I currently have a late 2009 i7 2.8 ghz machine that (except for some faint vertical screen line issues that I am going to have checked out) I am very happy with and could probably use for a while yet (ignorance as to what I am missing is bliss ;-)). My wife, however, has an 8 year old AMD Dual Core Dell that is having some major issues and probably is not worth the effort (and money, if any is needed) to try to get going again, although her needs are very basic (email, web, etc.). I am thinking of passing my machine to my wife and buying something new, but I am not sure what to get. My use is the typical stuff plus photography and music, both as hobbies. Do I need an i7 again? An upgraded GPU? Do I go for the retina screen? The easy answer is probably to get an i7 retina iMac with an upgraded GPU and maybe a 3TB fusion drive. I COULD do this, but I usually don't like buying something that has just come out and doesn't necessarily have bugs worked out. Reading the problems on the forums is a sure-fire way to scare myself off buying anything . The other issue I have is that I feel like while the retina screen is undoubtedly amazing, there wasn't any real change in specs, so I would be buying a great screen with older technology in a body that can't easily allow for upgrades (other than memory). I suspect there will be an additional refresh in about 6 months, but who knows how big of a difference that will be or whether it is worth waiting for given that my wife's machine is having so much trouble. Buying a non retina iMac on the other hand is also older technology, but without the benefit of the better screen and Apple didn't adjust the price after the retina display iMac was released. Am I looking at this the wrong way? Any suggestions?