I too am looking to purchase in the next few days and from what I have read on here and other boards, your Vista experience will be more pleasurable with 2gb of ram. Can't answer the other 3 but look at my post cuz I asked the same questions about warranty and the responses might help you.
So I'm about 90% sure I'll be purchasing the HP dv9000t notebook later today or tomorrow. Before I do this I have a few questions on my configuration (whether I should keep it as is or add/subtract components) and on the warranty (which you would recommend I purchase). Below is the configuration I have been looking at. If you could make any suggestions on components I should either add/subtract I would greatly appreciate it.
Windows Vista Home Premium
Intel Core 2 Due (am stuck on whether I should get the 1.60GHz or the 1.83GHz, and if there will be any benefit in paying the extra $50 for the 1.8GHz)
17" WXGA+ BrightView Widescreen (1440x900)
256MB NVIDIA GeForce Go 7600
HP Imprint Finish + Microphone
2GB DDR2 System Memory (would I be better off getting 1GB or 2GB of memory? Should I get a faster processor or more memory?)
FREE Upgrade to 120GB Hard Drive
Super Multi 8X DVD+/-R/RW w/Double Layer Support
Intel PRO/Wireless 3945ABG Network w/Bluetooth
So sorry to be a pain in the neck but I guess my questions are as follows:
1. Core 2 Duo Processor - 1.60GHz or 1.83GHz
2. 1GB System Memory or 2GB System Memory?
3. Is there any point in paying $50 to upgrade from the 1440x900 to the 1680x1050 monitor? If cramped on cash?
4. Warranty - 1-year Accidental Damage for $99 or 2-year HP Express Repair for $139
Thank you for all of your help, and I apologize for being a pain in the neck. I'm a college student so I just want to be sure I get the best bang for my buck. Oh ya lastly, how long do you think it will take (in days) to have a custom config. notebook delivered? Thanks again!