Figured some of you guys might be interested in this. A little background on my usage as a pro fashion photographer - I'm editing 2-3 images in CS6 at any given time from my D800 (36 mp files). I spent 2 weeks with the base model. Utilizing Bridge, CS6 (2 36MP images with 2-3 layers), Chrome (5 tabs), and Mail, Itunes. It's not unusable or slow by any means but there is a good amount of lag in CS6 - I had to turn off everything except the essentials (Bridge and CS6) in order to make it easier to use. I was impatient (didn't like the 4 weeks wait) and I figured since I upgrade yearly, I'll pick up next year's Haswell model and save my $200. However, I found a local deal for $2225 on a two days old unit with 16gb RAM so I returned my base model - I'm definitely glad I did. The new machine flies through CS6 like no other (we all know photoshop loves to eat RAM for snacks) and with everything I listed above, I opened 10 images and worked on them simultaneously - flawless. No hiccups, nada. We all know that video editors will want the 16gb but I'm pretty sure if you're doing photo work with large RAWs, you're going to need 16gb as well - the 8GB just wasn't really "smooth" on multitasking. So if you guys are looking to make this a primary photo editing machine, go custom and that $200 will save you the aggravation. If you're not a pro or just wanting something for on-the-go editing, save your $200 and put it towards next year's upgrade.