Originally Posted by Discuss Thrower
So at this point is it better to get a top end laptop with some durability and eschew the self-built desktop or..
Im not sure that high end laptops and durability are synonymous. I'm not sure this is entirely true, but from my experience and from what i've been told, the higher performance stuff also produces more heat (assuming you're working it hard and taking advantage of the hardware). More heat = higher chance of hardware failure.
It's not because you bought a BAD laptop...it's just something that's inherent in laptops because of the extremely limited space and ventilation.