While we all know that desktop computers remain the choice of many PC gamers, sometimes you need a something that you can bring wherever you go. A gaming notebook is a PC rig, but portable. You can use it for playing your PC games anywhere you go.

If you are buying a gaming laptop, you don’t just look at the specifications. You need to look at the whole computer which includes the built-in keyboard and the screen or the display. In this article, we will explain all the decisions you need to make when you are looking and buying a gaming laptop so you can get the best one that suits your needs. If you needs some help on how to check laptop specifications, you can check online tech review sites like Technofaq.

Tips:

You need to get a good GPU: Most modern games are dependent on the computer’s GPU, and you can only upgrade GPU in personal computers, not on gaming laptops. An excellent GPU will make sure your gaming laptop can play games at the maximum settings for many years.

Upgrade later: Many, if not all, gaming laptops will let you upgrade your RAM and the storage.

Pick speed or resolution: 144Hz displays can offer 1920 x 1080 resolution. If you are using 4K resolution, it will be a bit slower.

Good Keyboard: Every good computer comes with a good keyboard. You don’t want to play games using low-quality keyboards with mushy or stiff keys.

Battery life: There are only a few gaming laptops that have good battery life. Most laptops has 8 hours of charge time. If you are choosing a gaming rig, make sure the power supply can keep up with hours of gaming.

What GPU to use

While most older games use CPU, the more modern games use GPU, so choosing between CPU and GPU as well as what GPU to buy is one of the hardest and biggest decision gamers have to make when trying to buy a gaming notebook. At the moment, most notebooks for gaming uses Nvidia GeForce GTX Ten GPU.

Entry-level units: If you don’t need to use a high setting resolution when you play games, you can use a notebook with a GTX 1050. It will let you play games but in medium resolution setting. A GTX 1050 can give you more power for your notebook, and it can make a big difference when playing games, so, it is a good investment. A notebook with this kind of video card can cost from $700 to $1,200.

Mid-level Gaming: GTX 1060 by Nvidia is an excellent mid-level video card that will let you play most new video games on high settings. It is also the minimum requirement to play games in virtual reality. If you are planning to use Vive or Oculus Rift, this is the lowest video card you should buy. A gaming notebook with this kind of video card cost $1,200 to $1,600.

Virtual Reality and highest settings: GTX 1070 card can let you play almost any games available on high settings. GTX 1080 is still the most powerful video card available in the market today for laptops that will allow you to play VR games and special effects far smoother compared to other video cards, and it will let you start pumping up special effects like Gameworks by Nvidia. Laptops whit this video card ranges from $1,600 to $3,500

(To know more about video cards, visit https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Video_card.)

What other specs should you look for?

GPU is critical, but there are other specifications you need to watch out for when looking for a gaming notebook. You need to look for a good Central Processing Unit or CPU, enough RAM, and big storage space.

CPU: Depending on how much you are willing to pay for a CPU, you can get a powerful Core i9 if you have the budget, a Core i7, a standard CPU for a gaming rig or if you are on a tight budget, Core i5 is a good choice. Remember that a CPU is not upgradeable, so you need to think carefully about what CPU to buy. You can choose between the latest quad-core or hexa-core if you want a powerful laptop.

RAM: When you are looking for a game, the first requirement you always look first is the RAM requirement. Most modern games like Call of Duty, Witcher or NBA Live has an 8GB requirements. So, we recommend buying an 8GB RAM for starters. Most laptops that are using GTX 1050 or 1060 comes with an 8GB RAM. Higher video card needs higher RAM, 16GB or more. Not to worry, RAM can be upgraded, so if you need more, but you bought a lower RAM laptop, all you need to do is buy another RAM for an upgrade.

Storage: Hard drive or SSD? If you have money, why not both. Some low-end gaming laptops come only with a 1TB hard drive, but some include a small SSD to serve as a backup boot drive. It’s not uncommon to see 1TB HD and 128GB SSD working together. If you have to use a higher SSD, you will experience lower loading time, but it costs a lot of money. The best thing to do is to get a laptop with a faster, 7,200-rpm HDD. Memory storage is also upgradeable, so if the HDD of your notebook is not enough, you can upgrade it to a larger 2TB HDD.