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post #1 of 23
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Well, it's time to decide where I'm going to go with my techy self.

Not to long ago, my gaming rig died. It wasn't the best thing in the world, but it was still nice, but recently, the motherboard in it died and it has left me with just using my netbook for a couple months now. My gaming situation has been crap, but I recently got a PS3 from a friend, and it's got me thinking...

I'm thinking that maybe it's time I ditch the giant brick on the desk and move on to going with just a laptop. My netbook isn't doing it for me entirely, but I feel like I could comfortably live with a laptop instead of a desktop. Now don't get me wrong, I still would love to play games like TF2, Oblivion, Garrys Mod, etc, but really, I wouldn't be missing out on any huge releases as they're all coming out on consoles, and I'm only missing Xbox exclusives at the moment if I go this route.

I think I might go this route or something... Sell off the working parts in my PC (possibly keeping the hard drive and/or SSD for my self for the time being), sell my netbook, then buy a laptop that can at least play Source games and what not...

It kind of makes sense. Laptops use far less power then desktops, more portable, and I'd only have to pay for a new one every few years instead of constantly buying new parts every few months... Same with consoles. Got my gaming fix for years with games that will work as soon as I put in the disk in most cases...

I'm by no means someone who frets over getting every last detail of textures pumped out of my machine. I've never seen such a huge difference over console and PC games to make such a fuss over. In the end, a game is meant to be fun, and, to me, it doesn't matter if I'm using a mouse and keyboard or a controller. I've had fun using both!

What should I do?
post #2 of 23
Depends on what you need. If you never plan on using your laptop for gaming or intensive purposes outside of your house its a waste. Just get a desktop and use your netbook.

If you give us a price I can assist you in finding the best laptop for your money.
post #3 of 23
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Well I wouldn't use a laptop for super high end gaming, just Source games (and those aren't that hard to run in the first place, which is great), and stuff like Civ and Starcraft II. I would go out and stuff, hang out with friends and the like, as well as get me out of my room more while still doing what I would normally do on my desktop. Chat, surf the internet, occasional game. My netbook has, no question, done most of that, but it's just to slow for me. There are some developmental programs I use that my netbook can't handle very well, so there's that...

As for price? I don't know exactly, nothing is set in stone, but I'm aiming for around $500-600 at the moment. Keep in mind that I don't like huge laptops. I don't want something that is simply going to sit on my desk, acting like a desktop. If it was at all possible, I'd love to simply get a gaming worthy 13" laptop or something.

I have a friend with a 13" Macbook Pro, and it feels like the perfect screen size for a laptop for me. Heck, if I had the money for it, I'd probably just get a Macbook Pro as I already know that they'll play source games, Civ, and Starcraft II as well as the developmental tools I use. But in the end, I don't really want to spend a whole lot on it.

Also, keep in mind that I don't mind if you find something perfect that doesn't have a disk drive. It's not that hard to get an external and I find I would rarely ever use one to begin with.
post #4 of 23
Thats m11x range. If you wanted to spend more, you could get a G series from asus.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16834220733
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-796-_-Product
^just realized they had huge screens ****
Or at 800 you get a sandybridge with a 540m for optimus
http://www.xoticpc.com/sager-np5160-...er-p-2999.html
post #5 of 23
Thread Starter 
$800 may be pushing it, but nothing is out side the realm of possibility.

That last option looks interesting though, might be able to keep the SSD from my desktop with that?
post #6 of 23
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$800 may be pushing it, but nothing is out side the realm of possibility.

That last option looks interesting though, might be able to keep the SSD from my desktop with that?
Yes. It doesnt have dual HDD bays, so you'll have to remove the HDD thats comes with it, or take out the optical. Alternatively you may be able to order it without the HDD and save a few bucks, not sure though, because I dont use xoticpc but they are basically an over good company and should be able to tell you.
post #7 of 23
Thread Starter 
Well, it doesn't matter to much at the moment, I don't have the money for this at the moment.

Possibly go cheaper? Try not to having gaming in mind. I don't need to have the settings set to max. I've helped a friend get a laptop, and while I was messing with it, I got a 4250 to play Oblivion alright. Obviously a 4250 is a bit low end, but I'm not aiming for high end either.
post #8 of 23
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16834115986
+$10 newegg giftcard with purchase.
Probably the best bang for your buck (for a new laptop) if you dont mind the resolution.
post #9 of 23
Thread Starter 
What $10 gift card?

Anyway, that looks great for what I'm going to use it for. The resolution doesn't bother me. It's better then 1024x600.
post #10 of 23
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Originally Posted by BenRK View Post
What $10 gift card?

Anyway, that looks great for what I'm going to use it for. The resolution doesn't bother me. It's better then 1024x600.
If I were you, I'd just re-build your desktop or build another one if at all possible purely for gaming, and keep your netbook for chatting and stuff. Laptops in general have a tendency to overheat very easily due to having poor cooling/airflow, even those with low-power eco-friendly, low TDP wattage components, so these high end laptops will do the same, and may even die quicker than the average laptop. Dell/Alienware are pretty awful in terms of quality control, and while I understand your need for portable gaming (I also looked into this ages ago) I wouldn't recommend you to buy a laptop for gaming.

EDIT: and it doesn't have to be a "brick on the desk" as you put it, you could well build a micro ATX/mini itx rig which can compare with a Xbox 360 size-wise, and still run cool (unlike the consoles).
Edited by Am* - 3/24/11 at 12:45pm
    
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