Hello People. I am going to purchase my first ever MAC and unfortunately I am tight on budget and I have very little knowledge of MAC's so detailed help or your opinions will be appreciated . So I am confused between two MBP's and everyone was discussing about this before apple slashed the basic MBP model price to $1299. The decision of mine for purchasing macs is between R-MBP and NON-Retina Macbook pro. I know many of you will say to go for Retina model but here are some confusions which are making me so confused. Still if you want me to go for Retina then please post below. Advantages of Retina Macbook Pro: PCI-e SSD's Retina Display And Iris Graphics Main Issues with Retina MBP Soldered Everything : It doesn't matter about upgradeability but what about repairs if anything goes wrong with SSD's or RAM or anything then I can't afford to buy a new one with trend ? So I can buy $1299 R-MBP with no life expectancy (IF SO) OR Buy NON Retina MBP from Best Buy for $1099, Install 8GB RAM and a decent SSD onto it. I will not have to replace entire macbook if anything goes wrong. I can just replace most of the parts. And Retina doesn't matter to me. Plus will get a ROM drive. It will get cost to $1200 which is equals to retina macbook pro with 4GB of RAM and 128 SSD. What if I subscribe Apple Care for Retina MacBook Pro ?