I just configured up a sweet machine for right around that price...
This may not be exactly what you are after, but it is a great value, and includes the latest tech.
From here: http://www.avadirect.com/gaming-lapt...asp?PRID=24176
Configured like this:
CLEVO W150ERQ Core™ i7 Notebook Barebone, Intel® HM76, 15.6" Full HD LED Matte, Intel® GMA HD / NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 650M 1GB Graphics
INTEL Core™ i7-3720QM Quad-Core 2.6 - 3.6GHz TB, HD Graphics 4000, 6MB L3 Cache, 22nm, 45W, EM64T EIST HT VT-d VT-x XD, Retail
NVIDIA GeForce® GT 650M 1GB GDDR3 Mobile Graphics Card for W150ERQ
CRUCIAL 16GB (2 x 8GB) PC3-10600 DDR3 1333MHz SDRAM SODIMM, CL9, Non-ECC
SAMSUNG 128GB 830 Series SSD, MLC Samsung S4LJ204X01, 520/320 MB/s, 2.5-Inch w/ 3.5-Inch Bracket, 7mm, SATA 6 Gb/s, Retail
SAMSUNG 1TB SpinPoint M8, 5400-RPM, 8MB cache, 2.5-Inch, SATA 3 Gb/s, OEM
CLEVO Dual Layer Super-Multi DVD±RW Optical Drive for Clevo W150ERQ
NETWORK Built-in 10/100/1000 Mbps Ethernet LAN Card
WIRELESS Wireless 802.11b/g/n LAN Card and Bluetooth Module for W150ERQ Notebook
NOTEBOOK ACCESSORY Built-in Fingerprint Reader (Included)
MICROSOFT Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Edition w/ SP1, OEM
WARRANTY Standard 1 Year Warranty for Clevo Notebooks
Bold are the items I changed from the default config. Price as configured is $1619.40
Note that this includes:
Matte LCD (vs glossy)
Ivy Bridge Quad Core (Slightly upgraded model but there is only a $22 difference, and IMHO it's worth it.) This is the latest gen CPU that just came out this month.
Samsung 128GB SSD for system
Samsung 1TB Drive for data
16GB of ram (it's cheap and would be a good upgrade)
The laptop also includes a nVidia GeForce 650M which should work very well with your apps. (As they tend to prefer CUDA over ATI cards).