I'm doing a degree in games design and production and I have had no need for a laptop.. Desktop pc is great to program on and you'll get a much greater spec for half the price. Go desktop. Also I have windows 8 and it's not garbage :s it's perfectly fine I haven't had a problem with it.
Hey guys just quick question, this looks like a video card problem right? Maybe overheating? Just I'll go buy a new one today if you's agree. I've tried different monitors and cables, still problem. Cards about 4 years old... So looks dead to me. (That bottom image is StarCraft...)