Help with laptop configuration to optimize speed

Hello, I am currently looking for a laptop to last me through my 4 years of engineering at university. I am looking at the clevo p150em and was wondering what specs you guys would recommend.

I need something to help me multi task on the internet (research) while also being able to run all my graphics rendering and algorithms associated with my program. I would like it to be able to play games as well but top settings are not a priority, my priority is speed of the laptop.

I am looking at:

INTEL Core™ i7-3720QM Quad-Core 2.6 - 3.6GHz TB, HD Graphics 4000, 6MB L3 Cache, 22nm, 45W
NVIDIA GeForce® GTX 675M 2GB GDDR5 Mobile Graphics Card for P150EM
DDR3 16GB (4 x 4GB) PC3-12800 DDR3 1600MHz SDRAM SODIMM (w/ Core-i7 Processor Only)
HDD 750GB, 7200-RPM, 16MB cache, 2.5-Inch, SATA 3 Gb/s
CLEVO Dual Layer Super-Multi DVD±RW Optical Drive
NETWORK Built-in 10/100/1000 Mbps Ethernet LAN Card
WIRELESS Wireless 802.11b/g/n LAN Card and Bluetooth Module
MICROSOFT Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Edition

for $1660

any suggestions on how to optimize this laptop for speed would be appreciated. I also would like to have a ssd ran as my OS drive but i would like to keep the laptop under $2000, which includes $120 shipping.
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  1. The laptop will already be fast, an SSD -

    You can turn down visual effects in windows and delete bloatware (free trials and stuff)...
  2. thank you ! i was looking to buy the ssd after the sale but was wondering the difficulty of making it my primary OS hard drive after another is previously installed. any suggestions?
  3. Is it an prebuilt laptop?
  4. no i am going to get it built by either avadirect, or xoticpc unless you recommend any other places. the problem is i am a canadian resident and some laptop builders do not ship to canada
  5. you have to tell them to install the OS on the SDD, otherwise they will install windows on the HDD unless you tell them not to install windows...
  6. Your best bet would be to get a laptop with a second HDD bay, and no OS (if that is an option) reinstalling the OEM Windows onto an SSD maybe a hassle; so getting your own copy of windows and your own SSD would be easier.
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