Jack, you don't ask for much, do you? A high-end laptop, but not to pay too much. Well, I would like an exotic sports car but I'm on a tight budget. What have you got for me? :-)
Actually, you can get a full-featured system at a great price if you are willing to wait. Just hang out at slickdeals.net, or set up some e-mail deal alerts and wait for your prize system to come along. Here is a recent deal, that may be sold out:
HP Pavilion dv9700t
# 17.0" diagonal WSXGA+ High-Definition HP BrightView Widescreen Display (1680 x 1050)
# 3GB DDR2 System Memory (2 Dimm)
# 50% OFF 512MB NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GS!!
# $50 OFF 320GB 5400RPM SATA Hard Drive from 250GB 5400RPM SATA Hard Drive!!
# Default Options: Intel Core 2 Duo Processor T5750 2.0 GHz / LightScribe SuperMulti 8X DVD+/-RW
$1399.99 - $500 Off $1399 w/Coupon NB4796 (Ends after 2000 uses, Can not be combined w/Other Offers)
= $899.99 + Free Shipping