Well with your price, you can have a look at the HP Pavilion HDX 18t 18.4 in. 3GB 250GB laptop coems with 512MB NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT , this laptop was price for $1350, but recently there is a price drop for it, only $1091 at HP home, I think you can give it a look.
Now granted its about $1100 before taxes, but the Gateway P-7805u FX is a great computer for gaming/movies/power. Has the processor to back up pretty much anything. I haven't found one thing that I don't like about this computer. Now granted it cost me a little bit more than $1000, after taxes and warranty, but imho it was worth every dime.