>has to be purchased through Dell's federal government website
That is a limiting factor... these previous discussions may help with configuration ideas, if you have other Dell options
-Edit 4k red video http://forums.adobe.com/thread/1108124
>NVIDIA Quadro K5000M 4GB video card
Unless you have a (also very expensive) 10bit monitor, the Quadro line is over priced and under performing compared to the GTX line
Otherwise, should do well
if you had $6000 to spend for a video editing machine would you chose a laptop?
I wouldn't, mainly because the ideal editing machine has at least 5 and up to 10 or more internal hard drives. You can only do that with a desktop.
I would not get any laptop that has 3000 series Intel chips since Haswell is out. Those are the 4000 series Intel Mobile. If you must look for a laptop then look for the Haswell laptops.
Thanks for the help. I really appreciate it. The links also helped me out. I think I am going to go for the laptop, but wait until the end of October when Dell will have the Haswell cpu's available. And not just because of the CPU- this is also when Dell will have the Quadro K5100m available (unfortunately the Quardo lineup is the only choice they offer for Nvidia graphics). All specs point to it being as fast or faster than desktop Gtx 560 ti and Gtx 650 ti video cards- which should put this laptop on par with a good quad core desktop. I'll probably outfit it with a fourth hard drive too, in addition to the esata drive and my network storage server.
Here's a thought - with the $6000 budget, you can get a really good desktop workstation for $3500-4000, and spend the rest on a decent laptop for those occasions when you are on the move. Best of both worlds. Knowing that a laptop will never equal a desktop in performance, I would not limit myself to that as the only machine I had to work on.
Maybe you're locked into a Dell purchase for coporate reasons, but the 17" HP EliteBook machines with Core i7 and Nvidia 3000M graphics are really nice for Premiere. They have the connectivity that pro editors need also, with ExpressCard, Firewire, eSATA and USB 3.0 ports. Room to grow!
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