OK so the nMP will be a crummy gaming machine. I had hoped otherwise, as I'm presently able to use my 2009 MP quite well as a gaming PC since I put a 7950 Sapphire in it. My main use case though is as a developer and running Win7 & Linux virtulized, but I'm balking at the $3,000 entry price. However, my 2009 quad core cost $2,500, and it had a crummy (GTX 120) GPU, little RAM, and disk. In comparison, for an extra $500, I get dual GPU's that are at the outset higher performing, adjusted for time compared to the GTX 120 which was an underperformer when released I think. I also get higher speed RAM and flash. On the downside I get an unupgradable machine, which means I'd better buy what I want to begin with. But if I look at my 2009 MP which I got for $2,500, I easily put another $2k in it. RAM upgrades (twice), disk upgrades, GPU upgrades. Sure you might argue that now I have to do that external, but it's moot for me as all my storage now is LAN based. So, maybe I'm warming up the nMP again, and am looking at a (gulp) $4,000 hex core D500.