If you are an avid gamer, I’m sure you want a laptop that can satisfy all your needs when it comes to gaming. But when you choose your configuration for the best gaming laptop, you need to pay attention to a number of features.

Before you decide to buy a gaming laptop, you should know that they are quite expensive, compared to desktops. Personally, I think you need a desktop if you are a really passionate gamer that likes to play the latest (and most demanding) games out there and you don’t want to spend too much on your computer. That’s because desktops are, for the time being at least, more powerful than laptops, and they are cheaper. However, there are gaming laptops that perform incredibly well even when running the most demanding applications, and these are most useful in several occasions, like when you want to have a LAN party at a friend’s house, or if your job requires you to travel a lot.

If you are patient enough, you can find some killer deals on gaming laptops. Don’t jump on the first offer you come across. Relax and look some more, and only make your decision after you explore every possibility. Before you buy a gaming notebook make sure the video card is from the new generation, because without a good video card, many games will run poorly. Some of the best video cards are ATI Mobility Radeon 9700, ATI Mobility FireGL V3200, and Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 900. Of course, these are not the only ones that will work. There are other graphic cards that are great, so it is recommended you look at the specs before choosing.

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Then, RAM memory is also directly responsible for the smooth running of any game. In my opinion, it’s equally important as the video card and the processor. For 2011 I think 2 GB of RAM should suffice, although I personally wouldn’t settle for less than 4 GB. And I’m talking about DDR3, as the not-so-old DDR2 is almost obsolete. The more RAM the better.

In order to avoid crashes or other unpleasant “mishaps” during the game, you need to have a strong CPU and a high performance hard drive. While best gaming laptops under $1000 usually have very good processors, they don’t always have the best hard drives. If you can choose your configuration, you need to remember to get a Serial ATA hard drive (or SATA) with as many rotations per minute as possible. 7200 rpm should be Ok. Also, you need to look at the display. Choose the ones capable of higher resolution.

Even though right now desktops are better than laptops when it comes to gaming, in the future there will be no more desktops, because they are plain old impractical – you can’t take them anywhere. And since the best gaming laptops are catching up with them in terms of performance, maybe you should consider getting one for yourself.