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What is your maximum budget?
$1500-2100 - I don't want to spend more than that, and getting in a sweet spot would be nice, but I need something that'll last and work for a few years.

What country are you in?
United States

What will be the uses of this laptop?
I am both going to school for TV/Film production as well as edit weddings, music videos, and other events for my work every weekend. I need something that'll be able to constantly handle simple-mid range projects without a sweat (few layers, minor color corrections) and the occasional short film (heavy After Effects).

Do you have brand loyalty or care which brands we select for you?
From what I've seen, Sager and MSI would probably be my best bet, but anything that'll do what I need to is great. For instance, I would rather have better specs than appearance.

What screen size do you require? What screen resolution do you require?
15-17.3 inch screen. Has to be 1080p matte screen (should the screen be upgraded to a high color gamut? Is it worth it?). A higher resolution would be great, but I haven't seen any yet.

Are you looking to buy NEW or would refurbished/recertified/used be okay?
If the screen is perfect, I would be a refurbished one; however, with my budget I think I can handle a new one just fine.

How long should the battery last? (Under optimal conditions, no movies/games/heavy internet)
I don't care, it'll be plugged in for all work I do, for the most part.

What games would you like to play with your laptop? And on what settings?
Games are a plus, but not necessary. Just need a graphics card with a good punch for video editing/rendering/etc.

What operating system do you need? (if any)
Don't need one if it doesn't come with one (probably install Windows 7 over any laptop's pre-installed one).

Is there a certain style of laptop you want? (aluminum, black, gaming, etc.)
One that'll last in with traveling all around.

How much hard drive space do you need?
Lots. Probably need at least an msata and two hdds. However, getting the laptop and buying the hdds separate would be cheaper, no?

Do you need any special hardware? (blue ray, webcam, specialty ports, etc.)
A blu-ray burner would be nice. 3.0s, firewire is a plus.

Is there anything else we need to know?
I only use NVidia. No AMD processors or video cards, as the Adobe Suite will not utilize the Mercury Playback Engine. How much ram should I look to invest in? Is 16GB sufficient, or do you think I would be able to utilize all 32GBs of ram? Per project, I usually have around 130GB of DSLR footage to work with, if that means anything.

I also have a question: Would getting one of the higher level CPUs be better than upgrading the GPU to a high-max level? I need this thing to be able to edit a short video and render it out within half a day, for instance. Thanks for any help you guys and gals can offer me.
    
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Probably this

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That laptop is nice because of the processor, but it's going to be a steep price point after upgrading/adding hdds, ram, a blu ray drive, and the screen.
    
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The NP8275 is probably your best bet.

I'd go for the following specs:

90% color gamut screen upgrade
4800MQ
16GB RAM
GTX 770M
120GB mSATA SSD
750GB HDD
BluRay Burner
Windows 7 Professional 64-bit

[url]Here's the link to the machine: http://www.xoticpc.com/sager-np8275-clevo-p170sm-p-5913.html?wconfigure=yes[/url]

My dad uses the 2760QM from two generations ago and it smokes everything he does. He's got the i7-975 in his desktop, about the same, and he does video editting too. He claims the 12GB of ram helps a lot so... for what it's worth. That's him... redface.gif The 4800 will definitely help a lot. Just be sure to get the $50 off thingy at the top. smile.gif
     
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Do you think the 770m would be similar to the 780m's performance in terms of video editing? I don't care about the gaming aspect much; this is mainly for work. There are about 600 more Cuda cores though on the 780 and it's 256bit, but will the performance really get a 20-60 percent gain (noticeable)? I definitely agree on the 4800MQ being the best performance/price ratio. Also, you suggested the glossy screen, but I've been seriously considering the matte screen; will the 72 percent matte color be effective enough for video/photo editing? Thanks.
    
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Do you think the 770m would be similar to the 780m's performance in terms of video editing? I don't care about the gaming aspect much; this is mainly for work. There are about 600 more Cuda cores though on the 780 and it's 256bit, but will the performance really get a 20-60 percent gain (noticeable)? I definitely agree on the 4800MQ being the best performance/price ratio. Also, you suggested the glossy screen, but I've been seriously considering the matte screen; will the 72 percent matte color be effective enough for video/photo editing? Thanks.

As for the GPU, I'm not really sure.

My dad uses a GTX 560 in his rig and uses Sony Vegas to render out his videos. I would assume that the 780M SHOULD provide a good boost over the 770M, but I don't know much about the Kepler line and how well the added CUDA cores do. That plus the ginormous price jump from the 770M to the 780M... unless you're gonna overclock the latter, it's really just NOT worth it... >.>

As for the screen, I would recommend the 90% option. Seems like the most viable path if you want color accuracy and whatnot. But the 72% should do the job too. smile.gif
     
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15.6" 1920x1080 IPS Screen Dell 130w PSU Logitech G602 Wireless 
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