Okay so. I ordered a $1300 Alienware 17' R4 from Dell's website. They have the only version of that laptop that I can afford, I made it expedited shipping.
I was so excited to get my first real gaming laptop.
Gpu wasn't the best, from what I saw, but it was pretty good and was able to play even the most graphically demanding games at at least 30fps, which... is acceptable to me, never understood the big deal with 60fps. Most PS3 games play games at 30fps.
Anyway, so I ordered it, and then... for some reason, I checked a few hours ago, (I assume today was when it was supposed to be shipped), to find that my order had been cancelled.
Anger wasn't even the word, more like blind, unyielding rage. I wanted to punch a hole in every wall in my house. Worst part? I have to wait till tomorrow to talk to them, and its not like I'm gonna sleep tonight with how mad I am, so I may very well end up falling asleep later on today and then sleeping through their business hours.
This, to me, is like getting a brand new puppy, and then watching as it jumps out of my arms and then runs into traffic. That was ALL my money for this month too. **** dell.
Having 30FPS on PC is a much different experience than consoles. It can be a slideshow and very inconsistent. Developers on the console can tune those games to hide the fact it's only 30FPS. Not so much on the PC.
This might be a blessing in disguise. I wouldn't bother with a "cheap" performance laptop and instead get a $1300 desktop that can give you 60FPS quite easily.
The funny thing is that you don't really need to physical build one yourself. I used NCIX to build my last desktop. Because they distribute computer hardware, you pay them $50, choose your components from a huge list and they build it and ship. And....they did a pretty good job building the computer.
And that was for an extra 50 bucks....and aside from the videocard, I haven't replaced any of the components in 5-6 years.
Why is it stupid to hook up a computer to a TV? Not sure why you would think that
You do not need more space to have a desktop. You can easily hook up a computer to TV using HDMI and then use a Xbox controller to play games. And if you really want, you can just buy a cheap wireless keyboard+mouse combo to navigate through Windows if need be. Or, when powered on, boot to Steam Big Picture mode so you don't need a keyboard.
The idea that space considerations is the reason to play consoles exclusively is not true.
I've hooked up my computer to my TV a few times to play some games. That's how I played Witcher 2 and some others. You can essentially make your PC into a more powerful console pretty easily. In fact there are some prebuilt PC's that are made precisely for this purpose with a small form factor case.