Hello all I'm a new so please go easy on me. I've been looking through lots of threads on here trying to figure out what would be best for me but can't seem to come to a decision so now I'll just ask. My situation: I'm starting grad school in the fall and need a new laptop my computer is dead(typing this on a friends machine.) I've settled on a 13 pro, 15 is out of my budget ~$1400 and while I like the air I'm not confident that it will last me the 3-4 years I need because I can't put more ram in it and the processor is a little slower than the 13 pro. My question is should I go with the base i5 13 or should I get the i7 13 as configured below? i5 with 128 ssd upgrade from apple store educational discount: $1325 with $100 app store card back to school promotion i7 without ssd price from microcenter: $1299 (A rep at bestbuy said they will match the microcenter price and I could still get the back to school bestbuy card $100) I will upgrade the ram to 8gb on my own. Also, if I go with i7 I will put in a ssd around Christmas time.(Is this hard to do? I've read about problems with 3rd party ssd's on the 2011's, has this been resolved or is it rolling the dice?) In my case what would you all do? Thanks in advance and sorry for the long post.