It’s no secret that gaming can be an expensive hobby, particularly as you’re getting set up. If you’re into PC gaming, purchasing the right laptop and equipment can end up costing you a lot more than a regular console like an Xbox or PlayStation 4.
If you are looking for more budget-friendly options, there are several high-quality gaming laptops that you can buy without spending thousands of dollars.
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Dell G7 15 Gaming Laptop
Dell’s G7 15 is the perfect example of a gaming laptop that’s aimed at a more cost-conscious section of the market while still having everything a great gaming computer needs.
The G7 sits at the top of Dell’s G-series of gaming laptops, so it features the best build quality, image quality, battery life, and design. Though it’s still rather chunky by today’s standards, it doesn’t look like a laptop from ten years ago as the G3 does.
Though it can configured to over $2,000, the $900 model gives you a quad-core 9th-gen processor, 8GB of RAM, and a GTX 1650 for graphics. With those components, you’ll be able to play most modern games at Medium settings at the system’s native 1080p. Thealso comes with a 128GB SSD boot drive and a 1TB SATA drive to store your games. A configuration of the G5 currently sells for the same price, coming with an older-looking design but a larger SSD.
Asus ROG G531GT
If you’re willing to add some heft to your gaming laptop, the ROG G531GT provides an excellent set of specs for the money. Despite often coming in under $1,000, the G531GT features a six-core Core i7 processor, 16GB of RAM, and a 512GB SSD. Those are exactly the sort of specs you should be looking for in a modern laptop.
Thealso comes with the same GTX 1650, which you’ll find is the standard for gaming laptops at this price range. The G7 is slimmer and sleeker, but this ROG’s extra RAM and storage provide some extra value.
Asus TUF FX505DT Gaming Laptop
The 15-inch Asus TUF is a reliable choice if you’re in the market for a budget-friendly, powerful gaming laptop. The many impressive features include the GTX 1650, a 1080p screen, a quad-core processor, and 8GB of RAM, all for less than $1,000.
It’s not the prettiest or sleekest laptop available, but for raw value, it’s hard to beat the TUF FX505DT. You can replace the graphics card with the GTX 1660 Ti for an additional $200 to $300 if you’re willing (and able) to spend a bit more on your gaming setup.
Acer Predator Helios 300
This gaming laptop is a top-seller for a good reason. The Acer Predator Helios 300 offers an unparalleled combination of performance and value. With a 15-inch screen and a baseline of a GTX 1660 Ti, it’s an excellent choice.
This laptop comes with 8GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD, and a 120Hz 1080p screen. With a price point of just under $1,000, it barely makes the cut.
At 0.91 inches, the Acer Predator Helios 300 is not exactly thin. But the trimmed bezels around the display and backlit keyboard make the laptop look modern.
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