This may sound a little unusual, but...
Are there any laptop sellers where you buy the unit with just the CPU/mobo/integrated video/CD-rom... MINUS the the OS, memory, and harddrive?
Purchasing and installing the OS, memory, and harddrive separately would save a lot of money (at least $225), as this is often where retailers gouge on prices.
Dell XPS Gen 5. Intel 955X Express. Pentium D 830 (3.0 Ghz). 4Gb DDR-677 Corsair. Sapphire Radeon HD 4650. Audigy 2zs. Seagate 500Gb, 160Gb. Leadtek WinFast TV200XP Deluxe.