Interesting, Cineform still had NeoScene as a separate product in their line a few months ago. I had a feeling it was likely phasing out. The equivalent now is Cineform Studio. However Studio does not unlock their 4 4 4 codec. You would need the Studio Premium for that. Also keep in mind their 4 4 4 codec uses some decent disk bandwidth. You may only get 1 layer at a time if that much on an internal mechanical 2.5 drive. The USB3 drives though should be able to handle it provided you have the correct USB3 firmware for that controller. The Desktop 2600K will give you a far higher workflow ceiling though over the laptop. This really comes down to how much you require a mobile editing solution.
i think it's time you need to build a desktop or micro atx platform board for your future need..
what i realize as one of an issue when editing in a laptop, hard drive speed. you need SSD for your Operating System (the stock 2'5" only 5400rpm)
and for the DATA either go for 7200RPM or you can use external RAID Hard drive for much better performance.
and the CPU itself will be better if above 2Ghz.
My mobile edit using Intel i7 2670 (2,2Ghz), 8Gb Ram, GeForce GT540M 2GB
and currently building another portable system using a ThermalTake Armor A30 Case.. perhaps you might want to look into that case.. its a micro ATX which can fit full size ATX PSU and a high end Graphic Card
....consider Asus 17.3" i7 3160 cpu laptop on sale at TDirect for fathers day for around $1,500....has 16GB men....you only have six....big difference......it has 750 GB hdd....you could sell that hdd and put two fast SATA III SSDs in the internal bays for max performance,or, if that 750 GB hdd is a seagate momentus XT,you can make it the data drive,while using fast ssd for boot,( OS and programs only.....with static pagefile on XT....or, add 3rd drive using USB 3 dock)
Actually, I just found NeoScene still seems to be available...it shows up when one Google searches "Cineform" but I still can't figure out how someone could navigate to the product page from the site itself; it seems to have been removed from the Product Grid. So, who knows?
I actually meant 4:2:2, not 4:4:4 The latter is more than I need at this point.
One thing I forgot to clarify in my original post; I'm planning on still keeping my laptop. My hope was to be able to separate out my everyday tasks (schoolwork, netflix, youtube, games, etc) and video editing/audio/graphics work. I would still keep my laptop as a mobile editing solution for smaller projects. After all, Adobe lets us have two installs so I'd want to take advantage of that, eh?
Unfortunately, it looks less and less likely that I will be able to justify the expense this summer. Perhaps in the winter I will be able to use part of my movie's budget for a system build, but that's pure speculation at this point.
Thanks for the suggestions guys!