Spec for a Laptop devoted to Camtasia

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I am currently using Camtasia Studio 8 and want to purchase a new laptop specifically for it's use.  Videos are .mp4 and I'm using Windows 7 Professional 64 bit.
I'm not great on the technicals and feeling a bit bamboozled by the spec - it's also extremely expensive.  I'll go with it, if it's correct though.
Spec I've been given is as follows:
Extreme i7 4710Mq 2.60 Ghz Quad Core
2 x Nvidia GeForce 6TX970M with 6 Gb Video RAM
16 GB DDR3 1600 Mhz
Hard Disk 1 TB 2.5 Solid State Drive

Any help will be appreciated, but please speak as plainly as possible!  Thanks.
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If it's at all possible for you to do your Camtasia video work on a Desktop. You can save a lot of money and get a computer that will run circles around a Laptop for less money. Including a very nice Monitor.

If your stuck with a laptop. I would set my sites on a better processor.
16GB of RAM is overkill for Camtasia 8.
Camtasia 8 is a 32bit program that can only utilize around 2.5 to 3 GB RAM. But you need some RAM to run the Computer. 8GB would be my choice.

I would seek out an expert from the Company who manufactures the computer you are interested in.  Seek their advice on this matter. Talk to them using the 800 number. It's much more effective than chat sessions. You have a better opportunity for securing a good deal this way. 

Have them e-mail you there quote. Then, Contact the competition and do more of the same. Let everybody know what you're up to and that will secure the best deal. 

Good Luck, I'd love to hear what you end up doing in the long run. I'm sure other people would to.

Regards, Joe 
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Hi Joe, thanks for the information, it's a great help. 
I'm currently working with a laptop, which I need as I travel, but you're making me think that maybe a Desktop would be a possibility for when I'm home.  Believe it or not, they don't want to speak to me - they just keep giving me links - great sales people.

Desktop spec:
Processor: Intel i7 4790 3.50Ghz Quad Core (no other choice)
Memory defaults to: 16GB DDR3 1600Mhz Premium (can be upgraded to 32 GB)
SSD Hard Disk defaults to: 120 GB SSD UDMA 600 (can be upgraded to 1 TB)
Hard Disk defaults to: 1 TB UDMA600 (can be upgraded to 4 tb)
Video card defaults to: Nvidia GeForce GT740 2GB (can be upgraded to GTX970 4GB)
Sound Card defaults to: Realtek 8 channel HD Audio (can be upgraded to Creative Soundblaster Xifi Xtreme 7.1
With the extras added, it comes in at nearly half the price - but is the Quality good enough?
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More than enough.
With that you can add any program you wish down the road and they will run fantastic. Photoshop and programs like that can complement your video making and improve the  quality of your projects.

Desktops don't break very often, they don't travel, get dropped, etc. Plus the components are built more ruggedly. Weight is not a concern. Better cooling fans, the list goes on and on.  

 I'm guessing your looking at a Hewlett Packard machine?
Dell will work with you and I have had no problems with the 2 Dell computers I own. The best one has the specs listed at the bottom of this thread.

SSD drives help programs like Windows startup faster, Camtasia, Files transfer into programs a little faster,etc. They transfer information at the fastest speeds available today.

However, once your computer is started and you have opened your program/programs. That extra speed doesn't help all that much.
I run 3 Barracuda "Disk" Hard drives. It's takes them about a second to spin up to full speed.
Once they reach Max RPM, they can transfer Information as fast as a SSD. 6.0 GB/s.
 They cost very little  and a large drive is very cheap by comparison.

SSD's are popular with laptops because of battery life. No moving parts and fast HD's need power.
Same with processors and graphics cards. You can get top specs with a laptop,  but making them energy efficient enough to run on batteries,  is where the extra costs come in. 

This is my best machine specs shown below.

Dell Computer SPECS.

XPS 8700

4th Generation Intel Core i7-4770 processor (8M Cache, up to 3.9 GHz)

16GB RAM Dual Channel DDR3 1600MHz - 4 DIMMs EA - -

NVIDIA Geforce GTX 660 1.5G GDDR5 EA - -    Supporting   4 Displays

2TB  Barracuda 7200 RPM SATA Hard Drive 6 .0 Gb/s   1 EACH –

1TB  Barracuda 7200 RPM SATA Hard Drive 6 .0 Gb/s    2 EACH –

 Dell  23” Ultra Sharp LED Monitors  .............................. 2 EACH

Windows 8, 64-bit, English

I got all these things for around  $2400.00. The two monitors account for $700 of that. The extra hard drives I installed myself with the rebate dollars Dell gave me.
You can throw the kitchen sink at this machine and it holds it own. {: >)

Gotta run for now. Joe
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Many thanks for all your help, Joe, it really made a difference in my understanding.  I've nearly always purchased from Dell, but had got the Laptop for Camtasia done as a Custom Build.  However, their Sales leaves a lot to be desired... Based on your recommendation, I went back to Dell and they came in with a price of €1171, which is about €600 cheaper than the Custom crowd - and with a nice sales person who helped me through it.  They recommended the same machine you said, the XPS 8700.  So the machine is bought, and I'm looking forward to delivery next week.  Again, I really appreciate the time you took to help.
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Hi there, just thought I'd give an update on the new machine.  It's stunning!  The speed, the visuals, I'm so glad I took Joe's advice and I just don't know myself!
I have come up against an issue, but it seems to be Camtasia. 
I use Camtasia 8.1 on my laptop, but downloaded 8.5 on the new machine (I call it 'The Beast').  It works fine except that it doesn't take input from my microphone!  It's a Creative Headset.  When I go into Camtasia Options, it can see it, it's listed and selected, so I can hear through the Headphones, but it doesn't register the Microphone. 
I've tested The Beast, and it registers the microphone. 
Has anyone else come across this issue?  I can only record on my Laptop and I will copy across  version 8.1 if I have to, but it doesn't make sense to have to do that.
Thanks for any input.
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"The  Beast" I love it, Great Name. 

Maybe the microphone needs to be set as the default recording device in Windows?

Go into the Control Panel, Hardware and Sound, Manage Audio devices, Go to the recording tab and make sure it's set to default. See Image.

Enjoy the Beast, maybe I should come up with a name for mine. {: >)

Regards, Joe

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