62 months ago
I have been considering buying a laptop to do some light-mid gaming. I am thinking to start I just want to be able to play WoW: Warlords of Draenor on close to max settings. I haven't played in about 5 years and my old rig was awful, so I am hoping a nice shiny new system will add to the enjoyment of starting over.
My first thought was to get a laptop so I could watch TV with my wife, but do daily grind type stuff sitting on the couch, while possibly setting up to display to a 55" 1080p Samsung TV for raiding and the occasional PVP binge. I have read there might be issues with clarity going to a larger screen, but I figure it is worth a shot. The laptop I am currently looking at is http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834314704. Quick rundown if you don't want to click the link:
2.5G Intel core i7
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M 2 GB
17.3" 1920 x 1080 Display
I came up with the build below trying to get something close to the same performance, but am very new to the PC building hobby (as in have never done it, but have done some simple hardware swapping on an old desktop a few years ago). I included a monitor, but no keyboard/mouse/optical drive, as they are either cheap or unnecessary for my needs. Does anyone see any obvious faults, or possible improvements to the system as laid out? Do people think this setup will be capable of powering WoW: Warlods of Draenor on Ultra settings, or close to it? Do I need a CPU cooler? Do people think the tradeoff on portability vs. 30% less cost is worth it? Any tips on somehow getting more portability out of a desktop?