working on my masters, I have been using my laptop quite a bit and it is noticeable of the slowdown. However, I will be done with my degree in a year and then will likely not use my laptop much anymore (like from 2010 - 2014). In fact I use my iPad 2 almost daily, but that too is quite outdated. Since the newest models are not upgradeable I've only had my eyes set on the high end model. But I am having difficulty justifying that since the only pro feature I would need it for is Handbrake encoding and gaming (mostly things like Skyrim and Civilization, and my wife plays Sims 4). I have a dedicated SLI configured PC that does most games on high settings, but that isn't mobile... And I refuse to use non apple mobile devices. So now I am leaning towards getting a lesser laptop (13" or refurbished base 15") and a new iPad (an Air 2 or the next one in the Fall). I was wondering if anyone has experience with gaming on retina MacBook pro 13" or the older base model 15". I am looking at possibly purchasing this fall after the next line of upgrades. Any recommendations? Thanks!