What are the best budget gaming laptops?

So you're into gaming, but your laptop doesn't have the proper system to support the games you want? Buying a gaming laptop sounds like the right step. The problem lies in finding the perfect one that won't break the bank and that's exactly what this list is for. Check out our recommendations below! 

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    #1MSI GL62M 7RD-1407

    MSI GL62M 7RD-1407
    MSI GL62M 7RD-1407 is a thin and light gaming laptop powered by a 3.1 GHz Intel Core i5 processor and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 graphics. It features Cooler Boost technology to allow you to play for hours with a high system performance.
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    Amber Owens
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "Overall this is a pretty good and affordable laptop for gaming. It's lightweight and stays cool for hours and the graphics are pretty impressive. The keyboard could be better though and I worry that the i5 processor will slow down this laptop's performance overtime. "
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    #2Lenovo Ideapad 700

    Lenovo Ideapad 700
    Lenovo Ideapad 700 is a multimedia laptop powered by an Intel Core i5 6300HQ processor and NVIDIA GeForce GTX950 graphics. Slim and portable, it offers you an impressive performance with a rich, immersive audio experience.
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    Tammy Daniels
    Written on January 27, 2018
    "Lenovo seems to be on the rise when offering decent laptops at a budget oriented price. These offerings seem to be loaded with options which generally are reserved for higher priced models. This model is no exception. This model is a powerhouse loaded with options and high quality performance hardware. While this may not be the highest performing model out there, for the price, it is hard to do better. For most people, this laptop is a major bang for the buck offering which will be well received in satisfaction."
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    #3Dell Inspiron i5577-5335BLK-PUS

    Dell Inspiron i5577-5335BLK-PUS
    Dell i5577-5335BLK-PUS Inspiron is a gaming laptop equipped with a 7th Generation Intel Core i5-7300HQ Quad Core processor and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 graphics. It features 256GB Solid State Drive for storage and responsive performance and a variety of ports and slots to get connected. 
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    Crystal Robinson
    Written on January 19, 2018
    "I am very impressed with my Dell i5577-5335BLK-PUS Inspiron. For the cost, it far surpasses similar products on the market. This machine works really well and is very fast. Definitely recommend!"

DID YOU KNOW?

If you're someone who grew up with Nintendos and gameboys, playing video games might have made a big impact in your life, one so big that you've carried on with gaming even as a teenager or adult. This isn't unusual since millions of people play every day as a way to entertain themselves or relax. If you're into shooter games, then you've probably played or heard of Call of Duty. It's a pretty popular game. But did you know that one of their installments once had a controversy that involved the players becoming a terrorist?

In 2009, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 was released, along with this is a mission entitled "No Russian" where the game basically lets players shoot up an entire airport! Early into the game players take the role of a CIA agent who has infiltrated a group of Russian terrorists. When players reached the mission, the screen displays bullets raining down on civilians in the airport, with dead bodies rising by the second. With no prompts on the screen whatsoever, players thought they were supposed to join and started shooting people without the game or anyone forcing them. It was all on them. When the game was finally explained, tons of players felt guilty for what they have done, which resulted in a lot of CoD memes showing guilt. The game sparked a lot of talks which lead to the developers altering the game to prompt a mission failed screen when played in Japan or Germany. But for Russia, the entire scene was completely removed! This incident may not seem a lot, but the thought of actively "killing people" brought great remorse to players, which is a good reminder for you guys out there to think critically and be careful when pushing those buttons!

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    #4Acer Nitro 5

    Acer Nitro 5
    Acer Nitro 5 is a gaming laptop equipped with high level features, including the 7th Generation Intel Core i5 Processor , GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Graphics and TrueHarmony and Dolby Audio Premium.
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    Lauren Lane
    Written on January 28, 2018
    "The hardware is pretty good and the price is in range. Some of the pre-installed features are a problem"
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    #5Dell i7559-763BLK

    Dell i7559-763BLK
    Dell i7559-763BLK is a laptop specially designed for gaming and entertainment. It features multi-tasking 6Th Generation Intel i5 Quad-Core processors and NVIDIA Geforce GTX 960M graphics, as well as a thermal cooling design to allow you to play for hours.
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    Virginia Sims
    Written on January 20, 2018
    "The Dell i7559-763BLK is a solid laptop, but I don't consider it in the budget category. The price is high for an i5, you can get an Acer i7 for the same price. Graphics on this machine are good and the laptop is responsive to a lot of games, I would just price shop to get a better deal."
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    #6Acer Predator Helios 300 G3-571-77QK

    Acer Predator Helios 300 G3-571-77QK
    Acer Predator Helios 300 is a 15.6-inch full high-definition gaming laptop which features 16 GB RAM, 256 GB SSD, Windows 10 operating system, and expandable hard drive slot.
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    Dhruv Balasubramanium
    Written on February 5, 2018
    "The processor speed is quite fast for a laptop. May well be worth it for a windows pc, and great battery life of seven hours considering the amount of power it must take to for that cpu. The GTX 1060 is also a great bonus, maybe enough to keep up with the latest games at high quality settings and 60 fps frame rates"
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    #7Dell Inspiron 5000

    Dell Inspiron 5000
    Dell Inspiron 5000 is a gaming laptop equipped with an AMD A-10 9630P Quad-Core Processor and Radeon R5 Graphics. Its thermal design guarantee a high-performance for hours and its Waves MaxxAudio Pro and built-in subwoofer provides you with an immersive, studio-quality audio.
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    Terry Curtis
    Written on January 27, 2018
    "if you are looking for the bare minimum gaming laptop i would suggest this one. Its not the best one out there to the limited processor speed but it will get the job done. You basically get what you pay for. If you want speed and all the latest specs then you will have to pass on this one because its not what you get with this laptop"
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    #8ASUS FX502VM

    ASUS FX502VM
    The ASUS FX502VM gaming laptop is loaded with the latest 6th Generation Intel i5-6300HQ processor and Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 graphics. Its lightweight design allows you to play on the go and, thanks to its intelligent thermal design, you can play your favorite games for hours.
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    Harini Jaiteley
    Written on January 25, 2018
    "I wanted the best budget gaming laptop that is out there. I found the Asus FX502VM. It is a gaming laptop with the intel i5 6300HQ processor in it. Great power and great graphics also."
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    #9Alienware AW13R3-7420SLV-PUS

    Alienware AW13R3-7420SLV-PUS
    This is Alienware's world's first 13-inch notebook, perfect for those looking for a powerful sub 14-inches gaming PC. Despite its small dimensions, its powerful processor and operating system make it as good as any other gaming PC. 




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    Danielle Wallace
    Written on January 30, 2018
    "Looks like a sturdy, portable gaming machine. Reviews are good. Just in case, DO purchase the insurance on this item, in the event it might burn out after warranty. Depends on how much you use it."
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    #10Dell Inspiron B071L8GN9G

    Dell Inspiron B071L8GN9G

    Dell Inspiron B071L8GN9G is a powerful laptop equipped with an Intel Core i7 processor and an Intel Graphics 620 Card that provides you with fantastic visual effects, perfect for games, movies and photos.

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    Angela Rice
    Written on January 26, 2018
    "Good laptops for playing games on a budget are hard to find. The Dell Inspiron B071L8G9G is a rather competitive choice for this avenue."
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    #11Dell Inspiron i5577-7359BLK-PUS

    Dell Inspiron i5577-7359BLK-PUS
    Crafted to be as portable as possible, and with an stylish design, this gaming laptop is a cheap but powerful option for those looking for a new PC to play their games with. 



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    Jesse Gilbert
    Written on January 29, 2018
    "Compared to some of the other laptops i have to put this one right in the middle. It does not compete with the higher end ones but for the price you are paying for it you cannot expect to get top of the line gaming computer. For the price you are paying for it its well worth it. There will be competition but its going to be hard to beat this powerful but reasonable laptop. "
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    #12ASUS ROG Strix GL703VD

    ASUS ROG Strix GL703VD
    Asus ROG Strix GL703VD is a slim and powerful laptop with advanced features, including a 7th-generation Intel Core i7-7700HQ quad-core 2.8GHz, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 graphics, a RGB customizable keyboard and USB 3.1 ports.
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    Marilyn Schneider
    Written on January 20, 2018
    "I bought this one for my kid. He likes it and the price was very reasonable. I tried it out and it works really well. I was impressed by the speed and the graphics. It is a light set up and easy to tote around. The gaming is quick and I set up a good keyboard for even more speed. Good bang for the buck on this laptop."
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    #13Acer Aspire E5-576G-5762

    Acer Aspire E5-576G-5762

    Acer Aspire E 15 E5-576G-5762 comes with  high level specs like the 8th Generation Intel Core i5-8250U Processor 1.6GHz with Turbo Boost Technology up to 3.4GHz. It is perfect for needs like gaming, editing and many more. 

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    George Morgan
    Written on January 30, 2018
    "If you need a budget gaming laptop, Acer Aspire E5-576G-5762 is for you. It is lightweight and is built like a desktop PC."
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    #14Acer Predator 15 G9-593-77WF

    Acer Predator 15 G9-593-77WF
    The Acer Predator 15 G9-593-77WF is a gaming laptop equipped with a 7th Generation Intel Core i7-7700HQ processor and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 graphics. The device has a powerful audio True Harmony sound system.

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    Stephen Washington
    Written on February 2, 2018
    "The Acer Predator 15 G9-593-73N6 is a gaming laptop featuring a Core i7 quad core processor and a GTX 1060 graphics card. It's not a budget-friendly gaming laptop, but rather quite powerful with a hefty price tag to accommodate. It would run most of today's games quite well, but if you're on a budget, it might be worth looking at other options."
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    #15Dell Inspiron i7577-5241BLK-PUS

    Dell Inspiron i7577-5241BLK-PUS
    Dell i7577-5241BLK-PUS Inspiron is a gaming laptop that provides you with a complete sensory experience thanks to its powerful features. It has NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 graphics and a speed 7Th Generation i5 Intel quad-core processor.
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    Jesse Young
    Written on January 31, 2018
    "very nice computer with a lot of power, i can see it being a very good way to game and do a lot of graphic heavy things/"
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    #16Lenovo Legion Y720

    Lenovo Legion Y720

    This Lenovo Legion Y720 has the 7th generation Intel i7 processor and an 8GB RAM paired with a 256GB storage. It has a GeForce GTX 1060 6GB. Its VR-ready 15.6" display is backed up with the first Dolby Atmos PC. 

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    Christine Price
    Written on February 13, 2018
    "I needed a great gaming laptop, but one that wouldn't break the bank. The best budget gaming laptop I found was the Lenovo Legion Y720. This computer is so awesome. It's affordable and plays all my Steam games amazingly well. It's really faster than I thought it would be. The screen is beautiful and the video card is lightening fast. It works great for my needs as a gaming fanatic and I have more money in the bank, too. Highly recommended!"
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    #17Dell Inspiron 2017 B071L8GN9G

    Dell Inspiron 2017 B071L8GN9G

    Dell Inspiron 2017 B071L8GN9G features a 15.6" LED-Backlit display with 7th Generation Intel Core i7-7500U processor. It has HD graphics for video playing and games and the latest Windows 10 Home as the operating system.

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    Marie Duncan
    Written on February 5, 2018
    "This laptop is the best in the market for playing games, i strongly recommend it for its performance and the price, that is very normal for the quality of graphics and processor. "
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    #18Lenovo Flex 5

    Lenovo Flex 5

    This Lenovo Flex 5 has an i7-7500U processor and a 15.6" detachable touchscreen display. It has a 16GB RAM and a 512GB SSD storage. It has a backlit keyboard, a fingerprint reader, and Windows 10.

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    Hansika Jayaraman
    Written on February 12, 2018
    "Really good gaming laptop, never can go wrong with a Chinese brand."

Summary

Best What are the best budget gaming laptops
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1MSI GL62M 7RD-1407Electronics 14 Paid
2Lenovo Ideapad 700Electronics 9 Paid
3Dell Inspiron i5577-5335BLK-PUS Electronics 7 Paid
4Acer Nitro 5Electronics 6 Paid
5Dell i7559-763BLKElectronics 4 Paid
6Acer Predator Helios 300 G3-571-77QKElectronics 3 Paid
7Dell Inspiron 5000Electronics 2 Paid
8ASUS FX502VMElectronics 2 Paid
9Alienware AW13R3-7420SLV-PUS Electronics 2 Paid
10Dell Inspiron B071L8GN9GElectronics 1 Paid
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