It truly is a luxury to have a desktop, and many PC gamers take it for granted. Let’s face it: desktops are not ideal for a large segment of the PC gaming population. Whether it’s because of space constraints or the lack of portability, having the ultimate PC gaming rig in a big, bulky desktop is a stretch for many gamers. One of the biggest worries with many gamers, when they switch to a custom gaming laptop, is that they won’t have the same high-powered specs that they had with a custom gaming desktop. Fortunately, there are a few options for PC gamers that are looking to switch into the wonderful world of custom built gaming laptops.

At Magic Micro Computers, we carry a large assortment of custom gaming laptops, and our website lets you essentially build a gaming laptop. Whether you’re looking for a more compact 14-inch display or a superior laptop with up to 16 GB of RAM, Magic Micro Computers can assemble and ship your custom built gaming laptop in almost no time. Visit our website today to see our different options for laptops or call us at 800-964-2761 to speak to one of our technicians.

Laptops for Gaming

Once you’ve finally made the decision/realization that your lifestyle isn’t compatible with having a massive gaming desktop, you’ll find that there are a few options for gaming laptops. Today, we are going to be discussing the two most viable options for gamers: choosing between a budget notebook and a custom built gaming PC. We’re going to eliminate the option of getting a preconfigured laptop because they are costly and can usually be custom built for less.

Budget Notebooks for Gaming

It may seem sort of silly to do gaming on a budget notebook, but you would be surprised how many games you can still run on a budget laptop. You might not be able to run games on ultra settings, and your overall performance may be lackluster, but you will still be able to play some of your favorite titles. The reason why you won’t be able to play games on ultra settings comes down to the type of graphics card and available RAM on your computer. Many budget laptops and notebooks don’t have a dedicated graphics card. As a result, the integrated graphics card will utilize RAM to power the graphics rendering.

Having a computer with an integrated GPU is not necessarily a bad thing, especially if you have a laptop with excess RAM — which is why we suggested upgrading your RAM on a custom built gaming laptop to something like eight or 16 GB of RAM. By having plenty of RAM for both your CPU and the integrated graphics card, your computer won’t be competing for RAM.

The downside to having a budget laptop is that its budget, meaning it’s not the most well-designed piece of machinery. The hardware inside the laptop will be cheaper, and the very nature of laptops — small, compact, with less-than-favorable ventilation — means that they are more prone to overheating. As a result, only expect your budget laptop to survive abouttwo to four years. Because the internal temperature of a laptop gets rather hot, especially if it is not designed to disperse heat properly, the components break down over time until they eventually cease to work.

Custom Build Gaming Laptops

This option is for someone who is a little more dedicated to their gaming efforts. Going to a build-your-own laptop website will take care of most of the heavy lifting, and is definitely the better option compared to building the laptop yourself — especially if you have no experience building computers. Some websites will give you the option to add dedicated graphics cards to your gaming laptop, which will dramatically boost your performance. However, do note that a GPU is often the most expensive component of your computer build.

With a dedicated graphics card, you don’t have to worry about the CPU and the GPU competing for RAM on your computer. While it is still advisable to have a large cache or RAM, especially if you want to run your games on ultra settings, the dedicated graphics card will boost your gaming experience on your laptop. For graphics cards, it truly depends on how much money you are willing to spend. If you are into paying upwards of $500 for a single component of your gaming laptop then spring for a new custom built laptop with a dedicated GPU.

The Happy Medium

One of the biggest factors limiting gamers from getting a custom gaming laptop with a dedicated GPU is price. As we just mentioned, graphics cards are incredibly expensive. If you want to avoid the cost of a graphics card while still having a high-quality gaming laptop, find a happy medium. By finding a computer with a high-quality CPU and an integrated GPU, you get the best of both worlds. You might not be able to run games on ultra settings, but, if you have enough RAM, you will be able to run games perfectly fine.

If you’re ready to find your happy medium, be sure to check out Magic Micro Computers’ selection of custom gaming laptops. Our computer building website is designed with you, the gamer, in mind. Whether you want to keep things on a budget, or you want to go all-out visit our website to get started on your new laptop gaming experience.