Currently studying Media Studies in college, in first year, and I was recently told I should purchase a MacBook Pro for audio and video editing. I'm in the market for a new laptop anyway as my current one broke towards the end of summer. I was told to go for a 15" model and upgrade it with at least 8GB of ram. Never had a mac before and considering they are expensive I would like to have it for the next few years. What I was wondering is if anyone had advice on what specs to go for and what model year. I'm going to be working with large video files so I would like a model with USB 3, full HD screen (possibly retina if I can afford it), and a large hard drive (around 500GB - 1TB) as I would like to use it as my everyday laptop also. I understand the newer Retina MacBook Pro's aren't user upgradeable so I have no problem purchasing an older model that is user upgradeable. I live in Ireland if that makes a difference in terms of pricing. With an education discount the top spec 15" MacBook Pro Retina costs €2,621.13 - obviously not cheap. I understand Apple will introduce the newer model MacBook Pro's in early 2016 and I don't mind waiting a while before purchasing as I will obviously need to save up first. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance!