Question Laptop vs Desktop advice for Gaming rig that will play any game out on the market.

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I'm gearing towards a laptop because I want to be able to travel overseas with it, but I want a rig that will play any game. With the bitcoin nonsense GPUS are way too expensive, and with the versatility of being able to travel with a laptop I was thinking it's better to get a laptop, but I do want to play any game on the market. I was thinking this laptop https://www.amazon.com/MSI-Business-i7-11800H-1920x1080-Bluetooth/dp/B09C3VDFGS/ref=sr_1_1?crid=397A55I7G5798&dchild=1&keywords=MSI+-+Sword+15.6"+Gaming+Laptop&qid=1635035997&qsid=135-9246964-1025024&sprefix=msi+-+sword+15.6+gaming+laptop,aps,137&sr=8-1&sres=B09C3VDFGS,B09C3TQBQL,B091GGZT1S,B08SWJHHBT,B09127DDVT,B092RX3H5N,B095C23PMJ,B08Z7R21ZN,B0916GR3Z5,B09BT6W1ST,B08965WD75,B08NHMGBWJ,B085B3GFRL,B0843JCV17,B08K9DC2G1,B09C6KV385&srpt=NOTEBOOK_COMPUTER&th=1

Will it play any game? Are there any suggestions for better laptops on the market?

edit: Anything under $2,500 (Hopefully under $1,600, but I don't care about Hard disk space, or extra performance that is beyond maximum performance of most video games. I want 1080 resolution and the usual 15.6 (standard?) inch monitor size. I want one that doesn't overheat. Because of the bitcoin thing making GPUS expensive, I really don't care for overkill on a GPU, but I do want to play any game on max performance on 1080p. I'm also looking for an Intel graphics card and CPU not AMD.

Also, I'm wondering if it's a lot cheaper to get the same performance out of a Desktop as a Laptop but I am thinking that the Bitcoin thing making GPUS more expensive makes Desktops not that much cheaper (not sure if right/wrong).

Edit 2: I might want a Desktop, but only if it's significantly cheaper than a laptop or has much better performance for a comparable price. I do prefer laptop recommendations because I can travel with the laptop.
 
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https://www.newegg.com/black-phanteks-eclipse-p400a-atx-mid-tower/p/N82E16811854085
Phanteks Eclipse P400A Mid Tower Computer Case $74.99

Exhaust fan for that case.

https://www.amazon.com/ARCTIC-F12-PWM-PST-Technology/dp/B002QVLBM2/
ARCTIC P12 PWM, 120mm 4-Pin Case Fan $6.99

https://www.newegg.com/super-flower-leadex-iii-sf-550f14hg-550w/p/1HU-024C-00008
Super Flower Leadex III 550W 80+ Gold Modular Power Supply $74.99

https://www.newegg.com/p/N82E16813144396
MSI MAG B560M BAZOOKA $139.99

or ...

https://www.newegg.com/gigabyte-b560m-aorus-pro/p/N82E16813145332
GIGABYTE AORUS B560M $139.99

https://www.calhountech.com/products/intel-cm8070804497016-intel-i5-11400f-4-4ghz-w-o-graphics.html
Intel Core i5-11400F $207.90

https://www.amazon.com/Gelid-Solutions-Black-CPU-Cooler/dp/B00BF3LF2I
Gelid Solutions Phantom Black CPU Cooler $39.99

https://www.amazon.com/TEAMGROUP-T-Force-Vulcan-3200MHz-Desktop/dp/B07T637L7T/
TEAMGROUP T-Force Vulcan Z DDR4 3200MHz 16GB Kit (2x8GB) CL16 $62.99

https://www.newegg.com/western-digital-blue-sn550-nvme-1tb/p/N82E16820250135
WD Blue SN550 NVMe M.2 2280 1TB PCIe 3D NAND Internal SSD $94.99
+ $10 off w/ promo code SSDTCV3

https://www.amazon.com/ASUS-Graphics-DisplayPort-Axial-tech-Technology/dp/B0985X2YR1/
ASUS Dual NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 V2 OC Graphics Card $799.00

Total: $1493

1080P

Switch out the graphics card and psu in that build up above with these.

https://www.newegg.com/super-flower-leadex-iii-bronze-sf-650r14he-650w/p/1HU-024C-00017
Super Flower Leadex III Bronze PRO 650W 80+ Bronze Modular Power Supply $89.99

https://www.amazon.com/MSI-Graphics-DisplayPort-Mazepoly-Accessory/dp/B09FVLSNZ2/
MSI NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Ti Gaming X Graphics Card $939.00

Total: $1647

https://www.amazon.com/VG248QG-G-Sync-Compatible-Gaming-Monitor/dp/B08K2GYHD8/
ASUS TUF Gaming VG259QR 24.5” IPS Gaming Monitor, 1080P Full HD, 165Hz , 1ms G-SYNC Compatible $229.00


https://www.msi.com/Motherboard/MAG-B560M-BAZOOKA

https://www.gigabyte.com/Motherboard/B560M-AORUS-ELITE-rev-10#kf

http://www.phanteks.com/Eclipse-P400A.html

Reviews of that cpu with benchmarks.

https://www.guru3d.com/articles-pages/intel-core-i5-11400f-processor-review,1.html

 
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1080p

https://www.newegg.com/black-phanteks-eclipse-p400a-atx-mid-tower/p/N82E16811854085
Phanteks Eclipse P400A Mid Tower Computer Case $74.99

Exhaust fan for that case.

https://www.amazon.com/ARCTIC-F12-PWM-PST-Technology/dp/B002QVLBM2/
ARCTIC P12 PWM, 120mm 4-Pin Case Fan $6.99

https://www.newegg.com/super-flower-leadex-iii-sf-550f14hg-550w/p/1HU-024C-00008
Super Flower Leadex III 550W 80+ Gold Modular Power Supply $74.99

https://www.newegg.com/p/N82E16813144396
MSI MAG B560M BAZOOKA $139.99

or ...

https://www.newegg.com/gigabyte-b560m-aorus-pro/p/N82E16813145332
GIGABYTE AORUS B560M $139.99

https://www.calhountech.com/products/intel-cm8070804497016-intel-i5-11400f-4-4ghz-w-o-graphics.html
Intel Core i5-11400F $207.90

https://www.amazon.com/Gelid-Solutions-Black-CPU-Cooler/dp/B00BF3LF2I
Gelid Solutions Phantom Black CPU Cooler $39.99

https://www.amazon.com/TEAMGROUP-T-Force-Vulcan-3200MHz-Desktop/dp/B07T637L7T/
TEAMGROUP T-Force Vulcan Z DDR4 3200MHz 16GB Kit (2x8GB) CL16 $62.99

https://www.newegg.com/western-digital-blue-sn550-nvme-1tb/p/N82E16820250135
WD Blue SN550 NVMe M.2 2280 1TB PCIe 3D NAND Internal SSD $94.99
+ $10 off w/ promo code SSDTCV3

https://www.amazon.com/ASUS-Graphics-DisplayPort-Axial-tech-Technology/dp/B0985X2YR1/
ASUS Dual NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 V2 OC Graphics Card $799.00

Total: $1493

1080p

Switch out the graphics card and psu in that build up above with these.

https://www.newegg.com/super-flower-leadex-iii-bronze-sf-650r14he-650w/p/1HU-024C-00017
Super Flower Leadex III Bronze PRO 650W 80+ Bronze Modular Power Supply $89.99

https://www.amazon.com/MSI-Graphics-DisplayPort-Mazepoly-Accessory/dp/B09FVLSNZ2/
MSI NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Ti Gaming X Graphics Card $939.00

Total: $1647

https://www.msi.com/Motherboard/MAG-B560M-BAZOOKA

https://www.gigabyte.com/Motherboard/B560M-AORUS-ELITE-rev-10#kf

http://www.phanteks.com/Eclipse-P400A.html

Reviews of that cpu with benchmarks.

https://www.guru3d.com/articles-pages/intel-core-i5-11400f-processor-review,1.html

The laptop is $1200 for a 3050 TI (only one down from 3060 TI) and it has an i7 instead of i5. Not sure why I would want to go with a desktop instead of a laptop because I can travel with a laptop. Thanks though, I appreciate the post :)
 

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A laptop 3050 Ti is far slower than a 3060 Ti. There's some variance based on the different wattage specs used in different laptops, but the 3050 Ti is a GPU that's roughly equivalent to the GTX 1060/RX 580 tier.

If you don't want a desktop, then why ask for recommendations as an option?
 
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A laptop 3050 Ti is far slower than a 3060 Ti. There's some variance based on the different wattage specs used in different laptops, but the 3050 Ti is a GPU that's roughly equivalent to the GTX 1060/RX 580 tier.

If you don't want a desktop, then why ask for recommendations as an option?

I might want a Desktop, but only if it's significantly cheaper than a laptop or has much better performance for a comparable price. I do prefer laptop recommendations because I can travel with the laptop. ( Just added this to the original post).
 
I might want a Desktop, but only if it's significantly cheaper than a laptop or has much better performance for a comparable price. I do prefer laptop recommendations because I can travel with the laptop. ( Just added this to the original post).
The two builds I posted will mop the floor @ 1080P with any sub $2000 laptop. With that said if I was after a gaming laptop I'd check out the Lenovo site to begin with and from there look at MSI, Gigabyte, Asus and Alienware.
 
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