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Windows 7: Gaming on a Desktop Computer VERSUS Gaming on a laptop

11 Feb 2010   #11
Thorsen

Win7 Home Premium 64x
 
 

ok so whatever you pick:

Make sure it does not have an integrated graphics chip (this is the major fail of low end gaming laptops as it doesn't have its own dedicated RAM(among other reasons)).

The faster hd at 7200 rpm, faster DDR3 ram, and faster processors also draws more power.
all gaming laptops you find will have low battery life if the specs are good enough.

Advice from others as well is to check out Dell Alienware as those are high-end gaming laptops.


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11 Feb 2010   #12
Stevy22

Windows 7 and MAC
 
 

Thats rigt dude... Welcome to the conversation !!!!!!!!
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11 Feb 2010   #13
valtonray

Windows 7 Ultimate Signature Edition
 
 

personally i do most of my gaming on a desktop. it's easier to swallow the initial price knowing that i can upgrade the computer as needed for a fraction of buying a new system. your top of the line gaming laptop is going to start struggling with newer games usually within 2 years of purchase and upgrading a laptop works better in theory than in practice. not to mention regardless of your budget your going to get a better system for the money from a desktop.
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11 Feb 2010   #14
Thorsen

Win7 Home Premium 64x
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by valtonray View Post
personally i do most of my gaming on a desktop. it's easier to swallow the initial price knowing that i can upgrade the computer as needed for a fraction of buying a new system. your top of the line gaming laptop is going to start struggling with newer games usually within 2 years of purchase and upgrading a laptop works better in theory than in practice. not to mention regardless of your budget your going to get a better system for the money from a desktop.
Agreed. While I wanted a top of the line gaming desktop, I also wanted a laptop for the past year and found a happy medium. my laptop is way faster than my previous desktop and serves both functions of being a dual monitor desktop setup and a portable laptop. so it worked for me. I know i will have to upgrade in a few years, but otherwise, I would not have an excuse to tell my wife.....so in a few years I will get that setup as well, but for now, this works and I get to play with Win7 64x and all. So my cake and icing and eating it too.

(by that time also the 8core 5ghz processors and 64gb of ram will be commonplace....hopefully)
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11 Feb 2010   #15
sygnus21

Windows 10 Pro
 
 
for gamers...

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by JordanJP View Post
In your opinion, what do you think are the pros and cons of gaming on a desktop computer and a laptop computer ?
The biggest issue with laptops and gaming has to do with video cards. Unless you get an expensive laptop that allows you to replace/upgrade the video card on the fly, you'll be stuck with whatever card it has. And as we all know, video cards are the biggest show stoppers in gaming.

For gamers, every ounce of performance counts, and besides the CPU, video cards have a huge impact on games. The fact that desktops more accommodating at allowing you to replace a video card on the fly, or any other upgrade, clearly make the desktop the better choice for gamers.

Yes, you could have a gaming laptop built to your liking, but upgrading it down to road could prove to be problematic, limited, and expensive. You don’t have this problem with desktops.

My two cents.
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11 Feb 2010   #16
valtonray

Windows 7 Ultimate Signature Edition
 
 

if you really want a laptop you could get a full size budget model for around 400-450 USD which can often be covered in the price difference between gaming desktops and gaming laptops.
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11 Feb 2010   #17
sygnus21

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by valtonray View Post
if you really want a laptop you could get a full size budget model for around 400-450 USD which can often be covered in the price difference between gaming desktops and gaming laptops.
And how is a 400-450 USD laptop going to fair in today's gaming environment may I ask?

The OP asked about a "gaming" laptop or desktop and stated money wasn't an issue.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by JordanJP View Post
I'm hoping in the next several months to own a fairly decent gaming system, whether it be laptop or desktop. However I'm still undecided as to what I really want.

Money won't be an issue for me, I guess my main desire out of this would be to acquire a system that will last me a long time and that I can get my moneys worth from it for a while to come.
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11 Feb 2010   #18
blackroseMD1

Windows 10 Tech Preview 9926 x64
 
 

I have to agree with the folks that say a desktop is a better choice. Sure, it's not portable, but being able to switch out components whenever you want makes it a no brainer for me.

Even if you buy a top of the line laptop with an awesome graphics card today, a year or two from now it won't be able to handle newer games, and you will be stuck with the graphics card that came with it.

My advice: go to newegg, or wherever you buy your parts, and just build yourself a desktop to your specifications. That way, you can always upgrade the GPU, CPU etc. later.
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11 Feb 2010   #19
AstaLaVista

Windows 7 x64 (Ultimate)
 
 

To me this is like comparing apples to oranges and expect a good answer either towards the apples or towards the oranges... It'll never happen.

Laptop advantage = movility.

Desktop advantage = Gaming Galore + everything else not needing movility.
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11 Feb 2010   #20
sygnus21

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AstaLaVista View Post
Laptop advantage = movility.

Desktop advantage = Gaming Galore + everything else not needing movility.
movility? or Mobility

Mobility: the ability to move about.
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