Best Laptops for Gaming

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#1 Edited by OldManWade (12 posts) -

So after being a console gamer for a long time, I've decided to try to invest in PC gaming. However, the computer I have now can't really run 3D games very well.

I'm just looking for a laptop that I can carry around, but still give the best performance for PC gaming. What do you guys think are the best gaming laptops?

#2 Edited by EliHarel (4 posts) -

I'll jump on and ask that whoever answers add also a price, please. Thank you :)

#3 Edited by Horgen (110915 posts) -

How much are you willing to pay? They cost.

Atm I don't remember which ones are good. I do believe Alienware has some good ones, however they come with a rather expensive price tag.

#4 Posted by pelvist (5220 posts) -

Personally I wouldnt advise anyone to get a laptop for gaming. I always have a very good PC though which has left me dissatisfied by performance issues and how fast the laptops I have owned in the past degrade from regular use.

If you are going to do PC gaming do it right and get a good desktop PC, you will probably get more for your money too, even more so if you can get someone to build one for you. There are plenty of people on this forum will help you decide what parts to buy based on how much you want to spend.

#5 Edited by PredatorRules (8774 posts) -

Just for the knowledge, gaming laptops cost twice as much you'd get the same specs on PC.

as horgen123 said they cost.

for a good gaming laptop to run games on high graphics it costs about 1000$+

MSI http://www.amazon.com/MSI-Series-GE70-2OE-017US-17-3-Inch/dp/B00CU9GKU8/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1390313077&sr=8-2&keywords=gaming+laptop#productDetails

excellent gaming laptop, if I had the spare money I'd get this beast.

EDIT: I chose this one over Asus because it weights twice lighter and got faster HDD

#6 Edited by OldManWade (12 posts) -

@EliHarel: Somewhere around $1000 or so. If laptops are this expensive though, I'll just get a desktop.

#7 Posted by kraken2109 (13209 posts) -

If you don't need a laptop, a desktop is a much better option for gaming.

#8 Edited by bulby_g (1446 posts) -

My laptop runs all but the most demanding couple of games at ultra:

i7 4700mq

8GB Ram

HD8970M

It was a custom build from PCSpecialist.

I'd certainly agree though that you shouldn't get a laptop for gaming unless you need one for a specific reason. My desktop is older, cost less and still performs better than the laptop.

#9 Edited by Horgen (110915 posts) -

@PredatorRules said:

Just for the knowledge, gaming laptops cost twice as much you'd get the same specs on PC.

as horgen123 said they cost.

for a good gaming laptop to run games on high graphics it costs about 1000$+

MSI http://www.amazon.com/MSI-Series-GE70-2OE-017US-17-3-Inch/dp/B00CU9GKU8/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1390313077&sr=8-2&keywords=gaming+laptop#productDetails

excellent gaming laptop, if I had the spare money I'd get this beast.

EDIT: I chose this one over Asus because it weights twice lighter and got faster HDD

Weight is another issue with gaming laptops... 6 pounds isn't that bad, but you will notice it over a day if you drag it along. Others are more than 10lbs... Well you can always look at it as a light exercise to drag it around then. :P Battery life isn't the best either I think with these laptops.

If you don't need a laptop, but do want a portable gaming machine, then perhaps a small ITX build would be to prefer. Sure it also means you need to drag along a monitor for gaming. Both (laptop and desktop) do require a power outlet if you want to do some serious gaming... I can't imagine a laptop lasting more than 30-40 on battery if you are gaming.

#10 Edited by PredatorRules (8774 posts) -

@horgen123 said:

@PredatorRules said:

Just for the knowledge, gaming laptops cost twice as much you'd get the same specs on PC.

as horgen123 said they cost.

for a good gaming laptop to run games on high graphics it costs about 1000$+

MSI http://www.amazon.com/MSI-Series-GE70-2OE-017US-17-3-Inch/dp/B00CU9GKU8/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1390313077&sr=8-2&keywords=gaming+laptop#productDetails

excellent gaming laptop, if I had the spare money I'd get this beast.

EDIT: I chose this one over Asus because it weights twice lighter and got faster HDD

Weight is another issue with gaming laptops... 6 pounds isn't that bad, but you will notice it over a day if you drag it along. Others are more than 10lbs... Well you can always look at it as a light exercise to drag it around then. :P Battery life isn't the best either I think with these laptops.

If you don't need a laptop, but do want a portable gaming machine, then perhaps a small ITX build would be to prefer. Sure it also means you need to drag along a monitor for gaming. Both (laptop and desktop) do require a power outlet if you want to do some serious gaming... I can't imagine a laptop lasting more than 30-40 on battery if you are gaming.

MSI is planning to release even lighter laptop later this year so that's good but I think it'll cost extra because of those light materials.

BitFenix Prodigy is excellent for travels, I mean taking gaming to your vecation.

And yes, I game with fully charged battery and an hour doesn't pass and it alerts me to charge it again =( But that's what you excpect from 100% usage of hardware.

#11 Edited by Horgen (110915 posts) -

@PredatorRules: Or they cut down on the battery.

#12 Posted by PredatorRules (8774 posts) -

@horgen123 said:

@PredatorRules: Or they cut down on the battery.

I don't think they'll do that unless it's meant for gaming only, they still need to concider that it's a laptop and should function like one with 8 hour battery for travels.

#13 Edited by adamosmaki (9799 posts) -

If you want my opinion you are much better off building a desktop for $650-700 which will offer more performance than a $1400 laptop and if you need a laptop as well get a cheap $400-500 one with an Apu from AMD that will suffice for light gaming when you are on the move

#14 Posted by dougmorr1s0n (2 posts) -

@PredatorRules said:

Just for the knowledge, gaming laptops cost twice as much you'd get the same specs on PC.

as horgen123 said they cost.

for a good gaming laptop to run games on high graphics it costs about 1000$+

MSI http://www.amazon.com/MSI-Series-GE70-2OE-017US-17-3-Inch/dp/B00CU9GKU8/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1390313077&sr=8-2&keywords=gaming+laptop#productDetails

excellent gaming laptop, if I had the spare money I'd get this beast.

EDIT: I chose this one over Asus because it weights twice lighter and got faster HDD

WOW, my first (and last) gaming laptop weighed approx. 12 pounds!

I would honestly split my budget on this now, $500 or so is actually reasonable to build both a much better gaming rig and a decent laptop as well.

I get the appeal still on all in one, but you'll end up being able to update the desktop later too.

The one thing I'll always wonder is why laptop makers skimp on major parts. The AC cable is just a simple knock from breaking the tip or ripping the port off in the laptop (I repair computers for a living), license or modify the MagSafe cord please.

#15 Edited by EliHarel (4 posts) -

Alright, I'm convinced. Desktop it is. I'm just at the very initial steps of even considering, so I'm still trying to get a clear picture of what to expect. When I'm thinking of a new computer, what I have in mind is something that will be able to run Dragon Age 3 and The Witcher 3 at very high levels. Is it pointless, since the games aren't even out yet? Or is there a way of preparing, of anticipating the requirements for these two?

If it's possible to plan ahead of time, how much would such a computer cost? I'm an RPG fan. I'll probably play mostly those. Maybe some strategy games as well (StarCraft? Total War?). But still, I understand that games like The Witcher offer a competition to the top FPS games, in terms of system requirements?

Also, OldManWade, sorry if I'm hijacking your thread! I hope that these questions are relevant to you as well. I just don't want another thread about something so similar.

#17 Edited by PredatorRules (8774 posts) -

@EliHarel said:

Alright, I'm convinced. Desktop it is. I'm just at the very initial steps of even considering, so I'm still trying to get a clear picture of what to expect. When I'm thinking of a new computer, what I have in mind is something that will be able to run Dragon Age 3 and The Witcher 3 at very high levels. Is it pointless, since the games aren't even out yet? Or is there a way of preparing, of anticipating the requirements for these two?

If it's possible to plan ahead of time, how much would such a computer cost? I'm an RPG fan. I'll probably play mostly those. Maybe some strategy games as well (StarCraft? Total War?). But still, I understand that games like The Witcher offer a competition to the top FPS games, in terms of system requirements?

Also, OldManWade, sorry if I'm hijacking your thread! I hope that these questions are relevant to you as well. I just don't want another thread about something so similar.

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2Fxcj

This will make sure you play upcoming games on max graphics (just don't excpect 4k gaming on max =)