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#1 Brandon32689

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Posted 07 April 2014 - 09:05 PM

Hey guys. New here. Well I'm in the market for a new computer. I don't really play no games. Just email, surf web and I like to YouTube and watch videos. Also I have a salt camera and a go pro hero 3+ I'd like to put pics and videos on.

My current laptop stutters real bad when trying to watch or edit my go pro videos. So I'm really looking for something a lil better. I've looked more at gaming laptops with good video cards. I don't really care for desktops but would that be the better way to go?

Currently looking at this but is this overkill?
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00IKF2H12/ref=gno_cart_title_1?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER

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Posted 08 April 2014 - 09:57 AM

That machine most certainly is over kill and is only a laptop in name only,  with a 17.3"  and weighing in at 9.9 pounds this machine has limited portability.

 

A desktop would certainly be a better option, in my opinion.  You should be able to get more power from a desktop for less money.  Here are a couple of examples.

 

ASUS M70AD-US003S Desktop

 

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ASUS M51AC-US018S Desktop

 

Both of those are also over kill, but both are less than the laptop.  Obviously you would have to purchase a monitor which would bring you to around the laptop price.  You could probably drop the machine down to the $1,000 range if you wanted and still have a machine that will do everything you need.



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Posted 08 April 2014 - 10:28 AM

Thanks for the reply, what would you recommend in the 1000 dollar range with everything needed?

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Posted 08 April 2014 - 10:33 AM

I understand thAt laptop is heavy, but I was going to put it up when not in use or use it at kitchen table or something like that. With a desktop I need to make room and get a designated area as we'll as a desk. Not always easy with a 3 year old in the house that likes to get to everything haha

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Posted 08 April 2014 - 06:10 PM

IMO for what you want any name brand LT with an i5 or better processor and 6 gigs of ram will pass your expectations by a long shot.  I am running a 2 year old Toshiba LT i3 with 6 gigs it does just about everything as well as my i5 tower with 16 gigs, yes it loads a bit slower but once up it does extremely well.  You can find name brands for under $500 that will please you.


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Posted 08 April 2014 - 06:53 PM

Thanks guys, do you not need a good video card?

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Posted 08 April 2014 - 06:59 PM

What would u guys recommend for what I want to do. I won't be playing no games but want a dependable laptop that will play and edit videos like n thing

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Posted 08 April 2014 - 07:00 PM

IMO any LT with Intels 4000 or better graphics chip will do a very good job, I have the 4000 in my tower and am happy.  My Toshiba has the 3000 chip and does what you want.


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Posted 08 April 2014 - 07:25 PM

I just want to do it right the first time around and get something good where I'm not having to do it later ya know.


I do want it to operate smooth and fast. I realize a desktop is prob my better option but really would rather have a laptop.

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Posted 09 April 2014 - 03:14 AM

Lets answer a few other questions first, then we can toss out some recommendations.

 

First, what size machine would you prefer to have? Laptops come in a variety of screen sizes from 10" to 17".

Then, what kind of portability would you prefer?

Do you have brand preferences, or brands you prefer to avoid?

Do you have battery life preferences?

I see you wish to edit Go Pro videos, are these SD or HD videos? And what kind of editing are you doing?

Lastly, are you looking for a cheaper "consumer" machines, or a more "premium" product?


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Posted 09 April 2014 - 06:45 AM

I'd like the bigger screen, at least 15-17

Portability is not to important. It will mainly be at the house.

No brand preference,

A battery that last long is a plus but I would prob be plugged in most the time anyhow. Do no big deal.

For software I'm not real sure, I have Vegas pro now but don't really care for it I may try the adobe. I'm not a big editor either by no means. Just lil things like cut, replay, slow mo, music stuff like that. I'm not making a movie.

I just want a machine that will last and do what I want it to do.

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Posted 11 April 2014 - 11:33 PM

Ok, my first suggestion would be the Lenovo W540. Take the price tag with a grain of salt for the time being, and I will explain why shortly. The W540 is aimed at professional use. The 1080P displays they use are a wide gamut TN panel, but the good stuff is in the 3K IPS display. Either video card will work well for you. The K1100m is the pro equivalent to the 740m while the 2100 would be the 750m. They typically ship with a 9 cell battery good for about 8 hours browsing the internet, and weigh in about 6 lbs. I am still using the slightly older W520 - and it has been a great workhorse.

 

As for pricing - give Lenovo a call. Those machines tend to have some fairly flexible pricing. I got them to take about $300 off the price of my own machine when I got it. Just be clear in what you want, and what you want to pay.


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Posted 10 June 2014 - 12:16 AM

I will suggest you to go for the dell laptop it is really very convient to use and at good price also, in that you could find video editor also.






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