I received my custom zd8000 this past Tuesday. The notebook came with the following:
Windows Media 2005 OS
1.0 Gig of Ram
PCIe 128 Video Card
Dual DVD Burner
60 Gig 7200 RPM
Built in Wireless Network Card and Bluetooth
First, the notebook came about 2 weeks before the estimated ship date. This was nice because I didn't want to wait almost a month for a notebook that I just dropped phat loots on.
Second, once I received the notebook, I set up the media center hub. It was easy to set up and the remote for it is cool. The next thing I did was install Call of Duty. I played it in the first person version and lordy, lordy, it runs smooth. However, the screen freezes after 45 seconds of play during multiplayer mode. I still haven't figured this out and quite frankly it is annoying me. I believe there may be some driver issues, but there are only 2 versions of drivers available for the 128 pcie videocard and neither appear to address the problem.
The cooling fans don't run too loud. I did however go out and get a cooling pad from the local computer store. I believe this to be necessary because the notebook runs hot. The battery pack is installed right underneath where your wrists lay and without the cooling pack, the heat would be unbearable.
I am also having issues with the built-in wireless card. I'm able to connect to some networks but not all of them. It's frustrating because I can't get connected to my local, secure network.
The notebook is extremely competitive due to the price and the amount of hardware you get with it. Granted, I'm having some issues with Call of Duty and the wireless network cards, but I believe that simple fixes will be identified in the future to take care of them.
The tech support for HP isn't as bad as what I thought it would be. I've called in twice (wireless card and Call fo Duty issues). They couldn't resolve the issues, but at least tried to. I think if it is specific to the notebook then they'll be able to resolve and/or guide you in the right direction of the solution. However, I would suggest that you research your issues on the internet and see if you can resolve them without calling tech support.
The notebook is heavy and hot so make sure you get a sturdy notebook case and cooling pad. While there are some cons to consider, I believe this to be one of the most competitive notebooks currently available on the market for the price. I would recommend getting it and if you do not like it, you have 30 days to return it without having to worry about return shipping or restocking fee costs.
Let me know if you have questions and I'll be more than happy to anwer them for you. I will keep the notebook as long as I can get the wireless and Call of Duty issues resolved. Otherwise, I will probably return it and have to pay a higher price for a comparable notebook.