Should they get the discrete GPU model? I am thinking about getting the quad-core model as it will give me better performance, but I am not sure when I will ever use that performance. It would be nice to have though and the computer would last me a long time. Then again, it seems kind of ridiculous to downgrade to the Dual Core for AMD GPU's power when the GPU is not even that much better than the Intel HD 3000. Can someone clarify that it is actually a lot better than Intel HD 3000? I play these games: The Sims 3 Starcraft II The Old Republic Knights of the Old Republic Not too picky about what settings it is on, but I don't want to be running on low. I intend on getting the mac to replace my core 2 duo dell and start recording stuff in my room. So maybe I don't need the quad since I am still a 'scrub'. So, please, help me!