well because of core duo. Core duo isn't that new buts not like old. Did you see the orginally dell xps 170 price? Here are the specs and you could've gotten to for 3,250 $
pentium 2.0 ghz
1 gb ram
60 gb 7,200 rpm hd
and thats really it. If i could buy any laptop right now iit would probaly be between the Cx7 and 1710. i love the Cx7, i would have it painted in black, with the guy from Assssin's Creed on the front... i think his name os Altair. Anyways the dell just because the 512 mb card and the deals. Sorry for the rant...lol. Newer things make the price go up a ton! Like when the 6800 ultra came out, they were anywhere from 600-700 $. Now look, the 7600 gt, a 200 $ card, is better then it.