So I ended up returning my base model and ordered it with the 512ssd and m295x. I kept it at the i5. I'm hardly seeing anyone that didn't bump up to the i7 on here though. Now I'm starting to feel pressure to bump that up too. Thing is I'm not sure I'll utilize it. The two most intensive tasks I do is programming and some light Lightroom. I'd like to get into a bit of video editing, but not much. I'll dual boot to windows for a bit of gaming. What do you guys do with your computers that make you feel the need for the i7? I'd like to say I'll keep this machine 5-6 years, but I'm pretty compulsive so I know that would never happen. That's why I don't future proof much. Hell I don't really need this thing, the display is just stunning, and I'm a hiDPI addict.