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Dell m4700 upgrade suggestion request
07-15-2013, 04:46 PM,
Dell m4700 upgrade suggestion request
I am trying to customize a Dell Precision M4700 Laptop for a high end laptop workstation for university work. I want 32 GB of Ram and I also want a total of 500 GB SSD hard drive. I am planning on ordering the laptop withthe Intel 3740 QM quad processor, 64 bit, Windows 7, with an Nvidia K2000 video card.

The cost to buy it configured like that from dell is very expensive. Instead, I was thinking I would buy it from dell with only the minimum 2GB Ram and a 256 GB SSD mini card as the primary drive Then I would buy after market RAM and a 2.5" SSD drive and install it myself. That way I would have what I want and would save over $400. Here is a link to the RAM and SSD I have found so far.

First of all, is this a crazy approach? Just looking to get your opinion of whether this makes sense to do so. and...Are there other compatible RAM or SSD your would recommend?

The work I do is: I design architecture and sculpture via a lot of complex 3d modeling with Rhino and Grasshopper as well as photoshop work and renderings.

Thanks for any suggestions you might have.
Stan Carroll
07-16-2013, 05:56 AM,
RE: Dell m4700 upgrade suggestion request
The approach is not at all crazy.Have you considered a desktop?

The 2gb ram may not be compatible with the 16gb kit.
Wait for others suggestions.
07-16-2013, 06:08 AM,
RE: Dell m4700 upgrade suggestion request
Hi Sasikanth,
Thank you for the response. I am going to grad school and will need to be on the 'go' so a desktop would not work in this case. Also regarding the 2gb ram, I am planning to discard the 2gb ram and replacing it with 4 sticks of 8MB of ram. Sorry I did not mention that in my original message. Thanks again.
07-16-2013, 03:56 PM,
RE: Dell m4700 upgrade suggestion request
Upgrading the laptop yourself is a great way to save money, but be aware that it may void your warranty. I'd highly suggest double-checking with Dell what is the warranty policy regarding the end-user upgrading their m4700.

The RAM looks good to me. I'd check if it's not cheaper on Amazon though.

The Crucial M500 is a rather poor choice from a performance perspective, the only reason that I'd choose it is if I want the 960GB Crucial M500, as it's the only 960GB 2.5" SSD currently available on the market.

I'd suggest the Samsung 840 Pro, which offers top-notch performance, high reliability and a solid warranty. The Sandisk Extreme II is another good alternative, often less expensive than the Samsung 840 Pro.
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