I realize there are tons of these threads and I've tried to read as many as I could trying to figure out what would be best for my uses, but I just feel lost! The last Mac I bought was a 2009 or so MacBook and a Mac Mini from around the same time. I'm still using the Mini, but the MacBook has bit the dust and needs to be replaced. My uses would be podcasting via Garageband (not very intensive I realize because I've been recording my podcast on my iPad for the past 7 months) and then video work on iMovie with an upgrade to a pro application coming in the next 6 months. My price range would be $1,500 to $1,700 unless there is something below that would work. Like I said I'm lost when it comes to i5/i7, but I feel like in my case 16 GB of ram may be more important? Here is what I was looking at, but I'm open for suggestions ... -3.0Ghz Dual Core i7 / 8 GB RAM / 512GB Flash / 13.3 Retina $1699 -2.8Ghz Dual Core i5 / 16 GB RAM / 512GB Flash / 13.3 Retina $1699 -2.2Ghz Quad Core i7 / 16 GB Ram / 256GB Flash / 15.4 Retina $1699 Or what about this on the low end of the price (I do have a 3TB usb 3.0 external drive), then get some other audio goodies for better video? -2.6Ghz Dual Core i5 / 16 GB RAM / 128GB Flash / 13.3 Retina $1279 Like I said I'm so confused, so if there are somethings I should consider I would love to hear them.