I remember when the 9200s where around you maybe could of gotten a XPS. However today is different. Like systems in there mind is about what you had, plus what line are in (ie XPS for XPS and Inspiron for Inspiron). There maybe, maybe a slight chance of you getting one, but its a long shot now.
The point that I am trying to make is this: "don't look a gift horse in the mouth"
I know you will not be happy with the video card, so sell the replacement and use that money to get a outlet XPS. Heck even part out your existing one and sell the other components.
To be honest though - if my 9300 breaks down tomorrow I would be happy to get a 1720.... Its a upgrade, except for the video card, but I don't use that machine now - my finance does.
Also, I do agree - the "what do I get for a replacement" is out of control. However you have to consider people just don't know.... I asked this question cause I wasn't 100% sure, and for the most part I still am not. That why I asked all the questions I did and filled up the front page with new threads (until they were combined). However don't ask that question if your laptop is not broken and you are trying to screw dell. Cause in the end, you are screwing all of us, and to be perfectly honest...you don't want to do that
I respect the admins and et al. Don't screw with them, they are just doing there job. You don't start cursing at a police officer for giving you a speed ticket, right?