Originally Posted by kyismaster
not to mention you can resell parts in your PC.
You can resell laptop components, in fact, I completely parted the M18x in my sig recently. Most gaming laptops have upgradeable CPUs, GPUs, RAM, HDDs, Wifi Cards, Screens, etc...
New laptops are far better performance wise than old ones. Yeah, a laptop performance for dollar will never beat out a desktop, but I have found that having a laptop is far more convenient for me than a desktop. I have used a laptop as a primary machine for almost 2 years now and I have been happy with it. I've done a lot of swapping and trading, mostly sticking with used or refurbished alienware m18x notebooks. Ive gotten the performance I need, with the portability I need, and been able to play the games I want without hiccups. I also havent broken the bank doing it. The most expensive laptop I have purchased was $1600 witha 2760QM, 8gb DDR3, 128gb SSD, Crossfire 6990s, and this was shortly after the 7970m came out. It blazed through BF3 on pretty much max settings.
A lot of people buy an $600 laptop that just happens to have a dedicated card in it, but don't sit the laptop on a notebook cooler, or take into consideration that there is 1 heat pipe for a CPU and GPU. Those same people then overclock the GPU, or Don't cap FPS, or watch their temps and the laptop fails. I also don't understand how a laptop just "slows down" If you take the time to maintain it like a desktop, and don't let it get over bloated with crap running in the OS, they last for quite a long time.
Newer gaming laptops (Asus G Series, Sagers MXM slot laptops, MSI, Alienware, etc...) all have better cooling systems then the $699 special at best buy. I feel like people say "oh laptops overheat and are slow", but If common sense is used, they're fine. I always game with mine on a notebook cooler, and it helps to keep air flow moving through the bottom and into the intake and I usually cap my FPS at 60 so I don't need to worry about the GPUs cranking harder than they need to. I have also had much success overclocking laptop GPUs and running my CPUs on the factory OCs that Dell provides.
I won't say they are free from downfalls though. Upgrade ability can be limiting. Especially in the GPU area. Generally it is only safe to assume that the laptop can accept up to the highest end card of that generation. So for example, if you bought something with a 760m in it, don't expect to be able to put anything but a 780m or current AMD equivalent in it. Often times they can accept a year beyond, especially in the sagers. I know alienware m15x and m17x notebooks that have the original i7 CPUs which could accept the 7970s and 680s in them. I know of people with M18x-R1s that were originally equipped with 580s that are running 780s now. It can also be extremely expensive to move to the next top tier GPU, so that can be a limit too. I am generally too cheap to shell out the $6-800 needed to upgrade the GPU to the new top tier, I end up reselling and buying what I want, or sticking with what I have.
I think the most sound advice thus far is thinking about your usage. I know you have a desktop now, so i'm sure you spend a lot of time on it at a desk. If you would prefer to be in the living room, or bring your hardware to a friends house or to lans, or travel with it regularly then a laptop can be a very viable solution.
For a long time, I kept up a midrange desktop, generally sticking with the nvidia GTX x60 range GPU, and overclocking when I needed.I also had a lower end gaming laptop in the $1200 range for mobility. I also enjoy sitting on the couch, watching movies or Sunday football while running through D3 or playing some rounds of BF3/4.Edited by identitycrisis - 3/16/14 at 7:09pm