Gaming desktop and laptop deals abound as GPU prices plummet and Prime Day approaches


A whole new generation of new PC hardware is upon us. We’ll have new CPUs and GPUs on the way from AMD and Intel very soon, as well as NVIDIA’s supposedly power-hungry next-generation GPUs. For the more frugal folks in our audience, we probably don’t need to tell you what that means: killer deals on outgoing current-gen hardware.

If you’re craving some new (for you) hardware, we’ve scoured Amazon’s filth product listings to find some solid deals on powerful gaming desktops and laptops. See for yourself:

Skytech is a smaller systems builder from the US that assembles its PCs the way you would, using the same parts you would use. The company sells you a “Shiva” gaming desktop with a Ryzen 5 5600X, a GeForce RTX 3070, 16GB DDR4 memory at 3200 MT/s and a 1TB NVMe SSD, all wrapped in a sleek NZXT case for $1440. If you prefer something more powerful, Alienware’s Aurora R10 desktop upgrades the CPU to an eight-core Ryzen 7 5800 and replaces the GeForce RTX 3070 with a 10GB RTX 3080. This machine is liquid-cooled, so it’s certainly itself be relatively quiet under load, and it also comes with a custom chassis with the Alienware visual flair. It costs $1673, with free Prime shipping.

It wasn’t long ago that your writer here was sneering at gaming laptops for their poor performance and mediocre value for money compared to gaming desktops. With advances in process technology and hardware design in recent years, this is no longer the case. Check out this GIGABYTE A5 K1 device: a 15.6-inch laptop with a 240 Hz IPS LCD, an 8-core Ryzen 7-5800H CPU and a GeForce RTX 3060-6 -GB GPU. It packs 16GB of RAM, a 1TB PCIe SSD, and is yours for just a grand.

Too rich for your blood? Drop the CPU back to Zen 2, swap the GPU for an RTX 3050 Ti, and enjoy a fluidly smooth 300Hz IPS LCD with this ASUS ROG Strix G15 for just $900. You won’t find this kind of value on desktop machines. If you’re a member of (or want to join) the Dragon Army, we’ve got two MSI models for you to think about. First up is this Pulse GL66: a 15.6-inch model with a 144Hz display, a Core i7-11800H, a GeForce RTX 3070 and a totally sleek black and red visual design. You can get it for as little as $1299. The 12th Gen model is available for $1450 but otherwise has the same specs so gaming performance is likely to be nearly identical. Alternatively, you can get both the CPU and as well as GPU performance brings you a significant size reduction as well as Thunderbolt 4 ports for robust external connectivity. It’s almost the same price as the Pulse above ($1229), but content creators on the go will appreciate the slim dimensions and speedy external ports if they’re shelling out some cash for a surprisingly slim desktop replacement computer check out this Alienware X15 R1. It’s got a 360Hz display and plenty of grunt to drive it, with an 8GB GeForce RTX 3070 hooked up to an octa-core Core i7-11800H Everything you’d expect from a laptop like this, including 16GB of storage, a 1TB NVMe SSD and Wi-Fi 6. It’s discounted to just $1890.

Did we miss any killer deals? Let us know in the comments if you find an awesome prize that we missed.