Sorry, to put that in an IBM Thinkpad thread, but check the DELL Inspiron 9300,
Has its own 17" display and can support TWO external displays. Power enough to do your office apps a long time. And DELL offers in my...
After I ordered my 9300 with 2.13 GHz and 6800 Go they changed the price-modell substantly on the swiss order site.
I ordered mine for 2900.- $
For the same price you'll get now a lower processer and a cheaper GPU. The better GPU...
I directly ordered with a Geforce 6800 go as I will use it as main system.
As far as I can see it is not an issue of the vid-card if you do video encoding, but the power of the CPU and the amount of RAM are an issue.
BTW: I used to...
1 - Dell will definitively not let you "upgrade" your HD cause you already used the one you purchased initially.
2 - Use Toshiba or Hitachi.
3 (1) - If you are running short with space, better check to get an external HD...
Specs in the sig.
Bought in Switzerland so the price is: 2700.- $ including 3 year accidental care and warranty, extra 9 cell battery and XP Pro.
Just checked again and for the same config you would pay now: 3600.- $ !!!