A similar pair of Compaq R3000 Athlon 64, nvidia 64MB video laptops but these have been stellar performers for the buck (we paid 700 each.) There is an issue with those and it's the NO BATTERY TIME issue but we know why. Also it can scorch your lap.
Take another look at Gateway's Core 2 Duo gamer unit which is in the right price range.
What didn't work for you on your last unit?
I work with 3-d modeling and graphic design so I use programs like Rhinocerous, Sketchup, the Adobe suite, rendering programs,... Since I need a laptop with very good graphics I assume a gaming laptop would be my best bet. Something with a speedy processor and something better than the P.O.S Gateway 7415GX that has proven to me why I shouldn't waste my time or money with Gateway again. If you have any recommendations please throw them at me. Your help is greatly appreciated.