As of right now I am croaking along with an early 2008 white MacBook. Its specs are 2.4ghz Intel Core 2 Duo, 3 gigs of ram, and a 250gb HDD (I call it my little Dinosaur ). I originally received this as a birthday present just before I discovered the tech world so I wasn't really doing any heavy lifting. As time went on, especially within the past year, I have really been getting into using Photoshop daily and using Dreamweaver on a weekly basis (and more often than not, having to run the two at the same time, plus a multitude of other apps). This is besides the fact that animations and transitions are slow, my Mac is chipping appart, and my charger is broken (with the battery soon to go as well). Long story short, its just not quite cutting the mustard. So I've started pinching my pennies and working (I'm just shy of 15 so I don't have a "regular" income) and have had my sights set on the 2.6ghz Retina MPB with 16gb of ram and a 512 SSD. But I started wondering, if I was going overkill. Now I do intend for this laptop to last me sometime, hopefully 4 years (or more) so I do not want to skimp, but I do usually start doing more advanced things every year (e.g. I've gone from facebook+reading blogs and forums, to everything from that to Photoshop and Dreamweaver). One final thing: I will also be bringing a collage family friend along with me for the purchase so that I can get myself a discount. So my question is, now knowing my situation, should I keep going for the Retina MPB? Or is there something else I should go for at a lower price point (ex a MacBook Air or a Classic Macbook Pro). Thank you so much in advance! P.S. I did look at the MacRumors "Which Mac should I buy" but I was still stumped.