So here's what I'm looking at: (both are under student discount) -2.6 GHz/512 GB SSD Retina Macbook Pro (comes out to $2678 with the superdrive before tax) -2.6 Ghz/750 GB 7200 RPM MBP (comes out to $2134 before tax). As of now I'm using a 2010 MBP with a 500 gig hard drive, 4 gigs of RAM, and the 2.66 Ghz dual core i7. I've got it hooked up to an Asus VE278Q monitor and run bootcamp w/ a 350/150 setup (Mac/Windows respectively). Stuff I do with my computer: -3D animation/rendering with Blender -Work with Adobe CS3's suite, particularly large Photoshop images (under Bootcamp). -Java/C++/Objective C programming -Gaming (Fall of Cybertron, Crysis 2, Crysis, Team Fortress 2 (Mac&PC), Arkham City, and a few other titles) -School work (MS Office/Google Docs/Firefox/Adobe Reader heavily used) -Work during ~1.5 hour commute, and I lug this around everywhere. For me, storage space at the moment is fine- I don't really have any qualms with regards to how much storage I have (though a slightly faster HD on the windows side would be nice), and the extra 250 gigs with the normal would be a nice (albeit unnecessary) bonus. I also generally download/delete files pretty frequently (usually videos from YouTube for watching while I'm not connected to the internet). Which would you recommend, the Retina or the default Macbook Pro, and would it be worth it to shell out the extra $544 to get the Retina, or would I be better off sticking with the default Pro?