Best gaming laptops under 1000$

This is a summary of recommedations for gaming laptops up to 1000$. This article will overview the fastest gaming laptops under the money, trying to get the top performers that also have a quite good overall features compared to the others.


Fastest gaming laptops under 500$


Model (link to coupon or product) GPU/CPU Street Price Why Why not sources
Lenovo IdeaPad Z575 (12992PU) AMD Radeon HD 6650M / AMD Quad A6-3420M now 500$ on Newegg
  1. 6GB DDR3 memory
  2. Good gaming performance for 500$
Acer Aspire 7750G (AS7750G-6645) 17.3″ Intel SB I5-2450M / AMD Radeon HD 7670M 1GB DDR3 (slower version than GDDR5 ver.) 500$ on TigerDirect
  1. I5-2450M cpu
  2. 17.3″ for those who need it



The 7670M DDR3 version is slower than the GDDR5 version (but you do get an I5 cpu)
Acer Aspire 5560G (AS5560G-7809) AMD Radeon HD 7670M 1GB DDR3 / AMD Quad A6-3420M 400$-450$ on TigerDirect(now 400$)
  1. A Very good price for perfromance. You get a nice gaming performance for 400$-450$
  2. Above average build quality
  3. Very good thermals levels
  4. Good noise levels
  1. Typical low quality TN 768p display – like many other laptops. You can replace it yourself.
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Acer Aspire V3-551G (551G-7696) Radeon 7670M / AMD A6-4400M 460$ on Newegg
  1. Very good gaming performance
  2. Fastest option for 460$
  1.  As usual – screen
Acer Aspire V3-571G GT 630M / Intel I3-2370M 500$ on Newegg
  1. Very good gaming performance
  1. Screen
  2. The AMD solution has an advantage when using the integrated GPU
HP g6t-2000 Radeon 7670M / I3-23XXM 500$ including 7670M
  1. Plastic build, but sturdy enough
  2. Good gaming punch for the money
  1. same – screen
  2. For 550$ you can usually get higher gaming performance with the dv6z
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The cheaper is the good old Acer 5560G-7809 – excellent one if you want to save money but get a very good gaming performance and an overall good laptop. Availability fluctuates from time to time.

But if you prefer an Intel I3 cpu over AMD CPUs, you can grab the Acer Aspire V3-551G on Newegg. It seems that Acer controls the sub 500$ gaming laptops section. Besides the I3, I can’t see significant advantages over the 5560G.

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