Next Friday I will have enough money to buy a rMBP (base model) with the student discount. My mum told me today that she can lend me $700 if I need it, which is enough to get the next model up or more ram (though get me in $700 debt with her ). Yesterday I found out a bit more about the Uni course I will be doing (starts next week), so I was hoping I could get some advice. My first semester will involve me making a short film in Final Cut Pro. Is the base model with 8GB of ram enough for this? I will also be using Adobe Audition, Pro Tools and Sibelius for my first year Music course, not to mention I will be doing higher level music courses in a year or two (not sure what programs I will use then). I'm also considering doing a photography course next year. Everything is done in Mac labs, so I am allowed to bring my own Macbook Pro and work on that, rather then on their Macs. So I want to make sure the 2.3ghz, 256GB SSD (I will buy an external, but leave it at home) and 8GB of ram will be enough for this? 256GB is starting to seem a little small when it will be filled with all of these applications and work files, not to mention a few games. The 2.6ghz would help with my video editing at the least, but would 8GB of ram be a bottleneck for what I'll be doing? What would be most recommended for someone like me in this situation? Thanks for any suggestions!