I apologize if people hate posts like this, but I don't know where else to ask. ANY input would be greatly, greatly appreciated. Currently have: early 2008 MBP 2.6ghz/4gb/256gb I ordered my Retina (2.6/16/512) on June 20th (still "processing") and Ive been nervous about it ever since so Im thinking about getting something to last me a year or so until I'm comfortable (and can justify) buying a rMBP or iMac. Im SUCH an ignorant computer user- the numbers have always confused me. Therefore, I dont know whats overkill for my needs. I always feel the limitations of computers, so I've assumed I'm a heavy user, but realistically speaking Im probably pretty average (see below). I bought my current MBP 4.5yrs ago thinking I would start my career. I flopped with photography and I dont want to throw ANOTHER $3k into a glorified personal computer. Im in school (mostly graphic design) and realistically wont be doing serious pro work for another year or so. Im thinking about buying something cheap (air, base model, refurb, ?) and selling it in a year or so to buy a solid rMBP or iMac, when the kinks have been worked out and Im not wasting an incredible computer for mostly personal use/etc. I want to get the cheapest mac I can, while still enjoying my computing experience (my current mbp causes my blood pressure to rise every time I use it!) FWIW, external hard drives are my primary storage space for photos/video- I dont plan on keeping much on the computer itself and my iTunes library will most likely be staying on my 2008 macbook. DAILY USAGE: Garageband w/ Pod UX2 (2-15 tracks in a project) (using D7000 RAW files + video files) Photoshop CS5 Illustrator CS5 Lightroom 3 Dreamweaver iMovie: mostly 5min projects based on a lot of different source files (so for every 5 minutes of final video, theres probably 15-45min of source) average web-browsing & netflix/spotify NO gaming at all. _______________________ SPECIFIC problems I currently encounter: -iMovie takes 30-45min to import (slightly less to export) 5 minute videos...Im SICK of that. Garageband is quite slow to save as well. -Photoshop is clunky right now, sometimes needing 45sec-a minute to make a selection on a d7000 RAW file. CS5 is frustrating, but its difficult to pinpoint issues- its just kind of slow all around and often freezes up and crashes. -Theres NO way I can have Photoshop & Lightroom open at the same time right now. Ideally, I would like to have PS, LR and occasionally IL or DW open at the same time (while browsing the web + Spotify is going) -basically, the entire computer moves at a snails pace regardless of what I'm doing. Again, I really apologize if this thread shouldn't be here, but I would really love any input.