In the search for a possible desktop replacement, I see that the really good gaming computers are not available in store. They need to order them for you. I don't feel comfortable paying them and then walking out empty handed.
Many of these desktop replacements that you can buy and take home the same day have i7 CPUs that rate a 9 or 10 on Game Debate as well as great hard drives and RAM. It's the GFX cards that are a problem. I want at least a 9 here as well. The ones they have in the store are not what I'm looking for. The best they have is a NVIDIA GTX 670M with 3 GB. It isn't anything mindblowing compared to my current AMD Radeon HD 6740 G2 with 3 GPU set up. Others have a 570M, 660M or lower. The ones where you have to wait sometime to get your order feature the 680M, which is exactly what I want.
These high-end computers cost about $1800-2000, which seems like a fair price for what you are getting. I'm certain it will run any game, even Crysis 3, for the next few years. I can't say the same for my aging Gateway.
Again, I will wait until such titles as Crysis 3, Watch Dogs and Grand Theft Auto V get release dates first. I only plan to buy one more 2012 release in Doom 3: BFG Edition and then no more until next year. I don't play my games on max settings. I'm happy playing on Medium with 1280x720 resolution. It's still better than playing Xbox 360 on a crap CRT TV.
If I find one of these PCs with a 680M that can be bought in a store on Day One, then I'll snap it up. Right now, there's nothing.
I finished New Super Mario Brothers 2 two days ago and my opinion is this:
The well has run dry.
Honestly, they are milking this game almost as much as Activision has with Call Of Duty and UbiSoft has with Assassin's Creed. They are releasing TWO NSMB games this year as you know and I have a feeling the Wii U version will be nothing different from the prior 3. After playing NSMB2, I think I will pass on the Wii U for a while. Of course, I expect millions and millions to run out and buy the Wii U as the launch titles look great and they are offering Mario right from the start.
I suggest just sticking with Super Mario 3D Land as I love what they have done with that game or waiting for Sticker Star. However, I won't stop you from buying NSMB2. I did and I found out:
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When I run Tech Power Up or CPUID, it says there are 3 cards. One is the Radeon 6620G and the other two are Radeons in the 6600 and 6700 range. The 6620G is the integrated card and the other two are the dedicated, I think. It may be the other way around. Together, I have 1491 GB of VRAM as recorded by games such as Max Payne 3 and Sleeping Dogs. However, there is no way on this site to show that. My GFX is a little better than it is. It still does a very good job with 1280X720 resolution games even if it's over a year old. I certainly am envious of people with monsters. If I didn't have to travel so much, I'd buy a desktop with an i7 with a rated 10 GFX card.
We'll see what position I will be in same time next year. If I travel less, I'll buy a desktop. If not, I'll buy the high-end laptop of today at a lowered price tomorrow. For now, after Doom 3: BFG, I plan no more purchases in '12. First game of '13 looks to be Bioshock: Infinite, though if it has GFW:L, I'm just going to buy a PS3 and play it on that instead. GFW:L is awful.
Desktop replacement is the politically correct term for a laptop that weighs over 6 lbs. It's not one of those ultrabooks you can hold in the palm of your hand that I'm looking for. I would like a desktop but I travel frequently. I need a gaming PC on the go. Thus, I am looking at another desktop replacement at this time.
its still called a laptop gaming laptops will be more expensive than your normal laptops.i've never used a gaming laptop but there are some good ones out there which won't be very expensive and you can still play most games on low/med settings
I use the term "desktop replacement" to confuse the people on the Steam boards. It is still a laptop, albeit a very heavy laptop. You do make a good point. If those $2000 machines drop in price to $1000 by October 2013, it would be better to buy that instead of the new machine that would then be $2000. There are machines for a decent price now ($1500) that offer the GTX 670M with 3 GB of RAM. If by then it's down to $1000 or less, better to buy that and then spend the other $1000 on a used desktop that can run the more CPU/GFX heavy games. The money I have left, I can buy another PS3 or the Wii U.