Hi. Hoping someone could point me in a good direction regarding computer hardware and laptops, since I'm not too knowledgeable on it myself and researching this stuff makes me lose the will to live.
I'm currently using a gaming desktop + work and personal laptop combo, but I'd like to condense the two down into a gaming laptop which is normal-looking and runs as quiet as possible—both of these points are essential for me. I've been playing and modding everything from Morrowind to Fallout 4 using a liquid-cooled Alienware x51 r3 from 2015 fairly comfortably, but now I'm only really interested in Oblivion and Fallout New Vegas and I doubt I'm going to pick up any new games on PC, since my friends and I are mostly console now. In fact, modding Oblivion/NV is the only reason I use my desktop anymore. I would still like the option to mod up to Fallout 4 occasionally though.
I was going to opt for the Alienware m15 or m17 r3 since I've been happy with my current machine, but then I got put off by some reports of loud fan noise and low battery life. It's hard to tell if this is because reviewers always get sent super-high spec models and test the most recent games, whereas I'd get one of the entry-level ones for playing 5+-year old games. I know that machine is obvious overkill too, even at lower specs, so it seems like I'm burning cash unnecessarily.
Any other recommendations or experiences to help me out?