Best Laptop/Smallform PC for strategy games

Hi All,
After many many years of only having a PS3/4 for games and having been very time limited by job and young children I am finally considering branching back out into P.C gaming. I also feel really out of touch with what on earth i should be buying so I am hoping some of you might be able to help me please?

The main driver is that as I have got older i have drifted to more strategy and turn based gaming and that seems better served on P.C. Space is a bit of a limiting factor with two kids at home so I am thinking a Laptop or at the every least a small box desktop are the best solutions.

I am really not that bothered by Ray Tracing etc and any AAA cinematic type games i do play ill be happy playing on the console. If i was able to buy today i think i would want to be playing crusader kings 3 et al at a really good speed and be able to run new games of that ilk for quite a few years.

If i am honest with myself i still dont have time or the ability to buid a P.C myself so off the shelf is probably my only way forward. Does anyone have any suggestions for what i should be looking at so i can start to budget this. Thanks so much for your help if you can!

I have many of the same constraints as you and I went the laptop route. Get something with a good gpu as that will carry you for a while. I got a 2070 video card. I picked a larger screen 17.3 inch as well. You are looking in the $1500 -$2000 range for something good that will hold you for a few years if you go this route.

The big advantage a desktop has is reliability; you can typically expect a modern one to last a long time, often five to seven years. (I'm at seven now on my main desktop and thinking about upgrading.) Assuming you do air cooling, the wear items are pretty much the fans, the mouse, and the keyboard, all of which are easily and cheaply replaced. (well, okay, you can spend a lot of money on keyboards and mice, and sometimes it's worth doing, but you don't have to.)

Laptops, on the other hand, break. They're convenient, but most of them don't last more than a couple years. When they fail, and nearly all eventually do, they are extremely expensive to fix. They also typically cost much more than desktops to buy in the first place, and are more limited in what they can do. In exchange, you can go anywhere with them, so you can play Crusader Kings on the road, or noodle away at Factorio on the couch while your partner watches TV or plays their own games. Your spouse's behavior expectations may make a fixed-location desktop untenable.

In other words, if you can handle the fixed-location aspect of a desktop, you'll get better value for money, both at the initial purchase and over time.

From there, it's a matter of finding a prebuilt with the specs you want. I'd suggest holding off until October 9, when AMD will announce their new 4000-series CPUs, or even better, waiting until the end of the month, when they announce their new GPUs. Once that's past, you'll have a good idea of what parts you want, and then it's a matter of finding someone building a machine with those parts.

edit with a last thought: bigger cases are usually quieter. If you try to make a desktop PC small, that tends to limit the airflow and fan size. Big fans, spinning slowly, are very quiet. Small fans spinning quickly can make a heck of a racket. If space is super-limited, you could look into a horizontal-case style that you could put under your monitor. The true pizza-box cases are usually noisy, but a double- or triple-height case will give you room for the nice 120mm fans, which can move a lot of air very quietly.