I am currently in the market for a laptop (never owned one before). I am looking for something in the $800-1500 range that would be able to play some of the newer online games out there, it doesn't need to be top of the line or anything like that, but something reliable that will work.
For only a little more, the GTX260 in the Sager would crush the 9800M GS.
Depending on how much you require, I would at the very least upgrade the Sager to 4gb of RAM and bump up to a 7200RPM HDD and add Vista Home Premium 64-bit. That would bring your total to just a little over $1500
The laptop in my sig is a 2 year old Sager. It's been rock solid since the day I've bought it. I've never had any issues with it and no down time for repairs. The machine is sturdy and well built. It does tend to flex a bit, but hey it's a 9 lbs laptop. The price/performance of Sager is very tough to beat.
An alternative to xoticpc.com is www.sagernotebook.com. Their prices are a little higher, but you are buying direct from them and not through a reseller like xotic.
Also what is nice about these guys is that they charge reasonable prices for customizations. If you look at Dell or HP, they tend to want to charge $100+ to go from 2gb of RAM to 4gb. Sager wants 50. Same thing with HDD options.