I am about to purchase my first MBP for college, and I'm wondering if it would be better to buy the cheapest, base model of the new retina MacBook, or for the same price, the best version of the standard, non retina MacBook pro. I am going to be doing a lot of music recording and video editing, so I'd want the computer that would be best for that. However I also want it to last a long time, and not be too heavy. The retina screen is nice, but I could live without it, and Im not sure how I feel about the lack of an optical drive. Thanks for the help!!