From what I've read in researching my laptop purchase recently, a high-end cpu with 2gig of system memory and a 7800 XLT runs about $3k on most models, and people are guessing the yet-to-be-released SLI laptops would run $4k or $5k !!.
Is having SLI worth $1k - $2k more on a purchase already around $3k? Considering that a 7800XLT will run great for quite awhile, and that there is some hope that the 7800 XLT may even be upgradable like the 6800's were -- when the next generation of video card comes out.
Even regarding CPUs - I personally ordered a 4400+ and can upgrade to the FX60 when the prices come down alot. ~ +$750 to your order is nuts to me. With that money you saved on the CPU, or the $1k-$2k you saved not buying an SLI rig, you can buy a Dell 24" LCD monitor ($780 - $850) for your laptop to connect to for use as a substitute or even better dual monitor mode.. And I use the term laptop loosely -- these are DTR's, especially when you are considering a 19" portable. Its a desktop replacement. I say forget the 19" laptop screen and grab a 24" dell for 17" + 24" screen real-estate when the location allows, and 17" sizability when it doesn't ;-)
A friend of mine has a CAM machine and can cut custom metal and wood patterns with it. I am considering having him make me a metal foldup frame-case for the dell 24" when I order it someday .. sortof an 'empty' laptop binder so I can foldup and latch the 24" LCD protectively and slip it into my backpack/dufflebag along with the DTR 9750 I have on the way. The frame would have to frame most of the 24" monitor side of the 'folder' in an open design so there aren't any problems with heat dissipation. Speaking of that, my credit card is still smoking from the laptop purchase though so the 24" won't be right away.
Regardless from what I've read the 9750 with high end configuration is a powerful gaming machine, and potentially will run even better when more games take advantage of dual-core and 64 bit. Also, a 17" widescreen LCD is not really 'small' when its right in front of your face. Generally LCD's are measured by the screen size as opposed to CRTs, so a 17" widescreen LCD may have the viewable of a 18" - 19" 4:3 CRT monitor almost. Maybe some people should look into some VR LCD glasses lol.http://www.vrealities.com/addvisor150.htmlhttp://www.vrealities.com/hmd.html