So I've decided to go with Adobe CC and looking at laptops.
Here are the specs I'm looking at now on an HP Workstation
2.7 GHz Intel Core i7-6820HQ Quad-Core
Upgraded to 64GB RAM
17.3" UWVA IPS Anti-Glare Display
NVIDIA Quadro M3000M Graphics Card (4GB)
Full HD 1920 x 1080 Screen Resolution
512GB PCIe SSD + 1TB 7200 rpm SATA HDD
802.11ac Wi-Fi & Bluetooth 4.2
Windows 7 Pro + Windows 10 Pro License
Will this be enough to edit 4k files? Or do I need more beef?
(I'm also looking at Mac Pro but it bothers me Apple hasn't updated that computer in 3 years.)
since you haven't gotten a response yet from any of the other members of the board, I would say that that laptop is probably as good as you're going to get to do 4k in today's market. 4 GB video card probably will drive it just fine, but even with my 2 GB video card and only a single camera I found that 4K seems to stutter no matter what type of external drive I'm using. I think that a Thunderbolt base drive maybe raid zero for actually doing the editing might be the best option and using the 7200 RPM drive you mention as a non primary storage device. it's my opinion that we really need a new generation of processors to get us over the current Intel i7s. it seems like Moore's law has finally reached its limits
That's great to hear. I haven't spent much time on today's processors, but they appear to have definitely sped up things. Yes, though the Mac Pro certainly has some advantages over a laptop, I think you are right that it is quite costly, and limited to a niche market. While I certainly don't think I'll move to Windows for my next machine, I tend to stay one generation behind to reduce the costs. Probably a current generation laptop will do the job fine. Best of luck to you.