Yeah, I'm planning on buying it a few years from now. It has to do with budget and life situation. And I know that hardware will be much different a few years in the future; the point is, if it's around now and is affordable for me, chances are it will be even more affordable in a few years.
Why are you saying that you "can't" play Crysis on a laptop? Are you saying there's something about mobile computers that makes Crysis crash or simply refuse to run, always? And I'm not looking for a gaming laptop. I'm no hardcore gamer, but I want to be able to at least run games like Crysis at a playable speed, 25-30 fps at least, instead of the 10-15 I get on my desktop PC.
Sources that claim you can run Crysis on a laptop:
GameSpot Forums - PC & Mac Games - Can I run Crysis on laptop?
The Gateway P-6831 FX: A Great Crysis-Capable Laptop for Less | N4G
WikiAnswers - What is the best gaming laptop for Crysis
(I know it's a gaming laptop, but it's still a laptop.)
Why can't you update things on a laptop? If you can buy laptop video cards from nVidia and ATI, it seems like it would be possible to install those video cards on laptops. Isn't it just a matter of taking the old video card out and putting the new one in? (I understand that with many prebuilt laptops, the video card is integrated and cannot be removed. Isn't an integrated card avoidable, though?)
This is one of the sources that says it can be less expensive to build a custom laptop.
With a thirst for challenge and a $1,400 budget, you can assemble a speedy, well-equipped mobile machine that performs better and costs less than many comparable pre-built systems.
(I know that mentions a $1,400 budget, but maybe it would be possible for less?)
I'm not trying to contradict you--I appreciate that you took the time to post advice. I'm just surprised at your response and am wondering what your reasoning is.