APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: in the next month or so
BUDGET RANGE: $3000
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: photo editing, internet, other stuff
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: this will be a notebook, so everything should be together
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com, ncix.com, anywhere with the best deal
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: US
PARTS PREFERENCES: needs intel i7 CPU, prefer ati gpu but not imperative
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: not required
MONITOR RESOLUTION: must be 1080p, needs to be at least 17"
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: needs to be a notebook computer, prefer dual hard drives (want one to be a SSD)
Alright, so here's the deal, my dad's been doing work for a friend of his and he's trying to pay my dad with a year old notebook that he says is worth around $3500 and he won't listen to me when I'm telling him that his friend is trying to jerk him around and that he'd be better of taking the money and buying something on his own (sorry for rambling). I sent him a few examples, but I think that this community could probably offer up some even better alternatives.
Go to the DELL site (mydell.com ?) and tell their system you are looking for a notebook for Video Editing (they have pointers to certified systems) ....
... My point being that the editing systems are hi-res and are certified for ALL ADOBE CS4 type tools (including Photoshop). Would prolly be a little overkill but the prices are right in that range. (You are parenting your Dad? ... None of MY beez-wax!)
HP also has certified (workstation class) notebooks.
The key term, here is "Workstation Class Notebook" ... That means "fast, with big, hi-rez screen" and larger drive(s).
RAID Configuration All Hard Drives, Non-RAID, 1 or 2 drive total configuration edit
Primary Hard Drives 64GB Encrypted Mobility Solid State Drive edit
Secondary Hard Drive 160GB 7200rpm Hard Drive with FFS edit
Media Bay Devices 8X DVD+/-RW tray Load w/Roxio and Cyberlink PowerDVD™ edit
Wireless LAN (802.11) Intel® WiFi Link 5300 802.11a/g/n Draft Mini Card edit
Mobile Broadband None edit
Wireless PAN Options None edit
Modem No Modem edit
Fingerprint Reader Options No Fingerprint Reader edit
Contactless Smartcard No Contactless Smart Card Reader edit
Primary Battery 9 Cell Battery edit
Extended Battery Service None edit
AC Adapter 210W 3P, A/C Adapter edit
Additional Power Options None edit
Hardware Support Services 3 Year Basic Limited Warranty and 3 Year NBD Onsite Service edit
Complete Care None edit
Installation Services None edit
Data Protection Services None edit
Keep Your Hard Drive None edit
ServicesReady None edit
trying to stay away from dell, they seem to be over-priced.
I've been trying to show him that he's better off with just 1 SSD and an external HDD, it'll save him lots of money.
and when I say he'll be doing photo editing and stuff, he's pretty amateur and really doesn't need anything professional grade. If he really needed something professional grade, he'd be better off building a tower for half the price.
I'm not so much trying to parent him as I am trying to show him that he's wasting his money.