In terms of everyday computing and school usage. I have a desktop already, but it's kinda old and such ( by a few years, I think), could use an upgrade and such, but I kinda also want a laptop. Do you need a high end laptop/desktop for gaming?
a good gaming laptop will always cost more than a gaming desktop but i prefer laptops because I need space in my house. If you need it for school then get a laptop but most would say get a gaming desktop and just get a cheap laptop for school.
If you are a student and want to game the best is a combo. getting a decent gaming PC with a bare bones labtop on the side just for school work.
Gaming laptops are power hogs and a bit bulky for everyday type requirements, Also I pretty much need to have it plunged in at all time defeating the purpose of portability. My gaming labtop is 17". It's more portable in a sense if I go to relatives/friends house or move base to a hotel during business trips I can play my PC games.
But if you want to bring labtop to the park, on the train, to cafe to work etc a lot then it's better to get normal labtop/netbook or ultrabook (I have one because it offers almost 9 hours battery life perfect for average work day and never have to bring my charger).