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Should I sell the Puddle Of Red for a nice laptop? I am currently a student, and lack the time/interest for gaming, which is basically all my sig rig is good for. If I did sell it, it would be for around $1,500 on Craigslist, or here, and I would be looking to spend that on a laptop.

Laptops I have in mind (Max Performance to Battery Life Ratio)
-ASUS G53/G51
-Alienware M15x
-I really don't know much about laptops, but the M15x is still my choice.

Do you guys think this is a good decision? Or will I be wishing I had the sig rig again after the sale?

The only thing that puts me off about laptops is that you can't really upgrade them, so once you buy one, you are stuck with it. Except for RAM/ Hard drive
    
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post #2 of 21
Even though those laptops are great, i wouldn't sell...it can serve many other purposes besides gaming...like folding...
but that's just me...If you don't need it/use it, why not? you can carry the laptop and use it outdoors, that sig rig not so much...
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post #3 of 21
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Originally Posted by snelan View Post
Should I sell the Puddle Of Red for a nice laptop? I am currently a student, and lack the time/interest for gaming, which is basically all my sig rig is good for. If I did sell it, it would be for around $1,500 on Craigslist, or here, and I would be looking to spend that on a laptop.

Laptops I have in mind (Max Performance to Battery Life Ratio)
-ASUS G53/G51
-Alienware M15x
-I really don't know much about laptops, but the M15x is still my choice.

Do you guys think this is a good decision? Or will I be wishing I had the sig rig again after the sale?

The only thing that puts me off about laptops is that you can't really upgrade them, so once you buy one, you are stuck with it. Except for RAM/ Hard drive
Actually you can upgrade. I have upgraded the video card on numerous Dell laptops. Setting all that aside, the video cards run extremely hot and I have yet to have any laptop with a good video card last more than a year and a half without failing. This is the reason I know you can upgrade the video card in laptops. Recently my entire family has gone back to desktops. I say keep your desktop.
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post #4 of 21
Buy a cheap netbook for like $200.
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post #5 of 21
I thought of doing this myself. But....

...if something like the motherboard goes out, it cost alot to replace. You can do it yourself, no problem. But you can't just take a few screws out. You can't slap in some new motherboard in. It has to be the exact one which will be hard to come by and probably be "used as is" condition off eBay.

Laptops are a pain to take apart. Few different sized/length screws you need to keep track where they went. Getting knocked off or lost.

Theft... it's easy to steal a laptop. A $1,500 stolen laptop will probably leave you crying in bed for a few days.

Personally, I've had two different laptops in early mid 2000. One was $1100 or something. Sometime after a year the power jack on the motherboard broke. I was in the military and didn't have the time or the place to repair it. I knew what needed to be done, Best Buy wanted like $400 to replace the motherboard. Other shops wanted almost $200 to repair the jack. I ended up buying another laptop that was around $1800. I piss you not, little over a year after I purchased it, actually right when I got out of the military, the power jack on the laptop broke. I still had the older laptop and ended up fixing both of them. I gave the older one to my uncle... who than punched the screen out of anger... Anyways, now mine after 6-7 years went poop on me. I'm not sure if it's the battery, power charger, or motherboard. Diagnosing a laptop isn't as easy as a PC is.

Just buy a used cheap laptop. You say you lack of PC gaming but you want a beastly gaming laptop... Get a laptop for school and game on your beastly Puddle of Red.

If you do buy a laptop, get one that's new and has a lifetime full service spill/drop/theft warranty.
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post #6 of 21
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Ok, I'll keep the Puddle of Red then, and try to work on the RMA of my M11x.
    
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post #7 of 21
If you already have an M11x why would you want to sell your sig rig for a laptop :x
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If you already have an M11x why would you want to sell your sig rig for a laptop :x
^ this
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post #9 of 21
Keep your rig and buy a netbook as I did. You get long battery life in something so small and perfect to carry around college plus they are sooo cheap.
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post #10 of 21
If you are living in the dorms or other unsecured and shared housing arrangements then I would actually caution against a laptop, as they are waaay easier to steal. Its sad but it happens.

Otherwise at that age you tend to need to be more mobile. I would try and avoid 17" gaming notebooks though as that kind of defeats the purpose. Their are some good 15" notebooks, I think you linked the Asus.

Someone mentions keeping the rig and getting a netbook. That is not a terrible idea either, although honestly atom based netbooks are SLOOOOW. Get a cheap 14.1" laptop which is easy to travel with, you can buy entry level models for under $400.
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