Here is my problem: I just bought a rMBP base model a few days ago, everything works great, besides the minor system glitches and heating up when playing a game. I was intending on getting a model with 16gb but the Apple store I went to cannot upgrade the modules in the store. I was told over the phone they could, but I guess they were mistaken and thought I was speaking of the older MBP models. So me — being impatient — I bought the 8GB model (2.3 GHz, 256 SSD) because I am going back to school next tuesday for graphic design, my second year. I am sort of at a crossroads: I still have 11 days left in my return/exchange policy and need to decide if I should exchange it for a 2.6 GHz, 16GB RAM, 256GB SSD model instead. I am happy with what I have now but need to look down the road. I am currently using CS 5.5 Master Suite (will be upgrading) with some minor gaming. My program requires me to edit a lot of photos with Photoshop, illustrations with Illustrator, websites in fireworks, etc. I won't be multi-tasking to an extreme either, or using partitions, boot-camping or whatever with Windows — or anything; I may add an external monitor in the future, but thats it. I have tested out the system by opening multiple adobe programs with some editing without any page-outs. I understand VRAM plays a big part for graphics and whatnot, but do I need the 16GB of RAM or should I be safe with the 8GB down the road for my future endeavours? I really don't want to have to go without this computer as it's a dream compared to my white Macbook, but I will do it if it secures me for future needs. It will just be a bit of a hassle having to do an exchange if I don't really need the upgrade, not to mention tacking on 300$ to the bill. I am seriously stuck in a rut and need help. What should I do?: Stick with the base model now (save money, not have to go without the computer for 10-14 days), or: Upgrade to a model with 2.3/2.6 GHz, 16GB RAM, 256SSD (spend 200-300 dollars more, but have a somewhat faster more future-secure machine to give me peace of mind, but have to go without rMBP for 10-14 days)?