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New gaming laptop or mid-range gaming desktop

Dec 15, 2011
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Sydney NSW, Australia
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Ok so the easy answer to the title without any questions asked is - desktop. HOWEVER I'll be going to Washington for 5-6 months for a semester abroad studying (first half of 2015) and I'm trying to decide whether it is better to sell my G53 (which can play BF4 on low-med settings) and buying a new gaming laptop OR save up some cash and build a mid-range gaming desktop in the US and buy parts from newegg, microcentre tigerdirect etc while I'm over there. And then once I've finished my semester abroad, sell the parts a week or two before leaving on eBay or something.

I'm thinking convenience wise laptop is better but it in just about all other areas the desktop wins.

I will be taking a small convertible/hybrid laptop for uni as well.

Nov 25, 2008
926 (0.20/day)
Akron, OH
System Name Main Rig
Processor Athlon 5350
Motherboard AsRock mITX
Memory 4gb
Storage 120gb Kingston HyperX SSD
Display(s) Samsung Syncmaster 740N
Power Supply Corsair 430 watt
Leave the gaming at home. Use your time in a foreign country to take in the sights.
Nov 23, 2013
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Audio Device(s) Asus Xonar U3
Power Supply FSP 650w
Try Rollerblade's. Good theme.
Nov 9, 2010
5,194 (1.35/day)
Processor Intel i7 950 @ 3.2GHz
Motherboard ASUS P6X58D-E
Cooling Corsair H50 push/pull
Memory Kingston HyperX 1600 8GB
Video Card(s) Sapphire HD 7970 OC
Storage Plextor M5P 128GB/WD Black 2x1TB,1x6TB/Seagate 1TB
Display(s) Panasonic TC-L32U3
Case Antec DF-85
Audio Device(s) Yamaha RX-V371 AVR
Power Supply XFX 850w Black Edition
Mouse Logitech G402
Keyboard Logitech K120
Software W10 Pro 64 bit
I have to agree with the above. You don't really need to force yourself to game during a one semester trip. You already have a laptop plenty good enough for school. Take that and spend any left over enjoying your trip.

Besides, this...
...sell the parts a week or two before leaving on eBay or something.
...could take longer than you think and be more hassle than you anticipate.