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Dell Inspiron 7000 (7577) upgrades

robonzo

22 months ago

Hi

I' m awaiting delivery of this machine and just wondering about upgrades - having watched a tonne of YouTube videos it looks easy to upgrade so I'm just wondering if anybody has experience of the following:

RAM - it comes with 16gb DDR4 2400mhz - what is the max speed available for laptop ram and does anybody what speed and max gb this machine can handle (with i7 processor).

HDD - comes with 256gb m.2 SSD and a 1tb 5400rpm HDD - would it be worth swapping out the HDD for something like a Firecuda SHDD or even a 512gb sata SSD? If so, should that be done before booting for first time? (e.g. will the system recognise a drive it wasn't shipped with?)

Thanks

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  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

First Question, do you plan on using it for something that requires more than 16GB of RAM? For gaming, editing, most other similar usages, more than 16GB isn't needed. I believe the max speed it can handle is the 2400MHz it already has.

Do you need the speed of the secondary storage more than the capacity? or why not have gotten the machine fitted with other storage before it is shipped to you, so that there are no issues with warranty.

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

I agree with the first point, but if the OP was like me, I got a great deal on the exact specs he/she posted so changing storage before ordering was not an option.

@OP, are you just gaming for the most part? I have the same exact specs and I wouldn't change a thing. I seriously thought about getting a 500GB SSD or even another 256GB to replace the 5400RPM HDD. I decided not to, atleast for now, and it's quite fast. As long as it's booting from the SSD and you're mostly gaming, I definitely wouldn't change a thing for now.

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Yep as Mallowpuff posted - it was a pre-built deal on the Dell (UK) site for the following spec (and couldn't be amended):

i7-7700hq + 16gb DDR4 2400hz + 256gb m.2 SSD + 1tb 5200rpm HDD + 1080p IPS 60hz screen + Geforce 1060 6gb max-q GPU.

Ironically I doubt I'll do a huge amount of gaming! I mainly game on PS4 with friends but since having a kid being able to play some titles and be portable about it is a massive plus but the types of game I'm likely to play are fallout/skyrim, retro, etc (mainly single player RPG style - I prefer FPS/multiplayer on console so I can game with friends).

A lot of use will also be for hobbies - photo editing etc. and also work, which is generally a mix of spreadsheets, doc writing, web browsers - all often open at the same time. My current laptop (which is admittedly old) has 8gb DDR3 ram with a 4th gen i5 and a 5400rpm HDD and it is sooooo slow when doing that kind of activity. Where it is really slowest is accessing files and programmes from the HDD. I thought about upgrading it, instead of buying new but as it has got so old the cost of DDR3 is extortionate, especially in faster speeds and it has real trouble accepting SSD's, especially Samsung ones.

So I guess I was thinking that eventually the Dell will begin to get old and feel it, it could be best to just pick up parts when they're cheap e.g. black friday sales etc. But is an SSD needed as a second drive or is that overkill. And is 16gb ram going to plenty enough for years to come?

It's hard to know based on past experience as I've never has 2x drives in a machine and never knew before if it was the CPU, HDD or RAM causing the throttling and slow-down in general use.

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

No probably nothing more than, you're right 16gb is probably plenty. But I'm the sort of person who is likely to keep a laptop for around 3-5 years. I guess I'm worried that DDR5 will be the next thing and as DDR4 slows in production, the costs skyrocket - so if it's cheap, grab it!!

Similar for the storage - capacity is good as I take a lot of photos and edit them in RAW. If the OS is on the main SSD and say I put photoshop on there too, do you think there would be much benefit to having another SSD to store photo's etc? Or would a hybrid drive be a decent upgrade - only ask that, as I have some Firecuda's kicking around (from upgrading PS4 drives) which i believe go in laptops too (7mm sata 3 6gb/s). Again I found on my old laptop it seemed to always corrupt when trying to mirror the drive, so it seemed like it might be easier to install before use, but worried the system wouldn't recognise it.

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