Needs to be fast in real life, not only benchmark fast
Thinking of building this,
Processor QX 9300
8 GB Ram
2 x 80 Gb or bigger Intel SSD Raid 0 or Non raid ..?
Intel turbo memory or not ?
64 Bit Vista Ultimate
(i am not a gamer but pure bussines use)
my notebooks so far
1e AW M9750 with T7600+2 Gb ram + 9750GTX+ Raid 0 2x 200Gb Hitachi (liked it a lot this one)
2e AW M17X with X9000 + 4 Gb ram+ 8800GTX + 2 x 320 Gb WD Scorpio black
i am not verry happy with my M17X (it's not fast, yes in benchmarks but not in real life applications like Autocad,Office,Adobe..)
With that kind of budget, I'd recommend nothing less than a Sager NP9262. You can fit this unit out with a quad core processor, a Quadro FX 3700m (or dual 9800mGTXs), 8GB of RAM, and your choice of hard disk space/arrays.