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Old 25-05-2020, 16:18   #1
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Gaming laptop vs small desktop?

Need a gaming PC which is both small and quiet. It will sit in my lounge but shouldn't really disturb the person watching TV if the fans kick in.

I have no experience with gaming PCs. How loud do these things get?

I'm looking at laptops which would be the perfect size since I can easily move it aside on my desk to swap with my work laptop. But I'm guessing it will have problems with cooling and fan noise?

Also looking at mini-itx builds. Would they be better for fan noise?
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What are you looking to play and what resolution mate? That has a big impact on things.


EDIT: oh, and budget!

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I've had nothing but laptops for years, spending small fortunes on gaming systems as I needed the power for other things.

I've moved away and built a smallish desktop for the first time as I had the space.

It will both crap on a laptop from a great height and be cheaper.

More to the point, unlike a laptop it's upgradeable in the future at a relatively small cost compared to buying a new laptop.
Gaming laptops tend to have a limited hard life in my experience, the fans kick in far earlier and have to work harder having no space for air causing wear on parts that are difficult to source and even harder to replace.

Otherwise as Ono says.
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Sounds like it’s not worth going the laptop route.

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What are you looking to play and what resolution mate? That has a big impact on things.


EDIT: oh, and budget!
I’d be happy with just 1080p. I’m not a massive gamer but frustrated my everyday laptop can’t play games like EU4 and GTAV. I know they are fairly old now but perhaps I would like to play Doom Eternal.

As for budget, as cheap as possible. Ł500-1000 maybe?

Would prefer a prebuilt if mini itx desktop is the way. Not really a hands on type of guy

The 3XS with Thermaltake V1 case looks like a good size but I have no idea if they are any good and it’s slightly over my budget.
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You can go to somewhere like PC Specialists and spec up a PC which is my preferred way to get a pre-built.

For instance, in your case and needs I went for:

FRACTAL DEFINE S NANO GAMING CASE
AMD Ryzen 3 3300X
ASUS® PRIME A320I-K
16GB Corsair VENGEANCE DDR4 3200MHz (2 x 8GB)
6GB NVIDIA GEFORCE GTX 1660 SUPER
512GB PCS PCIe M.2 SSD
1TB Samsung 860 QVO 2.5" SSD
CORSAIR 550W TXm SERIES™ SEMI-MODULAR 80 PLUS® GOLD, ULTRA QUIET

This came to Ł1031 and provides plenty of M.2 and SSD storage for quick game loading. I would personally replace the motherboard with the B450 variant but they have none in stock at the moment.


Here is the case https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aVTuZYJ1wZo - I have the bigger variant of this on my old rig and loved it. It was very quiet as they provide sound dampening materials.



This machine will run pretty much all games at HIGH/ULTRA at 1080p including Doom Eternal at about 120 fps (Ultra Nighmare settings). It is pretty small, unobtrusive and quiet.

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Nice one Ono, thanks a lot!

Although that case looks a bit big, or the guy in the video is tiny. Do you think I may have heat problems with smaller options e.g. Cooler Master Elite 130, Thermaltake V1?
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You can go smaller but will have to choose a low profile cooling fan.
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