I've been shopping around for a good priced school laptop that I can use to game (WoW, CS: Source, Doom 3, F.E.A.R, that kind of stuff). This so far looks like the obvious choice as it has the performance of a $2000-$3000 laptop for $1600-ish. I just had some questions before I commit that kind of cash. My first question is how many slots of ram are there, just 2? I would like to upgrade my own ram (for quality and price) and was wondering how to go about doing that (is it hard to install?) My next question is about the hard drives. I would like 2 hard drives but the price/choice from HP seems limited. Does every dv8000t have two hard drive slots and is it easy to install a second if I just order one?
I've heard pretty much only good things about this laptop and look forward to joining you guys with one...do you know if there are any deals/coupons out now for better deals? Also, I see this laptop on eBay a lot with maxed out features for less than $1500. It seems too good to be true, does anybody know if these sellers are legit?
Also, I’m looking at screens. Are the glossy ones obnoxious? Do they reflect a lot and make it hard to see in the day? Or are they better than the other style…?
Finally, about the processor: my first question is is the AMD 64 any good or should I stick with Intel’s core duo, remember this is for note-taking and gaming. Also I heard that Intel is going to be releasing a new core duo in the further that is 64 bit. I also hear that you will be able to replace the stock CPU with that when it comes out and was wondering if there is any truth there. I appreciate the patience and help guys!
EDIT: Also, am I gonna see a big difference betweent the 2.0 ghz and the 2.16 ghz? and is it hard to OC this baby? Thanks again!!