Apple helps me out by limiting options
- The 7200 RPM drive is no longer an option.
- MacBook Pro now ships with a minimum of 2GB RAM (which kinda sucks, since there was a fair amount of cash to save here).
Now, the purchase is pretty much a no-brainer, and a 2.33GHz 15" MBP should be heading my way the coming weeks.
Huge thanks to all those who took the time advising me about what options to get.