if you do, burn off your recovery media immedately and keep them somewhere safe. Sony does not post up drivers for their notebooks on their website.
18" display is rather big. I would not want to be lugging that around.
I can see what you are getting at with the video card. The 9600MGT is starting to get a little dated because other manufacturers have moved on to ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4000 series card.
Personally i would be going for one of these
Newegg.com - MSI GT725-212US NoteBook Intel Core 2 Quad Q9000(2.00GHz) 17.0" Wide UXGA 4GB Memory 320GB HDD 7200rpm BD Combo ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4850 - Laptops / Notebooks
Okay, the $100 more. The secreen is only 17" However the you are getting BluRay/DVDRW combo. And you are getting a ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4850
Otherwise, there is the
Newegg.com - MSI GT725-074US NoteBook Intel Core 2 Duo P8600(2.40GHz) 17.0" Wide SXGA+ 4GB Memory 320GB HDD 7200rpm DVD Super Multi ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4850 - Laptops / Notebooks
Check out http://www.techist.com/forums/f84/la...g-list-165525/
and you will see that you are getting a Class 1 Graphic Card as appose to a Class 2 Med Range Graphic Card