First off I would like to apologize for posting yet another one of these "which one for me threads" I will be a freshman engineering student at college this fall. I need a computer to not only do the usual internet and/or word processing but also be able to handle CAD and other engineering software through bootcamp. I would really like it to last me all 4-5 years. I have heard that most people recommend a 15" MBP for the extra screen real estate and for the quad-core processor. I have been mainly looking at two different options. Option 1: Retina Macbook Pro 15" (base) 2.3 GHz Quad-core 8 GB RAM 256 GB flash storage I might upgrade to 16 GB RAM if it is necessary Option 2: Legacy Macbook Pro (base) 2.3 GHz Quad-core 4 GB Ram 500 GB HDD Hi-Res Anti-Glare screen With this computer I would purchase upgraded RAM (either 8 GB or 16 GB) and purchase a SSD (probably a 128 GB) and a optibay (or similar) to run both storage drives. I am worried about the scaling and the quality of content issues with the Retina MBP but I do not need to purchase this right away so I could wait to see if the problems go away. If I do not need the quad-core processor and graphics power of the 15" i could go with the high-end 13" and an external display. Please feel free to ask me any questions and thank you in advance.