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Best cheap gaming laptops under 1,000 to get right now

id="article-body" class="row" section="article-body"> Sarah Tew/CNET If you're finding your laptop's gaming performance less than thrilling this summer, it's a pretty good time to start hunting for deals, especially with school just around the corner, too. Gaming laptops running Nvidia's new RTX 2060, 2070 and 2080 graphics cards are now readily available. But, unless you're prepared to spend at least $1,500, you've got a bit of a wait ahead of you before prices drop below $1,000. 

The good news is that the prices on older laptops with Nvidia's GeForce GTX huawei honor 10 lite antutu benchmark-series GPUs started dropping long ago and you can get a well-configured 15.6-inch laptop for $1,000. And their graphics hardware isn't their only good quality, either. Laptops with an entry-level GTX 1050 card start around $600, which gives you enough graphics performance to play the newest demanding games at low-to-medium settings. Spending $1,000 or a little more will get you a laptop with an upper-midrange Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060. Plus, with the 6GB version of the card, you can experience a little of the ray-tracing effects available with RTX cards. In between those are the GTX 1650 or 1050 Ti GPUs that can be found in laptops for around $800 or less and can handle medium-to-high settings depending on the game.

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Our recommendations based on our reviews and testing are below. But, if you know what you're looking for and want to start shopping, here are the best deals we've found currently available from major retailers starting as low as $680.

Gaming laptop deals from $800 to $1,000: 


Amazon: Acer Predator Helios 300 

Best Buy: Asus ROG G531GT

NewEgg: Acer Aspire 7

Costco: huawei p smart z antutu benchmark honor 20 specs Dell G5 15

Walmart: Asus ROG Strix GL531GU-WB53 
Gaming laptop deals for $799 or less:


Amazon: Dell G5 15

Best Buy: Acer Nitro 5

NewEgg: Asus TUF FX504GM-WH51

Walmart: Asus TUF FX505DT-WB72
Dell G5 15
Best overall mainstream gaming laptop
Sarah Tew/CNET Dell's G-series gaming laptops are cheaper than those from its Alienware division, but still capable of playing the latest AAA titles. There are three separate models -- the G3, G5 and G7 -- available in 15- and 17-inch sizes. The 2018 G3 15 was slimmer in design than the G5 and G7, which were styled more like a gaming laptop. The 2019 G3 leans more toward the G5 and G7 design, too. 

The midrange G5 15 hits the mark with an excellent price-to-performance ratio, build quality and design. You can find it for $800 with a 6GB GTX 1060. And if you're willing to go to $1,200, you can get it with a new RTX 2060.

See at Amazon Read CNET's review Now playing: Watch this: Dell's G5 15 is one of the best entry-level gaming laptops... 1:32 Lenovo Legion Y530 and Y730
Sarah Tew/CNET Lenovo's Legion Y530 and Y730 gaming laptops can be found for $900 or less, so it really comes down to what components and design features you want in it. The Legion Y530 is currently the best deal, but it lacks a few of the gaming-focused extras of the Y730 like an RGB backlit keyboard. Also, iphone antutu we just got done testing the updated version of the Y530, the Y545, which starts at $1,000. Our system performed really well with its Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660Ti and ninth-gen Core i7 hitting more than 70fps for Far Cry V and Shadow of the Tomb Raider tests. 

See at Amazon Read CNET's review Acer Predator Helios 300
Sarah Tew/CNET Acer announced a new Predator huawei honor 20 lite specs y6 prime 2019 specs Helios 300 with ninth-gen Intel processors and Nvidia RTX graphics and a smaller, thinner body. The 2-year-old Helios 300 is available in the meantime with a 15.6-inch full-HD IPS display with a 144Hz refresh rate, an Intel Core i7-8750H CPU, Nvidia GTX 1060 GPU with 6GB of memory, 16GB of system RAM and a 256GB NVMe SSD on Amazon for $1,024. We reviewed the 17-inch version, which we liked for its unique features. 

The company's mainstream Nitro 5 is also getting a refresh, but like the Helios, the old models are still around. It isn't as polished as Dell's or Lenovo's offerings and Galaxy s8 plus specs Acer doesn't offer it with a GTX 1060 GPU. But $580 gets you one with GTX 1050 Ti graphics right now. 

See at Amazon Read CNET's review HP Pavilion Gaming 15t
HP's Pavilion Gaming Laptop is similar to Dell's G series, giving you a mainstream option instead of shelling out for a pricier PC from its Omen gaming brand. An interesting vent design and green backlit keyboard and accents are the only real giveaways that it's not your average laptop. Prices start at $780 on HP's site with Nvidia's 2GB GeForce GTX 1050, but an Amazon exclusive config with a 4GB GeForce GTX 1050 Ti and a six-core Intel Core i7-8750H processor is available for $999 and its performance didn't disappoint. 

See at Amazon Read CNET's review Asus TUF Gaming FX504
Sarah Tew/CNET The TUF comes in multiple configurations, but all of them have a cushy keyboard for long gaming sessions and Asus says it's extra durable, lasting for up to 20 million key presses. The cheapest configuration's display is poor quality and overall is not a good deal. You can, however, get it with a better IPS-level display, a 3GB 1060, a fast 256GB SSD and a quad-core Intel Core i5-8300H for $700. 

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