Im going to be travelling a bit over the next couple of months and am going to buy a laptop. I've found a good laptop reasonably suitable for travelling, the light gaming I'll be doing etc. However, it only has a 1tb 5400rpm hdd. So I have two questions?
1. How easy is it to replace the hdd in a laptop?
2. and am I likely to notice the difference enough for it to be worth the extra $100nz?
I'm also going to use this laptop after I return home as my LAN gaming device,but as I'm using it for gaming, I'll be playing bf4, which doesnt have the best loading times with an ssd, let alone a 7200rpm, and 5400rpm is a step down from that.
Unfortunately I won't be running an ssd in this laptop as I need more than 150gb of space (can't afford an ssd bigger than that), as I will have quite a few games, along with movies and other media for travelling so atleast 500gb (and preferably 750gb-1tb) is a must.
1) SSD will NOT increase Gaming performance, only load times (like loading a new map
2) A 7200 RPM performs MUCH better and can affect the FPS of a game (slower hard drive read slower load of component as you play)
3) ALWAYS get the 7200RPM. But wont' matter if the laptop other components are lower end (CPU no dedicated GPU etc.).
4) Any good gamer's laptop (which seems to be your criteria) is normally 2x that of a desktop, or over $1200 (your paying for portability, not eat the battery in 30 min, heat issues resolved, and form factor custom design to fit in the laptop case) so worrying about a few dollars over a 7200RPM 'extra cost' seems silly to me.
5) Laptops are easy to replace, the added costs are usually from the HDD casing that is customized for that maker / model and normally don't include 2 when they sell them. I seen some ridiculously cost $100-200 just to be able to mount the HDD to the laptop.