Here are the specifications for my current "rig"; which I purchased almost 3.5 years ago:
Name/model/detail: Dell Studio 17 (T510118AU) in red :pirate:
CPU: Intel® Core™ i7-740QM (1.73GHz, 4Core/8Threads, turbo boost up to 2.93Ghz, 6M cache)
RAM: 6GB 1333MHz DDR3 SDRAM (1 x 2GB + 1 x 4GB)
HDDs: 640GB 5400RPM SATA Hard Drive, 640GB 5400RPM SATA 2nd Hard Drive
Battery: 9-cell Primary Battery
Unfortunately when I am doing performant operations—such as parallel build with make using the -j flag—the CPU overheats and my system shuts off almost immediately.
May be able to fix this by applying new thermal grease and cleaning out the insides with compressed O₂; however it is probably about time to get a complete new system.
Which 17″ laptop would you recommend? — Preferably with better performance/CPU, battery-life and one or two SSDs.
Thanks for all suggestions,