First off, even without any further description of the 17", I know the answer to a reasonable, logical person. Not worth it. I am a pretty logical person, so I've already got that part nailed down. I'm really just trying to talk myself into replacing my current laptop. Details are that I have a very capable desktop PC for gaming, but I do use my laptop for some gaming (WoW and Diablo 3 would be enough). I enjoy the large screen space of the 17", so would probably run the Retina at least at 1650, if not 1920. Current machine is Core 2 Duo, 4gb, SSD. So, the Retina would be a pretty good jump in performance, but the SSD in the 17" allows it to do quite well for day to day tasks. I am not a creative Pro user, I would be using the laptop for programming and some Diablo 3. The current machine handles Diablo 3 very poorly with its 9600m GPU, but again, I have the desktop PC I can use instead. All that said, the current machine is ok for now for what I ask of it. I want to know if moving to the Retina will be a large enough jump in "pleasure of use" to make an upgrade worthwhile, or if that sweet spot won't be hit for another year or two. Note: Just realized my sig is super old, so ignore the machine listed there.