But I'm still wondering how much I would get if the resolution was put to 800 x 600. Would I get a constant -over- 30 fps?!
That might work, but it would also look terrible because the further you lower your laptop's resolution away from it's native resolution, the worse it looks because of the interpolation.
You might also consider overclocking the 9700 to get the game a bit more playable. When Neverwinter Nights came out I needed to bump my Rage 128 Mobility by 10 to 15mhz to make it flow a bit better. You don't have to keep it overclocked all the time, just when you're playing the game.
I could look the other way and buy the Clevo D900T I've seen around this forum, which has a 6800 Go. But then again, this would cost be 2x more, (Voodoo 790 was at like, 6800$ CAN $$$). I just want something affordable, still fast and responsive, with somewhat good battery life..
It doesn't sound like the Clevo D900T fits your needs but keep in mind thats not the only model they sell. The only reason I love it so much, is because I love performace, tons of integrated devices, and 99.999% of the time I run my laptop plugged into the wall.
If you don't need the laptop immediately, I would wait and see if Dell starts shipping the 9200 with a 9800 Mobility.