OK, I can feel truckload of guys recommending you Sager (Clevo). It SUCKS
(for me, at least, I don't want to flame please).
Okay, Clevo computers are upgradable, so you may chose your own components (from i72630QM to 2920XM) and it uses MXM protocol for GFX cards so you can upgrade it and choose from 6970m / 6990m / or Nvidia 560m to 580m, other features like possibility of 3 HDDs / SSDs , etc.
But Clevo barebones SUCK.
- Keyboard is a disaster: clicky, noisy, cheap, spongy, terrible layout
- Screen is ridiculously dim. Okay, you can upgrade to a better screen on Sager's site. If you go Sager / Clevo I absolutely recommend you to take the best screen available because the styock one is terrible; so for video editing...
- All barebone is cheap fabrication. SUCKS. Bottom line, you have great chips in a cardboard box.
Now, they just released a new barebone SLI / Crossfire capable, and yes, they have made an effort, and the barebone is less cheap now; but it's still not enough. Besides, it's over your price point anyway.
Many laptop enthustiasts will recommend you Clevo; I was a laptop enthusiast, and my 2 cents are: don't buy Clevo.
Well, the best available commercial notebook right now on the market is the MSI GT780DXR
coming equipped with a 570m. It has a great keyboard designed by SteelSeries, with great layout and backlit, great dynaudio speaker system (not that you care for video editing), and a MATTE screen, if you prefer matte you should go for this one, it is fairly-priced considering the features; 16GB RAM capable, 2X500GB that you may set in RAID 0, Blu-Ray.
is exactly the same with a 560M instead of a 570m.
If you're loyal to Asus, the best bet would be the G74SX
(the one you listed). It is pretty much like the MSI GT780R with a couple less features. But it comes with 2X500GB Seagate Momentus XT (hybrid HDD / SSD). The screen is glossy
unless you choose the (more expensive) 120Hz 3D-capable screen option. this one is matte.
Bottom line, with a 560m, the two main competitors are the MSI GT780R
and the Asus G74SX
. Here is a comparison
Here is a comparison
My opinion, while I prefer Asus for many hardware, I think the MSI laptop is better. If you're able to spend ~$150 / 200 more you can go with the GT780DXR
version coming with the 570m
, that is what I'd choose, personally.