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Gaming Laptops under $800

 

Recommended gaming laptops:

Here are included recommended 14.0″, 15.6″ and 17.3″ gaming laptops. I’ll start with the table in order to focus on several laptops and the performance that can be bought for around 600$-800$. Currently there is an excellent deal if you are looking to maximize the gaming performance you can get for $800 and this is the Y500. If you can’t find it, the refurbished Dell Latitude for around $600 is a very very good option.

I’d suggest waiting for the new models to be available. The HP 15t-j100, for example, is already available with a GT 840M, but my guess is that we’ll see more interesting GTX 850M equipped laptops for around $800.

These are my recommendations:

  • The new Acer V3-772G 17.3″ gaming laptop (AdoramaAmazon, Acer) with GTX 850M GDDR5, 1080p display, 1TB HDD and Windows 8.1 OS. The gaming performance of the GTX 850M GDDR5 can get significantly faster than the GTX 850M DDR3 at around 25-35% performance advantage in average. This makes the V3-772G a very cost effective gaming laptop, with gaming performance which is very close to the GTX 860M / 770M for only $800 : easily the best laptop under $1000 with the best performance / price ratio. The 1080p display is ok. Case can get a little hot and so is the CPU, therefore it is better to take the I5 version (linked) or limit the CPU and GPU a bit, in case you’re getting the I7 version.
  • Electra 2.0 (Currently $750 w/Shipping and w/o OS, review) 15.6″ with GTX 850M (DDR3), I5-4200M, 500GB 7200RPM HDD and 1080p display. The 1080p display should be an IPS, but currently there are shortages, so better wait for the the IPS displays to be restocked. The gaming performance for the price is very good, but not as good as the Y510p, however, with an IPS display and the extra mSata connection port, it has excellent value for the price. Again, wait for the IPS displays.
  • Acer V7-582PG 15.6″ ($700 currently) with GT 750M DDR3, I5-4200U and 1080p IPS display. Currently for $700 with coupon, it’s an excellent combination of high quality 1080p display and midrange gaming performance with the GT 750M. The Acer V7-482PG weighs less than 5lbs and has a stylish design. If you are limited to $700, this one has a very high gaming performance in this sub section, while having an IPS display – this is the only one with such combination for such a price. The Electra 2.0 above comes at $750, but without an OS.
  • The new Dell Latitude 15 3540 (review)15.6″ ($700-$780) gaming laptop with Radeon 8850M (performance is around the GT 750M to GTX 760M level), matte 1080p screen, 4GB DDR3 and 500GB HDD. The performance for price is good and it should be fairly easy to replace the HDD and upgrade the RAM. Currently selling for around $780 w/ tax, which is too close to the big guns at $900-$1000, but if you have a Dell gift card deal or simply like it, it is a nice laptop. Refurbished is also available for $550-$600 which is more reasonable.
  • HP 15t-j100 or direct link (SAVE15HP coupon)- For around 700$ with the I5-4200M, 1080p screen, 750GB HDD, Nvidia GT 840M (Maxwell) and 6GB DDR3. It’s a good deal for a cheap gaming laptop. Sometimes there are come good coupon, so check the first link too.  The 15t-j100 comes with no DVD and weighs ~5.62lbs. Thermals should be ok. The 1080p screen quality is still an unknown, though it is probably the same as last generation. The GT 840M Maxwell part should give a considerable gaming performance level of around the previous generation GT 750M DDR3 which is not bad at all and should place it near the Dell 3540 in terms of gaming performance, though it’s mainly due to Dell’s automatic throttling the hampers the gaming performance of the 3540.
  • Acer V5-552G-X852 ($600) and you get BF4 with Radeon 8750M, AMD quad core A10 CPU, 8GB DDR3 and 1TB HDD. At only 2kg for a 15.6″ laptop, it is quite lightweight. It’s also rather cool and quite. The only problem is the lousy 720p display which you can replace yourself for like $100 more and then this machine becomes a really nice offer.

Details:

ModelScreen sizePerformanceFullHD screenAdditional points of interestPrice & discountsWhy
Eurocom Shark 2.015.6″GTX 765M + I5-4200MYES1x8GB DDR3$680 or $750 w/ OS1080p screen TOP gaming performance for the price New, unlike the Y500 option below7200RPM HDD
Lenovo Y50015.6″GT 650M SLI + I5YES6GB DDR3$700good 1080p screen TOP gaming performance for the price Windows 8 included
Lenovo Z71017.3″GT 745M + I5YES6GB DDR3$750 (and eBay)good 1080p screen Windows 8 included
HP 15z-j00015.6″Radeon 8750M + A8-5550MYES6GB DDR3$590-$620 or direct link (coupon SVD8492)1080p screen (but not that good) lightweight good gaming performance (although not the highest) quite + good thermals Windows 8 included
HP 15t-j00015.6″GT 740M + I5-3230MYES6GB DDR3650$-750$very good 1080p screen lightweight very good gaming performance for the money quite + good thermals Windows 8 included
Sony Vaio Fit 15E15.5″GT 740M + I5-3337UYES4GB DDR3$700-$7501080p screen + good gaming performance. Better replace the memory with a 2x4GB kit
Dell Inspiron 15R SE15.6″Radeon 7730M + I5/I7YES8GB DDR3$650-$750(optional)1080p screen + good gaming performance + good price
Sony Vaio S15.5″GT 640M LE + I5-3210MYES6GB DDR3900$very good 1080p IPS screen lightweight – 2kg very highbuild quality
Lenovo IdeaPad Y410p14.0″GT 750M GDDR5 + I7-4700MQ900p8GB DDR3around $800For an 14.0″ laptop, it is the highest performer for this price range. Now including a 900p screen (vs 768p before). GT 750M GDDR5, backlit keyboard, 24GB mSSD, making this laptop an excellent 14.0″ option.

 

Complete list

Model (link to coupon)GPU/CPUStreet PriceWhyWhy notsources
Lenovo IdeaPad Y580 15.6″GTX 660M / I7-3610QM850$ (was 800$)
  1. Overall good build quality
  2. Highest gaming performance for 800$ with an I7 and GTX 660M
  3. Good battery performance
  4. Good JBL speakers
  1. Outer lid might be a little soft.
  2. Runs a little hot under full load
y580 with fullhd review: 1, 2
Lenovo IdaPad Y480 14.0″GT 650M 2GB (DDR3) / Intel I7-3630QM750$ for GT 650M version
  1. I7-3630QM cpu
  2. compact 14.0″ form factor
  3. With GT 650M – good gaming performance for the money
  4. Good build quality and JBL speakers
  5. Good keyboard
  1. Average battery runtime
  2. Average screen
  3. NOT the best performer in this price, even for 14.0″
review1review2
Lenovo G780 17.3″GT 635M / I7-3632QM660$ currently
  1. For a 17.3″ – good gaming performance for the money with the GT 635M and I7.
  2. 17.3″
  1. 17.3″
  2. Build quality is so-so
  3. Screen isn’t that good
  4. There are better options for a little more, if you consider a 15.6″ laptop
review
Lenovo IdeaPad Y570 I5 version 15.6″Nvidia GT 555M / Intel SB I5-2450M650$ for the I5 version with 4GB DDR3
  1. Above the average screen
  2. Very high build quality
  3. Very good JBL sound system
  4. Good price for this performance and features
  1. only a 1366×768 resolution (no configuration option)
  2. only 4-5 hours of battery in normal use
  3. The competitors’ GT 650M offers considerably higher performance.
  4. There are faster laptops for this price
Lenovo Y570 review - this is the I5 version review, but it’s basically the same laptop
MSI CX61 15.6″GT 645M / I5-3210M700$
  1. Very good gaming performance for the money
 only a 1366×768 resolution (no configuration option)
HP dv6z-7200 15.6″Radeon 7670M / A8-4500M700$
  1. Very good matte 1080p screen for 700$
  2. Some gaming capabilities
  3. 6GB DDR3
  4. good battery running times
  1. Gaming performance for the money is quite low compared to others
dv6z-7000 review
HP Pavilion dv6t-7000 select editionNvidia GT 650M 2GB GDDR5 / Intel Ivy Bridge I5-3210M750$ with GT 650M 2GB GDDR5, I5-3210M and 1080p screen
  1. High performance: GT 650M + Intel IB I5
  2. TOP value/price ratio
  3. 6GB-8GB DDR3
  4. Very good matte 1080p screen
  5. Nice looks
  1. Only one HDD bay
  2. Might get hot under load. Better use a cooling pad.
review of previous generation dv6tse,dv6t-7000 quad edition review
HP Pavilion dv6t-7000 quad editionGT 650M 1GB GDDR5 / i7-3610QMcurrently a very good offer - 775$ with GT 650M GDDR5, backlit keyboard bit no FullHD screen
  1. High performance: GT 650M GDDR5 + Intel I7
  2. 1TB HDD + 32GB mSSD
  3. best value/price ratio
  4. 8GB DDR3
  5. Nice looks
  6. backlit keyboard
  1. Without the coupons not the best performance/price ratio and
  2. Not the best heat handling
dv6t-7000 quad edition review,Another one
Asus N56DP 15.6″Radeon 7730M / A10-4600M800$
  1. Good gaming performance
  2. Very good 1080p screen
  3. 8GB DDR3 RAM
  4. Quite
  5. Good thermals
  6. backlit keyboard
  7. 1TB HDD
  8. External subwoofer
  9. Sleek looks
  1. Not the best gaming performance for the price
Asus N56DP review
Samsung NP350V5C 15.6″Radeon 7730M / I5-3210M650$-750$
  1. Good gaming performance for the money
  2. Battery performance is ok
  3. 768p screen is above the average a bit with good sRGB coverage and above the average contrast and brightness
  1. only 768p screen and not a very good one (although better than average)
  2. Really a deal only for 650$
review
Sony Vaio E 17.3″HD 7650M / I5-3210M760$ on newegg
  1. Very good price for a 17.3″ laptop with such GPU. Usually you’ll have to pay more
  2. Good 1080p screen.
  3. Very good build quality
  4. Good keyboard
  5. Low Noise
  1. Not the best performance / price ratio, (but for this price you won’t find a better 17.3″)
  2. Temperatures might get high under full load
  3. screen’s viewing angles are so-so
review with I7-3612QM and 7650M
Sony Vaio S 15.5GT 640M LE / I5-3210M900$
  1. Very high build quality
  2. I5 + GT 640M LE performance
  3. Very good 1080p IPS display
  4. Lightweight for a 15″ laptop – 2kg
  1. Not the best gaming performance for the money
  2. Can get a bit hot
Sony Vaio S 15.5″ review (with I7)
Acer TimelineU M5-481G 14.0″GT 640M LE GDDR5 / I5-3317U650$!
  1. Thin, compact 14.0″ and relatively light.
  2. Very good battery times
  3. Good performance for an ‘Ultrabook’ with the GT 640M LE (can be OC’ed)
  4. Very good performance per price ratio for such a laptop, although less than the Y480.
  5. 20GB SSD
  6. Very Good build quality
  1. Only an average display
  2. not the fastest gaming laptop for the money (but for an Ultrabook it’s awesome)
Acer TimelineU M5-481G reviewAcer TimelineU M5-481G review
Acer TimelineU M5-581TG 15.6″GT 640M LE GDDR5  / I5-3317U700$!Pretty much same as the M5-481TGPretty much same as the M5-481TG. Currently the price is right!review, another review
Acer V3-571G 15.6″GT 730M / I5-3230M650$
  1. GT 730M (GT 640M-650M) + I5 gaming performance
  1. 768p screen
  2. only 4GB DDR3 (but you can replace)
review with GT 650M
Dell Inspiron 15R SE 15.6″Radeon 7730M / I7-3632QM750$
  1. Good gaming performance for the money
  2. Nice matte 1080p screen
  1. Battey performance is not that good
  2. For a little more, you can get considerably higher performance
Dell 15R SE review
Sager NP6110 11.6″GT 650M 2GB DDR3 / I5-3210M820$ base price
  1. Top performance for a 11.6? compact laptop
  2. Very compact 11.6? form factor
  3. Very high quality FullHD display option, but for high price
  1. Screen
  2. Heat
  3. Bulky looks (not a problem for me)
Eurocom Monster review
XoticPC Force QAL51-HD 15.6″GT 650M DDR3 / I5-2450M or I7775$ with I5 and GT 650M DDR3 (cash)
  1. Highest gaming performance for a laptop with fhd screen under 800$
  2. FullHD screen
  1. Cheap plastic feel – might be a matter of taste
  2. still no in-depth review
  3. No OS
  4. For 70$ more you can get laptops with the GT 650M GDDR5 version
  • Shaz

    ATTN JUNKY: Hey buddy, its me again. Found something nice today and wanted your thoughts if you have time. It’s a Acer Aspire v3-572g-7609 with Intel core i7 4510u 2.0 GHz dual core, nvidia geforce 840m, 16gb ddr3l memory, 1 tb HDD, 15.6 inch screen 1080p for 800! Seems like a lot of power for the price. Comes with windows, what’re your thoughts. Thanks in advance!

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

      Hi! for gaming it’s considerably slower than the other options For like $700 – maybe

  • Shaz

    Hi Junky! Your site is SO helpful and your advice is always good. As of now what’s the best deal at 800:
    1. Acer aspire v7-582pg-6684 ( I found this for 700)
    2. Acer aspire v7-472-6629 ( I could not find this under 800 BTW =()
    3. Lenovo y40 (770)

    Or something else? I want the best bang for the buck, please help.

    • Shaz

      I know you suggest the electra 2 but doesn’t the Acer aspire v7-582-6684 coming down to 700 win in terms of performance/price ratio especially since it contains a better screen? I’m not a hard core gamer either but I want the option . thanks

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

        Hi!

        1. No, the older V7 with 750M does not win as it has around half the gaming performance

        2. Are you good with a 17.3″ laptop? How about the V3?

        • Shaz

          V3-772G isn’t available yet I thought. Link and thanks so much for the quick reply. Been researching for weeks and felt like giving up until I found this site. So much you need to know.

          • Shaz

            And I just want the best bang for my buck, if I can get twice as much GPU power then I’d definitely go for 850. So 772g v3 is the best choice under 800? $100 worth the better graphics?

            • Shaz

              Also I’d prefer a smaller screen, sorry for so many replies. Confused and a lot going through my mind as I will be buying tomorrow

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

              well, it’s the best choice if you want the best performance for the price and you are ok with the V3 (17.3″). You might find the Y510P for around $800-$850 too, though

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

            did you check the Adorama link?

  • Avi David

    hi i just got counter strike go and i wanted to know what type of laptop i should get all these specs are greek to me but i know i need at least 8 gig ram and not a touch screen i can spend 800$ and could go up a little more if needed if you could give me some suggestions that would be great

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

      Hi Avi!
      Can you please post your requirements over the forums?
      thanks

  • Mike

    Hi Junky, I am from Canada and I would like to spend like 750$ tax and shipping in.. do you know if there are some good deals going right now? or should I wait? I am looking for a laptop that can last a couple years while running some recent games in medium graphic Thanks!

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

      Hi Mike!!

      What games for example? Are we talking BF4 and stuff like that?

  • blue

    Why would you list the Lenovo Z710? The screen is terrible and the battery lasts less than two hours in light usage. I have one, it sucks.

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

      Hi again

      First of all, many of the laptops I list, I list only to give an idea what are the options
      Secondly, this list is not updated. I’m busy, but I’ll update all these soon

      If you need some specific recommendation, you can ask

  • beepmachine

    hello! my husband will be graduating soon from boot camp, and i wanted to get him a new laptop as a graduation present. i’m really awful with computers, however, and i’m having a really difficult time figuring out what would be best for our budget.
    basically i need something that’s capable of running world of warcraft pretty well (i doubt he’ll be using it for anything more demanding than that) no more than like $800. i actually just purchased a lenovo Y410 but unfortunately when it arrived the screen didn’t work right out of the box, so i am returning it tomorrow for a full refund (really sort of lost faith in that company at that point, they were not very helpful and to get a repair/replacement would have taken too long).
    i would really appreciate some help! thanks so much!

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

      Hi beepy!!

      Do you think it should come with an OS pre-installed?

      • beepmachine

        i think that would probably be best. everywhere i read that the world hates windows 8 though. is 8.1 okay? i can’t seem to find anything with 7 anymore and it seems like most windows 8 laptops aren’t compatible with 7 (once again though i’m like really bad at computers, it’s why i have a mac :P). if the OS isn’t pre-installed do you have to pay for it? thanks so much for your help and speedy reply! :)

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

          a. you’d have to pay for it or get it somehow or from someone – if your lover can install one and knows how to do it, then it will save some money, but it will require time

          b. I really have no problem with Windows 8.1,, After few hours you’re getting used to it. If it’s for gaming, then it will be great for you

          Several suggestions:

          1. The Electra 2 deal, even with OS, should be only a bit above 800. However, there is a shortage of good displays currently everywhere, so you should wait. If you can wait with it, it would be my suggestion.
          The higher quality display is a much better one and it’s worth the wait

          2. The refurbished Dell 3540 – it’s nice but not the fastest. It is a good laptop with a very nice 1080p and low noise and heat. No HDMI out though

          3. Won’t suggest Y410p. Screen is meh at best

          4. Generally wait for some of the new models that should come in the following months

          thoughts?

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

              1. I have the refurbished 3540, like many others – it comes with a good 1 year warranty and generally it’s a very good deal. The HDD is slow, but you’d be able to replace it in the future. This deal should be here again in a week or two

              2. The Electra 2.0 (Clevo W650SJ):
              http://www.gaminglaptopsjunky.com/eurocom-electra-2-0-w650sj-15-6-gaming-laptop-i5-4200m-gtx-850m-ddr3-1080p-display-8gb-ddr3-500gb-sshd-725-os-800-w-os/

              3. I’ve checked the links – these are not very cost effective. The 1080p screen is a big advantage usually. It’s not only a matter of resolution, but colors, viewing angles and contrast..
              All of them are as fast as the 3540 at best

              I can send you a message when the 3540 deal is back! I’m pretty sure it will be available in the next few weeks

              • beepmachine

                thank you for your help! i’m still not sure what value i should place on a display, considering my husband does have a really nice alienware desktop back home that he’ll have access to in another 7 or so months. this is just for that interim period as well as traveling so it won’t be his primary gaming computer in the long run. i appreciate your offer, but i’m pretty sure i’ll be getting something sooner. i just really want him to have something to open on graduation day! also could you maybe give me a brief explanation as to why the ones i linked are not very cost effective, just so i know what i’m looking for in the future? is it just the display?
                thank you again! :)

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

                  well, as a rule thumb in your case : gaming performance + display quality
                  Other parameters: weight, battery, heat, noise, keyboard, connection ports, speakers..

                  I’d definitely suggest the Dell 3540 and for a much higher gaming performance, the Electra 2.0 even with the currently display – should be around $820-$830 WITH OS. The GTX 850M is great for gaming for $800. I’m holding this machine now and it’s quite good in terms of gaming performance. Touchpad is a bit annoying, but if it’s mainly for gaming, then a simple $5-$10 will do

                  I’ll release the Electra 2.0 review soon, but you can ask me stuff now

                  What do you think?

                  • beepmachine

                    thank you very much! i’ll check these out. i’m not going to buy anything until i get my refund for the lenovo (some time next week) so i’ll still be looking around, but the electra is definitely tempting, especially because it appears i can get it with windows 7 and i know he’d prefer that for sure. there’s quite a lot of possible specifications you can change on this when you order it though; should i go with all the defaults, or what do you recommend?

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

                      definitely the defaults. No need for more than that. In the future, you can add or change later. The Windows is the only important thing you can change there is you can’t do it yourselves

                      I’m using the Electra with default specs and it’s okl. I would still recommend waiting for the IPS display, but as you wish!

                    • beepmachine

                      thank you so much! i really appreciate all your help! :) :)

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

                      (((-:

                      btw, if I had to choose between Windows 8 and 7 and 8 was cheaper, I’d go with 8. Really, more future proof and generally it’s very nice

                    • beepmachine

                      really you think so? all i ever read is about how much people hate it… but it does make sense to have it for future releases. i’ll write him and ask what he’d prefer. thanks!

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

                      yea, latest updates have changed a lot and besides for gamers it’s pretty much the same

                      Feel free to join!
                      https://plus.google.com/u/0/b/111698800388278428791/+Gaminglaptopsjunky01

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

                      any news?

                    • beepmachine

                      hi junky! i just ordered the electra 2 yesterday and am waiting to be contacted by a eurocom sales representative. my husband is very excited for his new laptop; i just really hope it gets here in time! in your experience, how long does it take for this company to ship out their merchandise? thank you! :)

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

                      usually testing and all take something like 2-3 days at least and then shipping which won’t take too long

                    • beepmachine

                      awesome! really happy to know it should be here in time for me to get it to my hubby, that’s a huge relief :) thanks for your help junky! you’re awesome!!

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

                      any news?

  • RegisteredMeh

    Thoughts on this http://www.ebay.com/itm/Lenovo-IdeaPad-Y500-15-6-1-TB-Intel-Core-i7-3rd-Gen-2-4-GHz-8-GB-/151288120187 ? Whats your experience with “used”? Anything I should worry about or wait for before buying this? Tyvm very helpful website :)

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

      personally I buy used from time to time, if I trust a person and I think I can handle fixing it, but in this case you have better options with warranty

      What exactly are you looking for? screen size / specific games / can you install your own OS?

      • RegisteredMeh

        Mostly Play Dota 2 and planning on playing Elder Scrolls online, I like 15.6, I’d have to buy an OS, but I know how if you’re asking. I was looking at the y510p think thats a better option (for the extra bucks), or something else?

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

          The Dell 3540 is quite good for your needs – you can get it refurbished for like $500 (the coupon is off now, but if you’ll wait a week or two it will probably be back)

          but I’d recommend waiting for some more options, like the Lenovo Y40

          • RegisteredMeh

            Okay thank you so much! Anyway I can help this website grow? Maybe leave a good review somewhere?

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

              If you fill like it will be nice of you! thanks and come back (-:

              • RegisteredMeh

                Oh also when do you think the y40 or others will come around? Within the next few months?

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

                  The Y50 should be real soon during the next month. I guess the Y40 too

                  Another option is the Eurocom Electra 2.0, but they have an IPS displays shortages currently. You would be able to get it for $825 w/o OS, but with an 1080p IPS display and GTX 850M which is quite great:

                  http://web.eurocom.com/ec/ec_model_config1(1,250,0)x

                  Reviewing this unit currently

                  • RegisteredMeh

                    Hey, me again, what do you think the prices will be for the y50 and y40? Just want basic, no touch, no more than 8 gigs ram, minimum HDD (like 500-1tb), and an FHD screen. Sorry don’t really know their price points from last year. Also if it’s in the four figure range would there be a good deal on it within the next month? Or would it be better for me to go with something else. And would the y510p probably get a large discount soon after release?

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

                      I really don’t know, but I guess something like $1000 for thr Y50
                      The Y510p is already available for $830 which is quite good. Maybe we’ll see some lower prices for refurbished y510ps

  • Peter

    Hey, Junky. Is Eurocom Shark 2.0 overpriced right now? It’s like $899 Canadian dollars now?

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

      yes, not a good deal currently. But you can call them and for a $100 discount – tell them you saw this coupon somwhere
      Are you looking for a gaming laptop in Canada? hat games?

      • Peter

        yes, i want a $800-$900 gaming laptop in Canada. I have been watching the price of Lenovo Y510p for a few weeks. It seems like the price doesn’t drop at all. What gaming laptop would you recommend? or you know any good laptops will be released in the near few month?

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

          well, the new wave of laptops come now – Lenovo Y50 and more. If you can wait, then it might be better to wait

  • http://batman-news.com dr.bmo72

    So when looking at the Y500′s on ebay, how much attention should be paid to if it is an i7 or an i5? In essence, would the i7′s be OK, since I see that you typically recommend i5′s. Thanks!

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

      Hi!

      1. The Y500 is not really available anymore for a reasonable price – it was selling for like $700 some time ago, but currently people sell it for too high prices

      What is your budget and what are your needs?

      2. I5 can save you money + heat while delivering the same gaming performance in almost any case

      • http://batman-news.com dr.bmo72

        At most about $750, but would really like to stay under $675

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

          did you see my reply?

          • http://batman-news.com dr.bmo72

            Thanks for the help Junky. I bit the bullet and decided to pony up more money and went with the Lenovo y510 – i5. Thanks for your reviews, made the buying decision much easier!

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

              for $930

              • http://batman-news.com dr.bmo72

                Yep…..bought it through Amazon using Amazon.com Store Card. 12 months no interest.

      • http://batman-news.com dr.bmo72

        At most about $750, but would like to keep under $675 if possible. I’m looking for a laptop than can handle gaming, but probably not necessarily the most powerful. It mainly will be used for games like WoW. Possible FPS games like Battlefield, but typically use a console for other games.

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

          can you install your own OS? I mean, without adding more money?

          • http://batman-news.com dr.bmo72

            I’m checking with friends for extra copies of Win 7…but most likely not.

  • Fred H. Given

    Junky would this laptop be worth it? My max is a FIRM $700 and i have been looking at this one: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834231521
    If there is another laptop with better gaming capabilities for exactly $700 or under, i’d appreciate a link to it.

  • Jack B
    • http://www.gaminglaptopsjunky.com junky

      The GE60 is much faster for gaming, but it costs 900$ and if you can pay 860$ you have a much better option with the Lenovo Y500:
      http://www.gaminglaptopsjunky.com/lenovo-ideapad-y500-15-6-gaming-laptop-dual-gt-650m-gddr5-i5-3230m-6gb-ddr3-nice-1080p-display-1tb-hdd-for-900/

      A really good deal – you get two GT 650Ms GPUs, I5, 6GB DDR3, 1080p screen, 1TB HDD and a backlit keyboard. That would be much faster compared to the GE60, for gaming.

      • Jack B

        Do you think i would need a cooling pad for the Y500?

        • http://www.gaminglaptopsjunky.com junky

          I think you can monitor the temperatures. If it gets too warm, then get a cooling pad. it also depends on the way you use it and the environment – if you are in a hot place, for example, or placing the laptop on your bad, this will make it much more hot..

          If it will get too hot you’ll also notice degradation of the performance as the GPU and CPU will throttle.

  • Spaceoil

    Helllooo. I’m looking for a laptop with high quality gaming capabilities. I’m not necessarily looking for a laptop with the highest quality for gaming(but still pretty high quality) because I also care a lot about good thermals and computer build ( I want a laptop that would last a long time). In addition, I prefer 1080p and a clean laptop look overall. Also, I don’t want to drag a heavy ass laptop around. I’m a pretty huge multitasker, so i think a great multicore processor is appropriate. I was thinking that the Asus N56DP would be the right choice for me, but there may be a laptop that would better suit my interests. In your opinion, which laptop do you think i should choose that is close to my 800 budget.

    • http://www.gaminglaptopsjunky.com junky

      Can you please ask it over the forums?

  • Gobtron

    Hi!

    I am new to the laptop world, so I am a bit confused. First of all, here’s my strategy:

    The plan is to have my portable computer for when I work outside of town, or when I’m not home for a couple of days. I will carry it to university only once in a while, and I don’t really use a computer when i’m outside.

    I also want to buy an external monitor (maybe 22-23 inches) for when I’m at home. I would plug my external speakers, mouse, keyboard and monitor. I would like to work dual screen, altough it is not essential, since I would have a bigger screen at home. But that would be a perk. With the external speakers, I don’t care having not-so-good internal speakers, even on the road.

    I like to play video games, but I’m not a hardcore gamer. I prefer performance over graphics quality. I would like to be able to play games like Call of Duty (the most recent would be great), Starcraft 2, Torchlight 2, Diablo 3, WoW, and Skyrim.

    I would also like to have a firewire port, since I am a semi-professional musician, and practice pluged in my external firewire sound card. I also do i little bit of home recording. I don’t think I have seen any laptops with a firewire port, exept those specifically designed for audio, or the Apple stuff…

    I would like my laptop to last at least 3-4 years, maybe 5, if it’s possible for a laptop to do so.

    So here are my questions!

    Do I NEED a 1080p resolution to be able to hook a 22-23 ” external monitor and use dual monitor? And do I need a 15″ laptop or the 14″ would be good? Is that only a personal preference for portability?

    I would play maybe max 4 hours straight on holidays or weekends, or maybe 1 hour a day on normal days. Would that be a problem for heat or something?

    I think the worst enemy of laptops for durability and longevity is heat, and carrying it around a lot. Am I right? Should I consider that heat dissipation for the longevity of the system, since I don’t think I will carry it around all the time?

    Is there a solution for the firewire port thing?

    And of course, I forgot to ask about what would be good for my needs (processor, RAM, hard drive, GPU, etc)?

    Considering all of those facts AND the fact that I don’t want to pay more than 750$-800$ before taxes, unless it is really worth it, is there something in the market that would fulfill my needs?

    Maybe you would like to know that my computer right now is a AMD Athlon XP 64 bits 3000+, GeForce FX 5200, 2.5 GB RAM… Quite the time to think about upgrading the system!

    Also, I am in Canada. I don’t know if it is important for the deals, etc.

    And by the way, your work and dedication is really appreciated! I am looking at your website a lot that helps me a lot in my quest!

    Thanks!

    • http://www.gaminglaptopsjunky.com junky

      Reply in the Forum!

  • Garg

    I went to the Lenovo site and it looks like the price has changed to $999 for the 480. Here’s a picture of the shopping cart; maybe I did something wrong. http://i.imgur.com/wPWrw7X.jpg

    • http://www.gaminglaptopsjunky.com junky

      Hit “Activate” in the coupon part

  • Quinn

    I found a cx61 with a full HD screen for $678.03 cash! This is the laptop I am getting. It also has 6GB of RAM i5 2310m and a geforce gt 645m.

    http://www.xoticpc.com/force-qal15hd-compal-qal15-p-4808.html?wconfigure=yes

    • Quinn

      Sorry wrong link-

      Here is the right one-http://www.xoticpc.com/msi-cx61-0nf257us-preorder-p-5390.html?wconfigure=yes

      • http://www.gaminglaptopsjunky.com junky

        that would be great, but I think it is some kind of mistake. Same model on J&R and others are listed with a 768p screen and the press release:
        http://www.msi.com/news-media/news/1460.html
        and product page:
        http://www.msi.com/product/nb/CX61.html#?div=Specification
        talk about 768p screen too

        not that it is not possible to use a 1080p screen on the CX61 – but for 700$???

        • Anonymous

          I agree but if I order it and I receive it with an HD screen surely I can complain and receive some compensation.

  • blooom

    any updates on deals for laptops in this category?

    • http://www.gaminglaptopsjunky.com junky

      should be in a day or two

  • Andrew

    I was looking through these laptops and saw the MSI CX61 and really enjoy what I’ve read about it. I want to spend around ~700 before tax and it seems great for some gaming as well as general use. I know I may not need this high of specs with what I’ll be doing with it, but I want this laptop to last me for 4 years or so if possible. Do you think this laptop can last for awhile as long as I take care of it and will be good for the money? Also, I stumbled upon the which seems similar but for $20 less which would help me because I want to put a 1 year warranty on it. Also I would like to try windows 8 so these laptops seem to fit the bill. Is there one you would recommend over the other or something else at a similar price/performance that would work?

    • Andrew

      Sorry the link sort of died. I am referring to the Acer Aspire V3-771G-6851.

    • http://www.gaminglaptopsjunky.com junky

      well, the reason I don’t recommend the CX61 or V3-771G (although the price is now down by 20$) is because you have the M5-581TG with GT 640M GDDR5 and some nice features (20GB mSSD cache drive) and because for 730$-750$ (now 730$) you get the Y480 with I7-3630QM and GT 650M GDDR5 – although it depends on how much will be the taxes..
      And they all do not have 1080p screen – for that you have the QAL51-HD that now ships with windows included.

      I think the MSI is a good laptop probably and the V3-771G is good too, according to reviews and you won’t pay TAX (right?), so it is a good deal

  • Rutvij

    Can u plz help me with purchasing a gaming laptop……my budget is around 1000$….i want to play MP3, N.F.S-MW, The witcher 2 such games with medium to high resolution….could u plz help me out…

    • http://www.gaminglaptopsjunky.com junky

      can you install your own OS or do you need it pre-installed?

  • Lamey

    The Acer TimelineU M5-581TG-6666 is on sale at Newegg for 650. It has the 640M

    • http://www.gaminglaptopsjunky.com junky

      thanks

      it is in the list

  • jaime

    as (Andy N) said im looking not for the best gaming laptop, but for a decent one at around $700. my estimated specs are:

    CPU intel i7 3rd gen or so
    RAM: 4gb is ok but prefered 6gb as optional
    GPU: nvidia GT 640m or higher ATI anyone that equals nvidia GT 640m or higher
    HDD: the best that could fit the price with at least 500gb if is a 5400rpm
    Screen Size: 15.6″ with a resolution of 1366 x 768 but with 1920×1080 if is possible

    additionals: well im not looking for a nice style laptop, but for a nice gaming one. i checked the: FORCE QAL51-HD; that is in the top of your list, but is $813 not $775. anyway this laptop seems stunning for the price, even when it only come with 4gb ram, but that is not a problem, since i can upgrade it later, but i want to see the performance of this latop on “games” and the cons, since every latop have it, but the seller wont tell of course. btw i know this is off topic but i never brought on black friday before and i want to know how much, does laptops like this drop in prices. for secure reason; i want to know if this websites are careful and legitimate?

    • http://www.gaminglaptopsjunky.com junky

      Hi!

      1. All these websites are legitimate and well known.
      2. QAL51-HD is 775$ with an I5, not the default I7 – you can change the processor in the configuration page.
      3. If you are limiting the budget to strictly to 700$, the MSI CX61 from the complete list is the fastest currently.
      4. But, to assist you better, you better tell us your needs and games you want.

      • jaime

        first 1000x thanks. well i got a TOSHIBA P755-S5215 and it is able to play games like: codmw3 & skyrim in low setting, with around 12-18 FPS but i want to play games like; nfs the run too but it run very low, like 8-12 in low setting. im looking a laptop that could run those game at least high setting with out lagging, 30 FPS average.
        one question; does this laptops are going to low price this 23 black friday?

        • jaime

          ooh and i forgot to add those questions: are i7 way better then i5? and i heard CPU speed dont matter to much on gaming. that stunned me cus i always though CPU and GPU should be at almost same level, to get good gaming performance. im willing throw up $800 for a laptop that can handle current games as: BF3, CODMW & NFS the run at maxed settings. i heard that 5400rpm hard drive lack game FPS performance, im not sure how, because as i was aware the slow HDDs only lack loading the games, but not the FPS.
          can you clear me if this is true please, because if is i will have to buy a 7200rpm HDD? because almost all those nice laptops come with the 5400rpm only.

        • http://www.gaminglaptopsjunky.com junky

          1. GPU and CPU – as I wrote before, the GPU is generally far more important. Moreover, you CAN’T tell the performance by just looking on the cpu raw speed. Technology evolve and a current generation cpu can be much faster for the same clocks speed than previous generations. To know what will be the performance you need to read reviews / forum messages or just check it yourself

          2. I don’t know about black friday. Some laptops should have lower prices, but I don’t know if these will be the ones you need. I would say that if you can wait, then yes – wait, because the 700-800$ laptops are here to stay anyway.

          3. You said you can install your own Windows. Then I suggest you take the Sager NP6165 (look in the “under 1000$”) section or the QAL51-HD which does not have in depth reviews yet.
          all the games you’ve mentioned will run on high to highest settings

          • jaime

            thanks for clear me the (CPU GPU) thing, but you didnt answer my question about; if hard drivers have a matter in gaming, if yes what would be the difference?. does it affect the FPS in a game?, because im aiming the QAL51 but not sure if i select the 7200rpm, instead of the 5400rpm, since im breaking my limit of $800 if i choose the 7200. pls help me decide, i really appreciate you support for help us thanks.

            • http://www.gaminglaptopsjunky.com junky

              For gaming – won’t matter much. It does effect things like load times, save times and so on, but have almost no impact on the FPS.

  • Andy N

    You seem to know a lot about high performance laptops, wondering if you could help me out.
    I’m currently looking for a laptop this year and black friday is where usually the good deals are at. I’m pretty picky on the specs of the laptop I’m looking for, but anyways here are the MINIMUM specs I’m looking at (ranked from most important to least):

    Keyboard: Backlit or lightup
    Graphics card: Anything better than Intel 3000 HD
    Processor: Intel i5 or AMD A10
    Optical Drive: DVD RW
    OS: Windows 7 (not too keen on W8)
    Screen: 14-16″
    RAM: 4GB DDR3
    HD: 500GB
    Webcam: Yes

    Not looking to spend more than $70 total if possible

    • http://www.gaminglaptopsjunky.com junky

      hi

      700$?

      • Andy N

        yes $700 lol

        • http://www.gaminglaptopsjunky.com junky

          actually, all the laptops in this list will be much faster than what you’ve asked for gaming.
          Do you have specific games you want to play? specific application to run? what are you doing with it?

          • Andy N

            I mainly play SC2, but I would like a computer that would last at least 3 years so when new games come out I won’t have the need to upgrade. It needs to at least play medium settings. I liked the HP dz6-7200 (can the A8 handle SC2 on medium settings) you listed up there but the laptop I had before overheated and fried the motherboard (it had a AMD dual core). I understand that AMD is infamously known for its overheating issues compared to Intel but I would like something better than integrated graphics. How has the AMD Trinity series stood out so far?

            I appreciate the help

            • http://www.gaminglaptopsjunky.com junky

              AMD is not infamously known. It is probably some rumors from years ago. I think from around year 2000.
              In late years, the AMD cpus were less energy efficient, but were not “overheating” more than others. It also a matter how the laptop builder built the laptop.

              The Trinity is more energy efficient and generally has a very good performance for the money for low budget, especially because the integrated GPU (graphics processor unit) is much faster than what you usually get with intel counter parts.
              For gaming, it is generally a lesser cpu, but you should mainly be bothered with the GPU because this is the part that has the highest importance for gaming performance.

              dv6z-7200 has the advantage of having good matte 1080p screen. However, its gaming performance is much lower than 800-850$ options.
              If you want something that is more future proof with good 1080p screen, I suggest the N56DP or the QAL51-HD, but then you have to install your own Windows

              • jaime

                + about to acquiring laptops with out windows yet installed; that is not a problem to me, since i just brought a copy, because a lot of laptops now day come with windows 8, and it have a lot of problems. well installing my own os is not a problem, unless a need some skills, a part of the normal installs process of course :)
                ps. sorry for been so recurrently but i want to be very sure about the laptop im going to buy. when i brought the TOSHIBA P755-S5215 1 year ago, it cost me around $650-700. that was a rip off of my money for a piece of junk.