JohnnyDee ... sorry to here this!
It's a solid machine and if I was in the market I would not hesitate to purchase it - even if I preferred the one with the video card; a sonnet external thunderbolt accessory would negate such a need with a much more powerful video card for those that would need it.
i.e. onnet's Echo™ Express PCIe 2.0 Expansion Chassis with Thunderbolt™ Ports
2010 Mac Switcher & Newb, aspiring house music composer.