"graphics card. Can this be upgraded?"
However, why not pop for the 1,299 Athlon 64 model this year and save to replace it in 2 years?
I am going to purchase my first notebook and have narrowed it down to the following 2: COMPAQ R3000Z: AMD Athlon 64 3700 2.4ghz, 15.4" wsxga, 64MB NVIDIA GeForce 4 440 Go +1394 & 5 in 1 graphics card, 1.0GB DDR SDRAM (1 dimm), 80GB hard drive (5400rpm), DVD/CD-RW Combo drive.
DELL 8600: Pentium M 725 1.6ghz/400mhz fsb, 15.4" wsxga, 128MB DDR ATI Mobility Radeon 9600 pro Turbo graphics card, 1.0GB DDR SDRAM (2 dimms), 60GB Hard Drive (7200 rpm), DVD/CD-RW Combo Drive.
They are both about the same in price, $2,200. I will be using them for a variety of things ie; gaming, dvds, internet surfing, word processing, spread sheets etc.. Weight is not an issue. I am partial to the compaq but it has a smaller graphics card. Can this be upgraded? Or will I be stuck with the card in there? Does anyone have any other suggestions for notebooks in that price range and with the same components? I am relying on everyone's expertise in this area. Thank you very much for any help given!!!!