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I'm not sure if this is the right area to post in, but if not it can be moved.

Anyways, I currently have a 2-year old ASUS G51Vx-A1 laptop (specs in sig), which I simply don't like anymore. I'm in the process of selling it, and am looking towards what to buy next. Biggest dilemma is what to get, a laptop or desktop.

If I go to the laptop route, I will get an ASUS G53SW-A1, which has the new 2nd generation i7 laptop CPUs, and the GTX 460M (192-bit, 1.5GB). Performance is about 20% better than my current card (and I believe on par with a GTX 550 Ti desktop card), so I ask: Will it be able to play newer games (such as BF3) in medium/high mixture at 1080p? I know it'll be much more intense than any other games released, judging by the demos seen at E3, so I want to upgrade my old GTX 260M.

And then, the most important question perhaps...If I were to get a new laptop, I wouldn't be able to get build my own desktop for perhaps the next 3 years, which I've always wanted to do since I entered high school. So I have three options:
  1. I buy a laptop now and not be able to build a desktop for a long time
  2. Sell my laptop and build a desktop now, keep it for the next 4-5 years (till I get out of college...I'm a rising senior right now)
  3. Keep my laptop and wait till next summer to build a desktop
Main difference between option 2. and 3. is how much difference will there be in technology to wait out a year for 2012's new Intel and Nvidia offerings?

Sorry for the long post, I kind of just spilled whatever I had balled up in my mind :\\

In a nutshell, TL;DR:
  • Is the technology available next year summer for desktops worth waiting for (given that I have a decent machine to last a year more for me)?
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bump..
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Keep laptop until IB [22nm] and AMD/Nvidia next gen [28nm] are out. [End of the year/early next]
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Keep the laptop for now and wait till next summer. A desktop built next summer will last way longer than any laptop now. You will be glad you waited.
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hmm, the ivy bridges dont seem to be innovating anything new to the market, ofcourse there will be that performance boost (20% is decent), but other than that, small fab = less heat, less power..that's it?

what about holding off till haswell (rumored '13, again, very little info)? and i guess for gaming, ive started leaning towards consoles for the sheer simplicity, i dont need to keep my mind worrying that this b****a** laptop runs 103C while gaming and 80C idling. So i can keep on gaming on consoles till i get a desktop
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