Hey Everybody, apologies in advance if this has been covered. I'm new to this forum and could use some help. I recently purchased a 15" Macbook Pro. I upgraded the processor and added a solid state harddrive (the smallest), a total of $350 in upgrades. It came with 4gigs of ram, so instead of paying apple $200 more I bought 8 on newegg for $50. Grand total:$400 extra. 1 week later the "New Macbook With Retina Display!" came out. (lah-de-dah). While checking the new specs, I noticed that there were still two options. The 'normal' 15" Macbook Pro, and the NEW 15" Macbook Pro with retina display. The 'old' one (though it doesn't have the retina display) is still a huge upgrade to the 'previous' generation that I had just bought. They now come standard with a 2.6 gHz i7 (I paid $250 extra to UPGRADE to the 2.5) and they also now come standard with 8 gigs of ram. If you CHOOSE to upgrade the processor (for the same amount might I add, $250) you can now get a 2.7 gHz with turbo boots up to 3.7. They also now come with USB 3.0, and you still have the option to upgrade your harddrive to solid state OR not (the retina's you HAVE to get solid state, as I'm sure most of you know). Apple said I could return my recently purchased Macbook since it was within 30 days (so I did). I could care less about the retina display... do people realize that the new macbooks without it are still a big upgrade too? I'm literally going to spend (too the penny) the exact amount and get a better processor and more ram, as well as USB 3.0. I have one problem which is what I'm hoping someone here can answer for me. I really don't like these reviews regarding the inability to upgrade. Soldered ram, glued battery, proprietary harddrive.... this sucks. But does all of this stuff go for the new macbook pro's WITHOUT retina too?? If you look at apples site on the 'buy now' page, the casing looks different than the picture next to it of the one with retina display. Would this mean that the 'normal' macbook pro's without retina still come with the 'old generation' case that you can unscrew and easily upgrade? Putting new ram in my old macbook pro was a piece of cake (of course I wouldn't need to do this now anyway, since it comes standard with 8. But being able to easily replace things is what I'm concerned with). If these new 'normal' macbook pro's DO utilize the old casing... then that would ruuuuuuule and I am sold. Better hardware (processor, ram, USB 3.0) for the same amount of money, and none of this terrible proprietary stuff. So does anyone know if that is how they are? Or do the new 'normal' macbook pro's also have the same proprietary crap as the retina's? As soon as apple refunds my money I will be re-spending it on a new one. So I'd like to find this out beforehand. Any help is appreciated, and thanks in advance!