Same. About a year ago I picked up a 15" 1080p BTO from iBuyPower with an i7 CPU, 8GB ram, 120GB SSD, and a GTX 560M. It was about $1100.
If I did it again, I'd probably spend $500-600 more to pick up dual 670Ms or a single 680M, a backlit keyboard, and internal MHDD to compliment the internal SSD (dual bay).
For the same price as the $1800 MacBook Pro, you can get an iBuyPower 2012 Halloween Valkyrie CZ-17 BTS Laptop ($1818):
Valkyrie CZ-17 17.3" Full HD 1920x1080 LED-Backlit Display Laptop w/HDMI Port, E-SATA, USB 3.0, Illuminated Keyboard, Li-Ion Battery, Universal AC Power Adapter - Original Metallic black
Intel® Core i7-3630QM Mobile Processor (4x 2.4GHz/6MB L3 Cache)
16GB [8GB x 2] 1600MHz DDR3 SDRAM [Laptop Memory] - G.SKILL
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680M 4GB GDDR5 Video w/ NVIDIA Optimus [CZ-17]
Primary Hard Drive
180 GB Intel 330 SSD Single Drive *FREE Upgrade from 60GB Intel 330 after MIR*
Data Hard Drive
750 GB 7200rpm Serial-ATA Super Slim Laptop Hard Drive
8x Dual Format DVD±R/±RW + 16x CD-R/RW Combo Drive [CZ-17]
Flash Media Reader / Writer
Built-in 4-in-1 Media Card Reader/Writer [Laptop]
HD Audio with THX TrueStudio Pro
Killer E2200 Gaming Networking
Internal Wireless Network Adapter
802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi + Bluetooth Combo [CZ-17]
Windows 8 + Office 2010 Trial [Free 60-Day !!!] - 64-bit
Built-in 2x USB 2.0 Ports + 3x USB 3.0 Port [Laptop]
Built-in 3.0 Mega Pixels Digital Web Video Camera
Standard Warranty Service - Standard One(1) Year Limited Warranty + Lifetime Technical Support
Rush Service Fee (not shipping fee) - No Rush Service, Estimate Ship Out in 5~10 Business Days
If we lose this freedom of ours, history will record with the greatest astonishment, those who had the most to lose, did the least to prevent its happening.