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So, Tristan Lazatin from our FB page asked me a question Should I build Gaming PC or buy Gaming Laptop?
First things first. If it’s purely for gaming then we already know who’ll perform best. But at the end of his message, it will also be used as a workstation. He’s still a student from UST and would want to build CAD projects as the same time for gaming.
Thanks Tristan for sending me a message. I’ll make a list of Pros and Cons of Gaming PC and Gaming Laptop, hoping it well help you decide:
Pros of PC:
- Cheap, in a sense that with same amount of money you will get far better performance compare to laptop
- Upgradable, PC is like brick cubes where you could swap it out with ones you like as long it’s compatible
- Customization, from different styles and featues you want
- Overall better gaming and creating project experience, choices of having bigger screens and layout
Cons of PC:
- Nevermind mobility, obviously you can’t bring it anywhere without spending too much effort carrying its weight.
- Staging area, it’s big and bulky. Unless you’ll build using m-ATX boards and cases.
- Dust, on the big fans including intake and exhaust and from both CPU and GPU. You have to make time to wipe it down.
Pros of Laptop:
- Mobility, if you could bring your workstation then you’re the champ of your team.
- Electricity consumption, less compare to desktop pc
- Best buddy, especially when you’re on the go for filming and editing.
I have to use laptop everytime when doing programming stuffs and creative thinking. It’s really tempting to use gaming pc because I usually get bored and have to do some minor breaks.
Main Cons of “Gaming” Laptop:
- IT WILL DEFINITELY RUN HOT.
I don’t want to exagerate this but it still indeed run incredibly hot especially when you’re not in the controlled temp environment especially if you’re not in the office or air conditioned room. It’s frustrating and you won’t be able to focus on your stuff. Unless you have a docking port / station with external keyboard and mouse.
Other cons of Laptop:
- Small screen, you may not like that since you’re also into gaming
- Almost zero option for upgrading, except for Storage and in most cases RAM and that process is not simple either.
- Price to performance is not as good as PC
So with that being said, I hope it adds additional info whether you should build a Gaming PC or Gaming Laptop. One thing to add:
Gaming laptop and PCs could also be used as workstation. Well depends on your preferences. 16GB RAM with powerful CPU can be helpful for your rendering and cad projects; 8GB RAM with powerful GPU can do a lot in Gaming.
Bottomline, it’s still up to your preferences.
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