So i'm going to college in vermont next year and I need a new computer thats gunna replace my Xbox for gaming (i've wanted to start pc gaming for awhile now, this is my excuse to buy a computer capable of it). I know a laptop offers me the mobility I need but I don't want the gaming I do to destroy this computer in 2 years. Are my fears that my laptop will burn out warranted? I'll be playing battlefield 3, Skyrim, Borderlands 2 and a bunch of others but mostly games like that.
This is the Laptop: http://www.xoticpc.com/sager-np6370-clevo-w370et-p-4796.html
Finally, is all this laptop crap silly? should I just go with a desktop?
I have a laptop now that I could theoretically use for class and just keep the desktop in my room but its like a 10 year old macbook that i've kind of been looking forward to junking
you can get a referbished thinkpad with a new battery for arround 200 bucks, or a decent laptop that can play most games on medium/high for arround 500.
personally, when i got to uni, gaming became very limited, maybe once a week... and its normally on the xbox with my girlfriend who is back at my home town. i have a laptop and a gaming pc, but the gaming pc isnt even plugged in. i use my laptop for everything. IF you know your are going to be gaming a lot then get a desktop. if your going into any hard STEMs based major, dont bother with the desk top.
I mean the laptop seemed like the best option because it can do everything (in moderation) while still remaining mobile. I saw on another post that gaming can wear down a laptop alot due to excessive heat, poor ventilation etc. how often would I have to be gaming to really do that? Would 2-3 hour stints a couple nights a week really shorten my laptops life that much?
Get a cheap used laptop or maybe a chrome book, replace the mechanical hard drive with a small SSD to make it a bit snappier and add to battery life. Then get an External hard drive for your work/notes done while in class, then you can do work on each. Try to make sure the build quality is strong enough for all the transportation too. That Nexus 7 seems nice though! The tablet alternative could work better because laptops hinges and screens can be pretty flimsy. I just dunno how comfortable it'd be typing on it.
its win with vnc, had a download manager running on it as well through my N56U. Plus with the major benefit you can do everything remotely (ssh, vnc, yadda-e-yadda). You can even run ubuntu natively if you know what you're doing.