I do not own and have never used a W530, however having played with various laptop and desktop setups running CS5 I have the following to offer you:
- Suggest the i7-3720QM over the more expensive and ever so slightly faster i7-3820QM CPU
- Suggest sticking with the K2000M vs. the K1000M with 1/2 the number of cores (you will need to do the ever so common "hack" for Adobe to recognize this GPU; don't worry, this is not a risky step, you simply need to find and delete a text file after installing the software)
- You can go with either a 7200 rpm boot or SSD choice for the OS / programs; the SSD will perform normal PC chores faster, but the performance level of the boot drive will not impact Premiere Pro as much as the additional drive(s) that you have
- Suggest you get a third party solution for adding the optical bay 2nd HD (or SSD); I would choose the 750GB Seagate Momentus to insert into it (NewModeUS, eBay sellers, etc.); this will save you a lot of money and will work just fine.
- In the USA you can request 16GB in 2 sticks so presumably you could expand to 32GB later with minimal cost; do this if you can
- Suggest start with W530 loaded and configured with Adobe and see if it performs fast enough for you. And, if you want more speed, you could add a USB 3.0 (W530 does not support eSATA like the W520 did) external drive to give you a bit more performance.
- Of course big, fast, expensive SSDs would be faster (and smaller) for your optical bay and / or USB 3.0 connected drives, but they are very expensive (per GB) compared with 7200 laptop drives and you most likely will be just fine without it.
I found the link about the guy who purchased a W530 for use on a sailboat, but I see you already found it! (you posted to it).
I agree - the CPU's was following the way the systems was initially put up by the supplier.
- Video Card: I'll stick with K2000M, and try to figure the hack out whan I get to it;-)
- HD discs
ok so if no real difference I will stick to the 7200 hard disk wich should be cheaper. Do you think I'll get in trouble without Raid 0, og is SSD just as good?
- SEAGATE MOMENTUS. this is 7200 disc right? is this preferable?
Getting it installed in the optical drive bay and getting the right OS on it, or pitting the SSD in the optical grive bay for working files. Which is best, you think?
- RAM: yes here to, the 530 has 4 slots, but I thought about just filling 32 in it once and for all, since I'm using a lot of programs at the time, that is PS, Illustrator, Indesign, mail, word, browser, PP etc
- Regarding extra drive for more performance on the USB 3. What sort of drive are you thinking about?
Are USB 3 drives fast enough to use the SSD drives.
- BOTTLE NECK wich part of this machine will be the bottle neck first. My intention is to boy a desktop if this experiment hits of, but I can't afford both and need the mobility.
- BOAT ARTICLE - Yes - I'm trying o learn, but since the optimal hardwaresetting gets technical at times, I would prefer to discuss it with somebody, so thanks a million for your comments!!!