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gueeds23
03-28-2012, 10:27 PM
Seems like the screen, CPU and GPU are the same.

Looks like the differences are the DH has a bigger hard drive, more ram, and a blu ray drive.

Is this the case?

I could always upgrade the HDD, ram and drive if so considering I save 300 getting the NH71.

Also, do these come with secondary drive bays? I would like to make the primary an SSD to speed up load times.

zsld0423
03-29-2012, 12:39 AM
Yep, it has 2 bays for hard drives, and it should come with the required casing for the 2nd hard drive, and the cable to connect it

AQUASTEVAE
03-29-2012, 06:25 AM
i have the dh71, and i think it's worth the money. it has faster and more of everything, so why not go ahead and get it now in a setup, instead of paying more for it later. i pulled out one of the 750gb hhd's, and use it for an external drive now. i slipped in a 256gb ssd, and use it as my os drive, and the other 750gb drive as my data drive. works out perfectly. then changed the crappy wifi card for an intel 6300. system is running very smooth and fast. have had relatively no problems. a couple of glitches, that i fixed quickly, but other than those, it's all good.

dogla
03-29-2012, 05:22 PM
. then changed the crappy wifi card for an intel 6300. .

Where can I buy one of these cards? Is it alot better then stock? what are the noticeable gains?

BrodyBoy
03-29-2012, 07:51 PM
Where can I buy one of these cards? Is it alot better then stock? what are the noticeable gains?
The stock WLAN card, whether you got an Atheros or Intel, is a basic 150Mbps wireless card. So if you are using a router that runs a faster network.....dual-stream 300Mbps routers are kind of the de facto "standard" these days....your OEM wireless card is limiting you to 150Mbps. So with a faster router, this is definitely a wise upgrade.

Even if you have a 150Mbps router, and therefore don't run a faster network, many have found that a WLAN card upgrade gives more stable wireless performance. This really depends on the particulars of your environment and situation, though. Some owners do get strong, consistent 150Mbps signals with the stock cards.

I always buy my upgrade WLAN cards on Amazon. Here's a link (http://www.amazon.com/Intel-Ultimate-633ANHMW-802-11n-Adapter/dp/B0038A9HSK/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1333050672&sr=8-1) for the 6300.

AQUASTEVAE
03-29-2012, 08:27 PM
great answer brody. the main reason i bought the upgrade card, was because of the problematic drivers for the atheros stock card. i have read soooooooo many problems with this computer that have been caused by those drivers. of course i wanted not only the more stable and faster speeds now, but already having something that can handle the coming upgraded standards as time goes by.

dogla
03-31-2012, 05:45 PM
Thanx Brody, will this also help with reception? like if I'm having 1 bar now, could an upgrade give some more signal strength?

BrodyBoy
04-01-2012, 12:50 AM
Thanx Brody, will this also help with reception? like if I'm having 1 bar now, could an upgrade give some more signal strength?
Very likely. Owners who weren't getting decent performance from the Atheros card often report noticeable improvement with an upgrade. (It's still important to try and position your router/AP for good signal strength throughout your usage area.)

dogla
04-01-2012, 09:56 AM
I won't be able to adjust the AP since it's the company's property :) , but if the Intel card shows noticeable improvement in reception I will definitely buy one.