Best Gaming Laptop Deals: Lenovo IdeaPad with RTX 3050 Ti Graphics on Sale for $700


Nvidia recently announced its next-generation GeForce RTX 4000 series desktop GPUs, which will be out this fall, and it should follow that the mobile versions of these new graphics processors will start appearing in laptops by early next year. If you can’t wait until then to buy a new laptop, you should know that the sales have already started on current models with RTX 3000 series GPUs. Best Buy has a host of laptops on sale right now — from entry-level models based on RTX 3050 graphics to high-end mobile gaming rigs with RTX 3080 and RTX 3080 Ti GPUs — so there’s likely a gaming laptop out there that fits your budget. 

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Acer’s Nitro 5 has long been a popular pick for gamers on tight budgets. This model is $200 off at Best Buy and features GeForce RTX 3050 graphics alongside midrange components: a Core i5 CPU, 8GB of RAM and a 512GB solid-state drive. The roomy 17.3-inch display has full HD resolution and a 144Hz refresh rate. This is about as inexpensive as you’ll find a gaming laptop with a GPU from Nvidia’s current RTX 30 series.

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Lenovo

This discounted IdeaPad model is one of the lowest-cost laptops I’ve seen with a GPU from Nvidia’s latest GeForce RTX 30-series. It features RTX 3050 Ti graphics along with an AMD Ryzen 5 5600H CPU, which should be good for 1080p gaming with settings kept in check. It supplies only 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD — we’d like to see those doubled but we can’t really complain too much given the low price. The 15.6-inch display features full HD resolution and a 120Hz refresh rate.

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MSI

This 15-inch MSI model is $150 off at Newegg and features an 11th-gen Intel Core i5 CPU and Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050 Ti graphics. You also get 16GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD. The 15.6-inch screen has full HD resolution and a speedy 144Hz refresh rate. Many gaming laptops priced at less than $1,000 make you get by with 8GB of RAM, so getting 16GB of memory here is a bonus.

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This 15.6-inch laptop from Gigabyte prioritizes GPU muscle over CPU power, pairing RTX 3060 graphics with an 11th-gen Core i5 processor. Most gaming laptops with midrange RTX graphics feature a Core i7 or the AMD equivalent of a Ryzen 7. Still, it should have oomph to play games on its full HD, 144Hz display. It’s currently a hefty $400 off at Best Buy to make it one of the few RTX 3060 gaming laptops priced at less than $1,000.

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HP

Here’s an all-AMD option with HP’s 16.1-inch Omen gaming laptop. It pairs a new Ryzen 7 6800 processor with Radeon RX 6650M graphics. The GPU is a midrange mobile part on par with an RTX 3060 from Nvidia. The laptop also features a sufficient 16GB of RAM and a 1TB SSD. The 16.1-inch display has full HD resolution and a 144Hz refresh rate. It’s currently $480 off at Best Buy.

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Gigabyte

You can save $250 at Best Buy on this 15-inch Gigabyte gaming laptop that features RTX 3070 graphics and a new 12th-gen Core i7 CPU. The rest of the specs are standard for the price: a 15.6-inch screen with a full HD resolution and 144Hz refresh rate, 16GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD.

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ASUS

This ROG Zephyrus laptop boasts an AMD Ryzen 9 CPU and RTX 3080 graphics. It’s $250 off right now at Best Buy, making it one of the most affordable gaming laptops with the RTX 3080 GPU. The 15.6-inch display has a 2,560×1,440-pixel resolution and a 165Hz refresh rate. You also get a capacious 1TB SSD.

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Gigabyte

There aren’t many examples of a laptop with RTX 3080 Ti graphics that cost less than $4,000, but that’s what we have here with this big, 17.3-inch Gigabyte Aero that’s $700 off at Best Buy. It features a 4K, 120Hz display powered by a Core i9-12900HK CPU and the 3080 Ti GPU. You also get an ample 32GB of RAM and a huge 2TB SSD. We’d like to see a higher refresh rate for such a high-powered system, but the rest of the specs are rock solid for the money.

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