Today, now, 4GB is ample. My nod is to the faster CPU since we rarely can upgrade that.
I recently bought an HP dv7-3166nr 17.3 inch
it has a 2.6GHz AMD Turion II Ultra dual-core mobile processor M640
with 4gb ram expandable to 8gb (2 slots) with blutooth
I seen another computer for $20 or $30 more that that was HP DV7 not sure of model number 17.3 inch
but it had 2.3 GHz AMD Turion II Dual-Core Mobile Processor M520
with 6gb ram expandable to 8gb it had a bluray no blutooth
i went and compared the processors at AMD website, the L2 system cache on mine is higher.
Just wondering if I made a good choice, the blu ray doesn't really appeal to me as i would prefer watching on my sony blu ray. and tv
but in terms of comparison of the 2 setups which is more powerful, or which alltogether will be faster
I really only use a few major programs, Adobe illustrator & photoshop CS4, i play games like sims 3, and RCT thats about it nothing major