Most PC gamers would tell you a desktop is the way to go. In terms of customizability, and pricing, nothing really beats a tower. But gaming desktops aren't for everyone -- sometimes you need to be able to game on the go.

If you're a PC gamer in need a of a new laptop, your options are literally endless. Macs are nice, but not really suitable for gaming, while Chromebooks are worthless gaming machines. What you'll need is a powerful laptop running Microsoft's (NASDAQ:MSFT) Windows, with a dedicated graphics card, a speedy processor, tons of ram and a big screen.

The following slideshow highlights five of the best gaming laptops on the market. Three of them are expensive, but can run virtually all of today's most demanding games on the highest settings. The other two aren't marketed to gamers, but are capable laptops that can play most games at reasonable settings.

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