Bsanders31

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So I've recently decided to buy a new laptop and decided on a clevo P870DM-G from ava direct. I've never build a custom laptop and have had a lot of questions recently and Google isn't quite specific enough to help me out. Any tech-savvy people out there? Main questions are which SSD to load the OS on and whether I'd be better off with 2 250gb 960 Evo in raid 0, 500gb single, or to go a different direction altogether? I also wasn't sure about storage. Was thinking about a 2tb Seagate sshd for mass storage (games, movies, etc.) and a 120gb samsung 750 Evo for work (I deal with Adobe acrobat a lot and MS office). The 750 Evo is on sale and cheap. Finally, I can't decide what ram would be best. Contemplating between multiple 32gb and 16 GB setups (wasn't sure if 32 would be beneficial enough to warrant the extra money). Anyone have any input? It will have an Intel z170 motherboard and an Intel i7 6700k and a GeForce GTX 980. I'd really appreciate some help in the near future if anyone isn't busy... Here's the build:

P870DM-G Core™ Processor, Intel® Z170, 17.3" Full HD LED IPS Matte, w/ G-Sync MXM III Graphics, Notebook Barebone

Core i7-6700K Quad-Core 4.0 - 4.2GHz TB, HD Graphics 530, LGA 1151, 8MB L3 Cache, DDR3L / DDR4, 14nm, 91W, Retail Processor

GeForce® GTX 980 8GB GDDR5 Mobile Graphics Card G-SYNC for P870DM-G

32GB Kit (2 x 16GB) HyperX Impact DDR4 2400MHz, PC4-19200, CL14 (14-14-14) 1.2V, Non-ECC, Black, SODIMM Memory

Arctic Silver 5, 12g, High-Density Polysynthetic, Silver Thermal Compound

500GB 960 EVO 2280, 3200 / 1800 MB/s, V-NAND, PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe, M.2 SSD

2TB / 8GB cMLC FireCuda ST2000LX001, 5400 RPM, SATA 6Gb/s, 128MB cache, 2.5-Inch OEM SSHD

120GB 750 EVO 7mm, 540 / 520 MB/s, NAND, SATA 6Gb/s, 2.5-Inch OEM SSD

Killer™ Dual Band Wireless-AC N1535, 2x2 Wi-Fi + Bluetooth 4.1, IEEE 802.11ac, 867 Mbps, M.2 2230, Wireless Card

Windows 10 Home 64-bit DVD OEM
 

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There should be no difference in speeds between 2 and 4 sticks of RAM. By the time you would want to upgrade past 32 GB, or probably even over 16 of RAM, the rest of the system will be too slow. It won't run in "4 channels" it will still be dual channel, just two banks of dual channel RAM.
 

hang-the-9

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Getting such a small solid state in a large laptop like this is silly, you want a 250 or 500 gb SSD so you can install programs on it, and use the secondary standard drive for file storage. Not a lot of things need 32 GB, standard gaming setup is 8 GB, with 16 being good for almost any use. Saying that, if you have the money to setup such a beefy system you may as well just install 32 GB of RAM in it. 16 GB is plenty though if you want to not spend the money.
 

Bsanders31

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Thank you very much for your input. I actually already decided to bump the 960 up to 1tb and the sshd down to 1 tb and to remove the other ssd altogether. (save a little altogether) I was actually on the fence between the 32 & 16 gb of ram but decided to go with the 32 because I will be using it for work and always end up with between 10 & 40 programs, spreadsheets, PDFs, and word documents open at the same time. I was under the assumption that more ram would help with this and allow the system to run more smoothly. Ok, lat 2 questions: thermal paste? I have no intention of taking the case off anytime soon and was hoping for a recommendation. Looking for best at dissipating heat (obviously) but also wondering about longevity? Anyone have any input? Last, about the RAM do you believe the circumstances I was speaking of warrant the extra money for 32? Either way, what would be the best decision in regards to 2400mhz as opposed to 2133 and should I pay any attention to timing? I chose the RAM listed because I've seen multiple companies that offer customization of this build that exclusively off this type of RAM. If anyone knows what would be optimal or could atleast narrow down the choices I would appreciate it. I've also hear varying responses in regards to kit size... 4 slots and some people have said leave 2 open if possible for future upgrading and because 4 sticks generally will make the system less stable but I've read other responses in which people say that this build will run better with 4 sticks (maybe because of 4 channel?) I am obviously looking for stability first and foremost but would gladly switch kits if doing so will improve performance. Again, thanks in advance for any recommendations....

P870DM-G Core™ Processor, Intel® Z170, 17.3" Full HD LED IPS Matte, w/ G-Sync MXM III Graphics, Notebook Barebone
Core i7-6700K Quad-Core 4.0 - 4.2GHz TB, HD Graphics 530, LGA 1151, 8MB L3 Cache, DDR3L / DDR4, 14nm, 91W, Retail Processor

GeForce® GTX 980 8GB GDDR5 Mobile Graphics Card G-SYNC for P870DM-G
32GB Kit (2 x 16GB) HyperX Impact DDR4 2400MHz, PC4-19200, CL14 (14-14-14) 1.2V, Non-ECC, Black, SODIMM Memory

AS5-3.5G, 3.5g, High-Density Polysynthetic Silver, Thermal Compound

1000GB 960 EVO 2280, 3200 / 1900 MB/s, V-NAND, PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe, M.2 SSD

1TB / 8GB cMLC FireCuda ST1000LX015, 5400 RPM, SATA 6Gb/s, 128MB cache, 2.5-Inch OEM SSHD

Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265, 2x2 Wi-Fi + Bluetooth 4.2, IEEE 802.11ac, 867 Mbps, M.2 2230, Wireless Card

Windows 10 Home 64-bit DVD OEM
 

hang-the-9

Titan
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There should be no difference in speeds between 2 and 4 sticks of RAM. By the time you would want to upgrade past 32 GB, or probably even over 16 of RAM, the rest of the system will be too slow. It won't run in "4 channels" it will still be dual channel, just two banks of dual channel RAM.
 
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