This is so helpful! I understand the differences much better and can easily see why I don't need the more expensive set up. I don't play online games at all. I mainly create newsletters, brochures, flyers, marketing emails, website copy, etc in MS Publisher or Printmaster. The laptop I'm considering has 6GB shared dual channel DDR3 memory and a 500GB 5400 RPM SATA hard drive. Is this OK? I'm 60 years old and hoping the system capabilities of this computer will last me until I move to Heaven! . I'm working part time now so I don't use it as much as I did before. I don't need the latest and the greatest, but I would like to buy a system that won't be outdated next year!