The AMD model is $579 and the Intel model is $629 at bestbuy. If it was me I would definitely spring for dedicated graphics, but it won't be used for gaming much. I've looked into HP, with the education discount you can get a dv7t with 4GB or ram with a Nvidia G 105M for $780 or with the Nvidia G 320M for $873. There is also the Gateway NV7901u on newegg for $850 which has a Mobility Radeon HD 5650. Unfortunately I think price is more of a concern than gaming power.