• jh4911 - July 18, 2013 7:58 a.m.

    I've recently upgraded my laptop (desktop isn't really an option as I'm travelling alot) and my advice to anyone thinking of going for a gaming laptop is cooling. Make sure your laptop has at least two large cooling vents on the back or side to keep the CPU and GPU cool, overheating can be a serious issue on a laptop not designed for gaming. I don't mind spending quite a lot of money since I use it for work and I hope to keep it for at least 5 years, in terms of money for hours spend enjoying it - it really makes sense. Finally it's worth going to custom builders (smallish in size companies), shop around and look for reviews your investing a lot a money and passion and you should spend a good amount of time before settling. My laptop: I7 (mobile) 4700QM Nividia Geforce GTX 780M 16Gb DDR3 1600MHz (Corsair vengeance) 500Gb HDD (I intend to use external back-ups) Gamut display (a bit more expensive but I really notice the difference) Oh and if going custom ALWAYS upgrade the thermal compound. A brief description of my laptop and will happily offer my experience of buying laptops if anyone wants it.
  • TheRubicon - July 19, 2013 12:32 p.m.

    What kind of laptop do you have? I'm looking to get a gaming laptop, but I don't know which one to go for. Thank you.
  • jh4911 - July 20, 2013 6:05 p.m.

    Well I went with Utopia computers in the end. There's alot of choice out there and plenty of reviews, so a day or two google searching builds you're interested in is definitely worth it. Really I would say work out what your budget is, work out what is really important to you (I.e. screen size/GPU/RAM/overall appearance), and try to find a model that ticks all (or at least most) of your boxes for the price you can afford. Be sure to decide what you want first though as the cost of customs can shoot up if you just max out everything!
  • TheRubicon - July 22, 2013 8:10 p.m.

    Thanks for letting me know! Yeah, there are so many laptops out there, but should I mainly focus on the graphics card and memory card on laptops? I have external hard drive for memory. Can graphics card be replaced if a new game comes out like Crysis 4, which requires high-definition graphics?
  • jh4911 - July 27, 2013 3:33 a.m.

    Sure you can replace your graphics card on your laptop. You'd need to know the motherboard used and you'd need to know if there was sufficient cooling available. If you're looking to max out games' settings then spend a bit more on the GPU (graphics card) and RAM. A solid processor is normally fine (I7 or something). Sorry I haven't replied sooner. I also would say that it's probably not worth replacing the GPU for the sake of one game, you'll still be able to play it at relatively high specs.
  • TheRubicon - July 30, 2013 7:18 a.m.

    Thank you for replying back. I appreciate it! I'm also sorry for my late response. In regards to graphics cards, is ATI Radeon or GEFORCE better? For RAM, how much should I have? SSDRAM? Thank you.
  • jh4911 - August 1, 2013 4:26 a.m.

    Again this is personal preference. I prefer Nividia cards and they match really well with intel processors. 8GB RAM maybe 16, that should be plenty. Any RAM you're getting now is DDR3 and you want a good clock rate e.g. 1600Mhz. This info should be available on the website you shop you're going to and a quick email to the builders should clear things up if not.
  • TheRubicon - August 5, 2013 10:03 p.m.

    Thank you so much for letting me know. I really appreciate it! I also like NVIDIA Cards, and I'll make sure the clock rate and RAM are optimal for the upcoming games. Do you usually play on a laptop or standard desktop PC? What are your thoughts on gaming on MAC computers? Thank you again.
  • tehtimeisnow - July 15, 2013 5:48 p.m.

    pc gameing is for poor idoiots that cant affard a xobx one
  • aman-haidary - August 5, 2013 4:13 a.m.

    Xbox One's are for dumbasses who can't spell
  • tyler-hughes - August 25, 2013 1:43 a.m.

    Poor? Idiots? funny you say that because 1. building your own gaming PC ( which you can customize the fuck out of ) is more expensive than an Xbox one, 2. you actually need knowledge of a) how to build a gaming PC and b) knowledge of what the parts effect and how they effect it. 3. I don't have to worry about squeakers or arrogant pricks like you on my MMORPG's
  • sandplasma - July 14, 2013 6:40 a.m.

    That's my case.I got it before it was cool and in every ad ever.
  • MadMan - July 14, 2013 6:30 a.m.

    This article is a bit dated, no? The GTX 760 is out now and will outperform the 660 ti, and is around the same price.
  • Shnubby - July 13, 2013 9:07 a.m.

    Galaxy III Case Gigabyte 78LMT Motherboard AMD Bulldozer FX 4100 Quad-Core @ 3.6GHz 8GB 1600MHz DDR3 RAM Dual Layer DVD Drive 1TB HDD Some big beasty 650 Watt Power Supply Standard generic CPU cooler Nvidia GTX 460 Standard monitor/Keyboard/Mouse Runs any game mid-ultimate all for a price of £250. Super budget build and does everything you need it to.
  • medumdum - August 19, 2013 5:22 p.m.

    another budget pc gamer like myself :D Thermaltake v3 black edition Fx-4100 @ 4.3 ghz (on stock cooling, very stable, much faster in games, i'd suggest you give overclocking a try) 8gb 1333 DDR3 Gigabyte 78LMT-sp2 (same as yours buddy) 500gb HDD coolmax 500w PSU (cheap and generic but surprisingly good) MSI AMD HD 7770. Cost me $320 because at microcenter, i got the CPU for $70 and it came bundled with the mobo for free, i run skyrim on maximum with buttloads of mods
  • mentalityljs - July 13, 2013 6:20 a.m.

    Antec Three Hundred Illusion - $50 Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3 - $85 AMD FX-6100 Zambezi - $120 ZALMAN CNPS9500A-LED 92mm CPU Cooler - $42 16Gb Gskill Sniper 1866 RAM - $105 EVGA 1Gb GTX560 fermi - $190 Mini HDMI to HDMI cable - $10 WD Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb - $90 Total: $692
  • lon3wolf2002 - July 13, 2013 3:13 a.m.

    An I5, is that the best choice nowadays, either I7 or AMD fx-8350 would be a better option for future proofing as they both handle multi-threading well. FX-8350's are £150 here and can live with the I7's on multi-threading, which maybe the way PC gaming will go to follow suit with the new consoles.
  • mothbanquet - July 13, 2013 2:55 a.m.

    If you've got the money to invest then a PC is a worthwhile purchase but you need to realise that's what it is - an investment. You pay a little more than you would for a console but you get so much more out of it. It's not just the cheap games, either. It's the fact that PC games are built to last and they have mods that equal and even surpass the original content in terms of quality. I've been playing the Europa Barbarorum expansion for Rome Total War for two months straight now alongside SWTOR. I found I'd be lucky to get 10 hours out of a console game. Like anything though, you get out of a PC what you put into it.
  • StrayGator - July 13, 2013 1:38 a.m.

    this build emphasizes CPU overclocking, which has small effect on most games (as it's the graphics card holding them back - overclock your graphics!) and takes some know-how, not something i'd recommend for someone eho looks for console replacement plug-and-play experience. also, the release of GTX 760 makes the 660ti a bad value. my guidelines for a balanced GAMING rig: - cheapest intel i5* you can find whose model number doesn't end with a T or P (low power parts). look for a K part only if you plan to overclock. * multi-threading / 8 core barely benefit current games (if at all), but with both next-gen consoles sporting 8-core processors (tablet/netbook cores, but still-), game developers may learn to harness the possibilities it offers and utilize it to an extent that compensates for the PC's higher performance-per-core. then an 8-core PC CPU would be beneficial for gaming. I wager the Uncharteds and Halos will reach that point in 2-3 years, with 3rd parties 1-2 years later. - Motherboard: something that works with the CPU (same socket). take note of the amount of USB 2.0/3.0 ports if it's of any importance to you (it should be). I won't delve into multi-GPU compatibility (complicates things) or overclocking (bottomless pit). if your'e interested in these topics, consult an experienced builder about your specific needs, expectations and budget. - RAM: 8 GB. saving few pennies for 4 GB will bite you back. more than 8 won't change much and it's the easiest thing to upgrade later. Lotsa Megahertzes are nice but not fundamental to the system's overall performance. LATENCY ("timings", usually looks like 8-8-8-24 or so) is more important - the lower the better. - graphics: for a single 1080p screen I recommend the GTX 760, the lowest of nvidia's current high-end range which sells for $250-260 midrange price. anything other than metro:LL or crysis 3 cranked to 11 is guaranteed to run at constantly smooth 60fps (these 2 games balance their "ultra" settings higher than what current technology can support). too much? the aforementioned $150-ish GTX 650ti Boost (make sure it's a "boost", the regular 650ti is a different card) will give respectable performance with every game you'll throw at it (with some concessions inthe most demanding titles). just don't expect it to age gracefully come the wave of next-gen ports. 1440p: you'd want to invest in a GTX 780 or (better value & performance, if your platform supports it) two GTX 760s. 4K / multi-monitor: you can't spend enough on graphics, but it doesn't matter because you're insane / insanely rich anyway. multiple 4K monitors: you'll have to cut on your defense budget. paying extra $10-20 for a card with a fancy cooler is usually worth it, as it'll run cooler and quieter than the standard version - unless you're going multi GPU, then anything but a blower cooler (single turbine on the right side) will raise in-case temperature and may hinder performance. - disc drive? might as well. - hard drive (bulk storage): no one knows better than you how much you need. - SSD: absolutely worth it, not necessarily in games. about everything you do with the computer will be much snappier, more like a smartphone/tablet than a pc. so which one? let's just say that the difference between the best and worst SSDs available is dwarfed by the gap between the worst SSD and the best HDD. If you aren't running a datacenter pretty much anything will do. - power supply: BETTER SAFE THAN SORRY. buy a premium brand (enermax, seasonic) and overprovision. as a rule of thumb, take 100w for the platform, 100w for the CPU, 50w for paraphernalia (drives, misc cards) = 250w so far. now add 100w-300w for each graphics card (the above recommendations? 650ti=150w, 760=225w) and round the result up if needed. - case: with so many sizes, features and tastes to pick from this is a presonal choice. that said, the phantom 410, despite being on the bulky/heavy side (and imo plain ugly) is a well ventilated, feature rich case for a good price. - soundcard? 99% of us can't tell the difference. - CPU cooler? good idea. even if you don't overclock, a good cooler won't be as noisy as the standard one, and will also enhance air circulation (lower overall case temperature). - X360 controller for windows: you need it.
  • Mr.YumYums - July 13, 2013 7:40 a.m.

    Thank you! A lot of useful information here. Planning on building something soon as my laptop died (and never looking back at laptops for gaming, I've learned my lesson....) so all of this will help.

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