Help me buy a video editing laptop under 500


Feb 1, 2014
Hey guys, my laptop is fine, old but fine, it's a Gateway FX p7805 u, but I recently I started using Sony Vegas to edit videos (and some Photoshop) and it works really hard, so I need a faster machine to edit video. These are the specs.

Gateway P-7805u FX Specifications:

Windows Vista Home Premium (SP1, 64-bit)
Intel Core 2 Duo Processor P8400 (2.26GHz, 3MB L2, 1066MHz FSB)
17″ WXGA+ Glossy LCD display at 1440×900
NVIDIA GeForce 9800M GTS with 1GB GDDR3 memory
Intel 5100AGN Wireless
4GB PC3-8500 DDR3 SDRAM (2GB x 2)
320GB Western Digital Scorpio Black hard disk drive (7200RPM)
DVD SuperMulti (+/-R double layer) drive with Labelflash
1.3 megapixel webcam, stereo speakers
120W (19V x 6.32A) 100-240V AC Adapter
9-cell 86.6Wh Lithium Ion battery
Dimensions (WxDxH): 15.75” x 11.75” x 1.3” – 1.7”
Weight: 8lbs 15.6oz, 10lbs 8.8oz with AC adapter
1-Year Standard Limited Warranty
Price as configured: $1,299.99

I'm not looking for a monster laptop (I know desktops are better), but something more actual, i7 or i5 laptop with a decent graphics and something I can upgrade to 12GB at least (RAM Memory)

I'll buy on

1. What is your budget? 500 USD

2. What is the size of the notebook that you are considering? 15-17

3. What screen resolution do you want? 1080p

4. Do you need a portable or desktop replacement laptop? Whatever

5. How much battery life do you need? Dont' care, always plugged I guess

6. Do you want to play games with your laptop? If so then please list the games that you want to with the settings that you want for these games. (Low,Medium or High)?

I'm a casual gamer, last game I played was Path of Exile, I occassionally play low graphics games, maybe Doom 3??, but again, this is about video edition, so it has to be equal or better than 9800m gts

7. What other tasks do you want to do with your laptop? (Photo/Video editing, Etc.)

Photo, Video, Gaming, that sums it up.

8. How much storage (Hard Drive capacity) do you need? Whatever.

9. If you are considering specific sites to buy from, please post their links.


10. How long do you want to keep your laptop? Enough to keep using Sony Vegas pro 12

11. What kind of Optical drive do you need? DVD ROM/Writer,Bluray ROM/Writer,Etc ? DVD

12. Please tell us about the brands that you prefer to buy from them and the brands that you don't like and explain the reasons.

An Nvidia Graphics card preferably, that's all

13. What country do you live in? Ebay land.

14. Please tell us any additional information if needed. BLUETOOTH!!


Nov 4, 2013
you could hardly build a decent desktop machine for under 500...anyways you want a high end CPU, mobile i7, and a decent GPU along with 8GB or more RAM, depending on size and quality of videos you work with. Since youre already 500 deep I would recommend saving another 100 or 200.


Feb 1, 2014
Not neccesarily, but Ebay has a lot of electronics, it can be online from any store from the US I guess, Newegg, Best Buy, I just happen to find very good stuff on ebay, but who knows!!