How is this for a gaming laptop under $1k?

I'm using the online build feature of different manufacturers to build the best possible laptop under $1000, and this is what I came up with for $993:

Dell system, 15.4" screen
Intel® Core™ 2 Duo T5500 (1.66GHz, 2MB L2 Cache, 667MHz FSB)
1GB Shared Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM at 533MHz, 2 Dimm
256MB ATI MOBILITY™ RADEON® X1400 HyperMemory™
80GB 5400rpm SATA Hard Drive
Free Vista upgrade

I know it's not killer, but I just want to play games like Far Cry and Age of Empires 3 without completely disabling the high res textures and special effects. Are there any suggestions, or is this a pretty good deal?
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  1. This might also be a idea. If they offer 512mb of ram. Wait a few weeks to save money Then upgrade it to 2gb. It might help with some speed for games. I save $233 doing with my alainware. Normal price $400

    But that looks like a good system. You should have about 4 hours battery life just listing to muisc or searching the web with the lcd dim. Game play mybe 1 to 2 hours battery life. All the 15.4 inch laptops I seen are very quiet and about 6 to 7lb.
  2. Thanks for the input. So if I were to go a little above $1,000 upgrade either the hard drive, CPU, or memory, you're saying memory would be the most significant bottleneck?
  3. If you are looking for options you might also try HP. If you are going for 15.4, which it sounds like you are, try the dv6000 series. Both start for around $500. If you prefer to stick with dell, your system looks pretty good. Possibly upgrade to 2 gigs of ram.
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