$600, By Price, Cheap Gaming Laptops, Recommendations

Gaming Laptops under $600

 

The best options under/around $600 are gaming laptops with a Radeon 8750M performance level and 1080p screen. The 1080p screen is a big plus compared to past laptops under $600 and you should look for it. The Radeon 8750M / 7730M GPUs or the Nvidia GT 730M (which I see no more) offer good medium-range gaming performance, even for 1080p resolution.

Compared to the HD4600 / Radeon 7660G integrated graphics, the 8750M is easily 50%-100% faster on average, depends on the game, so it is a much more cost effective way to go.

For now, I’d suggest waiting for some better deals or go to a higher budget of around $800, then you can get considerably more 3D performance and some extra features. Another option is going refurbished or used with warranty, like Dell 3540

 

  1. The Acer V5-572G-54S6 (15.6″) for ~$550 (Newegg, Amazon 1, Amazon 2) with GT 840M, I5-4210U, 8GB RAM, 1TB HDD. It’s a very cost effective gaming laptop around this price. The 720p display is average at best, but it’s replaceable. You can get a better display for $70-$90, like one of these. Battery performance is also rather good and you can expect around 5-6 hours.
  2. [Refurbished] Dell 3540 (15.6″), $500-$600 with 1080p display (TN, but nice one), Radeon 8850M, 4GB RAM, basic 500GB HDD. Currently, a very good deal for such a laptop with rather good display, low temps and good battery. The 8850M / M265X provides good enough 3D performance for $550-$600 and at least as good as the Y40, for example. Review.
  3. Lenovo Y40 (14.0), ~$660, review. Specs: I7-4510U, 8GB RAM, 500GB SSHD, 1080p display, Radeon M275 2GB DDR3. The 3D performance of the M275 is limited by the DDR3 so it’s mot much faster than the 840M options in this list (sometimes not at all) and 1080p display is mediocre, but replaceable. However, if you want a smaller machine for such a price, this is a good option and the SSHD is a plus. Also, the M275 does have advantage in some games where VRAM speed is less of a bottleneck.
  4. [OOS] Acer V5-552PG (15.6″) for $380! A8-5557M, Radeon 8750M, 4GB RAM, 720p. Screen is lousy, build quality and speakers are average at best, but for $380 you can’t beat it in terms of gaming performance per money in the $600 section. If you are looking for something cheap, that’s an excellent option!
  5. Acer V5-561G-6407 15.6″ with Radeon R7 M265 (which is actually the older 8750M), 6GB DDR3 and 500G HDD. Weight is around 2.4kg (not as good as the previous V5-552G 2kg) and it is rather cool and quiet. The only problem is the lousy 720p display – for those of us who like to tinker with stuff, I would recommend replacing the display with a good like this AUO 1080p IPS displaysee here how it works. Battery performance should be around 4-5 hours *at least* and build quality is so-so.

For heavy gamers, I would recommend saving some more money or wait for good refurbished deals.

For higher performance, I suggest checking the 600$-800$ gaming laptops recommendations. The $800 up to $1000-$1100 gaming laptops are usually much more cost effective in terms in gaming performance (like screen quality) and general value you get for your money.

 

  • Aimee

    All I want is to be able to play Skyrim- that’s it. And I’ve only ever played it on a PS3 so I’m not spoiled. Any suggestions that won’t break her bank?

    • http://www.gaminglaptopsjunky.com/ Junky

      We have to break the banks in order to be free!

      Are you ok with refurbished?

      • Aimee

        Sure. Refurb is fine. And right! Smash the state!
        (I also will need to do basic home office functions)

        • http://www.gaminglaptopsjunky.com/ Junky

          1. can you do stuff like replacing a screen panel maybe, or replacing the HDD/SSD? One problem is that many laptops comes with a lousy screen, especially for such a price, but a replaceable

          2. What’s your budget? $600?

          3. Do you want to get very high graphics settings?

          4. Can you please open a new thread on the forums? (thanks)

          • Aimee

            Yes,yes,no,yes :)

            • http://www.gaminglaptopsjunky.com/ Junky

              thanks

  • Daniel

    I have a son who wants a laptop that will play World of Tanks at a medium setting. What is the cheapest laptop I can get that will do that?

  • http://studiolt3.com Glintsgaming

    I purchased the Acer V5-552PG from Staples and the 4GB of RAM is a typo on their site. It comes with 8GB. Verified in BIOS.
    EDIT: (Unfortunately it appears sold out, so it may be a moot point.)

    • http://www.gaminglaptopsjunky.com/ Junky

      thanks, I actually saw it was a 8GB version (according to Acer site), but forgot to change it

      How do you feel with it (except for being a really good deal for $380)

      • http://studiolt3.com Glintsgaming

        I like it a lot, but I am only using it as my mobile gaming platform

        Pros: It runs Assassin’s Creed IV at lower specs with no problems.
        It runs league and Starcraft II pretty well, but it was hard to tell cause my internet was spotty.
        It is also very small (not like my previous ASUS ROG)

        Cons: It came with a lot of bloatware and the bluetooth drivers were a bit messed up and needed to be upgraded. The CPU also stays at about 100 degrees Celcius, but so far it hasn’t melted.

        Thanks for the tips. I wouldn’t have found such a good buy without your site.

        • http://www.gaminglaptopsjunky.com/ Junky

          1. 100C for the CPU?! I had the same (or very similar) machine and didn’t go that high at all. It might be bad thermal paste or other stuff. What is the CPU clock under high load? (you can use HWInfo to monitor)

          2. BTW, you can replace the display quite easily to a good 720p one (or 1080p, but it will be a big performance hit)

          3. AC is boring

          4. You can also replace the WiFi card for like 6-7$

  • Izaya

    do you have any recomendations

  • Izaya

    i need a laptop 600 max with a good graphics card and processer i want to play games like gta 5,skyrim,call of duty and all the demanding stuff

  • Vi’s Sister

    Hey Junky, I just became a fan of yours by how you respond with the community, I am looking for a temporary gaming laptop for under 600 before I have to go away for a year, I’d like to have the option of playing a fps/league of legends/ or an mmorpg with quality on the higher side, do you think I should wait for black Friday or cyber Monday, and if I do, where should I search?

    • http://www.gaminglaptopsjunky.com/ Junky

      thanks!
      Where are you going for year? you just might go a place with better models and/or prices..
      Also, are you good with refurbished laptops? EDIT: I see you do!

      Could you post it over the forums?

      • Vi’s Sister

        Thanks for responding, I immediately bought the y50 once I realized how good it was!

        • http://www.gaminglaptopsjunky.com/ Junky

          The Y50? we talked about a laptop under $600!

          • Vi’s Sister

            I KNOW HA! I’m so broke now but it’s great, now I’m looking at the display replacement post! You’re so helpful!

            • http://www.gaminglaptopsjunky.com/ Junky

              (-:
              laptopscreen.com usually have good prices and 3 years warranty – you can take 30-pin eDP displays. The B156HAN01.X is one good option and about the rest – I’m not sure they are available for end customers

              • Vi’s Sister

                I just received the laptop, how does everybody know the monitor is shitty? What makes it bad? Do I definitely have the one you spoke of? You hinted at a better version being released.

                • http://www.gaminglaptopsjunky.com/ Junky

                  1. The touch version has a little better screen in practice
                  2. You might have a different display, you can check it with HWInfo freeware under “monitor”
                  3. Well, you can see that the viewing angles are not good (looking at an angle on the display makes picture distorted) and colors are lucking – try to look a red color, even compared to some TV or something and contrast is low – open an image of black on the screen and you’ll notice that the black is far from “black” and looks more like grey/white/black (it’s always the case, but some monitors have deeper blacks)

                  • Vi’s Sister

                    Good thing I had not started using this laptop for graphic design or the failure of having close to true black would have bugged me, I already looked into the other display option and will put that in my wishlist, changing screens in this laptop is incredibly easy, thanks once again !

                    • http://www.gaminglaptopsjunky.com/ Junky

                      just one question – who’s Vi?

                    • Vi’s Sister

                      Great question, this is a placeholder account for the community in the website surrenderat20.com which uses Disqus as well. Vi is a character in League of Legends, a popular online game, and has a sister who hasn’t been released yet. Most commenters in that website take the persona of a character and portray them and cause funny situations.

                    • http://www.gaminglaptopsjunky.com/ Junky

                      I see! I know that Characters, though I dislike what LoL and other games do with human/female bodies. No love, only sexism and everyone is an object :(

                      Seems like this site is dead anyway, no?

                    • Vi’s Sister

                      It’s actually .net, my bad, they were only following the guidelines set by past games, however, they no longer do this, Vi and every female character after her are proof!

                    • http://www.gaminglaptopsjunky.com/ Junky

                      do you think they might do some cooperation with this blog?

                    • Vi’s Sister

                      I’m unclear on what exactly you are referring to. However, this is a multi million dollar company, I’m sure they get hundreds of inquiries!

                    • http://www.gaminglaptopsjunky.com/ Junky

                      oh :(
                      And thanks!

                    • Vi’s Sister

                      No no no be sad, also, I can’t tell if I have a 1TB SSHD or not, SS is solid state right?

                    • http://www.gaminglaptopsjunky.com/ Junky

                      You can look up the serial number of the storage devices – either through device manager or HWInfo

  • Trey Knutt

    Hey im looking for a laptop under 650 for gaming any advice? Types of games: war thunder, minecraft and league of legends

    • http://www.gaminglaptopsjunky.com/ Junky

      Hi Trey!

      Are you ok with refurbished or used?

  • Pilotlbe

    Hello do you guys recommend the GT740 or the Radeon 8750?
    I’m hesitating between 15t and 15z. I would like to do some CoD and BF4 on the laptop, and I had a lot of heating issue with the HP laptop in the past.. Thanks!

    • http://www.gaminglaptopsjunky.com/ Junky

      Hi!

      budget? what games do you have in mind?

      • Pilotlbe

        Hi,

        Budget would be like 650$ max. Game like BF4. The 15t that they recommend if I choose the 1080p and the nvidia it end up being 729$..

        I found a configuration on 15z with a A10 and a Radeon 8750 for 669$ which doesnt look that bad..

        • http://www.gaminglaptopsjunky.com/ Junky

          I wouldn’t go for the A10 if it costs that much. Frankly, I think you better wait for some good deal. Even a year and half ago there were better options from time to time

          Can you wait?

          • Pilotlbe

            I found a i5 4210 (4th gen) with a 2gb nvidia 840M 8gb (1dim) for 679$
            Or the A10 config with the Radeon for 619$
            Both not including the 1080p cause I think it’s better to have good perf with a 720p than average perf with a 1080p. You still think it’s not interesting? I can wait if I need to but I’m on the road all the time all I have is an ipad. So and I’m not sure there will some much better deal.. Thanks for your help!

  • kubabowman

    I am currently going to college and need a laptop for papers and such.
    I can afford just a little over 600 for a laptop and want to run League of Legends, Call of Duty, Battlefield 4, and other games like these on it.

    Any suggestions? Thanks in advance!

  • Dan

    Hey guys, any help for me? Trying to find something within $500-$550, might go with the latitude 3540 refurbed for $570, but not sure.

    Any help?

  • Archivolt
    • http://www.gaminglaptopsjunky.com/ Junky

      thanks! it’s been on sale for a long time now on buydig

      • Archivolt

        Oh I had thought that it was out of stock on BuyDig, but I guess another place to buy it is great!

        • http://www.gaminglaptopsjunky.com/ Junky

          many thanks!

  • TechWarn.com

    What about Asus Rog gx500 ? http://www.techwarn.com/asus-rog-gx500-4k-notebook-release-date-price/
    Asus ROG
    GX500 will be released in the third quarter of 2014. About its price,
    Asus has not revealed any aspect in this regard. I personally hope to
    cost less than $ 2,000.

    • http://www.gaminglaptopsjunky.com/ Junky

      Hi TechWarn- $2000 machine will cost more than$600

  • Fco M

    not just because they have AMD or Nvida GPU they will perform better, 4th generation Intel HD deliver very good performance, and for lower price. laptops with external GPU tend to skip or throttle when power supply does not crack enough current. they are also very hot while playing, I don’t recommend any laptop under 600 for gaming, buy a bigger laptop for that, otherwise buy a cheaper Intel HD laptop to play some not so demanding games.

  • DakotahBill

    I’m alittle leary of used electronics but im wanting a cheap but fast non laggy laptop. Any advice?

    • http://www.gaminglaptopsjunky.com/ Junky

      for what uses?

  • NateWW

    Can someone tell me how the Acer Apsire 571G-6622 runs Arma 3/DayZ? What settings and what kind of FPS it gets?

    Please, it would be a huge help in my hunt for a cheap gaming notebook,

    Thank you very much,
    -NateWW

    • http://www.gaminglaptopsjunky.com junky

      Arma 3 Aplha benchmarks : http://forums.anandtech.com/showthread.php?t=2306250
      The performance will surely be changed in the final release.

      The 6622 should run it quite well since it has a much lower screen resolution – x4 times lower than the 1080p in the benchmarks.
      HOWEVER, I’d suggest getting the HP 15z-j000 with 1080p screen as it is of much higher quality than the 768p in the Acer.

  • Adam

    I’m torn between the Dell 15R SE and Acer V3-571G-6622. They seem to be about equal (I have 2 gigs of ram I can add to the Acer to make it the same) I’m replacing a dell that decided take up smoking. What do you suggest?

    • http://www.gaminglaptopsjunky.com junky

      I’d go for the 6622. The 15R SE is bhought from Dell and that adds more tax and shipping usually – did you check?

      Besides, the GT 730M should be faster in many cases than the 7730M, unfortunetaly

  • Kesus

    first of all, great resource here. thanks for that.
    i just got a question though. if only thing i care about is just ‘playing’ part, what would u suggest around $600?
    what i mean by that is i don’t care about high graphic settings or screen size or weight or wutever.
    as long as i can play on med settings without lagging, i wouldnt have any problems with it.
    games like d3, path of exile, LOL, blade and soul, sc2 and so on.
    thanks!

    • http://www.gaminglaptopsjunky.com junky

      thanks (-:

      Strictly under 600$? get the Y480 (first link) if you are ok with a refurbished laptop.

      • Kesus

        what if i want med settings and budget is around 800$?
        i was looking at lenovo y400 and not sure how their processor is gonna work out.
        is it a good one considering $800 budget?
        thanks!

  • MAVP

    Starting a new thread:

    Basically, I’m looking for a laptop that will play World of Warcraft, Skyrim, and Star Wars The Old Republic on medium settings. It would be great if the laptop had upgradeable hardware (like RAM and the monitor), but as long as it can play those games for a year or two, that’s fine. The only other games I play are real-time strategy games like Europa Universalis, Civ5, and Rome: Total War – I never play first person shooters.

    I’m hoping to find something $600 or less. Would you mind helping me with that?

    You replied by asking if I mind a 17.3″ – and I assume you mean the screen. I don’t know that the size of the screen matters except in portability – am I wrong?

    • http://www.gaminglaptopsjunky.com junky

      you weren’t wrong, but I missed this comment somehow. Are you still interested in an answer?

  • Ballingtillthedayidie

    Hey yo, I’m looking for a laptop that’s around 600. I’m at a desk most of the time, but I do carry to school sometimes, so mobility isn’t a biggie. I’m looking for VERY HIGH BUILD QUALITY, as I’m keeping for 5-6 years. I can’t find the refurbished y570. I saw the Lenovo IdeaPad Z580 21512KU, but its out of stock. Can you find a laptop equivalent to this? I game a lot, and that’s pretty much it.

    • http://www.gaminglaptopsjunky.com junky

      for gaming? what for? specific games?

      • Ballingtillthedayidie

        Mainly first person shooter, bf3, black ops 2, and future games. So pretty much demanding games, so it’s gotta have good thermals.

      • Ballingtillthedayidie

        Mainly first person shooter games, bf3, black ops 2. Medal of Honor warfighter. And all future shooter games in the battlefield and cod franchises. I’ll sometimes get a random game I like

        • Ballingtillthedayidie

          Sorry for the double post, I’m on my ipad, so it’s hard to type and see

          • http://www.gaminglaptopsjunky.com junky
            • Ballingtillthedayidie

              I don’t really like the 4gb ram, how much would 6gb make a difference. And is the ssd for booting up windows faster? Are there gonna be any better deals or laptops in e next 2-3 weeks?

              • Ballingtillthedayidie

                And the low power i5 isn’t really good for gaming.

              • http://www.gaminglaptopsjunky.com junky

                Yes, there might be some deals on the Z580 or maybe some other laptops, but you won’t get any better performance than the M5-481TG.

                The low power I5 has a lower performance, but the combination is good and the benchmarks show it.

                About the RAM – don’t be bothered, you can buy 2x4GB DDR3 on newegg for low price anyway.

                • Ballingtillthedayidie

                  Are you sure there’s gonna be a deal on the z580? I’m not getting the one above, it’s simply too expensive for its performance. Does hp have good build quality, because I might get the dv6t if a coupon for $50 comes around.

                  • http://www.gaminglaptopsjunky.com junky

                    no, I’m not sure about the Z580. There should be some coupon for the dv6t, but I don’t know which

                    • Ballingtillthedayidie

                      Does hp have good build quality?

                  • http://www.gaminglaptopsjunky.com junky

                    As far as I know, and according to reviews, it is good. The newest HP g6, for example, is pretty sturdy.

                    • Ballingtillthedayidie

                      Ok thanks, I will be on the hunt for some coupons. This hp is very appealing

    • Ballingtillthedayidie

      There is one new Z580 21512KU left for $560, should I get that, or wait for 3 weeks for an hp coupon and get the dv6t for 650.

      • http://www.gaminglaptopsjunky.com junky

        The dv6t is faster, but we don’t know if there will be a coupon. This is your choice

      • http://www.gaminglaptopsjunky.com junky

        Also, if you want, HP gives a free NOOK with laptops priced 600$ or more and you can sell it ..

  • BallersLife

    ok, so im bouta get a new laptop on ma b day on feb 16. I checked dem all outs, and the lenovo g780 was da best one. Now dats really bad for its price, 635m, 500 gb hard disk, 4 gb ram. Dat sucks. now i need at least like 6gb ram, 750gb hard disk. ma bro got one for 550 dat had 630m and 4gb ram and 750gb hard disk. Can you’s find one?

    • BallersLife

      oh and i forgot that the lenovo y570 aint dere anymores. if u’s able ta find one, please give me da link.

    • http://www.gaminglaptopsjunky.com junky

      the 635M is a 555M actually – same GPU, they only rebranded it.

      What is your budget?

      • Charlie

        Up ta 600

        • BallersLife

          Up ta 600

  • Ice

    Can I get your opinion on this HP Pavilion dv6t-7000 series: http://bit.ly/W0NXz9
    With the NB6893 coupon it costs $594.99

    • http://www.gaminglaptopsjunky.com junky

      Excellent one! Just posting it..

      I would suggest getting it with the 1080p screen, but even without it, it is a very good deal:
      http://www.gaminglaptopsjunky.com/hp-pavilion-dv6t-7000-gaming-laptop-i5-3210m-gt-650m/

      for 723$ you get it with a good matte 1080p screen and GT 650M GDDR5.

      • Ice

        Yeah I’d like to get the 1080p screen but it’s way over my budget.

        • http://www.gaminglaptopsjunky.com junky

          ok. You should know that the screen of the dv6t-7000 is replaceable – some people did it. When you get some money and in case you’d want to do that, know you can

          • Ice

            Really? That’s good to know. Thanks :)

  • Charlie

    Is there a laptop equivalent to this for 600 and less? Lenovo IdeaPad Z580 21512KU. My brother got it for 550. It has really good specs for its price

    • http://www.gaminglaptopsjunky.com junky

      currently not, but you can get the Y570 from eBay or Lenovo outlet sometimes for 550$-600$. Try the eBay link.

      what exactly are your needs?

      • MAVP

        I’m going to respond to this, because I have a similar question. I know next to zero about computers and all of the specs thrown around here make very little sense to me and my head explodes.

        Basically, I’m looking for a laptop that will play World of Warcraft, Skyrim, and Star Wars The Old Republic on medium settings. It would be great if the laptop had upgradeable hardware (like RAM and the monitor), but as long as it can play those games for a year or two, that’s fine. The only other games I play are real-time strategy games like Europa Universalis, Civ5, and Rome: Total War – I never play first person shooters.

        I’m hoping to find something $600 or less. Would you mind helping me with that?

        • http://www.gaminglaptopsjunky.com junky

          better start a new thread – are you ok with a 17.3″?
          Your options now are not that good, but might be better in the future. The Z580 was a good option and a used/refurbished Y570 too. The G780 has a good performance, but I like it less because its build quality.

  • Gerald

    is there a laptop under 600$ with a processor equivalent to an i3 and a graphics card equal to or better than the amd radeon hd 7670

    • http://www.gaminglaptopsjunky.com junky

      just updated it. The HP dv6z-7200 is a good offer. Unfortunately, I didn’t find any laptop with faster gpu than the 7670M in this price range. You can check refurbished Y570s..

  • raj shrivastav

    is there any laptop with these specs under $600;
    Intel core i3 3110m or better
    AMD radeon 6650m or Nvidia GeForce GT 635M or even better than these two

    if yes ,please send an email with information please
    my address- rjshrivastav1@gmail.com

    • http://www.gaminglaptopsjunky.com junky

      you can get a refurbished Y570 from Lenovo outlet.
      and the Z580 from the list is faster than what you’ve asked – it has an I5-3210M and a GT 630M