There is no need to settle for last-gen hardware when shopping for a gaming laptop, even if looking to spend less than a grand. It’s all about timing, and what you can find on sale at any given moment. Right now, for example, you can score a reasonably equipped Dell G15 Ryzen Edition gaming laptop with Zen 3 and Ampere hardware underneath the hood for $832.99.
That is $346 below Dell’s ‘estimated value’, and even though that figure is inflated, this is a good deal at the current discount. The two main components—CPU and GPU—consist of an 8-core/16-thread Ryzen 7 5800H processor (3.2GHz to 4.4GHz, 16MB L3 cache) and GeForce RTX 3050 Ti graphics.