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Thread: Laptop purchasing advice for use with Vegas Movie Studio HD Platinum 11

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    Default Laptop purchasing advice for use with Vegas Movie Studio HD Platinum 11

    I am in a quandry.

    I'm looking to update my ageing Acer 5920G and have two choices.

    One has a Intel Core i7 2630QM but with Intel HD3000 graphics card for 499

    The other has a Intel Core i5-2410M and Nvidia GT 540M 1Gb graphics for 450

    I'm not interested in gaming, so from that perspective, the graphics card is not an issue.

    From a purely video editing point of view though, will be Combination or Core i7 and integrated Intel graphics be a better bet than the i5 and dedicated graphics?

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    Spend a bit more, go for dedicated GPU with an I7

    With the dedicated GPU, all the work for graphics goes onto that GPU, where as the intel graphics means the CPU spends effort doing graphics work.

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    Thanks but I'm stretching my current buying limit as it is.

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    what editing program will you be using ? if its Premiere Pro cs 5 or 5.5 .... from the two machines you have listed the i5/ Nvidia combo maybe the best bet. the latest editions of Premiere make use of certain Nvidia GPU's for rendering playback etc. the GT 540m is 1GB so possibly up to the job. look here for further info and compatible cards ....

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    Quote Originally Posted by enc View Post
    what editing program will you be using ?
    Pssst. The clue's in the header,
    Tim

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bluesmanuk View Post
    Thanks but I'm stretching my current buying limit as it is.
    Don't worry about dedicated graphics. GPU accelleration is a new thing for Vegas (a little in Vegas 10 Pro and more in 11) - one of its selling points has always been that you didn't need a fantastic graphics card and it was truly system independent because of this. It is still switchable on/off and using the GPU doesn't always give an increase in performance. The biggest improvement is with render times, and if that is not critical to you, as I say, don't worry about it.
    I'm not suggesting Bpotter is wrong, just if you budget doesn't allow a specified GPU, spend what you can on a better CPU (ie go for the i7).
    Tim

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