This article is part of my ongoing YouTube Articles and Guides series.
“Have you ever done a Let’s Play on laptop, because I know some YouTubers can’t afford a fancy gaming PC?”
Some people seem to have a misconception about Notebooks and Desktop PCs when it comes to their pricing. It appears that Laptops are cheap and affordable and these “fancy gaming PCs” are out of everyone’s league. If you see YouTubers do videos about their gaming rigs, chances are, they have a pretty beast system. You will rarely see a YouTuber do an in-depth video on his affordable and seemingly cheap desktop system – but they are out there. Not advertised, is that there are other systems out there other than “that fancy gaming PC” for thousands of dollars. You see them: Seemingly boring desktop PCs that seem only to run Office and browse the web – but they will be faster and more suited for recording than a laptop for the same price.
Generally speaking: You will be able to get a desktop system with remarkably more processing power for the same price. A desktop system for 700$ will outperform a laptop for 700$ any time – but here is the catch: If you never owned a desktop PC before, you will have to invest in a few peripherals as well as the system. The laptop comes with everything: A keyboard, a mouse, and a screen. I would always attach a mouse and a keyboard to a laptop since the built-in peripherals are barely enough to play games on it. (Every played a shooter with a trackpad? Great times!) The desktop system will require you to buy a screen, mouse, and screen. Once you have these things, though, future systems and upgrades will be cheaper since you don’t need to replace the whole laptop. You can only grab a part that you want to upgrade the graphics card or more RAM. At the very least you will be able to keep the case, your hard drives, and your peripherals. You should remember this if you are thinking about getting a system for gaming and possibly recording.