The best cheap gaming laptop deals under £1000 for Christmas 2018

best gaming laptops under £1000

Well folks, the Christmas discounts are here, which means it's a great time to get one of the best cheap gaming laptop deals under £1000. Way under £1000 today actually as we have so many more options to choose from. Setting yourself a final limit of £1000 or less is a sensible plan for a decent gaming laptop and we want to save you as much money on that budget as possible.

While building your own rig is the purists way of getting the biggest bang for your buck, many of us prefer the potable nature of a gaming laptop. Not to mention not having to worry about having to build the thing. 

We're here to find you a wide selection of gaming laptop deals on multiple models. We've included options as far below £1000 as we dare to go while still being able to run games at decent settings. At the other end of the scale, we'll push right up against that £1000 limit to bring you some top-notch spec on a budget that aims to keep things civilised. 

Directly below, we've picked out our hottest gaming laptop deals of the week. Keep reading and you'll see our selection of laptops regularly priced under £1000 with prices compared at a wider range of retailers, often with various spec of models to choose from.

The best cheap gaming laptop deal of the week

Acer Nitro 5 Ryzen 5 AMD RX 560X £749.99 £699 at Currys
This version of the Acer Nitro 5 features AMD hardware, so you get a Ryzen 5 2500U processor and an AMD Radeon RX 560X 4GB graphics card, along with a 1TB hard drive and 128GB SSD. This is a great price for a solid performer with a saving of £50.
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Asus TUF Gaming FX504GD | £668 at Newegg
Asus TUF models are regularly on our radar for cheaper gaming laptops and this is an excellent option for those of you needing premium storage options. There's a 1TB hybrid SSD for improved loading times and a larger drive than most full-on SSDs. The storage is further complimented by a Full HD screen, GTX 1050 graphics card, 8GB of RAM and an 8th-gen i5 processor.
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Acer Nitro 5 gaming laptop £699 at Currys
Here's a very tempting gaming laptop for under £1000 from Acer and Currys. We're a lot lower than the original price here and you're getting some great spec for the price. The Nitro 5 has a GeForce GTX 1050 graphics card, 8GB of RAM, 1TB of storage and an i5 processor.
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Medion P6689 Core i5 8GB RAM GTX 1050 | £749.99 at Argos
This decent budget gaming laptop comes in at way under £1000. It has an 8th gen Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB RAM, 1TB hard drive and an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 graphics card, which is fine for most games.View Deal

MSI GL63 8RC gaming laptop | £759 at AO.com
Use voucher code 40OFFLAPTOP to save the additional £40. MSI are specialists in the gaming laptop world and this is is a cheaper price than we're used to seeing. AO.com has just knocked £100 off this 15.6-inch model. You're really hitting the ground running here with an 8th-gen i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and a GTX 1050 graphics card. Storage options impress too with both a 1TB hard drive and a 128GB SSD.
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Dell G3 13 Gaming Laptop £779 at Currys
This is a decent budget gaming laptop from Dell. It comes with an 8th gen Core i5 processor, 8GB RAM and 256GB SSD for an impressively low price. The GTX 1050 GPU will be fine for playing games at medium to low settings.View Deal

MSI GL62MVR 7RFX £799.98 at ebuyer
MSI doesn't mess about when it comes to making powerful gaming laptops and ebuyer doesn't mess about either when it comes to unleashing great deals. Save £120 today on this model with a GTX 1060 graphics card, 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD.
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Asus GL503 gaming laptop + backpack | £809.99 at Argos
£90 less today! Ok, so that free backpack has caught your eye, but does the laptop itself have enough spec to compete with the other cheap gaming laptops on this page? It absolutely does thanks to an 8th-gen i5 processor, 8GB RAM, 1TB hard drive and 128GB SSD, GeForce GTX 1050Ti graphics card and 15.6-inch 120z display with a 3ms response time.
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MSI GF62 15.6-inch gaming laptop £999.99 £829 at Currys
This deal knocks £200 off the asking price of this decent gaming laptop. Comes with an 8th gen Core i5 processor, 8GB RAM, 1TB hard drive and 128GB SSD. The graphics card (a GTX 1050 Ti) isn't the most powerful, but it'll handle modern games at medium to high settings.
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Dell G3 17 Gaming Laptop Core i5, 8GB RAM, GTX 1050 Ti £899 £849 at Currys
This 17-inch gaming laptop has had £50 taken off the usual asking price you'd be paying direct from Dell. It comes with 128GB SSD and 1TB hard drive, and while the GTX 1050 graphics card isn't the most powerful, it'll still run modern games fine.
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Lenovo Legion Y530 gaming laptop | £859 at AO
Use voucher code 40OFFLAPTOP to save the additional £40. This Lenovo gaming laptop has a powerful memory setup with 8GB of RAM supported by 16GB of optane memory, which makes for even faster loading and smoother running of your applications. Other gaming-friendly spec includes a GTX 1050 Ti graphics card, 8th-gen 5 processor and a 1TB hard drive.
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Asus FX503VM gaming laptop | £950 at Amazon
You're getting a slick 120Hz Full HD screen, 7th-gen i5 processor, 8GB of RAM, 256GB SSD and a Nvidia GTX 1060 graphics card. All of which adds up to a laptop that'll have a crack at any game with some decent settings too.
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Dell G5 15.6-inch gaming laptop | £999 at Currys
It's only just under that £1000 marker but we still kinda fancy it. This Dell gaming laptop features an i5 processor, Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 graphics card 8GB RAM (upgradeable to 32GB), Full HD screen, 128GB SSD and 1TB HDD combo drive.
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Asus FX504 Core i5 8GB RAM GTX 1060 £1,199.98 £999.97 at Laptops Direct
This deal cuts the price of this mid-range gaming laptop by £200. You get a very good performer, mainly thanks to its GTX 1060 6GB graphics card, and you also get a bag and mouse thrown in as well, plus £149 worth of free games.View Deal

The best cheap gaming laptops of 2018

Dell G3 15

Dell G3 15

Excellent value for money

CPU: Intel Core i5 – i7 (8th-generation) | Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 – GTX 1060 (4GB GDDR5) | RAM: 8GB – 16GB | Screen: 15.6-inch FHD (1920x1080) | Storage: 128/256GB SSD

Fantastic performance for the money
Most models come with a 256GB SSD.
Build is a tad flimsy

The Dell G3 15 line of gaming laptops is one of our favourite options and numerous configurations are often available for well under £1000. While initially coming with a 1TB hard drive, we're generally seeing them come with a 256GB SSD instead nowadays for superior performance. Naturally, you can get a mix of both for more money at some retailers. With a GTX 1050 graphics card on-board as standard, this will have no problem running most modern games at relatively high settings too.

Acer Nitro 5

Acer Nitro 5

A decent pick for new gaming laptop buyers on a budget

CPU: Intel Core i5 – i7 (8th-generation); AMD Ryzen 5 2500U | Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 – 1050 Ti (4GB GDDR5); AMD Radeon RX 560X | RAM: 4GB – 16GB | Screen: 15.6-inch FHD (1920x1080) | Storage: 256GB SSD or 1TB HDD (5400 rpm) – 128/256GB SSD + 1TB HDD

Adjust fans for your needs
Decent battery life
No SSD on cheapest models

As one of the cheapest gaming laptops that will still run games at decent settings, the Acer Nitro 5 is well worth a look if you're wanting to get into PC gaming and play modern games too (just don't expect to be running Battlefield V on ultra settings ok?). The design is a bit plasticy and there's no SSD on the cheapest models, but given the low price and the power of the internal spec inside we're more than willing to look past that to get our gaming fix on the go.

Dell Inspiron 15 7000 Gaming

Dell Inspiron 15 7000 Gaming

The best you can get for under a grand?

CPU: Intel i7 (7th-generation) | Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (4GB GDDR5) | RAM: 8GB – 32GB | Screen: 15.6-inch FHD (1,920 x 1,080) IPS | Storage: 256GB SSD

Solid graphics performance
Extensive RAM options
Really pushes that budget

Dell's Inspiron laptops have always had wide-ranging appeal and these versions are specifically reworked for gamers. We're taking you right to the limit of the £1000 budget here, but it's always worth keeping an eye out on our price comparison below, as we often see a retailer go rogue and knock a few hundred quid off the price around sales season. If you can afford the price, you'll find some of the best performance you can get for a gaming laptop under £1000. The 16GB of RAM drives up the price as does the SSD/HDD combo and GTX 1050 Ti graphics card as standard.

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Where to find the best gaming laptop deals in the UK:

Nothing taking your fancy in our pick of the best gaming laptop deals under £1000? There are of course more to choose from if you had something a bit more specific in mind. Or maybe you're tempted to see what you can get by stretching that budget past £1000? Well, we've rounded up a list of reliable retailers below who regularly have decent gaming laptop deals on sale.