I would say if you are a casual gamer only, you could probably get by on the latest generation of intel integrated graphics. Seriously, they are getting pretty impressive. As others have said, buy a thinkpad, you won't regret it. Yes the styling can be considered boring, but think of it as timeless. I just received my latest thinkpad, an X220 a few days ago, and I am absoloutly in love with it . HIGHLY recommended!