1: I wish prices were like that here, but no. In retail stores you're lucky to find an i3 at anything below $550. Considering I have a $500 Acer laptop sitting in the display case at work... yeah... even at bestbuy here, the fastest laptop under $700 I've seen is an i5 + Radeon hd 7470m for $699.99. 2: Drivers won't make it a beast, but let's face it, some games just need decent drivers to run well. And it will expand the gap between the chips farther on the graphics end.