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Cheap gaming laptop deals

Cheap gaming laptop deals
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Cheap gaming laptop deals pop up fairly regularly but tend to sell out quickly. So if you see one of the best gaming laptops (opens in new tab) going for less, it's best to move a bit quick. If you can't dedicate much time to scouring the web, fear not. We're combing through the deals and are picking out the laptops that are worth picking up, and we'll do our best to keep these deals updated frequently.

Every week, we scour the deepest retail crevasses on the internet for the best cheap gaming laptops. We are prioritizing any gaming laptop deals with Nvidia RTX 30-series mobile GPUs as they offer the most bang for your buck. If cheap is genuinely your goal, we usually find laptops with RTX 16-series or 20-series graphics cards are your best bet because they offer the ability to play most games at adequate graphical settings. AMD systems occasionally show up on sale, but those end up being much fewer and far from their green-colored rival. 

Here's our list of best cheap gaming laptop deals we've spotted recently at a range of budgets. Whichever you go for, check out our list of best laptop games (opens in new tab) for stuff that runs well, even on low-spec machines. And if you're looking for something a little more stationary, there are always these cheap gaming PC deals (opens in new tab) to glance over instead.

Cheap gaming laptop deals

$500–$1,000

MSI GF65 | Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 | Intel Core i5 10500H | 15.6-inch | 144Hz | 8GB RAM | 512GB SSD | $1,099.99 $799.99 at Best Buy (save $300) (opens in new tab)
If you want an RTX 3060, there are cheap ways of going about getting one inside a gaming laptop. This MSI machine is one such way, a discounted machine that trims back on some features to make way for that great gaming GPU. While the CPU is a bit on the old side now, and cannot be replaced, the RAM and SSD are at least upgradeable as later purchases.

Dell G15 | Nvidia RTX 3050 | Intel Core i5 11260H | 8GB RAM | 120Hz | 1080p | 256GB SSD | $1,068.99 $685.99 at Dell (save $383) (opens in new tab)
This really is a budget machine. I'm talking slim RAM, slim storage capacity, and a fairly low-power CPU. However, it does offer six cores and 12 threads of processing power, and that's really not bad by recent laptop standards. Similarly, Nvidia's RTX 3050 is stuffed inside the G15's decent chassis, and that's good enough to keep its 120Hz 1080p panel running smoothly. Especially with help from upscaling technologies.

Lenovo | Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050 Ti | AMD Ryzen 5 5600H | 15.6-inch | 120Hz | 16GB DDR4 | 1TB SSD | $989.99 $959.99 at Newegg (save $30) (opens in new tab)
This Lenovo laptop comes with an RTX 3050 Ti, which is the more powerful of Nvidia's budget GPUs. It's not the cheapest we've seen one of these go for, and you can occasionally find RTX 3060 machines for this amount of cash or less,. However, those usually make sacrifices elsewhere to get the higher-end GPU, and this machine delivers a sizeable SSD, a high speed screen, and 16GB of RAM for your money. Not bad at all.

$1,000–$1,500

Asus ROG Zephyrus 14 | AMD Radeon RX 6700S | 1TB PCIe 4.0 SSD | 16GB DDR5 RAM | 120Hz | 1600p resolution | $1,649.99 $1,499.99 at Best Buy (save $150) (opens in new tab)
This is a model of gaming laptop that we're big fans of at PC Gamer. It's sleek, well-built, performs great, and it's jammed with all the latest next-gen technology. However, the model we looked at for review was a touch too pricey, and left us wanting for a cheaper option. Well here it is, the cheaper option, and with a tasty discount, too. Instead of the RX 6800S we reviewed, this machine comes with an RX 6700S and only 16GB of DDR5 memory, and is a much savvier machine for it, in our opinion.

Asus TUF Dash | 15.6-inch | Intel Core i7 12650H | Nvidia RTX 3070 | 1080p | 144Hz | 16GB RAM | 512GB NVMe SSD | $1,499.99 $1,299.99 at Best Buy (save $200) (opens in new tab)
That's a brand new Alder Lake CPU paired up with an RTX 3070 to make for an impressively powerful gaming laptop for just $1,250. The SSD is a little on the small side and this isn't the slimmest laptop you'll ever buy, but other than that there's plenty to like here and it'll game brilliantly. 

Gigabyte Aorus 15P | 15.6-inch | Intel Core i7 11800H | Nvidia RTX 3070 | 1080p | 240Hz | 16GB RAM | 1TB NVMe SSD | $1,899.99 $1,499.99 at Newegg (save $400) (opens in new tab)
A decent 11th Gen Intel CPU, combined with an RTX 3070 for a grand and a half isn't bad. That's especially true since this one's paired with a fantastically speedy 240Hz panel, and a good amount of storage space, to boot.

Lenovo Legion 5 | 15.6-inch | Intel Core i7 11800H | Nvidia RTX 3070 | 1080p | 165Hz | 16GB RAM | 1TB NVMe SSD | $1,619.99 $1,399 at B&H Photo (save $220.99) (opens in new tab)
A lovely 11th Gen Intel CPU here, paired with a nice, mid-level 30-series GPU. The 165Hz panel isn't the speediest in the land, but there's and a good amount of storage space, and the 16GB of RAM can be upgraded to a 32GB maximum, if you're feeling handy.

$2,000+

Asus ROG Strix Scar 15 (2021) | Nvidia RTX 3080 | AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX | 16GB RAM | 1TB SSD | 300Hz | 1080p | $2,399.99 $1,949.99 at Newegg (save $450) (opens in new tab)
If you want high performance then look no further than Asus' excellent ROG mainstay: the ROG Strix Scar 15. It's a fairly large chassis, no doubt about that, but we're big fans of what's underneath and the frame rates it's capable of delivering. You're looking at two of Nvidia and AMD's best chips, even if the 5900HX is a generation old by now.

Below you'll find laptop deals from across the web that our specialized deal widget has sniffed out.

Tyler has covered games, games culture, and hardware for over a decade before joining PC Gamer as Associate Editor. He's done in-depth reporting on communities and games as well as criticism for sites like Polygon, Wired, and Waypoint. He's interested in the weird and the fascinating when it comes to games, spending time probing for stories and talking to the people involved. Tyler loves sinking into games like Final Fantasy 14, Overwatch, and Dark Souls to see what makes them tick and pluck out the parts worth talking about. His goal is to talk about games the way they are: broken, beautiful, and bizarre.