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I bought my first laptop about 2 years ago hoping it would last me 5 to play games on, its so outdated now that I can't play any new games. Reluctant on what to buy for my second one after building my desktop.
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post #12 of 31
Much less resale value, little to no upgradeability, extreme heat (I hate this the most since I'm a sweaty nut), heavy, expensive, want more? prepare to spend more on warranty since they tend to have a lot of problems after 1 year.
    
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Besides of which you can build a very very nice computer for $600 these days (assuming no monitor is being included in this) and with a decent (400w at least) power supply you're good for upgrades for years. Add in some sort of cheap laptop or tablet or high end smart phone (4-600) and you're in really good condition imo when that fire goes. What are you going to do play world of warcraft as you watch your house burn down? lol. Keep offsite backup or buy a fireproof safe/hard drive enclosure.
Just don't be like my coworker that bought some acer desktop with 300w power supply only a year ago and now wants to play diablo 3 when it comes out, build your own it's fun.
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With the money you save from buying a desktop, spend it on a home gym to start working out. In case of fire you will be so ripped you can just lug the PC with you.
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post #15 of 31
Quote:
Originally Posted by [nK]Sharp View Post
With the money you save from buying a desktop, spend it on a home gym to start working out. In case of fire you will be so ripped you can just lug the PC with you.
Best answer ever...
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post #16 of 31
the best laptops for gaming performance are equivalent to the best desktop that was available 4 years ago. most games haven't improved that much so you can get away with playing a lot of games.
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post #17 of 31
While I agree with the statement that Desktops are better than laptops because they're more value for the money, and that they are easier to keep updated, i have to disagree with some points such as cramped, and get too hot.

I got the ASUS G73 as a graduation present on Saturday, and boy this is a beast.
It packs a quad core with 8gb of ram and a GTX460M. I can play all games I play maxed such as BFBC2, CSS (obviously), Dirt 3, NFS Shift 2, TF2 etc.

While gaming, the laptop does get hot, yes, but not where it hurts. The heatsinks are aimed towards the rear instead of the bottom like most laptops. Its in my lap right now, and im writing it while playing css. It is not burning me what so ever. Yes, while gaming, it is best to have it plugged into an outlet because it A) delivers more power, and B) doesn't kill your battery.

However when you're not gaming, for me it lasts about 4 hours. I was just installing NFS Shift 2, while listening to music, and browsing the web heavily (multiple tabs, youtube, etc.). It definitely outlats my dads Toshiba dual core. Usually WIFI is the downfall of battery life such as in smartphones, but on this laptop its flawless.

The portability makes it that much greater. I have the 17" version and i couldnt be happier. Yes it weighs about 8 pounds, but the screen is crisp and clear, and I can play at a higher resolution than on my desktop. Obviously like i said, if you want to game you'll need to have it plugged in. A standard battery cannot deliver the juice to max the system. I see a great FPS increase while charging and this isnt because of power settings. My wrists are very comfortable and I have plenty of room left over.

The laptop is 1200 at best buy, and they have no financing for 18months, so you should look into it. I also got a free Xbox 360 with it since I'm a college student soon to be.
Edited by KrisBKreeme - 5/30/11 at 7:15pm
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post #18 of 31
Crappy, to wit:

1) Limited space for hardware to begin with
2) No upgradability
3) Hardware is designed for power conservation; hardly conducive to hardcore gaming.
4) Hardware (including CPU) is inferior to their desktop counterparts due to size, heat and power constrictions.
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post #19 of 31
Portable but at what cost? Everyone I know with laptops never takes them around - perhaps this explains current popularity of tablets. Laptops are just a pain to lug around. I know for a fact my parents laptop hasn't moved in 3 years.
A gaming laptop is an 8 pound major pain in the ass, too big for most bags and only lasts 2 hours battery! So great you have a 'portable' rig that you have to constantly sit by a wall outlet with. By contrast my mini itx rig w/ 460 doesn't have a monitor but weighs all of a few lbs and almost seems easier to lug around +upgradability.
If you have requirements for school/work I see a laptop as a useful thing but how often does one really need the portability of a huge gaming laptop? To play on the train? That's sure comfy. To play outside? How do you see on the ugly glossy screens included in every single laptop.
There are a couple very select fairly portable laptops that are portable and have dual graphics but they're few and far between and usually pricy from when I was researching a while ago.
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Portable but at what cost? Everyone I know with laptops never takes them around - perhaps this explains current popularity of tablets. Laptops are just a pain to lug around. I know for a fact my parents laptop hasn't moved in 3 years.
A gaming laptop is an 8 pound major pain in the ass, too big for most bags and only lasts 2 hours battery! So great you have a 'portable' rig that you have to constantly sit by a wall outlet with. By contrast my mini itx rig w/ 460 doesn't have a monitor but weighs all of a few lbs and almost seems easier to lug around +upgradability.
If you have requirements for school/work I see a laptop as a useful thing but how often does one really need the portability of a huge gaming laptop? To play on the train? That's sure comfy. To play outside? How do you see on the ugly glossy screens included in every single laptop.
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