Notebook As A Desktop Gaming Computer

Today I had an email presented to me that I thought was interesting. In it, someone was asking specifically whether or not a Dell w/Intel Core i7 840-QM, an NVIDIA GT 445M 3GB 3D graphics card, and 16 GB of DDR3 RAM memory would make for a good gaming computer. It’s a bit of a tough question as the game titles, the resources they require and so on, often dictate how much “power” we really need. But this wasn’t the end of the question. No, not at all. The person asking about their quandary, went on to inquire as to how long this kind of setup would be worthwhile before it was time to change it for something newer. Again, a nearly impossible question to answer.

Having had the time to really noodle on this for a few hours, I finally decided that this is how I would approach things. Basically, look at the specs you are running your favorite game titles with now. Obviously more is always better, but I haven’t played may heavy FPS games in a few years. So me spouting off the recommended specs for anything is a real waste of time. What I can share with you is that it will cost you a small fortune to buy a laptop that can game half as well as a moderately priced desktop. People can argue this all day, but the facts are facts.

Notebook As A Desktop Gaming Computer
Photo by ComputerMonger

See, with a desktop I can better select the best prices on my video card, CPU, etc. Yet with a notebook, this is left to Dell or whoever you happen to be going with. And to be brutally honest, I wouldn’t trust Dell with $2200 of my hard earned dollars if my life depended on it. They’re products are crap in my honest opinion and you’ll do MUCH better going with something like a laptop from Falcon Northwest. No idea what the cost will be, but I promise you that it will blow the doors off any POS Dell is peddling from a quality and support perspective.

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  • http://twitter.com/jefflyndon Jeff Lyndon

    For ultimate gaming experience, desktop will always beat notebook. The only reason a gamer should consider buying a notebook as it’s gaming computer is for someone who consider mobility is more important then the actual gaming experience.

  • http://twitter.com/jefflyndon Jeff Lyndon

    For ultimate gaming experience, desktop will always beat notebook. The only reason a gamer should consider buying a notebook as it’s gaming computer is for someone who consider mobility is more important then the actual gaming experience.

  • briggo64

    laptops are always better that desktops for gaming in my experiences because of the mobility and that give you a better resolation

  • Strange_monkey

    Ive bad two dell laptops now, best ive ever had. Maybe the make them out of decent materials here in the UK …

  • http://twitter.com/Albert_FN Alberto Fernandez

    I agree 100%

  • http://twitter.com/Albert_FN Alberto Fernandez

    I agree 100%

  • DJ Scooby Doo

    I also agree with @Jeff Lyndon and @Alberto Fernandez.

  • http://www.facebook.com/smi23le Brian Shields

    I’ll never forget the day I brought home my first 300 baud modem for my Commodore 64. A few months later I got a 1200 and boy was that FAST!

    I would get one of the new ones if there was a way to get some of that great old gaming software.

  • Ashley

    I can only answer this in 3 words…

    Hell yes I would.

  • Mk

    As much as I was a fan and programmer of the ’80s computers (had vic-20, c-64, c-16, +4), I would have to say no to the new one. There are many great (and free) emulators available for the PC. Is this a Linux box running an emulator?

  • http://twitter.com/gomezbjesus Jesus A. Gomez B.

    Yes, of course

  • Ron Schenone

    Thanks for the comments and for sharing your experiences with us.

  • http://profiles.google.com/techie.geek.girl Tracy Fortune

    ..for nostalgic reasons only, I can see it- but not me particularly…& I built a mini-ITX into one…