Personally I'd go with a SSD (not M.2) as a secondary drive or an old school spinny HD, works out cheaper and means you can afford a bigger capacity drive. If you are just having the second drive for storage then you could be wasting money on the M.2, as you may not see any benefit.
Post up your ordering page, sometimes moving to AMD works out cheaper.
As for Intel builds on peoples sig page, either they are older systems or like me, went in blindly and ordered without asking first.
Have a look at these two threads, top tips but I'm sure one of the guru's will be along soon-
Had a tweak- https://www.pcspecialist.co.uk/saved-configurations/ionico-17/dxH7458Kcj/
Just checking, but you have added an extra power pack and lead?
Had to drop the primary drive down to 500gb to get Samsung, you could tweak this again if you want. Deffo get someone else to check this spec
What sort of gaming are you planning, 32gb is over the top. The 3070 will drive the 1440p screen with ease, no one knows really how the suppliers are handling the temps yet, it's a bit up in the air tbh. You havent got a great deal of choice ref the CPU. Deffo bin the Intel drives.
Can you post...
Ideally you should post the link to the ordering page for your specific laptop, however I've gone to the config page and on the 15.6" Ionico, it does say HDMI output at the top of the page, so yes it should have a port.
Personally, it's down to looks but maybe the second laptop has a few extra options and as stated above has a better screen. I'd put a 512gb PCS M.2 drive in as the windows (primary) drive and then a second 1TB PCS M.2 drive in to save stuff onto (you could drop the primary down to 256GB if money...
Although the following page is a few months old, it will give you some idea of the costs involved in building a PCS system. It all comes down to the monitor spec you have (or if you intend to upgrade this?) and your budget-...
Coming late to the party, but as you said mate there were several chassis that do not like twin M.2 slots being used (especially with Samsung drives).
22% wear isnt bad and I wouldn't advise splurging out just yet.