Hello, Sorry if this question comes up over and over again. I'm looking for some advice about where to spend my my money when it comes to buying a MacBook Pro. I won't bother complaining about the new prices, suffice to say that they have forced me to rethink my budget and look for possible compromises. A little background: I am a "creative type" but not a professional designer anymore. I need to be able to run Adobe CS (or perhaps Affinity) for personal use and the odd freelance project (mostly for family and friends); and I would like to be able to occasionally edit video in one form or another --mostly home movies. While a (low-end) 15" Macbook Pro is not completely out of reach, with a young family I can always use some extra cash for dance lessons, piano, basketball leagues, art lessons, swimming...etc., etc., etc ... rather than spending it on myself. Also, since I'm not a professional (anymore) I tend to hold on to my computers for a long time (maybe 4 to 6 years; actually my current laptop is about 7). With this in mind... Where would I get the most bang for my buck: faster CPU, more ram (16 versus 18), better graphics card (dedicated versus integrated) Is there a big difference between the older haswell/broadwell processors and the new skylake? Would it better to look at an older refurbished machine with better specs. (see previous question) or a new one with seemingly lower specs but newer chipsets? (I would prefer to stick with the apple store here to so that I at least have the year's warranty; or perhaps buying off Kijiji is not so risky with a hardware diagnostic?) At what point does an older top end unit start to become inferior to a new base level machine? (i.e. a 2013 i7 quad versus the 2016 i5 duo) Is and older quad core much faster than a new duo core? Finally, with the low end Macbook Pro (which is actually last years model), if I upgrade the processor to the 2.9 or 3.1, would these be part of the broadwell line or are they skylake processors (I'm assuming the standard 2.7 i5 is broadwell) Or maybe, since I plan to hang on to this machine for a while, the new low end (and non-upgraded) 15" Macbook pro would end up being the best value long term? Sorry for the lengthy post. Thank-you for any advice you can give me.