Is Laptop worth the investment vs. desktop

rskamath

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Hello all,

So this may be a slightly long post but I am essentially moving and trying to get rid of a number of things. I use my desktop a lot and currently I have a mid sized tower that has the following specs:

Intel i5-3470 3.2Ghz 6M LGA1155
ASUS P8Z77-V LX Z77 Crossfire
ASUS Strix GTX 970 OC
500 GB SATA III 6GB/S 7200 RPM
12 GB DDR3/1600 Mhz
Season 620w PSU
Windows 10

I like the mobility that laptop offers and I travel moderately (every other weekend or so - both in and out of country). I would like to use my laptop primarily for gaming/researching locations and watching movies something I can't do when I go for weekends. I do have a smartphone that I can research on and stuff but I do not like the small screen. (I look up many things- places to go etc. when I am traveling).

Primarily I play WoW, Farcry 3/4, Overwatch etc. on high settings and I'd like the laptop (if I get one) to come close to the current performance of my desktop. I know this is hard and will cost a lot of money but is it worth it? or do I just suck up and spend that money on upgrading my desktop?

I would probably upgrade processor/motherboard and psu on my desktop, buy a SSD and maybe blue ray player for my desktop in comparison to the laptops I have seen.. (Laptops I have looked at include MSI/OriginPC laptops).

My max budget is $2,000. Do you think there might be a good resale value for my desktop which I could put towards a laptop?

Thanks.

 
Solution
You can certainly find a good laptop for your budget. Any of the ASUS ROG, MSI, or other gaming laptops with i7 HQ and a 970/1070/980/1080 gpu will be a good choice.

Agreed that if you need the ability to game while traveling then a gaming laptop is worth it for you.
If you did not need to game I would suggest an inexpensive laptop for the road and the powerful desktop for gaming.
And FYI, at this point for your uses your desktop is still more then adequate by today's standards.

geofelt

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If you value transportability, go ahead and buy a good laptop.
17" laptops will be expensive and heavy if that is an issue.

As to your old pc, do not expect much.
If you can find a buyer locally, then good; cases are heavy and shipping will cost a bunch.

A pc will usually fetch more if it is disassembled and the parts sold individually.
That is because it is unlikely that a buyer will want exactly the same pc.
Find your parts in used condition on ebay.
Then filter on completed auctions,
In green you will see what the part actually sold for.
 
You can certainly find a good laptop for your budget. Any of the ASUS ROG, MSI, or other gaming laptops with i7 HQ and a 970/1070/980/1080 gpu will be a good choice.

Agreed that if you need the ability to game while traveling then a gaming laptop is worth it for you.
If you did not need to game I would suggest an inexpensive laptop for the road and the powerful desktop for gaming.
And FYI, at this point for your uses your desktop is still more then adequate by today's standards.
 
Solution
A laptop with a GTX 1060 is a bit faster than a standard desktop GTX 970, and a bit slower than a desktop GTX 1060 GPU and it is within your budget. The following link has some potential candidates, however, in most cases you are looking a laptops with relatively short battery life especially if you are looking at MSI laptops which generally have small capacity batteries to keep the weight down. Additionally, you may want to consider a laptop with a Thunderbolt 3 port since they can technically allow you to one day attach a desktop GPU to the laptop... assuming there is an external GPU case that is compatible with whatever laptop you choose. The Razer Core is currently the only GPU case that is not proprietary to a specific brand, but it is up to Razer to provide BIOS updates to make the Razer Core compatible with other laptop brands.

http://www.ultrabookreview.com/11702-laptops-nvidia-1060/


As for your desktop, I don't think it is worth much to justify selling it. The most valuable component is your Asus Strix GTX 970 OC which can be purchased new for as low as $200 at the moment from Newegg with a rebate. Of course less tech savvy bargain hunting buyers would not know that. A new i5-3470 sells for around $245, but yours is used and it is also a older 3rd generation CPU. Additionally, a current generation Skylake i5-6600k sells for $240 which further erodes the value of the i5-3470.

I would say your system is probably worth around $500 - $550 to a tech savvy buyer.
 

rskamath

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Jul 16, 2013
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Thank you sir - I think this definitely fits my bill the most.. I do not game a whole lot while traveling but it may not be worth selling desktop but maybe a decent laptop under $1500 may do the deal.
 
If you need to do things on the road, laptop is no-brainer, as taking desktop with you would be, comically, inconvenient.

Next thing you need to decide how much you are willing to lug with you. This is unfortunately a hard decision if you have not done it before. I started with a 8 LB, then a 5 LB, then currently a 3 LB which am happy with. Is amazing what a couple of pound difference it makes, so if no heavy gaming, think seriously whether you want to lug a 17" "stone tablet" with u.
 

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