The above being said you need to wait a month or two to buy.... NOW is NOT the time to buy as the new Duo Core 2's (and I think) the New AMD cpu's are coming out.
Another brand /model you may want to consider is the:DELL 1705, they are coming with the 7900GS GPU now which is allot faster than the 7600 being installed in the HP's.
(Read the Mobile Graphics Card Comparison Chart
linked to in post #7 before you buy ANYTHING)
If you're into 'gaming", I'd consider it... around $1350-$1,400 spec'd out around the same as the dv8000 series... Except the DELL is going to have allot better GPU. For $1,400 you can get it with the 7900GS, and a 2ghz cpu.
(After you apply the coupons :http://www.notebookreview.com/dellCoupon.asp
Only downside is it doesn't have a numeric keypad.
The dv8000t I have now is going back (long short) and I'm seriously considering going to a DELL 1705 as the GPU's used are WAYYYYY faster that what HP installs.
They can be had for the SAME price... DELL having a GPU that will run rings around the ones that HP installs.
Only negative to buying a DELL, is you can't CTO (Custom to order) one thru Costco... the place that has the 6 month return policy that is mighty nice to have if the mfg jerks you around, the machine has issues, or you find out a few days after you've accepted delievery the unit you just bought is shipping with vastly upgraded /better hardware.
(All the above applies to me)