Gaming Laptop or Macbook + Console or Macbook + Gaming PC?

I am in a dilemma. I left country to pursue Ph.D. in USA and I left my gaming PC back home. I was a hardcore gamer and played on a semi pro level in MOBA games.

I own a 6 year old HP Probook which doesn't work well for me in Physics simulations. Plus it's not lightweight. So I need a new laptop. I was considering a gaming laptop for the power + gaming capabilities. Here are my thoughts:

Gaming Laptop (Acer Predator Helios 300)
It's powerful for everything. But it's heavy. Hard to carry around from class to class. My campus is big so I have to walk long distances with my laptop. How about longevity? Is it a good choice?

Macbook + Console
Macbooks are light and good machines which should last me a long time. Maybe get a console to play games later on? I find gaming relaxing and I miss it.

Macbook + Gaming PC (very costly)
This seems to be a good option. But I've made some friends here who play on XBOX. So maybe getting an XBOX would be good for partying with them. I'm very confused. At this age, I might prefer gaming on the living room rather than inside my room. I don't know.

Please help me out.

On a different note: I am a PCMasterRace guy, so if a console is a better option please do suggest whether to get a ps4 or xbox one or xbox one X. I have zero clue.
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  1. tahmid_trickmaster said:
    I am in a dilemma. I left country to pursue Ph.D. in USA and I left my gaming PC back home. I was a hardcore gamer and played on a semi pro level in MOBA games.

    I own a 6 year old HP Probook which doesn't work well for me in Physics simulations. Plus it's not lightweight. So I need a new laptop. I was considering a gaming laptop for the power + gaming capabilities. Here are my thoughts:

    Gaming Laptop (Acer Predator Helios 300)
    It's powerful for everything. But it's heavy. Hard to carry around from class to class. My campus is big so I have to walk long distances with my laptop. How about longevity? Is it a good choice?

    Macbook + Console
    Macbooks are light and good machines which should last me a long time. Maybe get a console to play games later on? I find gaming relaxing and I miss it.

    Macbook + Gaming PC (very costly)
    This seems to be a good option. But I've made some friends here who play on XBOX. So maybe getting an XBOX would be good for partying with them. I'm very confused. At this age, I might prefer gaming on the living room rather than inside my room. I don't know.

    Please help me out.

    On a different note: I am a PCMasterRace guy, so if a console is a better option please do suggest whether to get a ps4 or xbox one or xbox one X. I have zero clue.

    i prefer a gaming pc for gaming. consoles have some good exclusives.graphics on pc are much better. you also have to take membership to play online on consoles.whereas on pc its free and you can also upgrade it in future. gaming laptop is good if are travelling.its very difficult to take your pc along.
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  2. If you're a PC gamer used to the benefits that a PC provides then the limitations of console gaming may frustrate you.

    Have you considered a lightweight laptop and a modest gaming desktop? Is there a particular reason why you need a Mac?
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  3. bicycle_repair_man said:
    If you're a PC gamer used to the benefits that a PC provides then the limitations of console gaming may frustrate you.

    Have you considered a lightweight laptop and a modest gaming desktop? Is there a particular reason why you need a Mac?


    A couple of my colleagues including my supervisor use macbooks. These seem to do well for them, which is why I was considering getting one. The main drawback of the gaming laptop is the weight.

    Btw, what limitations are you talking about? Can you elaborate?
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  4. By limitations I mean:

    1. Lower graphical quality.
    2. Lower frame rates.
    3. Lack of graphical and control customisation.
    4. Lack of backwards compatibility.
    5. Little or no mod support.
    6. No component upgradability.

    In essence, a console trades customisability for convenience. With a console, you have to play the game how the developer or publisher dictates. With a PC, you can tweak the settings to get an experience that's right for you.

    Unless you need a Mac for a specific reason then your money is better spent elsewhere.
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