TBH it wouldn't matter if PCS had twice or even three times the build capacity that they do. If the DPD guy isn't knocking on your door 30 seconds after placing the order then the wait is already too long. :)
The 1 long and 3 short sequence means different things depending on your BIOS manufacturer, that why I asked the OP. On an Award BIOS it does indicate a graphics card issue but on an AMI BIOS it indicates a RAM issue.
One short beep is normal and that's all you should be hearing. :)
Ok. 1 long 3 short on AMI BIOS is a RAM issue.
I would suggest you pop the RAM out and then ensure they're both fully seated again. Then I'd download Memtest 86 and make a bootable USB stick with Memtest86 (this is how to make a bootable USB stick). Boot that USB stick and let Metest86 run...
In that case it's really just about the extra weight of a 17".
IMO if you can carry it around the bigger screen is worth it. Also, the bigger chassis in the 17" might aid cooling somewhat because there's a larger volume of air in there.
Ok. In the Run box enter msinfo32. In the information windows that opens look down to the entry labelled 'BIOS Version/Date' and let us know what that says. That will help us confirm what those beep codes mean. :)
I would save yourself £70 and drop the RAM to 16GB, that will be plenty for your specified uses. 32GB is a waste for 'futureproofing' as well, because by the time you're running apps that need that much RAM everything else in that laptop will be well out of date. :)
There is a difference between drive optimisation and drive defragmenting and the two are also different depending on whether the drive is an SSD or an HDD. The short answer here is that Windows does do some necessary drive optimisation on SSDs (TRIM for example and file system defragmentation)...
Can you please include the link to the configuration so that we can suggest changes without having to re-spec the whole thing up?
I would want a 256GB M.2 SSD for Windows/programs rather than that SATA SSD. You want Windows/programs on the fastest SSD you can afford, an M.2 NVMe if you can...
Although you've ordered it without Windows it will have a Windows system on it that PCS used for testing. I strongly recommend that you don't use this system by just entering your license key because it's just a testing system and may not be fully configured.
However, you can (and should) use...