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The GTX 1060-equipped MSI laptop is $699 right now

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With a budget of $700, you can typically expect to buy a gaming laptop with little more than a modest Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 graphics chip. I say that because that’s exactly what the Acer Nitro 5—one of the better budget laptop picks on the market—includes for $749.99. At the time of this writing, however, Walmart is selling the MSI GV62 with an Intel Core i5-8300, 8GB of RAM, 256GB of SSD storage and a higher powered GTX 1060 for $699 (opens in new tab)

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MSI GV62 | i5-8300 | GTX 1060 | $699 ($300 off) (opens in new tab)
At a whopping discount of 43 percent, the GTX 1060-outfitted MSI GV62 is pretty much a steal for budget gamers. Buy at Walmart (opens in new tab)

For that price, you're shelling out for not only the laptop itself, but for 2,000 V-Buck (in-game Fortnite currency valued at $20) as well. In addition, you get a rare Street Ops pack, a Street Ops skin, a pick axe, back bling and a glider in Fortnite, which amount to over $25 in savings. That said, even if you're not an ardent Fortnite player, the GV62 is normally $999 by itself. At least until this deal expires next Monday, December 17, you can buy it with a whole slew of virtual Fortnite merch for $300 off its shelf price. Not too shabby. 

So what's the catch? Well, although there is a true GTX 1060 inside the MSI GV62, it's limited to 3GB of video memory. It still performs a lot better than, say, a 1050, and it's a bit of an upgrade over a 1050 Ti. But the GTX 1060 also comes in a 6GB flavor whose benchmarks appear more flattering. The cheapest 6GB GTX 1060 laptop I've seen is the $799 Asus FX503 on Amazon (opens in new tab), which costs $100 more than what's on offer here. For the price, you can't beat the $699 MSI GV62 from Walmart, especially when you factor in the helping of bundled Fortnite content.

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Gabe has been writing about the intersection of games and technology since the tender age of 16. Previously seen on TechRadar, Digital Trends and PC Magazine, he currently serves as a Senior Writer on the central hardware team spanning PC Gamer and GamesRadar. In his leisure time, you can find him amassing Razer products, playing games and watching superhero movies ranging from bad to mediocre in his cramped Manhattan apartment.