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buyer beware laptops arnt the best for gaming

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Initial post: Jul 29, 2012, 12:59:10 PM PDT
K. Geddings says:
Just a note to you guys out there. it is really best if your a gamer to just find a desktop PC for the price you can get a better deal as laptop hardware graphics wise seem to cost more and sometimes do less.

plus you have much greater risk of laptops overheating, i have cusins and they all have loptops and many of them had to replace theirs because it overheated.

yeah if your on the game it sounds good but if you have limited money you might want to invest in a good gaming pc and then later on get a decent laptop that can do some games but...isnt your primiary gaming pc.

another key thing to note when getting a laptop for gaming

MAKE sure to check the graphics card on it. and do your research first. you might find a good price with good memory good processer and what but often times to save money they stick the entry level graphics card onto the thing and you will end up running into problems down the road.

just some advice, again also laptops are in much greater risks of overheating and just because they can go through more wear and tear then desktops (as actually moving around and not just sitting in one place) you just in the long term run the risk more. of problems.

just some advice!

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 2, 2012, 7:03:01 AM PDT
WolfPup says:
No question desktops are a better value, and more upgradeable, and probably more reliable too, but still a notebook can be a great gaming system. I switched over 3 years ago and haven't really had any issues.

BUT one thing that's super annoying right now is "switchable graphics", which causes all kinds of problems, and most notebooks have it. They even try to pawn it off as a "feature".

Heck, I know of at least one DESKTOP with Floptimus now....

Posted on Aug 15, 2012, 7:17:20 PM PDT
Sn says:
And AMD Enduro.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 17, 2012, 5:47:12 PM PDT
CCH says:
Yes....definitely. I hate it when people ask me "Why can't I run this game well it says I have Intel HD 3000/Intel i7 graphics it should be HD why isn't it?"
Then they learn how terrible their graphics are and they just ask "How do I replace my laptop graphics card/CPU?"
Which is impossible, obviously.

And also, get a laptop cooling pad if you've got a powerful laptop. I've got a very powerful HP, but the cooling isn't that great, so I've got a nice cooler on it to keep it under reasonable temperatures while gaming.

And don't expect good battery life out of it. People complain of the battery life in gaming laptops, but don't realize that when you run that kind of hardware, you need more power.

And don't expect it to be very mobile either.

This is why when my friend asked me for tips on a new gaming laptop, I suggested building a gaming computer instead. Now he's got a gaming PC that is more powerful than any gaming laptop on the market currently, and will last at least 4 years. And upgrades are as simple as opening the side.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 18, 2012, 8:40:27 AM PDT
WolfPup says:
Yeah, when I used to (for fun) do tech support over on the Dell forums a huuuuuge number of people would buy systems with Intel video, and then be really sad/upset that they couldn't run anything on it right.

I love desktops, but I need to take my PC with me at night...half seriously considering buying Dell's x51 though, as it fits in SOME notebook bags, at least! It's actually about the size of a 17" notebook, just wider, so mostly just depends on whether there's enough width in a large notebook bag.

Posted on Oct 28, 2012, 11:43:51 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 28, 2012, 11:46:02 PM PDT
Orwell says:
The advice from the first post (K. Geddings) is correct. Heavy gaming requires cooling for reliability in the long run. And these gaming laptops cost four figures as well. A gaming laptop should be used as a performance machine for work etc. I am in the market for that and considering as they are very competitive. My use is centered on graphics and on multitasking for which this would work very well. I already have a desktop and need a powerful 15 inch laptop which is moved around occasionally.
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