so I called in yesterday and my order had not shipped yet so I switched it. Got the 8760 with the 5870, 820 QM, 6x blu-ray burner, with the three year P&L warranty plus the 3 yr accidental damage plan.
Only went with the 4 GB RAM but DDR3 prices are so high right now I figure I'll be fine with it for now and in the next few-6 months after the calculator effect has occurred I can get more for much cheaper if need be. Also need to get that extra 500 GB HDD.
Saved $475 which did, as I expected, earn me some well deserved domestic currency with the wife.
These systems are supposed to start shipping out today with the new GPU, but I don't know if mine will be in that lot. Hopefully it will be.
Also if anyone is interested...on the egg $89.99 (after MIR) for the (edit sorry it's hitachi) 500 GB 7200 RPM drive