After a long thought process, I have decided to build a desktop. I might spring for the MSI laptop later this year if I get some good overtime this summer. I think the deciding factor was all the negative reviews I found for MSI, kinda split between bad customer service and poor quality and workmanship. There is no way I am going to pay that much for a laptop and have any of the issues I read about. I will give them more time and see how well thier quality stands up.
I really got into researching parts and putting together a build, so the decision was made. I may not have it done by release, but the laptop I have now will allow me to make due until the build is done. I ordered the power supply and case from newegg yesterday, so its underway. They had a combo deal for the Corsair AX750 gold power supply and Corsair Obsidian 650 case and a 15% off promo code for the power suppply. Got a good discount there and no shipping! Saved about a hundred bucks on the first 2 pieces, and thats not adding in that both have a 20$ mail in rebate.
The new MSI laptops with the Geforce 680 card had an option for a HDD/SSD, but no price. The one you mention wth HDD/SSD is 2,600$ (American). So that was out. If I was single, it would be different, but alas, I have other people I am responsible for.You could maybe use the pre-installed OS and recover to the SDD, but I haven't got experience with this process, I prefer the clean install way. There are excellent guides on helping with clean install process on the internet (where to download, how to make the DVD, what to do after install), but it has to be your cup of tea. If this is too much hassle, you could buy a SSD/HDD GT780DX version, but they are much more expensive (1900-2000 euros).