I will be using the Laptop for gaming, I will be using it for college as well but I'm not so worried about battery life. Thinking from a gaming point of view would the i7 be worth dropping the dual 280's and just getting a single? Or better yet, is shelling out that extra $300+ worth getting the dual 280's vs getting a single?
In this case the dual GTX280s would take priority over the i7. The majority of games need more graphical horsepower than CPU.