I have a friend who will be going into a local university next year and she is looking to get a new PC for gaming. She plays mostly RPG games like Dragon Age 2, Sims 3 with helluva lot of mods and shes also dying to play Skyrim.
However she told me that her university course requires her to stay over in their hostel for the entire 2 year course and she will only be home on weekends. The problem now is whether she should
a) Buy a desktop and leave it at hostel to game there
b) Buy a desktop and leave it at home to game there
c) Buy a gaming laptop, which is a lot more costly (About $1000 more :X) but has all the portability
Even i dont know what to suggest. The only gaming laptop i can think of right now are the Alienware M14x series which weigh quite a bit (she'll be bringing this around school and back home/to school as well) and im not sure how the GT 555M graphics cards perform. Higher end laptops with cards like the HD6870 and 560M will be too expensive. On top of that, im not sure if the 555M will be able to perform well for tomorrow's games as this PC will have to last her for at least 2 years.
The desktop wouldnt have much of an issue because its gonna come with an i7 2600K with a 560 Ti and 8GBs of RAM. Graphic card upgrades can be done easily. And besides, the 555 M benchmarks only seem so-so even for some of the older games like FEAR 2 and Dirt 2, so i cant say how will it be like for the games of tomorrow.
So what do you guys suggest? The desktop with more power for less, but at the cost of portability, or the alienware with less power for more but with more convenience?