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« on: October 01, 2012, 05:36:50 PM »

We just sold our house and are moving to a really nice all season log home. The thing is, we're down sizing a fair bit with our cabin in the woods. My wife who does everything on her laptop, no gaming though, ask me if there was any way I could get rid of my space consuming Desktop PC?

I really haven't even considered this alternative till now. In all honesty is playing new games on a laptop even worthwhile thinking about?
Is Alienware a good line to look at by Dell?

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« Reply #1 on: October 01, 2012, 06:34:32 PM »

All the laptop aficionados can give you better advice than me.

fwiw, you can buy very good (imho) all-in-one PCs now that squeeze all the components into the back of the screen (yes, like the iMac does). Some of the ones I've seen don't use laptop components, but I'm not sure how user-upgradeable most models are. If you used one of those with a wireless keyboard and mouse, you probably wouldn't use up much space.

Vizio for example:
http://www.vizio.com/all-in-one/overview
*They have laptops too though I'm sure people will refer you to the various gaming laptop places.

Lastly, didn't you see The Evil Dead, or Cabin in the Woods? Why would you want to move to a cabin in the woods? Are you NUTS???  paranoid  We put the fun in funeral
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« Reply #2 on: October 01, 2012, 07:06:21 PM »

But were they, Canadian Woods?  icon_biggrin Thanks for the info mate. I buy all my PC componants from TigerDirect. I've found them to be great if you like putting together your own rig.
But I've never investigated their laptop stuff. I'll follow the links and look into others, like ibuypower, actually I went with them for the system Im on now.(through TigerDirect)

I understand my wife's request. She's going for the rustic, simple cabin look. Bulky PC desks and multiple lights blinking and flashing ruin her suspension of disbelief.. disgust

I would still love to here from anyone who currently uses a laptop for their gaming pleasures.

Again, thanks BlackJack.
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« Reply #3 on: October 01, 2012, 08:19:40 PM »

I bought a beast of a laptop about three years ago for $2200 or so. While it has been fine, the performance level is drastically lower than the dell desktop I'm running now that I picked up for 800. What about concealing the desktop in a nice desk that doesn't wreak havoc on her wooden paradise? Throw a fan or two on the inside of the desk and you'll still have airflow to the machine and you won't screw up the look of the house.

Dunno, imo desktop just offers so much more power for much lower cost.

Edit: missed that she doesn't want a desk. How can she not want a desk? ???
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« Reply #4 on: October 01, 2012, 09:49:25 PM »

Hahha, I know right? She's made a lot of concessions to accomadate my gaming hobby. I've gotta give her somewhat of an effort to go along with her wishes. The PC I'm running now is still doing a good job with the latest and greatest out there. The GTX 580 turned out to be a great upgrade for me. Maybe saying a "Gaming Laptop" is a bit of an oxymoron. Similar to "military intelligence"  slywink

I was looking at Alienware offerings just a while ago. According to a lot of hardware sites, Alienware can be a very good choice.

I'll keep kicking the bucket and see what rolls out.
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« Reply #5 on: October 01, 2012, 11:23:00 PM »

good luck and have fun in the cabin arclight (lucky!)

and i have no advice from USE of a laptop for gaming, but the limit in a laptop is often the onboard graphics card.  before someone using a beast of a laptop steps in, id suggest finding out what laptop packs the biggest bunch in the video card department - one that "fakes" a true chipset the best or even better has the onboard architecture of an actual pc card - i imagine this is hard without turning your laptop into a replacement for your wood burning fireplace slywink

beyond that its all secondary, as the processors in laptops are often just as good as their desktop big brothers (a core iv is a core iv is a core iv pretty much), and ram is ram is ram
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« Reply #6 on: October 02, 2012, 12:38:13 AM »

Yeah, I agree about the graphic card problem with laptops. I looked at some today that had the more powerful nvidia cards in them. The GTX 680m was one. And a beefy looking ATI CARD.  So I think they're getting better in that department. Still a bit uncomfortable with the future choice ill have to make.
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« Reply #7 on: October 02, 2012, 03:32:49 AM »

huh knowing the price of popping a 680 into a desktop i dont envy the prospect of purchasing a laptop with one!  but if it exists i imagine thats getting near your best bet as far as being able to future proof the thing within reason - again if youve started looking for them you probably know more than me at this point - but its good to know that options exist when it comes to a real card being in the laptop!

i hope a few current laptop gamers come out of the woodwork for you
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« Reply #8 on: October 02, 2012, 12:56:21 PM »

Personally, I'd build a wooden case that fits nicely with the decor, mount the monitor to a wall and have a "fold-up" shelf for the keyboard and mouse, for when you're going to use it.

Also, have you considered....

building yourself a guest cottage that can house your gaming needs?
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« Reply #9 on: October 02, 2012, 04:38:19 PM »

A gaming cabin.hmmm. I better make sure there is a bed in it...cause that's where I'll be sleeping if I pulled that off. smile

I thought about "hiding" the PC in plain site. But I'm not sure I want to take that on as a project and have to keep running it by the wife to make sure it all fits in.

Alienware have a really good looking gaming laptop for around $1900 canadian dollars. That one comes with an ATI-7970m vid card..12 gigs of fast ram..i7 quad processor...17.3 inch screen @1900 x 1280.
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« Reply #10 on: October 03, 2012, 03:23:10 PM »

Didn't want to put it off too much longer, trying to coincide delivery with our moving date..Melted the CC on this:(Also a fair number of accessories)

   3rd Generation Intel® Core™ i7-3630QM (6MB Cache, up to 3.4GHz w/ Turbo Boost 2.0) edit
   Windows® 7 Home Premium, 64bit edit
   Microsoft® Office trial edit
  12GB Dual Channel DDR3 at 1600MHz (4DIMMS) edit
   2GB GDDR5 AMD Radeon™ HD 7970M edit
  1TB 5,400 RPM SATA 3Gb/s edit
  17.3-inch WideFHD 1920 x 1080 60Hz WLED edit
  Killer™ Wireless-N 1103 a/g/n 3x3 MIMO for Gaming & Video and Bluetooth 4.0 edit
  Slot-Loading Dual Layer Blu-ray Reader (BR-ROM, DVD+-RW, CD-RW)

All the fancy trimmings that go with Alienware stuff.  I should be good to go for a while with this. Also has a good Creative sound system that my mini-bose speakers will sound great on.

I can't, or wont see this as a permanant change. I love desktops too much.
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