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Need a good video editing laptop ($600 limit)

by Fullfreakfrank / January 10, 2010 12:53 PM PST

I'm looking to purchase a laptop for HD video editing (Sony Vegas), media viewing (DVD, Internet, movie files, ect), light gaming (not too much into pc gaming). My price limit is $600 and under. I'm planning on doing a lot of video editing so I'm going to need something capable of it. I was going to get a desktop, but I don't like the fact of having it stay in my room (very small) Here are a few specs that I need.

4GB Memory
300GB+ HD
16:9 Screen (high quality)
Decent gfx card (need it for the type of editing I'm doing)
DVD burner (dl would be a plus)
Lit keyboard (not needed but would be a plus)
HDMI (needed unless it's a lot cheaper to go without)

it ALS needs to stay very cool. My current laptop (Dell vostro 1000) is suffering from overheating and 100% CPU usage on startup.

so that's pretty much it. I also have a question... For HD editing do I need a good gfx card.

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I want one of those!
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 10, 2010 10:38 PM PST

Sorry but we may have to wait to find something. I'll share my son in his last year of film school is now using a Sony nw240f but that does not meet your spec.

Should be interesting what others find for you.

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Please Help
by Fullfreakfrank / January 11, 2010 11:33 AM PST

Anyone know of anything good?

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Mentiioned the nw240f.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 11, 2010 2:53 PM PST
In reply to: Please Help

It's close to your price. Did you try the laptop pickets at the top of the forum?

Have you gone shopping?

What did you find at that price in your country?
(this is a world wide forum)

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I have a laptop with that CPU.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 16, 2010 2:30 AM PST
In reply to: re

I moved off that to a Core 2 Duo machine and won't go back to the old slower machine.

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by preditor2003 / January 16, 2010 4:13 AM PST
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Laptop to run Sony Vegas
by preditor2003 / January 16, 2010 1:13 AM PST

Even if you pay a bit more, I think you should stay in the Sony family. Ask the Sony VAIO resellers for HD throughput info. Then you can buy online for a better price. The key is getting the right media drive. HDV needs far less bandwidth than any other flavor of HD, but is very processor intensive.

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