« on: August 10, 2008, 07:10:24 PM »
I have 2GB RAM, but I may upgrade with cheap RAM from Newegg or TigerDirect. RAM is easy to upgrade and you overpay by getting it as a bundle - I'd have gotten less RAM for cheaper if it was possible, but there was a free upgrade from 1GB. I'd also have gotten no operating system or Linux if it was possible, especially since students can buy Vista Ultimate for $19.99.
I just bought from HP.com using the student discount, a standard $100 off and a $70 printer bundle mail in rebate and had it shipped to a friend in Oregon to avoid sales tax. Kind of funny, because I was scouting for weeks to find the best coupons (almost bit on a $500 off $1299+), then I ending up not using any.
Basically, the Puma coming out allowed me to go so cheap. Before, I was limiting myself to discrete graphics, because I wanted at least the option for some games, putting me in the $700 (8400) to $900 (8600, HD 2600) range. However, the HD 3200 actually performs slightly better than Nvidia 8400 GSs, and since my tastes will more likely run to the like of Diablo III and Starcraft II than Crysis, it should be all right. Processor speed is just so fast nowadays that it's almost never the bottleneck, so I wasn't that worried about that. The C2D has some heating and efficiency advantages as well, but I don't run on battery much.