It has been a long time since I did any work on my old computer. I kind of got out of the hardware scene as I needed less and less out of my computer. I'm at the point where I'd rather have a laptop with about 100 gigs for OSes, general utilities and music with 1-2 external hard drives from my current computer hooked up for storage. I don't need to be on the cutting edge of anything but I do like to spend my money at the right time on proper equipment.
for ~1500 I put together an hp laptop that happens to be gorgeous w/
intel core 2 duo 7200
17" WXGA+ Ultra BrightView Widescreen (1440x900)
256 GeForce 7600 Go
8x DVD+/-R/RW dual layer w/ lightscribe
wireless a/b/g + bluetooth
and if i wanted to make it with 2gigs/512mb it would run a little over 1700 i think. still not bad
however i'm curious as to what i could get for this price in 6 months, as i don't nessicarily need it immediately but it would be nice. will intel or amd have anything out by then that significantly superceeds this processor? i picked it as the slowest core 2 duo with 4mb cache. games are huge to me so i figured the 512 card would suffice for a decent amount of time but as i said before i haven't kept up with hardware in a bit and am not sure if anything significantly better would pop up around 6 months from now at a similar price.
basically is this a good time to buy a laptop? its early in the year and if i remember correctly new products are enhanced products seem to roll out about july-september. another thing is i eventually would like a laptop capable of playing a HD disc, output it and digital audio to a tv and receiver, as well as maybe output its own display in HD. i'm not sure if the disc format will be stabalized in 6 months or if equipment for what i want will be more in my price range, as the HP i priced out doesn't reach a 1080 or greater resolution.