Hello, I am interested in buying a rMbp 15 inch. I am coming from the windows world and never owned a machine with OSX. I am a little nervous paying so much for a laptop. However, the laptop seems awesome and the screen is a huge plus as my regular screen is killing my eyes. I want to make sure I get the right configuration. Could you help me out? Here are my needs: - I am looking at a late 2013 or 2014 machine - I Definitely want 16 gb of ram - I will need to run windows 8 in bootcamp or vm. Mostly vm. - will use the machine mainly for programming, web surfing, typing documents, lot of reading - no gaming( well maybe star craft 2 ) - i watch a lot of movies and online streaming videos. Can the intel gpu handle this with no problems? - I plan on driving 1 thunderbolt display, maybe 2. Would the discrete gpu help with this or is intel enough? - not sure if i need 256 or 512 ssd. Right now all my files, including windows, takes up 113gb. With the 512 being the larger drive, does it have better read and write speeds over 256? - I am not doing any video or photo editing. Just cropping of photos. - want to spend 2k ish. But want to make sure money is spent on components I will use. - thinking of doing config to max ram and cpu and skimping on gpu. Make sense with my requirements? - usually keep machines for a while Thinking of following 2 configs: 1.) late 2013 refurb - $2k 2.3 ghz cpu 16 gb ram 512 gb ssd 750m gpu 2.). 2014 new - $2.2 k 2.8 ghz cpu 16 gb ram 256 ssd Intel iris pro Any other configs you recommend?