Hello, I'll keep it short, I'll list what I need the machine to do and I'll list my options. 3Ds Max and Maya (Medium to large animations) Adobe Suite (Photo/Video/Web) Logic Pro Accounting software (Sage 50, Excel) Windows 7 (Not 8, or 8.1) Gaming (BF3, BF4, basically modern games) Note taking, MS word. Here are my options: A) Macbook Pro 15 2.3Ghz Quad-core Intel Core i7, Turbo Boost up to 3.5Ghz 16GB 1600MHz DDR3L SDRAM 512GB PCI-e SSD NVIDIA GT750M 2GB Iris Pro 5200 1GB The 2.6 is an option, but only if I really, really need it. Read below before you comment B) Macbook Pro 13 2.6GHz Dual-core Intel Core i5, Turbo Boost up to 3.1GHz 16GB 1600MHz DDR3L SDRAM 256GB PCI-e SSD Iris Pro 5100 Note from above: I do have a plan to build a custom desktop within the next year or so with the broadwell chips, the budget will be around $1500-2000 and I expect a very strong PC as an end result. Additional information: I will be keeping this machine for at least 6 years, I don't expect it to be very useful, but I don't expect it to be completely useless either. I also get the student discount, if that impacts your opinion. Obviously if you have other suggestions, please feel free to post them. Thanks!