I'm an indie filmmaker and I do film competitions and challenges, so I would like to to purchase a MBP because I can't take my Mac with me. Like many other folks I have to stay within a budget since I have to eventually purchase other film gear. A apple tech told me I could get away just having 512MB for my video card, and go with a very in expensive 15.4" for less than $1400. I'll be using FCP 7 and I will be editing HD Content from DSLR (mainly) Also I will be using Adobe Creative Suite 5.5 Would 2011 MBP with only 512MB VRam be able to handle it? Should I go for the 1GB Vram? With all the buzz about the new MBP Retina Display being "Fast" I started to think, couldn't I increase the speed (if I purchase a 2011 model) if I put in a SSD drive? Sure the drive space would be smaller, but if I used an external drive to keep my footage would it defeat the purpose of installing the SSD? I would like to keep my initial purchase between $1700-$1800 (Including shipping/Taxes) If I go the SSD drive in an older MBP route I would do that later down the road and probably upgrade the RAM from 4GB to 8GB so I'm counting that in my budget at the moment. Thanks in advance.