We know there is no such thing as a 'gaming laptop', but there are laptops which are misused for gaming - and this post/questions below are about these misused laptops.
Making laptops play games = bad decision is already known (no lectures needed) - but this is about asking how to make these 'misused for games' machines last as long as anyone can.
(I'm always traveling and almost never at home -> desktops not my option)
Reasons for asking:
I only buy laptops for work - but always can't help the curiosity of trying to see how much I can push them for games. My old Dell work laptop (Intel Core2Duo with a crappy Intel GMA X3100 graphics chipset) was forced to run games it was struggling to handle (e.g. CS Source, COD4MW), runs very hot...
...but it has lasted me 9 years and is still working running BF2.
While my later HP work laptop (AMD A-8, 8Gb RAM, HD7640G shared RAM GPU) started gradually having more BSODs only after 2 years, and finally became a brick after 4 years (despite various lengthy detailed discussions on tech forums trying to save it) - I tested BF4 on it -> on low with 25-50 fps - it gave about 130 hours of BF4 (I still had fun!), plus at least 1500 hours of 30 plus other games of varying requirements. While gaming it runs hot (up to 99 degrees Celcius) and doubles as a grill for my burgers.
No surprises the HP died after 4 years, but wished it lasted as the older/crappier but equally abused 9 year old Dell.
NOW - I wouldn't want my new humble laptop [Intel i5, 8GB, GTX 1050 (4GB GDDR5), 1TB hard drive with 8Gb cache] crap out after only 2-4 years. Since I can't help playing BF4 and other games as well on it, now I am worried that I will fry it to its premature death like the previous HP, hence myself wanting to research about this among the Battlefield forums participants:
Questions: 1) For those who have misused laptops for gaming - how long have these laptops lasted so far [Make,some specs and game(s) played would be helpful].
2) What advice do anyone have to prolong the life of these misused laptops, especially if you can't bring yourself to stop playing games on them?
3) I tried to keep all my games including BF4 to run at least 90fps or more, and also try to make sure GPU temperatures don't exceed 65 degrees Celsius (for the logic that if it can maintain those framerates while not being too hot, the laptop is not being overburdened and won't die too soon. Is this a right rationale to have?