If you want to play BF4 in any real capacity, you'll need a gaming laptop with a fast CPU. And I don't mean 'i7' instead of an 'i5'. I mean the fastest CPU they're willing to put in the chassis, getting as close to 4GHz under load as you can, and that's irrespective of GPU.
But you'll also want a fast GPU, and no, you won't be gaming on multiple monitors (in BF at least) with it- you'll be happy to hit moderate-to-high settings without chocking in the action on just one screen.
You really have two good options:
1. Gaming laptop with decent external monitor (or not), with the fastest or next to fastest i7-4000 series CPU available and the fastest Nvidia GPU available (AMD will only give you less performance and battery life in exchange for more heat and noise, it's just the way things are).
2. Get a decent Ultrabook and a decent gaming desktop.
I'd recommend option 2. Building a gaming desktop is much cheaper when you're not thermally limited and can overclock the CPU. You can even make it small on a budget. The big crux is that a mobile 'gaming' CPU is going to be ~$500-$800 of your budget, and that's the price of a decent laptop.
Good advice about desktop, but sometimes mobile gaming away from home might be more important, especially during "accidental" Titan warp-ins
NovusBogus wrote:Micro-ATX and mini-ITX can both support a respectable single-card gaming rig, and are highly portable.
Chrispy_ wrote:As an example, you can get an i7, GTX Titan, 32GB of RAM an SSD and several terabytes of drive space into a Coolermaster Elite 120 without it sounding like a tornado.
If you pick more sensible components like, say, an i5 and an HD7850, you can do it without breaking the bank, too.
JustAnEngineer wrote:I tend to favor Micro-ATX (4 PCIe slots) over Mini-ITX (1 PCIe slot). However, you can build a gaming PC in a Mini-ITX enclosure if you set out to do so.
I cannot recommend the 5400 rpm green hard-drive without an SSD.
JustAnEngineer wrote:GeForce GTX780 is a serious graphics card. Verify that it will fit in your enclosure. For gaming on a 1920x1080 display, a GeForce GTX770 would be plenty for $200 less.
The Silverstone slim-line drive that I recently purchased included a SATA adapter cable that plugs into your motherboard. Strangely, it adapts the power connection to 4-pin Molex rather than desktop SATA size.Chrispy_ wrote:Both of those cases need slimline optical drives, which is fine but you usually also need a slimline SATA adapter to hook them up -worth knowing if you've never used one.
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