Welcome to our third post “best gaming laptop under 800$” in our gaming laptop series.
Unlike our two previous posts (Under $600 and Under $700), 800 dollars is enough money to ensure you ALWAYS end up with a mid-range GPU like the 1650GTX AND one of the latest Ryzen 5 or Intel Core i5 CPUs.
So all laptops shown here will have AT LEAST such set up or higher (1660Ti, Core i7, Ryzen 7).
Of course, that doesn’t include the extra stuff you may get as you closer and closer to 800 dollars like:
- Extra Storage (512GB)
- 120Hz display: It’s something you definitely can’t miss if you’re paying anywhere near 800$.
- 144HZ: This one is hit or miss under 800$ but it’s not something to be ruled out.
Recommended Specs For Gaming Laptops Under 800
Before we list the best gaming laptops under 800$. Let us elaborate a bit more on what you will FIND, what you SHOULD be getting and how much you SHOULD be paying for certain features in this prince range.
To play pretty much every AAA game at high/ultra settings you WILL need a dedicated GPU.
1660Ti: This is the best of the best GPUs in terms of performance/money ratio. Unfortunately, it’s only available on +900$ laptops. That may change this year though.
1650: This guys is way more common under 800$ and still pretty good for high settings.
With that said, you should always be getting a 1650GTX and avoid the following:
1050(4GB): Common in the 600-700 range and ocassionally under 600.
1050Ti: These are rarely found on laptops as of 2021, faster than a 1050 GTX though.
Other GPUs found under 800$: 940MX, MX150, MX230, MX250, MX350, 1050 (2-3GB). These are no good unless you’re spending less than 650$.
The most crucial spec for high end gaming. More clock speed = more framerates.
You can find several dozens of different CPUs under 800$. However, only a few are tailored for gaming. Avoid all other CPUs except:
Intel: Core i5 8300, Core i5 9300, Core i5 10300H. You won’t find Core i7s unless you want to ditch the dGPU, who would do that?
AMD: AMD Ryzen 5 3550H, AMD Ryzen R5-3550U, AMD Ryzen 5 4600H, AMD Ryzen 5 5600H
Ryzen 5 4600H/5600H and Core i5 10300 are both the best laptop CPUs under 800$. So always aim for those if you’re spending anywhere near 700-800$.
8GB: Pretty universal in this bracket.
16GB: You can find laptops with 16GBs and the extra RAM is useful for the most graphically demanding games (CoD and Open World Games). However, it’s not something you want to emphasize before purchase, you can upgrade any laptop to 16GB for 20 bucks later.
Dual-Channeled: Like I’ve been saying in every single gaming post. It’s important to know that…. if you want to add another RAM stick, you gotta make them dual-channeled, that means having two identical ram sticks, this will give you slightly more framerates.
To keep it short and sweet, all SSD types (M.2 , PCIe NVMe, SATA III blah blah blah) will give you the same performance for gaming. Just avoid HDDs AND….
Make sure you get enough space for the games you want to play. I’ve written a post on how much space you need here.
- You want 512GB if you want more than 5 triple AAA Games(Fortnite~ 50GB, COD ~150GB, WoW ~60GB,etc).
IPS FHD: Virtually all modern laptops above 600$ will have a FHD display. Some do not have an IPS but that’s not essential to be competitive, in fact TN displays have their own advatanges.
120-144Hz: 120Hz is way more common under 800$ than 144Hz. 144Hz refresh rates are unfortunately kind of rare unless you step into 900$ territory. You can still find them but you’ll have to give up a bit of CPU power. Either will make your gaming look x2-x2.5 smoother so make sure you thoroughly look for one.
Top 5 Best Gaming Laptops Under 800$
All laptops here range from 700-800$, If you’ve got anything lower than 700 bucks I suggest you take a look at our previous posts (under 600$ and 700$). Again if you are limited to MOBA/FPS Steam games, the you may not need to focus so much on a high end CPU+ a top of the line GPU you will be okay with cheaper laptops even those below 600.
Best Ryzen Gaming Laptop Under 800
AMD Ryzen 5 5500H
GeForce GTX 1650 4GB vRAM
256GB PCIe NVMe SSD
15.6” 120Hz Full HD IPS
This laptop has everything you could ask for a gaming laptop under 800$.
You got the CPU and GPU we already discussed which should let you hit three digit framerates on most AAA games at high/epic settings. You can get a sense of its performance in this video:
Which tests a laptop with almost the same specs. The only difference in our test is the, CPU, which is just one generation older, so you can expect an increase of +10-15 framerates for the games outlined in the table.
|Call of Duty: Warzone||~74||High||1080p||1vs1|
|Dota 2||+86||Ultra||FHD||total average|
|LoL||+106||Very High||FHD||total average|
You’re also getting the 120Hz/144Hz display we talked about so you can a much smoother gaming experience.
All that for only about 670$ which is way less money than 800$. Don’t expect laptops with such computer goodness to be at this price throughout the year. It’s very likely the manufacturer, Lenovo, will raise the price in the coming months.
If you are reading this and it’s still about 670$, just grab it and be done with your search. Most of the laptops we’ll go over next have either the same or worse specs and more expensive ( except for the last one which is +800$). If this isn’t available by the time you read this, then continue reading.
Best Intel Core Gaming Laptop Under 800
Core i5 10300H
GeForce GTX 1650 4GB vRAM
256GB PCIe NVMe SSD
15.6” 120Hz Full HD IPS
This is another laptop with both the high end CPU+GPU you want under 800$ and the high refresh rate display.
The only real difference between this laptop and the first lenovo model we went over is the CPU.
The Core i5 10300H is has less cores but slightly less clock speeds than the AMD Ryzen 5 5600H.
So performance wise, the Core i5 10300H is not going to stop you from paying AAA games at high/ultra settings.
Except for maybe a few games like Call of Duty, where our tests performed showed that the game is actually more multi core than people expected. If you are playing CoD then I’d recommend you ditch Core i5 processors and aim for Ryzen 5 or Core i7s.
These are the framerates you can get from this Core i5 10300H + 1650 GTX (with a margin of error of +10 fps because we’ve used a CPU that’s a generation older).
On the other hand, Core i5 10300/9300H CPUs will give you better performance on games like MineCraft especially if you use super high settings witih shaders.
|Call of Duty: Warzone||~59||Medium||1080p||1vs1|
|Counter Strike: GO||~115||High||1080p||Group Fight|
|Dota 2||+142||High||FHD||total average|
|LoL||+137||Very High||FHD||total average|
If you’ve checked the price, you are probably dissappointed that this laptop is more expensive than the first one despite that the fact that it is “slightly weaker”.
However, keep in mind, this is what the average price will be for a laptop with these specs throughout the year. The first model is not something you can find available all year round, so if you’ve found the first one out of stock, there’s no shame in buying this model unless you don’t mind waiting around several months for another great deal to show up.
Best Gaming Laptop Under 800 – 60Hz
Core i5 10300H
GeForce GTX 1650
256GB PCIe SSD
15.6” 60Hz Full HD IPS
If you can’t afford any laptop in the 750-780$ but you still want the performance of a 10th gen Core i5/ 5th gen Ryzen 5 CPU + a 1650GTX. You don’t have to necessarily give up the GPU, especially if you’ve got anything over 700$.
In fact, the bulk of models with a 1650GTX are in the 700-750$ range. So if you’ve got ANYTHING, even a dollar, above 700$ you SHOULD be getting at least a 1650GTX and expect more or less the same framerates of the laptops we just went over.
The only real caveat here is that you’re definitely going to have to give up the 120Hz display.
120Hz vs 60Hz:
It’s not going to be end of the world if you have to give up a 120Hz display. The game will look less smoother yes but this isn’t an issue even for competitive gaming.
If you play mostly at high/ultra settings especially with the most graphically demanding games, then the more reason to give up the 120Hz because it is unlikely you’ll hit framerates higher than 80. If you’re playing at ultra settings with these type of games and getting past say 60fps, then you’re also likely to less lag spikes/screen tearing, if you’ve got a display with lower refresh rates than your screen can handle.
Don’t get me wrong, it’s starting to sound that 60Hz are actually better but the truth is, they aren’t, 120/144hz look way smoother with some caveats (such as screen tearing) that may happen at super higih settings (sometimes).
Best 17” Gaming Laptop Under 800
Core i5 10300H
GeForce GTX 1650
512GB PCIe SSD
17.3” 120Hz Full HD IPS
The last type of super affordable laptops you’ll find are those with a 9th gen Core i5 CPU or a 4th gen Ryzen 5 CPU such as those we used to carry our benchmarks which should give you the framerates shown in the table.
Now, if you’re playing at medium/high settings to get your FPS over 100, then getting a Core i5 9300H or Core i5 10300H will make no difference. If that’s the case, you can safely go for a Core i5 9300H model, as long as they’re cheaper.
With that saved money, you could get yourself another storage drive because let’s face it, most of the great games out there weigh on average 80 GB.
As you can see even mickey mouse games like Dota 2 and Lol can add up to a lot of space. Add Windows 10 to the equation and 256GB will run out pretty quickly.
Obviously, if you can afford it, you should be getting both the latest CPUs (AMD Ryzen 5 4600H , Core i5 10/11 300H) and 512GB of storage.
I suggest you don’t worry much about storage speed because unless you’re transfering huge files all the time, it will make almost no difference.
You probably don’t want 1TB either, not only does it get way more expensive (which imo should be replaced by a better GPU) but you’re not going to get any good at gaming if you’re playing 10 games all the time.
5. Acer Nitro 5
Best Gaming Laptop – 3050Ti + 144Hz
Core i5 10300H
GeForce RTX 3050Ti
256GB PCIe SSD
15 ” 144Hz Full HD IPS
We thought it was pretty pointless to list another 1650GTX laptop that wasn’t on a deal or that wasn’t any different from the laptops we’ve already went over (we couldn’t even find a laptop with 512GB of storage on-board).
Instead, this model, although slightly over 800$, is worth looking at just for one reason: 3050Ti.
The 3050Ti GTX is the latest entry level GPU of the new line of NVIDIA series released in Q2 of 2021. It’s been recently incorporated into laptops and beats the 1660Ti by very low margins. In case you didn’t know the 1660Ti is the most popular GPU for competitive gaming out there and it’s still popular since it’s released 4 years ago.
It may be wiser to buy a 1660Ti on a desktop computer because it’s far cheaper than the 3050Ti GTX, however, in the laptop market, the oppossite is true, the 1660Ti GPU can cost up to 1000$ while this 3050Ti GTX is only 800-830$.
So if you’ve got that extra 30 bucks in your pocket and you plan on getting really serious with gaming (you want to be last one standing up in Fortnite’s Battle Royale), then you should probably get this one and call it a day.
How to Find The Best Gaming Laptop Under 800
There are two ways you can find the best gaming laptop under 800$ .
1.Compile a list of all laptops under 800
This time, the way I found the best gaming laptops under 800$ was through brute foce.
Basically I listed every model under 800$ or around 800$ , listed their specs on an excel sheet. This is what gave me the insights to tell how much a 1650GTX should be worth on average and which laptops to avoid( there are some rip-offs and obselete models that still sell for ~800$).
I don’t recommend doing this method though. It’s slow and takes too much time.
2. Calculate the total price by adding computer parts
This is a much better and faster way.
Wait, how do I get the prices of laptop parts?
If the prices have been omitted or taken out of their sites ( which is usually the case several months after release ), you can google the prices or send an email asking about the price. You don’t have to do that though I’ve got the prices down for you in the next sections.
On the other hand, getting the prices for all parts like RAM SSD HDD, is pretty simple. You can just type them on Amazon/eBay.
Lastly, for those parts, that can’t even be found on Amazon like the display or chasis or mothoerboard, you can go to Ali Express .
Let us start with the GPU.
If a GPU has the exact same name as the desktop GPU, that means they’re pretty much the same. This wasn’t realy the case before 10th generation GPUs though.
But today a 1650GTX desktop GPU is pretty much the same one found on laptops (although downclocked for temperature control purposes).
So you can use the desktop price to do your calculations.
|1050 ti (2-4GB)||115-165$|
Like I said before, for most games, CPU actually has a much bigger impact on framerates (the GPU procudes high quality images and the CPU process those images to your display so to speak).
For example, if you get a 1650GTX with a Core i5 8300H, you will not get as much framerates as you would with a AMD Ryzen 4600H/Core i5 10300H + GTX 1650. The difference would be about 20-30FPS depending on the game and on settings (you can double check this by comparing the performance gains of AMD Ryzen 5 4600H over the Core i5 9300H in Call of Duty Warzone on our gaming benchmarks).
Anyways, here are the prices for the most common GPUs you’ll find under 800.
|Ryzen 5 4600H||250$|
|Core i5 9300H||250$|
|Core i5 8300H||250$|
RAM prices vary widely among manufacturers.
A Kingstom RAM stick may be more expensive than a CRUZE stick. Some of these manufactures claim to have extra features but at the end of the day what will really make a huge difference is making sure your RAM set up is “dual-channeled”.
The storage attached to the Motherboard doesn’t come with the price of the motherboard even if its soldered to it, so you must calculate the prices separately.
PCIe NVMe SSDs are the ones attached to the motherboard and are the most common type of motherboard +SSD combo found in 2021.
If you’re getting an extra 1TB HDD or an extra 256GB SATA III, you need to add storage prices separately:
|128 GB PCIe NVMe||~30$|
|256GB PCIe NVMe||~40$|
|512GB PCIe NVMe||~64$|
|256GB SATA III||~50$|
There are four display types in the 600-800$ range. .
|60Hz IPS TN||40$|
|60Hz IPS FHD||50$|
|120 Hz IPS FHD||100$|
|144 Hz IPS FHD 15”||150$|
The most common displays found on gaming laptops in the 600-800$ range are the first two.
The last one is almost impossible to find unless we are talking about black friday, cyber monday or something like that. It’s usually found in the 900$ range.
If you look hard enough though, you will always find at least ONE model with a 120Hz display below 800$ though and this is enough really,….. because the 1650GTX+Ryzen 4/Core i5 10th gen processors won’t give you more than 130 framerates on high settings in most AAA games.
You’re not going to find theese prices on Amazon or any other computer store. If you want to check their prices you can use Ali express or email manufacturers.
Other Small Parts
By small parts I mean the battery, the motherboard, power cord, the shell, the keyboard, chasis . The total price of these parts can be anywhere from 100$ to 200$ depending on how well built the laptop is. A laptop with aluminum chasis and RBG keyboards may make the whole thing cost 200$.
A laptop with a plastic chasis and a simple backlit keyboard will have all these parts add up to 100-150$.
EXAMPLE: Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3
AMD Ryzen 5 5600H ~ 250$
1650GTX ~ 240$
8GB RAM ~ 30$
SSD ~ 40$
Display ~ 50$
Other small parts~ 150$
Laptops sells for 659$ (or 699$).