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The Merits of Desktop Gaming

Letting go of something after a deep attachment has already been developed can be very hard to do. No matter how many people you turn to for advice or how many self-help books you read, nothing could ever fully erase the pain that comes with separation (barring apathy borne from repeated instances of this, if soap operas are to be believed; although I’ve personally never met someone who has gone through such emotional tortures). Nevertheless, the pain could always be lessened.

Alright, that introductory paragraph may be a tad too dramatic for most people’s tastes, but for the purpose of this article, it’ll have to do; and the purpose of this article is to discuss the merits of selling used laptops and switching to desktops if video games (or graphics-heavy programs, in general) are your thing.

The first thing to understand is that video games are big business, which is why most games are released multi-platform. This means that big-name games are made available across all three current major gaming machines: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and Windows.

So why not just stick to the two gaming consoles if I fancy myself a true gamer, you ask? Well actually, I own a PS3 myself, although I only use it for PS3 exclusives like Metal Gear Solid 4 and the Uncharted series. However, I love me some first-person shooter fragfests, and I don’t know about you, but FPSes just feel more natural to me with the tried-and-true keyboard-and-mouse control setup. Similarly, strategy games are nearly unplayable without the keyboard and the mouse, whether they’re real-time like the StarCraft series, or turn-based like the Civilization games. As for the other game genres that are released for multiple platforms, they more often than not come cheaper for Windows than the consoles; and controlling them with a gamepad is as easy as plugging in a custom controller in the computer’s USB port.

Despite my inclination towards Windows, choosing a gaming platform between it and the consoles is still a matter of preference. However, if you do choose to go with computers for your gaming needs, I strongly suggest you trade in your laptop for a desktop for the full gaming experience, as laptops will just not cut it.

First of all, to truly immerse yourself in a game’s virtual environment, you will want to have multi-channel speakers and a reasonably huge monitor. While it’s true that you can hook up your laptop to these two components, it practically renders the laptop’s sole advantage over the desktop (its portability) for naught, not to mention the fact that doing so just seems clunky. Also, laptops are more expensive than desktops of the same system specs, so there’s that too.

Secondly, and more importantly, desktops are built from the ground up to be customizable; something which only the highest-end laptops can offer. And even then, laptop components are very product-specific, making the procurement of these parts more difficult and expensive than they ought to be.

This second point is critical because, if you have even the most basic technical know-how, you can practically ensure that your desktop has a good shelf life as a high-end machine for about a decade; a big difference from the laptop’s average of two years. In the long run of keeping up-to-date with the latest games, the functionality and savings generated by desktops just can’t be beat.

So what are you waiting for? Go and Google where you can sell laptops online, and use the money to supplement your desktop purchase. You’ll be glad you did.

Author Bio:- Mikaela V. Taylor is an aspiring blogger which occasionally writes about electronics. She currently writes for Cashforlaptops.com where one can trade in laptop and at the same time help reduce tech waste.

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