Regret buying a laptop?

Discussion in '2015+ Alienware 13 / 15 / 17' started by Alien Guy, Jan 11, 2018.

  1. Alien Guy

    Alien Guy Newbie

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    So I am 3 weeks into my first gaming pc, a 15R3 with the gtx1060 and am having a blast so far. I have been a console guy my whole life and got the AW specifically for gaming on a new Oculus Rift I got for christmas.

    Anyway, I have been thinking if I should have went desktop instead. I really do not plan on traveling with the computer but do move it from one room to another in the house when we have people over that want to try the VR out. Being inexperienced in PC gaming, I was not aware there were smaller desktops like the MSI Aegis 3. And went with a laptop due to our home office being right off the entry and wanted a smaller setup for aesthetic purposes.

    I called the Microsoft store (where I bought my 15R3) and they said I have another week to return it and use the credit towards another machine. I paid $1,260 for my AW and there is an Aegis 3 on sale for $1399 with a 1070 card. I know the GPU performance will be better but really like the idea of being able to upgrade in 3-4 years if needed. How long do you think I can get away on the 1060 with the new VR content?

    So what do you think? Am I overthinking it and should just shut up and play? or swap my hardware in for a different setup?
     
  2. don_svetlio

    don_svetlio Notebook Virtuoso

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    Careful with small PCs - a lot of them run hotter and louder than laptops due to the desktop ovens inside (looking at Intel's garbage TIM mainly)
     
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  3. Pete Light

    Pete Light Notebook Deity

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    That's good advice from Don, but I wouldn't say a 1060 is future proofed for VR either so it's a tough call to keep either long term of you need it for VR. Personally I'd get a AW 1070 or 1080 but that's just me

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  4. Alien Guy

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    I agree the 1060 is not future proof but the thought of the Aegis was that it can be upgraded cheaper than having to buy a whole new laptop.
     
  5. Danishblunt

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    Desktop is the better way to go. I build in that pricerange a desktop PC with a 1080, 1600x, 16GB ram, 256GB NVME drive and 2TB hdd drive including a really neat 32" monitor.
     
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  6. jaizin

    jaizin Notebook Guru

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    I would go for a desktop if you can swing it. I use my 17 for VR all the time and it works for me, but if I didn't want the mobility I would absolutely build a desktop as you get more machine for your money. The only bad thing about desktops is the price of graphics cards these days.
     
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    Not really a valid point since Desktop GPU prices are still million times better than mobile GPU prices.
     
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