I need a replacement laptop. I was hoping to wait to purchase with Windows 8, but my current laptop has died. So I plan to buy a Win 7 machine and then maybe update to Win 8 when it is released. I would characterize myself as a standard small-business user - microsoft office (lots of excel), email, internet and professional grade tax prep software. Would I benefit from a separate graphics card, or is that unnecessary? I might watch an occasional youtube video, but am not interested in downloading movies or anything like that. Cost is not a primary factor, but I don't want to waste money on features or capabilities I don't need. Also, I tend to run on battery about 25% of the time, so if a separate graphics card would shorten battery life, that would be a consideration. Does it shorten battery life? Size is also not an issue. I travel only locally, so I'm not necessarily interested in an ultrabook where I am paying for compactness or lighter weight. Thanks for your help. P.S. I will be reviewing other posts on general recommendations for a laptop, but any comments or suggestions would be appreciated.