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Old July 13th, 2010, 08:33 AM   #1
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New Computer Advice for Premiere CS5

Does Dell HP or someone else offer a system that is build to accommodate the Mercury Engine that Adobe requires? It seems like the only advice is self build which I'm not interested in.
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Old July 13th, 2010, 09:49 AM   #2
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There are specialists who can build systems for you. One is ADK Video Editing. I'm sure there are others.

ADK built a laptop for me that runs Production Premium CS5 just beautifully. I edit AVCHD files natively (without transcoding) on it without problems.

So look around. It's going to take a company that specializes in video and/or audio workstations.
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Old July 13th, 2010, 12:03 PM   #3
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Just for fun I configured two HP systems, a Z400 and a Z800, but they were still lacking in features that I require. Their prices were not lacking however, $ 10 K for a Z400 and $ 21+ K for a Z800.

If you want to burn money, HP and Dell are a sure way to do that effectively.
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Old July 13th, 2010, 01:00 PM   #4
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I don't think it's necessary to build from scratch, or pay a lot of money.
You can order a Dell (I'm thinking something like the Studio XPS 9000) Intel i7, 12 GB tri RAM, a single SATA system drive, with a low end graphics card for a pretty modest price (maybe around $1300). Then you can yourself add a RAID drive, export drive, maybe a BR burner, and a Mercury compatable GPU for a few more $$$.
So, probably the whole CS5 capable system for around $ 2,000 +/- (not including monitor).
This is what I have done for many years with quite satisfactory results.
Whatever you choose, you do need to be sure the power supply is adequate for the final configuration- particularly if you end up with one of the 200w nVidea GPUs.
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Old July 14th, 2010, 01:25 AM   #5
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Haha, gotta love Harm. He should have known that he would get at least 25% off the HP price as I did.

Now for real....Robert has a great strategy for buying the base system and adding parts yourself. Dell is notorious for way overcharging on upgrades, such as $600 for a 1TB drive which costs $80. For large OEM, I prefer HP because their workstations are designed for the video industry.

For custom PC builders in the US, I like Puget Systems (I see you are in Canada but I don't know if Puget ships to you).
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Old July 14th, 2010, 02:14 AM   #6
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Greg,

Check your mail. I have made contact for you and Eric knows how to get in touch with you.
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Old July 15th, 2010, 06:40 AM   #7
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if you are looking for laptops you could check out sager notebooks.

i myself have a 15inch sager 8690 that comes with an nvidia 280m and a core i7 720 qm. however i only edit 720p avchd videos and you will probably need the 840qm or 920xm for 1080p videos.
they also sell 17inch desktop replacements with desktop cpu's and enough space for 3 hdd's and the new 480m gpu.
i believe the adk laptop mentioned above is a rebrand of a sager nb.
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