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Gaming Laptop? ($1k-$1.5k)

Just wanted to see what laptop could fit my needs. I know a desktop will outperform a laptop any day but just wanted to see some options. You can't carry a desktop with you :P I have heard of a few who have built their own, yet I am not sure if this is easy or very advanced. I will be playing BF3, Mechwarrior Online, and Planetside 2 mainly. I need all parts and if not a build just a nice laptop will do. I live in Pennsylvania.
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    Save yourself the trouble of building a laptop. It's very difficult.

    Building your own desktop will save you plenty of money, and also will be a great learning experience along with getting quality parts, if you choose to.

    For your desktop
    PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/mQR7
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/mQR7/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/mQR7/benchmarks/

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($169.99 @ Microcenter)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($94.99 @ Amazon)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($35.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($96.00 @ B&H)
    Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($352.00 @ NCIX US)
    Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.99 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: Corsair Professional 750W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($109.99 @ NCIX US)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $1001.93
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

    With that, you could get a cheap $500 laptop or something. As laptops are kind of big ripoffs, but this one is decent.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834230592

    IMO: I would get the desktop, then spend $500 on a apu laptop. You'll get the best bang for your buck there, as laptops are not the most reliable for gaming.

    If you want a different case, you can tell me. I know many cases that would provide good airflow, at a reasonable price. Also stylish ones.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119160
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147053
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119225&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-na-_-na-_-na&AID=10446076&PID=3938566&SID=
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146074&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-na-_-na-_-na&AID=10446076&PID=3938566&SID=
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  3. lchrisk said:
    Save yourself the trouble of building a laptop. It's very difficult.

    Building your own desktop will save you plenty of money, and also will be a great learning experience along with getting quality parts, if you choose to.

    For your desktop
    PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/mQR7
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/mQR7/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/mQR7/benchmarks/

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($169.99 @ Microcenter)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($94.99 @ Amazon)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($35.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($96.00 @ B&H)
    Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($352.00 @ NCIX US)
    Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.99 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: Corsair Professional 750W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($109.99 @ NCIX US)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $1001.93
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

    With that, you could get a cheap $500 laptop or something. As laptops are kind of big ripoffs, but this one is decent.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834230592

    IMO: I would get the desktop, then spend $500 on a apu laptop. You'll get the best bang for your buck there, as laptops are not the most reliable for gaming.

    If you want a different case, you can tell me. I know many cases that would provide good airflow, at a reasonable price. Also stylish ones.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119160
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147053
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119225&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-na-_-na-_-na&AID=10446076&PID=3938566&SID=
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146074&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-na-_-na-_-na&AID=10446076&PID=3938566&SID=


    I have a good desktop build set up already for ~$2000 but thanks for the deterrence from laptops. Looking into it more, they cost much more and offer lower performance.
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