You first need to tell everyone what you are going to edit... the requirements for SD and HD are very different, with AVCHD being the worst (meaning it requires the most power to edit)
I am planning on building a new computer next year (after CS5 is issued) and am going to use an Asus P6 se motherboard and Intel i7 920 processor with 12Gig of ram and 3 hard drives (320Gig + 320 + Terrabyte)
I have the i7 920 on two computers and it's flying like a rocket:-)
Processor: i7 920
Motherboard: P6T Deluxe V2
Ram: Corsair 12GB
C drive: Intel SSD G2 80GB
Video drive: Adaptec 3085 card with 8x 320GB Seagate in a raid 5
Graphic card: Radeon 5870
Capture card: AJA XENE LHi
ooops! i'll edit both sc and hd but not avchd. --david
Apart from the valid question John raised, better look at a workstation, not a notebook. A lot cheaper and a lot faster and a lot more expandable.
Have a look here: http://forums.adobe.com/thread/438156?tstart=90
I honestly wouldn't consider any of them. Not so much because they won't do a really good job, but more because the Core 2 architecture is old technology.
While I'm not often on the cutting edge (economics preventing such), I still prefer to be as close to that edge as I can afford. For me, it's an i7 only. The 920 is the best bang for the buck at the moment.
over the years i've found my seatmates on commercial airliners have objected to my having a desktop on board. the box, sitting on the airplane's floor jams their legs and the monitor tends to fall out of the netting on the seatback in front of me, sometimes into my seatmate's lap. the cables get caught between the seats, generating a complaint from the passenger in front. i also find carrying the desktop through baggage claim and security is awkward. hence, i have taken to using a laptop.
the one i have in mind has two 500gig 7200rpm sata drives, 16 gigs of ram, a choice of operating systems, a display resolution of 1920x1200, connectors for external displays, an esata connector, among others, and more than adequate 1gig display-adapter choices.
what i'm hoping for is someone in the premier pro forum will answer the queation i asked about which processor in the given list is best for premiere pro
You can buy Laptops with i7 processors. I still recommend nothing less.
None of the processors in the list are any good. Like Jim said, nothing less than an i7 is required. Look at the Alienware Area-51 M15X for example, but then it is lacking is several other areas.
thanks to all who responded. i am grateful for your advice.
i tried to find a laptop with an i7, but the only laptop i can find with a 17" 1920x1200 display, windows xp pro 64-bit, at least 8gigs of ram, an esata connector, and two non-raid 500gig 7200rpm sata drives, is the dell m6400. thanks again for all your help. --david
windows xp pro 64-bit
Oooh! No. Go with Windows 7 64-bit.
And with an i7, memory should be divisble by three, as it's now tripple channel. 3GB, 6GB, 12GB, etc.
I guess you misinterpeted the suggestion was to go with a i7 CPU not with a 17" screen.
Some these should hit the market soon from the likes of Dell and HP as opposed to the real high end vendors like Sager, Alienware et al.
a 17" screen is the minimum display size my eyesight will tolerate at 1920x1200. when giving the list of laptop requirements, i omitted a six-pin powered firewire port. if anyone knows of a laptop that has an i7 processor and all the other requirements listed, i am eager to hear about it. --david
You'd be better off giving up some other things and sticking firm on an i7.