Several games recently have informed me, in one way or the other, that I need a new computer. No, neither of my computers (I play on both a desktop and a laptop, depending on where I am and what I'm doing) are that old, but with games with better and better graphics coming out, it has become apparent that I need a new gaming computer. Join me on my search...
The Best Gaming Computer
I'm on the hunt for a new gaming computer that won't completely break my budget. Here are some of my top picks!
Laptop or Desktop?
Most people agree that desktops are able to handle games better than laptops; however, due to the nature of my job and the convenience that I enjoy from being able to take my laptop anywhere, I will probably upgrade my laptop first, as I use it the most. However, a desktop upgrade won't be far behind. I use my laptop mostly for games right now because it has more space than my desktop does (It's a Dell Touchscreen computer [the ones where the PC is actually built-in to the monitor and has no tower] and only has around 12GB remaining of 283 total GBs). Believe it or not, I only have a few games on the desktop, but I've found that include the entire computer in the monitor, a lot of the required software takes up a butt-load of space. I still have over 200 GBs left on my laptop and it has a megaload of games on it (I am an addict after all).
I've always wanted an Alienware computer, and I do think they offer some of the best computers out there, aside from one that you build yourself. They have a whole series of laptops dedicated to gaming. The M11x, M14x, M17x, and M18x are all dedicated gaming laptops offered by Alienware. The M11x starts at $999 for the bare-bones, while the M18x starts at $1999, with the other two series having prices in between that range. Amazon does have used options (and a few new ones) with prices slightly cheaper than that, but I'm not sure I want to go the used route either.
Alienware on Amazon
|Alienware AM11x-826CSB Gaming Laptop (Cosmic Black)|
With the Alienware M11x gaming laptop, you can play anything, anywhere. While weighing in at less than 4.51 pounds, the M11x packs enough power to handle the latest games. It tr...Only $899.99
|Alienware M14X 14" Laptop (2.0 GHz Intel Core i7-2630QM Processor, 8 GB RAM, 750 GB Hard Drive, W...|
This Alienware M14X AM14X-5283SBK Laptop Computer is designed for gamers looking for the performance of a 15+ inch notebook but with more demanding needs in mobility such as low...
|Alienware M17x 17.3" Laptop Computer|
Gamers and Media Enthusiasts can power through the most hardcore games and intense applications with a second generation Intel® Core™ i7-2670QM processor, 8GB DDR3 memory, and 1...
|Alienware AM18X-8636BK 18-Inch Laptop (Space Black)|
Alienware M18x: The Most Powerful 18" Laptop in the Universe. With powerful graphics options including NVIDIA SLI and AMD CrossFireX technologies, the Alienware M18x delivers de...Only $2219.99
I've had an HP Laptop before and I liked it. I didn't have any problems until it got fried during a lightning storm (yes, I had a surge protector, no it didn't help, yes I was probably playing a game on it instead of having it shut down). I switched to a Gateway and have had decent success with it, even though they aren't known for gaming laptops. I'm not sure I want another Gateway though and it doesn't look like they have any specialized gaming laptops, so I may be looking at an HP again. I checked Best Buy and the lowest priced HP laptop designed in their "gaming series" was the HP 15.6" Pavilion Laptop. It has a 750 GB hard drive with 6 GB memory. It features AMD Quad-Core graphics (although I've always been an nVidea fan, I'm willing to make an exception) and is currently priced at $659.99 at Best Buy.
HPs on Amazon
|HP Pavilion dv6-7010 us 15.6-Inch Laptop (Black)|
Show-stopping performance. Standout design. Introducing the HP Pavilion dv6 notebook. With a sleek, tapered metal design, it’s easy to pick up. And with cool features like Beats...Only $699.99
|HP ENVY 15-3040NR 15.6 Inch Laptop (Black/Silver)|
Hear music the way the artist intended using the sleek HP ENVY 15-3040NR notebook with Beats Audio. Plus, HP Wireless Audio lets you stream audio to wireless-enabled devices usi...Only $1299.99
|HP dm4-3090se (14.0-Inch Screen) Laptop|
Rock out with the HP Pavilion dm4-3090se Beats Edition Notebook PC, which includes a matching sleeve so you can carry this ultra-compact laptop in style. You can also use HP Coo...Only $899.99
With most games being made to be played on both PC and Macintosh nowadays, the Macintosh has becoming a very viable gaming option. I've never had a Mac, but I've heard good things about them and I've heard that they are very, very secure and hard to infect with a virus (I'm not sure if this is true, but I have heard this. I use PC security software regardless and I'm pretty cautious about what sites have my information). Wize.com gives the 13.3 inch Apple MacBook Pro a 95 in their best gaming laptops. Amazon has these from around $620, but again those are for used laptops, their newer ones are more expensive, but the price is still decent. It uses the NVIDIA GeForce 9400M graphics card, which is a plus for me (again, nVidia fan) but only offers 160GB hard-drive space. Compared with the other options, this is small, but again it's a Mac, so I'm not sure if they use as much required programs as PCs do in their operating system that takes up hard drive space.
Macs on Amazon
|Apple MacBook Pro MB990LL/A 13.3-Inch Laptop|
MacBook Pro brings high performance and precision design to everyone. Every new MacBook Pro features a breakthrough, long-lasting battery that delivers up to 7 hours of wireless...Only $2866.28
|Apple MacBook Pro MB991LL/A 13.3-Inch Laptop|
MacBook Pro brings high performance and precision design to everyone. Every new MacBook Pro features a breakthrough, long-lasting battery that delivers up to 7 hours of wireless...Only $359.00
|Apple MacBook Pro MD101LL/A 13.3-Inch Laptop (NEWEST VERSION)|
MacBook Pro features Intel's new third-generation Core architecture for a boost in processor and memory speeds. New next-generation graphics deliver performance levels that are ...
|Apple MacBook Pro MD311LL/A 17-Inch Laptop|
The 17" MacBook Pro from Apple is a powerful notebook computer with an innovative aluminum unibody design. It is loaded with advanced power management features and an integrated...Only $779.99
Upgrade my current laptop
Yes, I've considered this option. I've never done it before, but the idea has always appealed to me. I'd have to have good instructions and lots of lots of patience and time to do it. I'd be afraid that I'd screw it up though, so I may just leave it to the professionals. Here's a few guides I might use to repair or overclock my laptop:
So, if you're reading this, and you feel the need to help me with my quest for a new gaming computer, head on over here (make sure you read the disclaimers there!): Help me Get a new gaming computer!
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