Hey! I'm looking for some insight from people here in the mac community. Basically I'm in need of a new computer. I've never had a mac before (used them at school however), but something inside me is running towards them. I actually used to despise apple products until maybe 2 years ago, but that's a different story. Around 2 years ago, I was looking for a tablet, and I picked myself up the iPad 3 when it first came out. Since day one of having this device, I have NEVER desired any other tablet. I've enjoyed every bit of it and have zero complaints. My next move is to get myself an iPhone when my current contract runs out, which is around the time iPhone 6 should be released... conveniently Anyway, recently, as said, I've been in need of a new laptop. I have always admired the aesthetics of macbooks but never really took an interest beyond that. But recently I've been looking into them more, and everything about them just appeals to me. Except the price. And this is where I need some insight. Now, of course, I would love to get the top end model with all the niceties included, but that's way out my budget, and even if it wasn't, I couldn't justify it. In saying that however, I have this niggling feeling, that if I bought another windows laptop instead of a macbook, I would regret it and not be fully satisfied. So here goes. After all that mumbo-jumbo, here is the point 1) Dual Core? For the prices of the macbooks, is dual core really worth it? Like the same price on a windows laptop would easily get you quad. Does it compare? I mean, I know the dual core is going to be good, but I just can't help feeling like I should be getting quad for that price. 2) Is retina worth it? The way I'm looking at it, retina as much as it looks great, also appears to come with some draw-backs. Firstly, unless I go with a higher end retina model, I'm limited to very poor storage space. Secondly, the processing power doesn't seem as good, al-be-it, there isn't vast differences, but hey... it's a difference. 3) I'm too much of a windows lover to fully let go. For now at least. So I'd be looking to bootcamp it. Now I also play games, not excessively though. Cod4, minecraft, and occasionally skyrim. Anyway, could one of the lower end macs handle these games? Particularly with no dedicated graphics. 4) I'm also a student so would be using it for uni work too. And yes, I'm aware of educational discount - which is why macbook is an option for me. Otherwise, I'd likely not consider a mac. 5) Is a processor upgrade worth it? (from 2.4 to 2.8) I'm not sure I could justify the higher end models (15") I think that's everything. If I come up with anymore queries, I will be sure to ask. I hope some people might give me some opinions to think about. Thanks in advance.