I don't know if this is the right place, but my question is multi tier and I apologize in advance if this doesn't belong here. Anyway, I am looking at buying a new laptop for college. I am going to be studying Computer Science so I need something at least efficient enough to carry me through four years of software development classes. I have found a good site with a pretty well-priced laptop. If you have a better place to purchase please let me know. I want to get a laptop that is well-suited for gaming but not go overboard so my parents get suspicious. (I can convince them that a good video card will help when I have to make a game for my final class which I will). Anyway, at xoticpc.com they have a Sager NP9262 that is fairly well equipped and nicely priced. Hyperlink if anyone wishes to go look for themselves http://www.xoticpc.com/sager-np9262-ultimate-custom-laptop-built-clevo-d901c-p-2273.html?wconfigure=yes Now questions
1) Which would be better? Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 3.16GHz w/6MB Cache or Intel Core 2 QUAD Q9550 2.83GHz w/12MB Cache from both a programming and gaming standpoint?
2) Which is better nVidia GeForce 9800M GT DDR3 DX10 or nVidia QUADRO FX1600M both with 512 MB devoted?
3) Would a second/third harddrive 200GB 7200rpm 16MB Cache be worth $125 each to add on?
I plan on setting it up for a dual boot with Windows XP and Kubuntu at bare minimum, although I would like to put in OS X Leopard and Vista if I can get my hands on the means to do so if that has any influence on any help you may offer. As always, I very much appreciate any advice you may offer. (If this isn't the right place please direct to the correct location)