I'm getting my ducks in a row, as I always do when deploying a new OS, planning is of essence to me. So if this is too early of a question, I'll bump it later.
What I plan to do with my notebook is to create a makeshift desktop out of it. It has a HDMI port, as well as a 1GB DDR3 NVIDIA GT425M video card, which should be plenty for my needs. I plan to add a 22 to 24 inch monitor for easy viewing, there are several of the ASUS brand in my price range ($200-$300) that will meet my needs. And I already have a Thermaltake notebook cooler to set it on to keep it as cool as possible.
Also, I have a 2nd HDD bay on the way to install another HDD where my optical drive is, & also an adapter that will run my optical drive from USB. Most likely, my 128GB M4 SSD will go there, & I'll reinstall my stock HDD back into it's original position, where it'll run cooler. This will allow for fast access to the HDD, as I plan to run Hyper-V, using this HDD for VM's, the notebook fully supports it. I may also buy a powered USB hub the for single USB 2.0 port, as I have more than one device that will run there. 3 USB ports (2 are USB 3.0) won't meet my needs, a hub will allow me to add extra devices.
Speaking of the notebook, here are the full specs, the RAM has been increased to 8GB. Note that I'm the 6th reviewer of it.
Newegg.com - MSI FX603-064US Notebook Intel Core i5 480M(2.66GHz) 15.6" 6GB Memory 500GB HDD DVD Super Multi NVIDIA GeForce GT 425M
Now for the big question. I know that the special offer for Win 8 Pro will clean install behind Win 8 RP. But will it dual boot with Windows 7 Pro x64, or will it be wiped out. I'm not giving up my Win 7 install, as the Anytime Upgrade Key to 7 Pro from Home Premium cost $79.99, twice that of 8 Pro.
Am I going to have to temporarily remove 7 Pro (it'll be backed up) to install 8 Pro, or will the installer only require me to format the Win 8 RP partition? After all is done, I wish to be able to dual boot between the two OS's.
I was going to originally going to get a 2nd 60GB SSD for the Win 8 Pro install, but have found that the OEM HDD will run faster in it's original slot, as compared to USB 3.0 read/write speeds. This will allow for fast access to my VM's & other data on it.
Many Thanks for any suggestions.