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The 5 Best Gaming Laptops Under $500

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When most users think of PC gaming, they tend to consider those from the 'PC Master Race' who find themselves so superior to everyone else - especially console users. That makes entering the world of PC gaming to be a tad bit unapproachable or ominous, as no one wants to lose their soul to the cult of the master race.

That being said, you don't need to spend $2000 in order to run the latest and greatest video games. In fact, there are plenty of affordable gaming laptops for under $500 that could serve your purposes quite well.

A budget gaming laptop may sound a bit cheap, and perhaps your friends will make fun of you at first, but soon, as you're running the latest Call of Duty at 60 frames-per-second, they will stop laughing long enough to check out the system and its internal components.

Now, that's not to say every affordable gaming laptop featured on this list will run the newest games at 60 FPS. Some may, while others won't. It is as simple as what parts are put into some of the best gaming laptops from 2016. The year is still young, though, so expect new releases around the holiday season, too.

Of course, not everyone is interested in playing new releases. Some people, myself included, are more than happy enjoying older classics or games released a few years back. More often than not, these titles can be purchased for under $10 via Steam, GoG, Green Man Gaming, or any other digital service offer game keys. These laptops will run those and more.

Trust us, there is no point in breaking the bank entirely. A pre-built package can be just as good as a custom-built gaming computer. 

Published Jun. 26th 2016

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