My question is will I really see much of a differance in these two or will they play about the same? Building will save me about $500 but take down the portability a bit. Also if I have put anything on this list that can be replaced with something that is just better please chime in. This is my first time building so I would like to make sure every thing here works together and will fit in the case. Thanks
Oh god yes there will be a difference. Your comparing a desktop with a 7970 in it to laptop, expect the laptop to be completely smashed.
Despite the similar names, laptop graphics cards are very much inferior to their desktop counterparts.
I know that just because they both say 7970 doesn't make them the same, but will the laptop really run that much slower. To the point where I will notice it playing games like LOL or gw2? I know that I can get a case that is easy to move, but its just not the same as a laptop. Having to tote a monitor and all that is a pain and not something I can always do. I'm very torn on the whole thing. Don't want to spend the money on something that I will regret. Thanks again
I guess it depends on how portable you need this system to be.
If your a LAN gamer primarily, I can imagine a small form factor build working quite well. Because it give the power of a desktop and will have relatively better mobility than a standard desktop (my case weighs 15kg when empty, not taking that to any LAN sessions soon).
If you want to game on the train or abroad then the laptops a better option, if only because you cant bring a desktop computer through customs (probably).
Chances are for the games you described there wouldnt be much of a difference between the two systems, but when you hit the more powerful games like BF3 you'l run into performance issues.
I have one of those bitfenix prodigies... I actually rebuilt my computer in one because I LAN a large amount. Sure, it's not nearly as portable as a laptop, and you get very strange looks taking it as a carry-on on an airplane (which was rather fun and novel, for me), but with an i5 and 670 in it, it's a good three to four times more powerful than any but the $3000 gaming laptops.
Mobile parts have to adjust for the fact that they get very little cooling... what that means, in the long and short of it, is that they SUCK. Think... half as powerful as the desktop versions, in the high-end cards. (It gets less extreme as one goes lower, due to lower heat expenditures on the desktop cards as they provide less speed.)
For the two games you mentioned, though, you want a desktop more than any other game. This isn't because of the GPU, but rather, because of the CPU. "Mobile" CPUs are also neutered when compared to desktop computers, and those games are CPU dependent.
Money saved would also leave room for this. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Making moving it that much easier. Did everything I listed in that build look like it could take what ever I throw at it okay and is it all able to work well together? I'm worried I will put something in there that's not compatible. Also this shouldn't fry anything being in a smaller case right? Don't want to melt the CPU or anything. Sorry for all the questions just scared I will mess up.