Awesome. That model is similar to mine. I got the 5100 about 16 months ago. The price came to about $1500 after rebates. But this was a gift from my parents when I graduated. My specs were:
40GB HD (now upgraded to 60GB)
ATI 7500 32MB
Are you sure that the CD-RW wasn't a combo drive including the DVD? I don't know if they sold the CD-RW by itself when my laptop was purchased. I am also thinking about getting 1GB of ram. I use mine primarily for gaming and word processing and a little programming but that it about all. Watch out for heat problems. I lose performance when it gets hot.