[SOLVED] Gaming Desktop or Gaming Laptop

Nov 24, 2018
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I am having troubles thinking on what to do. I have a budget of around $1,500 for either a gaming laptop or gaming pc, monitor and keyboard and mouse. I really like the portability of a laptop but like the power of a desktop.
 

Wolfshadw

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I also prefer the ability to upgrade the desktop. Not quite so easy (if even possible) with a laptop. IMO, laptops are for home and office work. If you can afford to replace it every couple of years, then you can get one for gaming. Otherwise, stick with a desktop.

-Wolf sends
 
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Alright could you help provide me a desktop and monitor for my budget?
 

Wolfshadw

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AMD Build:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: AMD - Ryzen 5 2600 3.4 GHz 6-Core Processor ($154.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus - PRIME B450M-A/CSM Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard ($79.99 @ B&H)
Memory: Corsair - Vengeance LPX 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory ($119.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung - 860 Evo 500 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($71.00 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital - Caviar Blue 1 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($44.89 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: EVGA - GeForce RTX 2070 8 GB Black Video Card ($499.99 @ B&H)
Case: Corsair - 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic - FOCUS Plus Gold 550 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft - Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit ($98.89 @ OutletPC)
Monitor: Asus - VS247H-P 23.6" 1920x1080 Monitor ($124.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $1304.71
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-12-25 08:56 EST-0500

Intel Build:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel - Core i5-9600K 3.7 GHz 6-Core Processor ($259.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: CRYORIG - C7 40.5 CFM CPU Cooler ($32.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI - Z390-A PRO ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($128.49 @ SuperBiiz)
Storage: Samsung - 860 Evo 500 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($71.00 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital - Caviar Blue 1 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($44.89 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: EVGA - GeForce RTX 2070 8 GB Black Video Card ($499.99 @ B&H)
Case: Corsair - 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic - FOCUS Plus Gold 550 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft - Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit ($98.89 @ OutletPC)
Monitor: Asus - VS247H-P 23.6" 1920x1080 Monitor ($124.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $1371.21
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-12-25 08:58 EST-0500

I'd probably start with either of these two builds for starters. The AMD build leaves a bit more room for upgrades within your budget. Maybe a Ryzen 7 or a better display. The Intel, not so much.

As for the keyboard and mouse, I've never understood the need to spend more than $25 on a combo, so I won't go there.

-Wolf sends
 
Unless you absolutely require gaming portability, I would recommend a gaming desktop over a gaming laptop. As stated, the desktop gives you much better upgrade options. Also, a high-end gaming laptop doesn't make a very good laptop. They're big, heavy, noisy, and only gets 2-4 hours battery life when not gaming (less than an hour when gaming).

The solution I eventually settled on was a gaming desktop, combined with a regular laptop with a mid-grade GPU (a 1050, though a MX150 would probably work for most people). The GPU is good enough to do light gaming when I'm traveling. The rest of the time, the laptop is a good laptop - thin, lightweight, and quiet with 10 hour battery life. At home I can game on the desktop. And if I feel like gaming while lying down on the sofa, I can run the game on the desktop and use Steam In-home Streaming to pipe the display to the laptop.
 

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