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Yes, you need a new computer, at least an i7 with HT, 8+ GB RAM, GTX nVidia card with 896+ MB VRAM and at least two 7200 RPM SATA drives or better, plus an eSATA port and possibly a firewire port.
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Ahhh, the joys of editing on a laptop! NOT!
First of all, my condolences on the sluggishness of playback. I feel your pain, because I went through it countless times with my editing laptop. This is one of the many reasons I'm going desktop. But I presume you "need" a laptop, and can't have a desktop for whatever reason? Secondly, I presume you'll want to upgrade to CS5.5 eventually? Or maybe even CS6 next year (or so)?
If you plan on upgrading, then don't get the laptop you mentioned. If budget allows, and you want to stick to Asus laptops, the new G74SX is a very nice system that will do nicely. And you'll be able to take advantage of the Mercury Playback Engine, have a i7 Quad core, 16GB RAM, a dual 7200 HDD configuration, a GTX560 with 1920x1080 display.
5400RPM drives can't adequately sustain the constant data rate of video. This is why 7200RPMs are suggested.
In any event, if you plan on upgrading your laptop, make sure you set aside a good budget for your editing machine. Going cheap will always give you problems down the short road. And keep in mind that desktops will always be cheaper and faster then laptops.
Laptop Video Editing PChttp://www.sagernotebook.com/
-or another brand laptop with the following features
-the newer 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
Here is the TigerDirect computer that you should be looking at. Thsi unit has space for a second internal disk drive. If you want a less expensive version this unit at Best Buy is the same model without the full HD screen (but still better than Adobe's minimum requirement), but it does two internal disks. Both units are made for easy user memory upgrades to 16 GB of RAM.
Your best buy link doesn't work for me, the tigerdirect link does work
Underspecced and a complete waste of money.
If you really like the speed of a handicapped snail with severe arthritis, that brakes before cornering, you may just, and only just, get by for SD only.
Yes, so first thing I see is that budget is definitely an issue.
While the TigerDirect link is exactly what I would need, the price is not. In that case, it's not too big of a deal if I can't bring my editing PC with me.
I googled a variety of desktop quad i7's you can look at here: http://www.google.com/search?q=4gb+ddr3+ram&hl=en&tbm=shop&aq=f#q=quad+core+i7+desktop&hl= en&safe=off&tbm=shop&ei=ln5vTu7ACdOnsAKj7sHsCQ&start=0&sa=N&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_cp.&fp =718be28aab5acfc7&biw=1280&bih=681
And would one like this be an acceptable equivalent to the laptops you guys are recommending?
Additionally, for budget's sake, 8GB is a good start for me. 16GB can come later.
When you recommend two SATA drives, does that relate to the whole RAID setup thing? I watched a video explaining that one, but am not quite sure how I would configure two internatl 7200rpm SATA drives to work with each other that way. Getting two SATA wouldn't be an issue either, since I could just take the tower apart and slap in a cheap 7200 found here: http://www.google.com/products/catalog?hl=en&safe=off&q=7200rpm&gs_upl=1446457l1447988l0l1 448814l7l7l0l0l0l0l415l2170l2-4.2.1l7l0&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_cp.&biw=1280&bih=681&um=1& ie=UTF-8&tbm=shop&cid=7227007111886761763&sa=X&ei=O4RvTs6fEqWqsAKHzNDvCQ&ved=0CIgBEPMCMAA
I should probably make sure that the two SATA drives are by the same manufacturer?
Thanks for responding so quickly!
Oh, the link is my current laptop, not the one I'd like to get
I thought someone said my link was broken, but that was the Best Buy link.
Ah, would the "possibly a firewire port" come in play for the RAID setup?
If not Dell, HP, and Alienware (ewww), would this be a good place to start? : http://www.ebay.com/itm/QUAD-CORE-INTEL-i7-860-X4-2-8-CUSTOM-GAMING-PC-ASUS-1GB-/110733447 947#vi-content
Perhaps upgrade the RAM, add second SATA drive, etc from here?
Have a look at PPBM5 Benchmark to see what makes a good system and read some of the posts here.
This system you linked to has a mediocre CPU, not enough memory, the wrong video card and not enough disks.
"Yes, you need a new computer, at least an i7 with HT, 8+ GB RAM, GTX nVidia card with 896+ MB VRAM and at least two 7200 RPM SATA drives or better, plus an eSATA port and possibly a firewire port."
The link I supplied ( http://www.ebay.com/itm/QUAD-CORE-INTEL-i7-860-X4-2-8-CUSTOM-GAMING-PC-ASUS-1GB-/110733447 947#vi-content ) has:
4GB DDR3 RAM which I said I would upgrade later
ATI Radeon 1GB Video Memory
500GB SATA 7200RPM which I said I would upgrade later
To which you replied,
"This system you linked to has a mediocre CPU, not enough memory, the wrong video card and not enough disks."
Sooooo, let's break this down. Is there a particular version of i7 I should look for? Obviously the RAM is not enough... I know that. Obviously the SATA drives are too few...I know that as well. Are you preferring Nvidia over ATI for the video memory choice?
The Benchmark link is nice, and I see a i7-920 @ 3.7, 12 GB, GTX 480 system is optimal performance...as well as optimal dollar, which reaches around to the beginning with budget concerns.
Thanks for your help anyways.
Looking for a CPU, you can choose either the i7-9xx series or the i7-2600 series. The 860 is too limited.
All ATI video cards can not support hardware MPE, only nVidia cards with 896+ MB VRAM can and then you better choose a model with DDR5 VRAM and the most cores you can afford.
I can not figure out why the Best Buy link is insanely long. But I have tried this, Google on "Best Buy G74SX-BBK7" and the second line on my browser is a link to it. Or just open up Best Buy and drop in the model number. $1200!
That's a nice model...I don't know why I'm such a sucker for Asus, but they've never dissapointed me.
Anyways, via hardware utility, I just found out that both my current internal harddrives are 7200RPM Seagates...I'm elated, lol.
My question is, they're only SATA300, not SATA600. Is SATA600 (600 MB/s) a must have for the HD editing process?
No, no single SATA drive is fast enough to choke the old SATA2 bus, let alone the newer SATA3 bus.