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September 27, 2012 9:26:43 PM

Hello everyone, recently my computer has been giving out so I have been looking for a new computer to buy. However this time I want something good, something that can run games on ultra/high settings without lagging. Normally I buy a 400-500 dollar pre assembled desktop every few years or so but Im getting tired of having to replace my whole computer every few years.

I have wanted a laptop for a long time, I can watch movies in my bed, bring it over to my friends and take it with me for music when we go camping. But I have been looking at some gaming laptops under $1000 and some are very nice however I am able to find gaming desktops with better specs for $200-$300 dollars cheaper. I know that gaming desktops will always have better specs for a cheaper price because most of what you pay for in a laptop is the portability.

Is it worth it to spend the extra money for a laptop? I dont really play anything too graphics heavy. My main games that I play are Counter Strike GO, Mount and Blade Warband and Left 4 Dead 2 but I still want something that will be able to play modern games on high settings. Also with a laptop I will be able to get rid of this massive behemoth of a desk that takes up way too much space. I already have nice keyboard and mouse and a 24 inch 3D monitor so screen size isnt really an issue as I will most likely be using my big monitor unless I watch movies or take it out of the house. More then likely I will be getting a laptop but I am not sure on which one to choose. If anyone could suggest a good gaming laptop for under $1000 I would very much appreciate it :p 

Some of the laptops I have been looking at :
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0082PRC1U/?tag=gaminglaptops0...

http://www.ibuypower.com/Store/Battalion_101_CZ-13_Gami... (would upgrade to 8 gig RAM)

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September 27, 2012 9:46:32 PM

All things being equal, desktops will always be the superior gaming platform to laptops.

Consider building yourself a nice gaming desktop, then get a tablet or something for watching videos in bed or all the portable things you were looking to do. You could even get a cheap netbook for the non-gaming tasks.
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September 28, 2012 1:29:02 AM

Gaming laptop is the same as PC, as you see the most powerful 12 cell battery in http://amazon.com and http://okakkus.de only can afford video game 3-4 hours playing, without the battery the laptop is the same as PC. But PC is more cheap and CPU is more powerful.
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September 28, 2012 1:51:24 AM

sos85 said:
Gaming laptop is the same as PC, as you see the most powerful 12 cell battery in http://amazon.com and http://okakkus.de only can afford video game 3-4 hours playing, without the battery the laptop is the same as PC. But PC is more cheap and CPU is more powerful.


im sorry, but the battery is not the only things that makes a laptop different from a desktop.
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September 28, 2012 2:02:48 AM

leaderWON said:
dont forget the sff gaming desktop. my next build will be based off this: http://www.anandtech.com/show/6167/silverstone-sugo-sg0...

My media center is in that case :) 

With some mods, it can even take 2 3.5 inch hard drives without messing with the airflow or anything.

Only downside was the psu fan noise(mine has the 300 watt unit now with a quieter fan).

Run a i5 750 + 5770 just fine :) 

I even used it for some gaming and took it with me for a trip because it was soo small and powerful for the time it was built.

Best of all, it only takes about 180 watt from the wall with Prime95 + Just Cause 2 running. Thats damn good when my i7 920 was idling at 150 watts and this thing was loading on games alone about 140-150.
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