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I wanted a dream computer desktop but then i thought..what if my house catches on fire or i want to take it with me..soo laptop? So how are laptops as opposed to desktops for gaming?
post #2 of 31
Cramped. Granted, there are some heavy hitters (with pricetags that rival mid-high end desktops) I just find them too small for me.
post #3 of 31
Some laptops can be good for gaming but it wont beat the upgradeability of a desktop. Desktops are generally more value for money aswell.
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You will never get the performance of a good gaming rig out of a laptop, and if you do it will end up costing you about twice as much. As for if you want to take it with you ever heard of a lan party?
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I wouldn't go with a laptop. They're a lot more expensive, a lot less powerful, and get outdated extremely quickly and can't be upgraded. Plus, almost all gaming laptops have poor battery life, are heavy, and get really hot.
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post #6 of 31
You just have mobility on laptop. But Desktop will be best in upgrade ability and easy to fix.
post #7 of 31
It's alright, some are pretty good, if you don't want to fully max everything and can compromise, $1000 - $1500 will get you something good.
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Gaming laptops are extremely expensive for what you get, which is nowhere near what you can get with a custom desktop. In general, £1,000 buys you a decent gaming laptop but £1,000 can buy you a stunning gaming desktop, custom-built. Laptops lack upgradability as well so besides adding some more RAM and perhaps changing the HDD for an SSD, you won't get any more out of it. I don't think laptops are as comfortable for gaming either, with their fixed keyboard-to-screen distance and placement. They also get mighty warm.

In short, if you're serious about gaming, get a custom-built desktop. If you're going to do some casual gaming and absolutely need the portability, invest in a decent laptop but don't expect to max out games or expect it to last you as long for running all the latest games, unless you drop a shell-load of money into it. My concrete recommendation is to scrap the idea of a gaming laptop altogether and get a custom-built desktop. We here at OCN will be more than happy to help you decide on the specifications and pricing for your budget.
Edited by Gib007 - 5/30/11 at 6:22pm
    
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post #9 of 31
Check out Sager laptops. You can find some benchies I did with mine in my sig.
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post #10 of 31
Yeah gaming laptops are a waste unless you love reselling them year after year. My gaming laptop from 2 years ago is so outdated it's only just good enough for being my htpc. Holy damn that asus is quiet though. Surprised it has a fan really.
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