if you want to save some cash on the m9700, the only company i know that sell the same model is evesham, so check out evesham.com (they have a dual 512mb 7900 gs's instead of alienware's dual 256mb 7900 gs's
Firstly, a Sony is an overpriced piece or plastic, with some remotely good looking aesthetic qualities that hardly make up for the lack of quality, and you say Dell are bad. Just take a look at the Sony battery fiasco.
Secondly, i may...
.......You could also take a look at the Alienware m5750. Here's what you could get:
Intel® Core™ 2 Duo Processor T7200 2.0GHz 4MB Cache 667MHz FSB
Alienware® m5750 17" WideXGA+ 1440 x 900 LCD - Saucer Silver
2GB Dual Channel...
IMHO those are some crappy configs (no offense)
firstly, why do you want a desktop proc in a laptop? its just gonna be really hot.
secondly, why settle with last gen video cards if you can have current gen ones for the same...