As long as you use TWO internal SATA disks or an eSATA 7200 RPM external disk you may get by. A single disk just doesn't cut it. Keep in mind that laptops like that are usually between 8 and 20 times slower than a fast desktop even with a CUDA enabled video card, so portability must be important to you.
Look at Benchmark Results and select Laptops under the Computer Type tab.
I have two 500gig in my HP one for OS, Program Files one for video/project Storage.
The Ibuypower laptop will only have one 750gig hard drive. So that might be an issue.
I would have to get a 17" laptop from them to get two drives in there. So you think that is a good idea?
Thanks for your input in advance
P.S. Believe you me. I have on my wish list a great i7 2700k, 16gig ram, 8tb hard drive, HAF case, etc on my wish list but I am never home to edit and under the circumstances I can't disclose right now. I need to be as moble as possible with an editing machine.
....check out Asus 17 inch models, then compare with Sager and ADK....so many changes have taken place in the last year with Sandy Bridge and faster SSDs, not to mention the many iterations of PPro, ( 5.0, 5.03, 5.5 ), It's hard to keep up with all this. It seems like despite the rapid and significant improvements in the hardware, users are complsining on this forum that 5.5 is not handling DSLR footage as well as 5.03...so be careful...I'm using 5.03 on an Asus G73 from last year.....it has 2 hdd bays, one Corsair f120 for OS and programs, and one with a 500gb 7200 rpm hd....you must have at least 16gb of installed, matching memory. I am leery of the speed of the external USB3 port...HD tune reports 107MB. a second transfer speed,but, windows has shown over 200 when I had a second f120 in a USB3 dock. Look at PPBM 5 to see highest performing laptops....JFPhoton
I'm very pleased with my Lenovo Thinkpad W520. Can be configured with extra diskdrive in media bay or with 2 diskdrive in raid0 (special order). Great screen, keyboard and good enough nvidia card. Also has firewire and expresscard connectors. With 2720 sandybridge and 16 Gb ram, great performance and a decent price with three years warranty.