dixiecupdrinking wrote:How big a PITA/much money would it be to get a set up like this at home but with a laptop docking deal instead?
Probably a bit more in price, I would guess, simply because I would tend to want to buy a new laptop. If I were going used, I would want at least Intel HD-3000 graphics (certain Sandy Bridge processors had this).
I haven't looked at Lenovo's new laptops, but I would guess you could find something there that would meet your needs in the $900 range, including the docking station. Then you would have to spring for the monitors ($150-200 each used in good condition). Just make sure Lenovo's docking stations support higher res displays, if that's the route you want to go.
ETA: According to Wikipedia, all mobile Sandy Bridge processors have HD 3000 graphics (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sandy_Bridge
). But you should double check that. I have one of these processors in a laptop connected to a docking station that drives 2 hi-res external monitors.