The truth is, the only reason to get a gaming laptop over a desktop gaming PC is because of its portability. For travellers who want a device that can serve both as a gaming machine and a laptop that you’d also use for work or studies, then a gaming laptop is a good choice.
Apart from that desktop is a better option than a laptop.
These are the reasons why :
1. They cost less and offer better value for your money.
You’ll find that a gaming laptop that has specs identical to those of a pre-built gaming PC will cost significantly more, but it will lag behind the desktop in terms of performance.
2. They offer better cooling performance
Gaming laptop cooling can be problematic. Powerful graphics cards and CPUs generate a lot of heat. As the cramped chassis of a laptop offers minimal airflow, laptops usually resort to thermal throttling to avoid overheating. A cooling pad is almost always a must-have when it comes to gaming laptops, and even then, this only constitutes a limited improvement.
3. They are easier to upgrade.
Upgrading a desktop is a whole lot easier than upgrading a laptop. When you want to upgrade a certain component, you can just sell the old one and install a new one without having to worry too much about hardware compatibility.
Those would be all the key reasons why we think trying to build a custom gaming laptop is a bad idea.
However, for laptops, its either you buy the required specification in built or there are some ways to customize/upgrade a gaming laptop without needing to resort to meddling with the internals.
In any case, if you’re looking for a way to upgrade your laptop’s graphics solution, an external GPU would be the best way to do that.
Essentially, an external GPU case is just what the name implies: a compact case that houses a graphics card and a power supply for the graphics card. They connect to a laptop or a PC via a Thunderbolt 3 port, ensuring a stable high-speed connection.
Therefore, while an external GPU is upgradeable, relatively portable, and offers improved performance compared to mobile GPUs, it’s still not an ideal solution. For one, it requires a Thunderbolt 3 connection, and not every laptop has one.
Furthermore, they are usually on the pricey side, and as we’ve mentioned above, they still can’t match desktop performance due to the connection bottleneck.
SPECIFICATIONS TO LOOK OUT FOR IF YOU WANT THE BEST CHEAP GAMING LAPTOP
1. The power of the processor (CPU)
2. The power of the graphic card (GPU)
3. The Memory size (RAM)
4. The Size of the hard drive (HDD)
The more powerful the the processor and the graphic card are, the more powerful the cooling system need to be.
Powerful components also draws more on the battery which shortens your system's life span away from a charge point.
Recommended Gaming Processors (CPU)
1. A 10th generation intel ice lake cpu
2. A 3rd generation ryzen 5 or 7 cpu
If you desire more power and heavy cpu, you can lay your hands on,
1. Intel core i7 - 9750H
2. Intel core i5 - 9600K
3. Intel core i7 - 9700k
4. Intel core i7 - 9900K
Recommended Graphic Cards (GPU)
1. Nvidia GTX 1660Ti for solid 1080p gaming power.
2. RTX 2060 for a little more heft.
3. RTX 2070 for a smooth run at high settings
4. RTX 2080 if you want some 4k gaming power.
Memory sizes (RAM) :
Hard Drive size (HDD) :
250GB, 500GB, 1TB, 2TB (NVMe SSD)
If all that sound a bit less than what you require, you might want to consider a desktop instead.
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