I have looked in many places for this information -- and figured I would just ask:
I am desperate to find a laptop that can run PP/AE CS6 like a champ AND not be SUPER pricey (I'm a poor college student).
I know I want SSD's (I need help deciding how many for the best workflow experience/external hard drives can play a role in this too, and perhaps some combination of regular HDD's), multi-core faster processor, lotsa ram (at least 16 gigs), and a compatible GPU for MPE (that will decently boost rendering times/etc.) I may be missing some other factors to make my champion laptop -- if so, please enlighten me.
I will primarily be editing DSLR footage, and doing motion graphics. I don't like waiting for things to render..
ALSO -- where should I look to purchase this computer once I finally figure out what I want/need!? I can't seem to find anything decent. Should I use a custom pc company? Puget Systems? or go HP, Dell, Fujitsu, etc,?
I would tremendously appreciate any advice!
Sager, Clevo or ADK. No Dell, HP, Puget, Fujitsu and the like, because they seldomly meet minimum requirements and with DSLR material you are way better off with a desktop, especially since you are:
(I'm a poor college student).
Forget about SSD's apart from the boot disk on a laptop, unless you want to spend money without performance gains.
Think about an i7 quad core with HT, at least 16 GB memory, a nVidia CUDA capable card with 1+ GB VRAM, two internal 7200+ RPM disks or one SSD and one HDD, 1600x900+ monitor resolution, at least an eSATA or USB3 port for external disks, etc.
Even then you will be paying a large amount of money for a perfomance that is way slower than a more affordable deskop. For $ 2000 you can get a desktop system that is at least 5 times faster, so luggability must mean a lot to you. Keep in mind you still need a wall outlet and that exporting a timeline that would normally take 1 hour on a decent desktop, will take you at least 5 hours, but maybe up to 20 hours to export for a 50% price premium.
You just swayed me to go ahead and do a desktop. I wanted the mobility to switch between home and work -- but I'm almost willing to carry my whole tower out the door with me for that kind've increase in workflow
So -- now that I am doing a desktop, where can you point me as good references for building a beastly machine for PP/AE?
Thanks Mr. Millaard..
-more build ideas http://ppbm6.com/Planning.html
-Build it Yourself http://forums.adobe.com/thread/815798
Some ideas for a Laptop Video Editing PC from past discussions
For effective HD video editing, a laptop with the following
-at least the Intel sandy bridge 2720 or 2820 quad processor
-and nvidia graphics preferably the 460m, 485m is a bit much
-1280x900 display with OpenGL 2.0-compatible graphics card
-and 8 or 16 gig ram and Win7 64bit Pro
-and 2 internal 7200 HDDs minimum
This message has a really good graphic about requirements
CS5 Requirements http://forums.adobe.com/thread/810750
About Requirements http://forums.adobe.com/thread/618058
Disk Configurations http://forums.adobe.com/thread/878419