Should I get a gaming laptop for college, or upgrade my current system?

Prkr5885

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Well, in August I'll be off to college for Aerospace Engineering. Lately, my current computer (Specs at bottom) has been slowly starting to die out, and I may just build a new system (new mobo, cpu, maybe ram, ect) and just get a college laptop around $700. But, my other option, is I can get a good gaming laptop (preferably under $1,500) that'll hopefully me last year 4 years in college, and maybe 4 years of gaming. I'm not looking to play everything on ultra, but rather mostly on high/medium settings, and by the end of the 4 years, I could tolerate low settings if possible.


So, long story short, do I spend my money on a gaming laptop that'll last me 4 years through college, or build a new rig and get a decent laptop for college?

CURRENT SYSTEM SPECS:
MOTHERBOARD: ASUS M5A99X EVO R2.0
GRAPHICS CARD :Sapphire AMD R9 280X (3 GB GDDR5)
CPU: AMD FX6350 3.9 GHZ 6 CORES


EDIT: This laptop is a bit above my price range, and it doesn't have a touchscreen and I'm not sure if I'll need one or not for college, but it looks good.
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0161CFBEU/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B0161CFBEU&linkCode=as2&tag=tcb79-20&linkId=DQ7DFHNXKCDVER4R
 

LionKing12

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How much can you spend on desktop and a laptop? I really recommend desktop gaming because sooner or later you'll want to upgrade because of these new tasty games coming.
 

Prkr5885

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I'm comfortable with spending even up to $1400 on a new gaming rig. But, I'm just not really sure how well the laptop would hold up for 4+ years.
 

LionKing12

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4 years is just too much for laptop to survive in gaming field, just build a PC that can be easily upgraded and get a laptop which does the job for you if $1400 is all you want to spend on both of them. Priority = gaming rig.

If you want I could make a pc part list for you.
 

Prkr5885

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It's been a while since I've built something, not saying that I wouldn't be able to on my own, but that'd be pretty cool.

- Just know, I prefer AMD over Nvidia due to past experiences (plus AMD is more "open-source"), so if you could try and pick AMD/INTEL. My biggest "gray area" in terms of systems are RAM and PSUs. I could just gut my case, and maybe use the same PSU. As for monitor, I'd likely need to get a new one. I'd prefer a price range of around $1500.
 
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