I customized my DV5000 with 2 GBs of RAM and a Nivida Go video card. I can play Call of Duty, Age of Empires, and other fairly demanding games. Have traveled with it as far away as Australia. You don't need a converter for foreign countries, just a receptacle plug adapter. It is a little heavy to carry around through airports, but worth it. Ran it for a year straight, 24/7, as a desktop replacement. Played games, did on-line classes, BOINC, movies, music, almost anything you can think of...didn't miss a beat. Did add a Soundblaster Audigey plug-in card and had 5.1 surround sound. Great laptop. Got an Alienware desktop so it gets a little rest now, but won't be replacing it anytime soon. HP customized laptops give you the best bang for your buck. Highly recommend.