Iv'e been debating this for the past few days. I have a 2010 MacBook with Dual core i7, but I want something new. I plan on just running around surfing the web and some gaming ( heavy games though ( X-plane, Max Payne, GTA, BF3 ) ) Heres what I like about the Retina MBP I like: Flash storage Weight Thickness I don't like: Price Backorder Couldn't care less about Retina I don't see a difference anyways I don't need 8GB of Ram... I don't need a gig of VRAM.. I love everything about the MBP 2012, but weight and thickness, as well as it not having the a-symetrical fans. Help me out here.