Ok so I am a music major and would like to run Pro Tools on a mac system as most if not all of the teachers at school prefer it on that system and seem to think it does better overall on the mac. I have been a pc guy all of my life, build my own stuff and can always do better on my own than buying a dell or whatever, so now I am being exposed to an 8gb memory upgrade costing $180, I mean apple's products aren't cheap do they really have to gouge their loyal fan base to shake a few more coins in to the coffers, on that point alone I would like to pass on macs but I need to buy one. So I am going to be doing multiple tracks, yada yada, writing, browsing, using finale, sibelius, etc, etc, so I need a computer that will be able to handle this type of stuff without any problem. Come down to really 3 choices, i7 mac mini $779 student pricing will of course upgrade myself have an asus artist series 24" monitor 13" cmbp $999 same deal 13" rmbp 16gb 128gb $1479 Now I am not thrilled with the financial prospects of any of these, because I feel I could build a better machine for the money of course in a desktop configuration, however it is what it is, c'est la vie. So what do you recommend, currently I am leaning towards the 13"cmbp which I will outfit with 16gb memory and a 256gb ssd within hours of purchase, but I could do the same with the mac mini. I would really like to buy the retina for the iris pro, but $479 is a lot imho. Thanks in advance for any and all help, have a great weekend.