on 12 December 18
There comes a point in the life cycle of a computer that it cannot keep up with the latest software. Computers, like all electronics, suffer from obsolescence. They eventually become inadequate and inefficient for daily use as time goes by.
Your gaming laptop is not exempt from this reality. While it may have been powerful during its heyday two years ago, things are very different nowadays. The best games will naturally require the best hardware for the best experience. If you're experiencing issues with your gaming laptop, then maybe it's time to get a new one.
When you can't fit all your favorite games into it
Games nowadays, especially the ones from "Triple A" publishers, have crazy large install sizes. A mere 100GB storage drive might not be enough for three AAA games, factoring OS installation and other essential applications.
Naturally, a gamer plays a lot of games. Unfortunately, laptops don't typically have a lot of storage space. A lot of laptops don't even have room for extra drives, so adding a new one is out of the question. If your current gaming laptop can't support extra storage, it's time to move on.
A workaround is to offload your non-gaming data, or currently unplayed games, to an external drive. You'll have to juggle with file transfers to play those games though.
When it can't run the latest games at all
This is an obvious sign that you have to get a new gaming laptop . It's a grim day when an aging gaming laptop fails to meet the minimum spec requirements of the current generation of games.
Sadly, laptops are much harder to upgrade than their desktop counterparts. They're generally much more expensive too, given the same performance tier. Better be financially ready to invest in a new gaming laptop.
When your games are feeling sluggish and unresponsive
Despite your optimizations and driver updates, your gaming laptop is still laggy when playing your favorite games. Your laptop's hardware isn't up to spec anymore then. It could be your processor, graphics card, memory, or a combination of any of these three.
As mentioned earlier, upgrading laptops is usually an iffy proposition. Most of the time, the only components that are upgradable in a laptop are its storage and memory. Due to manufacturing and sizing constraints, fully modular laptops aren't exactly a thing in the industry just yet.
When it's heating up like mad when you're gaming
Your laptop spins up its component fans and cooling systems when you're playing games, as the activity can be very demanding on its hardware.
If your laptop is heating up more than usual, it may be that its fans are failing. Fans and battery packs are usually the first to break down in a laptop. While battery packs are relatively easy to replace - at a notable cost - fan-replacement is trickier and will require extra labor to fix.
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