New Laptop custom build

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New Laptop custom build

Hi guys,
 
Just wondered how this grabs you for a Sonar Platinum laptop build for use with my MOTU Ultralyte Hybrid Mk 3. It has VGA and HDMI. Anything you would change?
 
Chassis & Display Cosmos Series: 17.3" Matte Full HD LED Widescreen (1920x1080)
Processor (CPU) Intel® Core™ i7 Quad Core Processor 6700HQ (2.6GHz, 3.5GHz Turbo)
Memory (RAM) 16GB HyperX IMPACT 2133MHz SODIMM DDR4 (2 x 8GB)
Graphics Card NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 950M - 2.0GB DDR3 Video RAM - DirectX® 12  
2nd Hard Disk 1TB WD BLACK 2.5" WD10JPLX, SATA 6 Gb/s, 32MB CACHE (7200 rpm)
M.2 SSD Drive 512GB INTEL® 600p M.2 NVMe PCIe SSD (upto 1775MB/sR | 560MB/sW)
DVD/BLU-RAY Drive 8x SATA DVD±R/RW/Dual Layer (+ 24x CD-RW)  
Memory Card Reader Internal 9 in 1 Card Reader (MMC/RSMMC/SD: Mini, XC & HC/MS: Pro & Duo)
AC Adaptor 2 x 120W AC AdaptorPower Cable
Thermal Paste ARCTIC MX-4 EXTREME THERMAL CONDUCTIVITY COMPOUND
Sound Card Via® 2 Channel High Definition Audio + MIC/Headphone Jack
Bluetooth & Wireless GIGABIT LAN & WIRELESS INTEL® AC-8260 M.2 (867Mbps, 802.11AC) + BLUETOOTH
USB Options 3 x USB 3.0 PORTS + 1 x USB 2.0 PORT AS STANDARD
Battery Cosmos Series 6 Cell Lithium Ion Battery (48.84WH)
Keyboard Language COSMOS 17" SERIES UK KEYBOARD WITH NUMBER PAD
Operating System Genuine Windows 10 Home 64 Bit - inc DVD & Licence  
 
Many thanks!
M
post edited by Mus - 2017/01/01 11:49:11

HP DV7 3020EA i7 1.6GHz, 8Gb RAM, 1 x 320Gb 1 x 1Tb 7200 drives, WIN7 64-bit, MOTU UltraLite Mk 3 Hybrid, Sonar Platinum 64-bit
 
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    Mus
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    Re: New Laptop custom build 2017/01/01 11:48:00 (permalink)
    Happy New Year!
     
    A couple of things about the hard drives after doing some research.
     
    I was pondering having the second drive being a 960Gb Kingston UV400 SSD instead of 1Tb 7200RPM SATA for audio but I'm not convinced that it is a necessity performance-wise and more of a pain to recover data if it fails for quite a price-hike too.
     
    Also...the builders advised that a 2Tb SATA would be unwise for a laptop audio drive - is it true that it would be slower e.g. a Seagate Barracuda 7200RPM?
     
    Thanks!
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    post edited by Mus - 2017/01/01 12:17:45

    HP DV7 3020EA i7 1.6GHz, 8Gb RAM, 1 x 320Gb 1 x 1Tb 7200 drives, WIN7 64-bit, MOTU UltraLite Mk 3 Hybrid, Sonar Platinum 64-bit
     
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    Re: New Laptop custom build 2017/01/02 09:07:17 (permalink)
    SSD is about three times the speed of a conventional 3.5" HD (2.5" HDs are a little slower than 3.5" conventional HDs).
     
    Whether you need the performance difference is completely dependent on the scope of your projects.
    If you're not working at higher sample-rates... and not working with large track counts, then the 2.5" conventional HD will be fine.
     
    If you need higher performance, definitely go with the SSD.

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    Re: New Laptop custom build 2017/01/02 09:08:01 (permalink)
    If your "Audio" drive has to do double duty in the laptop (also running disk-streaming sample libraries), then definitely go with the SSD.
     

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    Re: New Laptop custom build 2017/01/02 16:11:37 (permalink)
    Thanks Jim :-) 
     
    I was looking at putting the sample libraries on the OS drive - mostly EZDrummer, Komplete Ultimate, Dimension Pro, Z3TA2 etc. I think these mostly get loaded into RAM, no?

    I also got some feedback that the Intel SSD is not a great choice (Samsung better) and that the Kabylake CPU is coming out soon and might be worth a month or so wait?
     
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    Re: New Laptop custom build 2017/01/02 20:21:13 (permalink)
    FWIW, Initial release of Kabylake is great if you want long battery life.  
    The i7-7Y75 is dual-core and clock-speed is about the same as the quad-core 6700HQ.
    https://ark.intel.com/products/95441/Intel-Core-i7-7Y75-Processor-4M-Cache-up-to-3_60-GHz
     
     

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    Re: New Laptop custom build 2017/01/03 09:51:58 (permalink)
    Jim Roseberry
    FWIW, Initial release of Kabylake is great if you want long battery life.  
    The i7-7Y75 is dual-core and clock-speed is about the same as the quad-core 6700HQ.
    https://ark.intel.com/products/95441/Intel-Core-i7-7Y75-Processor-4M-Cache-up-to-3_60-GHz

     
    Thanks Jim. Slightly confused about the similar clock speeds (7500U too) - are there actually any further performance benefits? I've read something about a 20% increase.
     
    Cheers
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