if your current drive is 7200 rpm i wouldn't bother.if it's a 500GB 5400 rpm (i suspect it is), either going to 7200rpm or SSD would be a nice boost in performance.
Yeah the drive currently in it is a 320gb 5400rpm Hitachi.I was thinking of just getting a nice 320gb Scorpio black and using the Hitachi as a back up drive.That's of course if i decide against getting a ssd.
looking at your computer specs, though, it would be better to use the money to buy a new laptop next year
Just out of curiosity why would i need a new one next year?I mean i know the specs aren't the latest and greatest but i still got 4gb of ddr3 ram, the p8700 which is among the fastest of the c2d mobile line just under the extreme editions(and from the few reviews i could fine is actually faster than the mobile i3's and just a bit behind the i5's).The gtx 260m is a bit outdated as far as high end mobile gpu's go but it still games like a mobile beast.At the laptops 1440x900 res i was running borderlands with max settings at 40-50+ fps (hell even ran it on my main monitor at 1920x1080 at 35-45+fps),Crysis warhead was running on gamer settings at smooth playable frame rates.I mean i think it should still be decent for at least a few years.From what i can find it's the performance equivalent of a desktop 9800gtx.I was also really impressed by the 4+ hour battery life(not while gaming of course) since most laptops with these specs seem to get around the 1-2 hour range.
Amd Phenom 2 560(unlocked to 4 cores at 3.8ghz),xfx Radeon 6870 (ty again tr ^^ ),Cooler master haf case, 4gb of drr3 1600 ram, win7 ultimate 64bit