Check out the new Acer machines. They have a model just out I saw in a magazine that is over 2,000 but has all the stuff you want including the most updated laptop video card performance (128mb dedicated video).
Just had to send my Dell 9100 XPS back because four hours on the phone with tech support couldn't make it function. Are there other laptops out there running Radeon 9700 (128 MB)? I'm new to the whole laptop gaming thing. Thanks!