Computer mainly for son in HS and secondarily rest of family. We are an Apple household: 2 iphones, ipad, touch, TV. Budget is around $1000 but wanted less. I bought the baseline 21.5, 2.5, i5, 500HD, 6570 card for $979. My main concern was the graffic card, as while we do most of our gaming on the 360, would like to try at least the equivalent graphically and performance wise on the computer. This morning I see the refurb store has the 2.8, i7, 1GB, 6770 for $1229. Interestingly the 2.7, i5 is offered as well but for $20 more. So comparing the prices on those two models the i7 is a much better deal. We really don't need the faster processor or larger HD space for what we do at this time. Just occasional Handbreaking copying of our Bluerays. But was fearful I would regret the 6570m card. Questions: Will the 6570 more or less offer gaming on par with the XBOX? Or do I really need the 6770m. Is the $250 price for all those upgrades a good deal that I should take advantage of and perhaps increasing longevity enough to allow my son to get 4 good more HS years of use? Or would it be better to put toward a new one further down the road or perhaps an SSD upgrade on the baseline model? In any event I will upgrade whichever I get from 4 to at least 12GB RAM.