Need a powerhouse notebook for my dad

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

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe

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.
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  1. 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).

    = Al =
  2. Mobile Precision M6500

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    Dell Precision M6500 Mobile Workstation, Genuine Windows® 7 Professional, 64-bit

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    Processor Intel® Core™ i7-820QM Quad Core 1.73GHz 8MB edit
    Memory 4.0GB, DDR3-1333MHz SDRAM, 2 DIMMS edit
    LCD Options 17" Wide Screen WUXGA LCD Panel w/ microphone edit
    Internal Keyboard Internal English Backlit Keyboard edit

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    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

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    Wireless LAN (802.11) Intel® WiFi Link 5300 802.11a/g/n Draft Mini Card edit
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    Wireless PAN Options None edit
    Modem No Modem edit

    SECURITY OPTIONS


    Fingerprint Reader Options No Fingerprint Reader edit
    Contactless Smartcard No Contactless Smart Card Reader edit

    POWER OPTIONS


    Primary Battery 9 Cell Battery edit
    Extended Battery Service None edit
    AC Adapter 210W 3P, A/C Adapter edit
    Additional Power Options None edit

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    Productivity Software None edit
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    Docking Solutions None edit
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    Carrying Cases None edit
    Notebook Security Options None edit
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    System Documentation Resource DVD and Quick Reference Guide edit

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    Asset Protection Software - Installed None edit
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    Hardware Support Services 3 Year Basic Limited Warranty and 3 Year NBD Onsite Service edit
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    Dell Precision M6500 Dell Precision M6500 Mobile Workstation
    Operating System Genuine Windows® 7 Professional, 64-bit
    Processor Intel® Core™ i7-820QM Quad Core 1.73GHz 8MB
    Memory 4.0GB, DDR3-1333MHz SDRAM, 2 DIMMS
    Internal Keyboard Internal English Backlit Keyboard
    Graphics 1.0GB ATI® FirePro® M7740 Graphics
    Primary Hard Drives 64GB Encrypted Mobility Solid State Drive
    Fingerprint Reader Options No Fingerprint Reader
    LCD Options 17" Wide Screen WUXGA LCD Panel w/ microphone
    Modem No Modem
    AC Adapter 210W 3P, A/C Adapter
    Media Bay Devices 8X DVD+/-RW tray Load w/Roxio and Cyberlink PowerDVD™
    Contactless Smartcard No Contactless Smart Card Reader
    Wireless LAN (802.11) Intel® WiFi Link 5300 802.11a/g/n Draft Mini Card
    Secondary Hard Drive 160GB 7200rpm Hard Drive with FFS
    System Documentation Resource DVD and Quick Reference Guide
    RAID Configuration All Hard Drives, Non-RAID, 1 or 2 drive total configuration
    Primary Battery 9 Cell Battery
    Hardware Support Services 3 Year Basic Limited Warranty and 3 Year NBD Onsite Service

    TOTAL: $3,666.00
  3. 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.
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