The E8400 is ****ing insane. I just did an overhaul of my system and threw one into it, it's fast as hell.
As for the laptop, I've got an Asus laptop with an 8600 GS instead of an ATi card and I'm pretty happy with it. The only problem I have with it is that it comes with Vista and only 1 GB of RAM.
"No, Mama. You can bet your sweet ass and half a titty whoever put that hit on you already got the cops in their back pocket." ~Black Dynamite