Top 10 Budget Gaming Laptops

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Believe me, I scoured the web while looking for laptops that would be sufficient to play DirectX 11 games and give at least playable performance for the latest games like Star Wars: The Old Republic, The Secret World as well as slightly older ones like Starcraft 2.

It isn’t easy to find a cheap laptop that can play the latest games of sufficient quality and frame rate to keep younger kids happy.  I had compiled a list of high quality laptops that I thought were of decent quality but the price was still a little on the high side.  Given the fact that I was looking for a budget gaming laptop for an 8 year old.  Note, that any of these laptops is only slightly more than an Apple iPad and is probably a much better value considering how much you can do with an actual PC over an iPad.

These are what I found to be the top budget gaming laptops, now some of these laptops have AMD integrated graphics which are so much better than the Intel 3000 integrated graphics that come with Intel chipsets but dedicated graphics is better if you can afford the slight extra premium.

Now I would lean toward one of the Toshiba models, the Toshiba Satellite P755D for example has the following specs:

  • AMD A Series Processor 2.5GHz
  • 6GB SO-DIMM RAM
  • 640GB 5400RPM Hard Drive
  • 15.6-Inch Screen, AMD Radeon HD 6620G

For $678 this is a really good deal, but if you can throw in an SSD Drive and you would get blazingly fast OS loads and application load times.

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-Justin Germino

Updated: April 20, 2012 — 1:25 pm