Gaming Laptops - do they not suck and can they run Skyrim?
Okay, I've got the cash coming to be able to get a new computer. The primary purpose of this rig would be to play Skyrim. And other stuff, of course, but No 1 goal is Skyrim.
I'd prefer to get a laptop, mostly due to our place being small and not wanting a big hulking screen and box sitting about. Basically, the ability to put it away. But, being away from gaming really for a while, I don't know if any of the ones advertised as for gaming really work.
Anybody got any experience or insight?
The problem with laptops for gaming, in my opinion, is that you can't upgrade them. It seems like every other PC game requires a new video card technology.
I have an Alienware x15 i7 processer 1024video card, with 6gb ram, it has run everything that I've thrown at it with no problems, It's a compleat monster when it comes to running programs of all types, my only complaint is that it's heavy, and battery life sucks.
I regularly check on the website canirunit.com to see how the system checks out against the new games, and it always scores high.
If given the chance to buy a new system I would most likely pick something lighter, with the same config. Good luck
If you're willing to spend $3,000 you can get a really good one.
Spend $500 and you will get a shitty one and be unhappy.
I just went through Tue whole 2 months of research then purchase of a high end gaming PC so let me lend you my knowledge. For $2500 you can get a gaming laptop that will run skyrim on ultimate settings. Its going to be very heavy and not good at being a laptop
No upgrading either so wait for ivy bridge to launch.
If you get a desktop you can get like 80% better performance for the same price. You could get a digital storm ODE v2 level 4 for $2000 that comes with the new gtx680. And its all liquid cooled. Again, wait for ivy bridge. I got probably the last ODE v1 Level 3 made (Google it) and it runs skyrim on ultimate without breaking a sweat.
Get a desktop and wait for ivy bridge.
If you've done the DYI before, do a bit of research into an eGPU implementation.
Basically, you buy a desktop GPU, put it in an external box/PSU, and plug it into the ExpressCard slot on a laptop. It ends up looking like an external HDD.
Budget-wise, $800 tops to play skyrim on a laptop. You end up with an upgradable GPU unit, and can invest more in RAM and CPU.
This is one of the nicer solutions.
Disclaimer: I have only researched online and have yet to do it myself, but plan on it.
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