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The best cheap gaming laptop deals under $1000 in 2020

The best cheap gaming laptops for under $1000 in 2020
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Getting a cheap gaming laptop for under $1000 often feels like a tough ask - especially for one you can have confidence in - but actually, with a bit of digging its becoming increasingly possible to snap up a cracking deal. As long as you give some context and perspective to your expectation and familiarise yourself with the general levels and spec compositions, then getting a powerful, but cheap gaming laptop deal will serve you well and won't break the bank. With today's low-to-mid range components still being of a great standard, those cheap gaming laptops under $1000 that are missing the bombastic headline, premium components can still play a lot of AAA games and a lot of esports games that are very contemporary and popular.

However. As you're on this page, it'll be obvious but I need to make sure we're all aware of the limitations applying (any) budget to gaming machines usually applies. Keeping a really good gaming laptop under the $1000 price mark is notoriously difficult and rarely seen as a result. Because of this, we're likely to see compromises left, right and center, particularly on the core components found within. This is likely to be on the graphics card in particular, but will also apply to SSD/HDD storage combinations, the amount of RAM and the processor, though these are the components that are more often seen to be of a higher standard - at least right now anyway.

We'll update this as soon as we get wind of any wicked cool cheap laptop deals, but a fair disclaimer would be that, because they'll be so good and cheap, they might change or stock levels might fluctuate wildly. Anyway, let's get to it...

The best cheap gaming laptop deal of the week

ASUS TUF gaming laptop | 15.6" 1080p | Ryzen 7 R7-3750H CPU | GTX 1660Ti GPU | 16GB RAM | 256GB SSD + 1TB HDD | just $988.98 at Amazon (Save $111.01)
A terrific build to get for under a thousand bucks, from a reputable maker and with a nicely-balanced set of components. It's a reduced price so it might not stick around.View Deal

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The best cheap gaming laptop deals going

Gaming laptops under $1000

ASUS TUF gaming laptop | 15.6" 1080p | Ryzen 5-3550H | RX 560X GPU | 8GB RAM | 256GB SSD | just $579.99 at Walmart (save $120)
This is a really pinned back gaming laptop but this time as an AMD build, offering great value.View Deal

Acer Nitro 5 gaming laptop | 15.6" 1080p | i5-9300H CPU | GTX 1050 GPU | 8GB RAM | 256GB SSD | $599.99 at Best Buy (save $130)
Stripping everything back but in an Intel/Nivida build this time, this is a decent model for very lightweight gaming. Scroll down some more for some more capable models.View Deal

ASUS TUF gaming laptop | 15.6" 1080p | Ryzen 5 R5-3550H CPU | GTX 1650 GPU | 8GB RAM | 256GB SSD | just $649.99 at Amazon
This is a restrained build, of course, but for the money you're paying, this will still be a competent gaming machine for most things settings-dependant. And if you're after a machine for Rocket League, for example, this is a great one.View Deal

Dell G3 16 gaming laptop | 15.6" 1080p | i5-8300H CPU | GTX 1060 GPU | 8GB RAM | 256GB SSD | $840 at Amazon
Featuring a solid mid-performing model from Nvidia's 10-series graphics card, if you can't quite stretch the budget to a 16-series card then this is a good one to consider.View Deal

Lenovo Legion Y540 gaming laptop | 15.6" 1080p | i7-9750H CPU | GTX 1650 GPU | 8GB RAM | 512GB SSD | $849 at Walmart
This is a modest entry from Lenovo, but no runt by any means. This will still be a great servant for games and everyday use.View Deal

ASUS ROG Strix gaming laptop | 15.6" 1080p IPS | i7-9750H CPU | GTX 1650 GPU | 8GB RAM | 512Gb SSD | only $899.99 at Newegg (save $200)
The big wins here are the processor and the IPS screen, these will really enable that medium-good 1650 graphics card to come to life on this budget machine from ASUS.View Deal

HP Omen gaming laptop | 15.6" 1080p | i7-9750H CPU | GTX 1660Ti GPU | 16GB RAM | 256GB SSD | just $999.99 at Walmart (save $400)
A terrific build to get for under a thousand bucks, from a reputable maker and with a nicely-balanced set of components and some extra goodies thrown in.View Deal

MSI GL63 gaming laptop | 15.6" 1080p | i7-9750H CPU | GTX 1660Ti GPU | 16GB RAM | 512GB SSD | $999 at Walmart
A similar build from MSI but with a bit more on-board storage in the shape of that larger capacity SSD. Great, great value.View Deal

Asus ROG Strix G GL531GT gaming laptop | 15.6" 1080p | i7-9750H CPU | GTX 1650 | 16GB RAM | 512GB SSD | $999 at Microsoft
Save $200 today. We mentioned a similar deal on this model above, but this is the one we'd go for seeing as it has double the RAM for not much more money.
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Lenovo Legion Y540 gaming laptop | 15.6" 1080p IPS | i5-9300H CPU | GTX 1660Ti GPU | 16GB RAM | 256GB SSD + 1TB HDD | $1,000 at Walmart
On the cusp of the upper limit on this guide, this is a good offering from Lenovo that is comprised of a well-considered spec and build.View Deal

Gaming laptops just over $1000

If you can stretch to just over the $1,000 mark, then you can edge closer to guaranteeing the spec you want and the accentuated versions of some of the builds above that go for less money but might not have everything you're looking for.

MSI GL65 9SDK-026 gaming laptop | 15.6" 1080p | i7-9750H CPU | GTX 1660Ti GPU | 32GB RAM | 512GB SSD | $1,019.99 at Walmart
Get a massive 32GB of RAM in this quality MSI machine for just over a grand - great deal. It also looks like this is a temporary deal so pick it up while you still can at that price!View Deal

Lenovo Legion Y540 gaming laptop | 17.3" 1080p IPS | i7-9750H CPU | GTX 1660Ti GPU | 16GB RAM | 256GB SSD + 1TB HDD | $1,049 at Walmart
For just 49 bucks more than the 1000 dollar mark, this Lenovo laptop offers great accentuation on other, cheaper models on this list, particularly in the CPU and size of screen areas (this is the larger 17-inch laptop).View Deal

ASUS TUF FX505 gaming laptop | 15.6" 1080p | Ryzen 7 3750H CPU | RTX 2060 GPU | 16GB RAM | 512GB SSD | $1,099.99 at Best Buy
This is a fine, fine offering. I always think that if you can either stretch the budget slightly or get a great deal that gets you on to the first rung of the ray-tracing ladder then it's definitely worth it. Like this deal - great bang for buck here.
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Lenovo Legion Y540 gaming laptop | 15.6" 1080p 144Hz IPS | i7-9750H CPU | GTX 1660Ti GPU | 16GB RAM | 512GB SSD | $1,199 at Walmart
You'll get a far pacier screen with this variant of the Lenovo Legion 7540 laptop and also a larger SSD which is great. But no other storage beyond that which is a bit of a pity.View Deal

None of the above gaming laptop deals caught your eye? Then be sure to check out our full guide to the best gaming laptops. If you prefer your machines to be static, then check out the best gaming PCs going, and if you're in need of a bigger screen then one of the best gaming monitors will prove a great companion to your new laptop.

I'm one of the UK Staff Writers for the Central Hardware Team, and I take care of a whole host of buying guides, gaming tech reviews, news and deals content that pops up across GamesRadar+. I'm also a qualified landscape and garden designer so do that in my spare time, and lean on it to write about games' landscapes and environments too.