It seems to me that normal PCs without water cooling and without specifically modded gfx-card-fans are the vacuum cleaners among the home electronics, especially when playing a gfx heavy game. (Which it appears is pretty much every game that's released today :-)
I have been thinking that a gaming laptop could provide some value on the noise front at a higher price, but without the hassle I'd have to go through screwing a "silent" machine together myself. (obviously plus the added mobility + space-saving bonus)
So - the short question is, and I really think it shouldn't be too subjective: Are gaming laptops "loud" while playing a modern game?
- Loud compared to an average box sitting under the desk?
- Loud compared to the same laptop when only surfing?