I am using an M9700 as we speak, with 2gb ram. As a fellow owner, I would suggest forgetting about buying a battery. Brand new the use time was only 1 hour 25 minutes. It was designed as a desktop replacement more than portable computer, so that battery was more show than go. If my power supply cord is accidentally removed from the charging port, my battery holds just enough charge for me to get the power cord plugged back into the machine before it dies.
I can't be quoted here, but for some reason I remember hearing Vista required 2gb to run, but windows 7 reduced the requirement to 1gb? True or not, I am running windows 7 with 2bg ram and a single geforce 7900gs card, and have no problems with speed until my video card starts to heat up. Thats only in a hot room after watching streaming videos for 4 hours though. I have no "choppy" video, its smooth. Is your internet connection for sure good? If you try a dvd movie is it still slow?
I have the single video card installed, not the two you have to be able to support sli, which makes me wonder if you should pull out the slave video card and see if speed increases. Less video cards installed=less heat=less shutdown
Besides that, unless you are gaming on the computer, there is no need whatsoever for 2 video cards. As far as I know, the software you run has to be compatible with sli mode to take advantage of that extra GPU.
pull it, then ebay it. maybe someone would be interested in buying it from you.
Edited by glosol - 9/21/13 at 4:46pm