I've always had a desktop PC (like, always! Going back to the Vic 20...) but I think this buying cycle I'm finally going to make the switch over to a laptop. I can afford more but want to shoot for the vicinity of $2K. I'm a consummate gamer at heart but I've got a toddler who's one and a half years old so I've been in a bad place for gaming lately. My copy of Skyrim is still shrink wrapped from last xmas. :( However I foresee that easing up a bit within the lifecycle of my next PC, (especially if it's portable enough to come to the living room or den) and I want to make sure it can run stuff like XCOM and Guild Wars 2 really well so that I know it'll run newer stuff at least competently over the next few years. I've successfully broached the topic with my wife but I'm not going to be making the purchase until March (for my b-day.) There are a couple of general questions I wanted to put the the hive mind here as I consider what I want to buy. 1) Laptop as gaming machine. Is this a reasonable thing now? Assuming I am only buying one machine for the next several years, can I expect the graphics card in a high end laptop today to have decent performance for at least a few years? If not, are laptop graphics cards upgradable nowadays or are you still pretty much stuck with your initial purchase? 2) Windows 8 or 7? I don't use my home machine much other than for gaming and some light word processor/spreadsheet stuff. My general mindset is to just get the latest OS because I'm less likely to run into bullshit limitations due to MS wanting me to use the latest thing. Any gaming related incompatibilities that I should worry about with Win8? Metro sounds annoying but other than getting to the latest game I want to play or updating drivers I don't expect to interact with any of it too much. 3) Is SSD worth it? Seems to still be priced at ~1$/GB. At that price I'm thinking of going with a 250GB SSD with a larger non-SSD for bulk storage like pirated MP3's and pr0n viruses. Is the performance really worth it? If so, is the performance so good I should blow my budget out of the water and get a 500GB SSD? 4) Should I bother with a docking station? When I'm at my desk and want to use a larger external monitor and a full sized keyboard, is there any reason to have a docking station these days or can I just plug my peripherals directly into the laptop without a hitch? Thanks in advance for any buying tips you folks can offer.