Originally Posted by klas
1) is there a reason to choose name brand (i.e. Kingston or what-not) over 3rd party RAM? quality ram is always good vs unknown brands
2) can you directly swap the 80 gig stock HD for a 7200 Hitachi?
you can, but in the manual they recommend to contact Acer tech support for that, so I assume it could be pretty tricky
1 - that is a matter of opinion, but, with DESKTOPS, the answer is YES. The named brand RAM has better warranty, better latency (lack thereof) and faster speeds, and can be overclocked with 'headroom to go.' Sometimes you can find generic ram is REALLY good RAM, since there are only a few manufacturers of the chip itself, but you really do not know what you are getting. I personally have used Kingston HypserX for 2 years and I read the reviews on the tech sites ad nauseum. Kingston wins because they are sold at Best Buy and often have rebates that really make it not much more expensive than generic RAM when bought at the right time. I have not researched enough on laptop RAM.
I found it interesting in the Ferrari manual that they say 2 slots of upgradeable RAM but only tell you how to upgrade 1 stick.
StormX are you sure about "voiding the warranty"? It would seem to me that they need to remove that "2 upgradeable slots" from the manual