So what games will she be playing? About the Photoshop and Final Cut pro: a. Isn't Final Cut is for Apple OSs? Is that what she works with? b. Video editing software can benefit a lot from a good GPU, but it depends on the software. Premiere Pro, for example, can make a good use when applying effects/filters. c. I5 vs I7 - only when rendering it can be beneficial to have an I7, but really, unless you are some kind of rendering baron that spending time rendering significant time of your day, I don't see a reason to spend more money on it. Better invest in things like SSD, or flowers. About the screen - First, it doesn't really matter for games as long as the screen is good enough like the Y500 one. Secondly, if she needs a really good screen in terms of colors or things like that, there are some laptops that can be configured with a more high quality screen, like the Sager NP6165 (GT 650M) or the Eurocom Shark (GTX 660M) - a 95% adobeRGB gamut screen is available for them. You can also install it yourself on an HP dv6t-7000 if you want to get dirty. The Y500 screen, for example, has a 90% sRGB coverage, which is way lower. But I think that if she needs to be that professional, you should consider getting some good desktop screen which will be better. thoughts?