Go to Sam's Club or Costco and see if they have any returned or refurbished Laptops.
I got one from Sam's Club along with a 3 year warranty ....total out the door was $350
At Sam's Club look in the iron cage where they keep all expensive electronics and look for boxes with orange sticker's on them...That's a return or refurbished model.
Mine is HP 17.3" screen, 7 HP, 4GB Ram, 2x 320hard drives.
Worth the time searching or calling them. IMHO