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November 11, 2012 12:48:55 PM

Hello, I need a laptop for video editing and some light gaming(TF2, minecraft, etc.)

1. What is your budget?
1000
2. What is the size of the notebook that you are considering?
15.6
3. What screen resolution do you want?
1920 x 1080
4. Do you need a portable or desktop replacement laptop?
probably desktop replacement
5. How much battery life do you need?
3 hours
6. Do you want to play games with your laptop? If so then please list the games that you want to with the settings that you want for these games. (Low,Medium or High)?
minecraft and TF2 on medium or high
7. What other tasks do you want to do with your laptop? (Photo/Video editing, Etc.)
video editing, photo editing, school work, programming
8. How much storage (Hard Drive capacity) do you need?
256gb
9. If you are considering specific sites to buy from, please post their links.
Any sites will do
10. How long do you want to keep your laptop?
at least 3 years
11. What kind of Optical drive do you need? DVD ROM/Writer,Bluray ROM/Writer,Etc ?
Any
12. Please tell us about the brands that you prefer to buy from them and the brands that you don't like and explain the reasons.
I like most brands except Acer (My first laptop was an acer and broke twice), and I do not think I can get a laptop from a "no-name" company like sager or msi
13. What country do you live in?
USA
14. Please tell us any additional information if needed.
If it can be cheaper than $900, I might put in an ssd. Not sure how that will impact video editing.
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November 11, 2012 1:22:58 PM

CS6?
November 11, 2012 1:37:50 PM

I presume you are talking about photoshop cs6. I use that sometimes, but I do a lot more video editing. I use arcsoft showbiz and sony vegas pro.
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November 11, 2012 4:36:38 PM

if you are using the latest or version 11 of Sony Vegas Pro, then you can benefit from GPU acceleration:
http://www.sonycreativesoftware.com/vegaspro/gpuacceler...

Do you have some reference machine? do you want some level of performance?

You can save money and get an excellent machine with the Asus N56DP, for example, which also comes with a 1080p screen for 800$, but you can get higher performance with other laptops for 100-200$ more including Windows - we have to have some performance reference.
November 11, 2012 7:44:06 PM

I have been looking at this laptop:

HP dv6t quad edition - $970(with academic discount)
http://shopping.hp.com/en_US/home-office/-/products/Lap...

specs:

Intel core i7-3610qm 2.3ghz
750gb 7200rpm
gt650m 2gb gddr5
8gb ddr3 ram
1080p screen
backlit keyboard

I was wondering if there was 1. a cheaper alternative that would also suit my needs (1080p screen, at least 7200rpm hdd, processor needed for video editing: not sure if quad core is needed or not) or 2. is there another computer that has better specs for the same price


November 11, 2012 8:09:52 PM

TheGreatMage said:
I have been looking at this laptop:

HP dv6t quad edition - $970(with academic discount)
http://shopping.hp.com/en_US/home-office/-/products/Lap...

specs:

Intel core i7-3610qm 2.3ghz
750gb 7200rpm
gt650m 2gb gddr5
8gb ddr3 ram
1080p screen
backlit keyboard

I was wondering if there was 1. a cheaper alternative that would also suit my needs (1080p screen, at least 7200rpm hdd, processor needed for video editing: not sure if quad core is needed or not) or 2. is there another computer that has better specs for the same price



There is an AMD based laptop I configuered for you

Operating system Windows 8 64 edit
Processor AMD Quad-Core A10-4600M Accelerated Processor (3.2GHz/2.3GHz, 4MB L2 Cache)
Graphics card 2GB AMD Radeon(TM) HD 7670M Discrete-Class Graphics
Memory 12GB DDR3 System Memory (2 Dimm)
Hard drive 750GB 7200RPM Hard Drive
Office software No Additional Office Software
Security software No additional security software
Primary battery 9 Cell Lithium Ion Battery edit
Display 15.6-inch diagonal HD BrightView LED-backlit Display (1366x768)
Primary optical drive SuperMulti 8X DVD+/-R/RW with Double Layer Support
Personalization HP TrueVision HD Webcam with integrated dual array digital microphone
Networking 802.11b/g/n WLAN
Keyboard Standard Keyboard
price- 924.99

Idk how much your discount is, but you can always switch the battery to a 6 cell and the ram to 8 gigs, in order to get an HD screen

This would probably be better for gaming/editing as you can do hybrid crossfire with the intergrated and discrete gpu's
November 11, 2012 8:10:56 PM

jordan009 said:
There is an AMD based laptop I configuered for you

Operating system Windows 8 64 edit
Processor AMD Quad-Core A10-4600M Accelerated Processor (3.2GHz/2.3GHz, 4MB L2 Cache)
Graphics card 2GB AMD Radeon(TM) HD 7670M Discrete-Class Graphics
Memory 12GB DDR3 System Memory (2 Dimm)
Hard drive 750GB 7200RPM Hard Drive
Office software No Additional Office Software
Security software No additional security software
Primary battery 9 Cell Lithium Ion Battery edit
Display 15.6-inch diagonal HD BrightView LED-backlit Display (1366x768)
Primary optical drive SuperMulti 8X DVD+/-R/RW with Double Layer Support
Personalization HP TrueVision HD Webcam with integrated dual array digital microphone
Networking 802.11b/g/n WLAN
Keyboard Standard Keyboard
price- 924.99

Idk how much your discount is, but you can always switch the battery to a 6 cell and the ram to 8 gigs, in order to get an HD screen


What website is this from? Also, I have heard that AMD processors are nowhere near as good as Intel. Is this true? How does this processor compare to the i7-3610qm?
November 11, 2012 11:50:01 PM

Ok, so back to my two questions:

1. Is there a cheaper alternative to this computer(is the dv6t a bit overkill????)?
or
2. Is there a computer around the same price point with better specs?

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November 12, 2012 12:07:55 AM
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The DV6t is not overkill. You will need at least GT 650m if you want to keep playing games on it 3 years down the road.

You can also go for Lenovo Y580 ($999).

http://shop.lenovo.com/SEUILibrary/controller/e/web/Len...

IMO, $30 more and from a GT 650m to GTX 660 (and i7-3610qm to i7-3630qm although there is only 100MHz difference) is worth it.

And why is Sager (Clevo) and MSI quotation mark no name?
November 13, 2012 7:10:53 PM

Pyree said:
The DV6t is not overkill. You will need at least GT 650m if you want to keep playing games on it 3 years down the road.

You can also go for Lenovo Y580 ($999).

http://shop.lenovo.com/SEUILibrary/controller/e/web/Len...

IMO, $30 more and from a GT 650m to GTX 660 (and i7-3610qm to i7-3630qm although there is only 100MHz difference) is worth it.

And why is Sager (Clevo) and MSI quotation mark no name?


Alright, thanks. I think I am going to go with the Lenovo due to their reputation fo rhigh quality products and the better graphics card and processor. Thanks.
November 13, 2012 7:11:12 PM

Best answer selected by TheGreatMage.
November 27, 2012 10:56:02 PM

hafijur said:
that amd system has slow cpu and gpu and ancient gpu 40nm process. The intel system cpu is twice as fast and the gpu is at least 50% faster and the gpu takes less electricity and the intel system is miles better performance per watt.

650m takes less power then the 7670m and beats it easily as 650m 28nm is new gpu and 7670m is 40nm.


Okay...seeing as how it's an APU it's a different story, you can hybrid crossfire it with the 7670M to get better performance, the 7670M by itself is equal to a 550M..
You have no clue what your talking about.. and the die size has almost NO affect on performance.. only heat/watt usage.
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