OMG, we were just looking at new laptops last night!!! Here's a good one I configured for less than a thousand dollars. And it's a Vaio too.
Forget that link from above. Rip off.....
I'm going to assume you want basic use out of it: internet, office suites, mild to moderate gaming, movies, CDs, and things like that.
Sony Vaio CR series:
I would accept the default config, but if you like, get the upgrade battery pack for longer battery life, upgrade to 2GB of RAM, and get the free engraving. It's so cool looking.