(Update January 17, 2017: Add some section and edited as necessary)

If you are ready to spend around 900-1000 dollars for a gaming laptop then you’re such a serious gamer with serious machine right there. If you are wondering what makes of Good Gaming Laptops Under 1000 dollars, there some serious step up of minimum specs compare to under 800-900 dollar gaming laptop budget:

• Has minimum Core i7 processor or equivalent with Dual core or Quad Core.
At least 8 GB of RAM and a recommended of 12 GB or 16 GB of memory at this price range.
Geforce GTX 960M is a must for this price range. Avoid options with GTX 950M
Full HD screen display ( 1920 x 1080 pixel )
1 TB of HDD, with some addition of SSD.
• A choice between 15.6 inch or 17.3 inch

After doing some research then this is the list. Check some of our recommendation here, and you may check also our Gaming laptop buying guide.

ASUS ROG GL552VW-DH71

The ASUS ROG 552VW-DH71 is one of our best recommendation because not only designed for a gaming laptop, it has all we need to be a serious machine. The main specs are Intel Core i7-6700HQ processor, GeForce GTX 960M 2GB graphic card, and 16 GB RAM. The Geforce GTX 960M graphic card, a step up from GTX 950M, is a very good standard for today’s games.

For your best information we will provide some popular games benchmark using this graphic card:

  • The Witcher 3 can perform smoothly with around ~51 fps @1366×768 (medium setting) and little bit struggling with around ~24fps @1920×1080 (high setting).
  • Fallout 4 at ~58fps @1366×768 (medium setting) and ~31fps @1920×1080 (high setting)
  • GTA V very smooth ~108 fps @1366×768 (medium setting) and around ~43fps @1920×1080 (high setting)
  • Overwatch : ~144 fps @1366×768 (medium setting) and ~68fps @1920×1080 (high setting)
  • Need For Speed 2016 : ~70 fps @1366×768 (medium setting) and around ~39fps @1920×1080 (high setting)
  • Mirror’s Edge Catalyst at ~58fps @1366×768 (medium setting) and ~29 fps @1920×1080 high setting (you can check more here).

We can expect it will run very well in 1080p resolution at medium-high settings in most of the latest games. So if you want to be serious about gaming, laptop with GTX 960M is a minimum you should get.

For the display, this laptop uses 15.6″ IPS FHD (1920 x 1080 px) with Matte screens which have an anti-glare coating applied so it’s much better at preventing reflections.

The design is also very attractive, where the design is inspired by fighter jet F-22 and typical of Mayans carvings, gives a luxurious appearance with the addition of a backlit keyboard. With 100 solder points for durability and solid feel, 1.8mm key travel for the one piece keyboard provides you very good feedback when typing. For some enhancement, Asus also includes GameFirst III technology which prioritizes the flow of game data across your network so gaming is smoother, and prevents lag.

The other specifications include 16 GB of RAM which is very good for today’s gaming, 1 TB HDD and packed with Windows 10. It also features the latest USB 3.1 Type-C port for more convenient connectivity options.

Pros:

  • Specially designed for gaming
  • Good for multimedia

Cons

  • Doesn’t have SSD

ASUS ROG GL552VW-DH71 Technical Details

Screen Size 15.6 inches
Screen Resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels
Max Screen Resolution 1920*1080 pixels
Processor 2.6 GHz Intel Core i7
RAM 16 GB DDR4-SDRAM
Memory Speed 2133 MHz
Hard Drive 1 TB HDD
Graphics Coprocessor NVIDIA GTX960M 2GB GDDR5
Chipset Brand NVIDIA GeForce
Card Description dedicated
Graphics Card Ram Size 2048 MB
Wireless Type 802.11 A/C
Number of USB 2.0 Ports 1
Number of USB 3.0 Ports 2
Brand Name Asus
Series ROG GL552VW
Item model number GL552VW-DH71
Hardware Platform PC
Operating System Windows 10
Item Weight 5.6 pounds
Product Dimensions 10.1 x 15.1 x 1.3 inches
Item Dimensions L x W x H 10.1 x 15.1 x 1.3 inches
Color Metallic

 

 

 

MSI GL62 6QF-1446

This MSI GL62 6QF-1446‘ specs is very similar to ASUS ROG GL552VW. It also has 6th Gen Intel® Skylake Core i7-6700HQ Quad Core, 16GB (2x 8GB) DDR4 RAM, NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 960M 2GB GDDR5. MSI GL62 6QF-1446 also specially designed for gaming and other intense computing activity.

As one of the leaders of gaming laptop manufacturer, MSI features some its best technology for this laptop:

  • Nahimic Sound Technology that claimed delivers 360⁰ immersive audio experience for your multimedia experience so you can enjoy virtual 7.1 sound!
  • Audio Boost enhancing the gaming headset sound detail and sound stage
  • Keyboard by SteelSeries with better tactile feedback for your typing and inputs. The details of this keyboard are specially designed and calculated for professional gamer’ needs. Support for multi-key inputs, optimum design for WASD, and better responsive tactile feedback, and are all for the gamer to gain full command over gaming enjoyment.
  • Exclusive SHIFT technology boosts performance under temperature and controlled noise
  • Exclusive Cooler Boost 3 Technology to reduce the heat when used for heavy gaming

The other specification includes 15.6″ Full HD (1920 x 1080), Hard Drive: 1TB 7200RPM HDD, Optical Drive: Super Multi 8X DVD+/-R/RW Dual Layer, with OS Microsoft® Windows 10.

Pros:

  • Specially designed for gaming
  • Impressive latest technology from MSI
  • Includes optical drive

Cons

  • Doesn’t have SSD

 

MSI GL62 6QF-1446 Technical Details

Screen Size 15.6 inches
Screen Resolution 1920 x1080
Processor 2.6 GHz Intel Core i7
RAM 16 GB SO-DIMM
Memory Speed 2133 MHz
Hard Drive 1 TB
Brand Name MSI
Series GL62
Item model number GL62 6QF-1446
Hardware Platform PC
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10
Item Weight 5.3 pounds
Color Black

 

Acer Aspire VN7-592G-72VQBlack Edition

This one is from Acer. The Acer Aspire VN7-592G-72VQ or V 15 Nitro also has impressive specs from gaming though its more suited to be a multimedia laptop. Its is packed with 6th Gen Intel® Skylake Core i7-6700HQ Quad Core, 16GB DDR4 RAM, NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 960M with whooping 4GB GDDR5 VRAM.

If you wonder, what is the difference between 2GB and 4GB VRAM? Well, its depend heavily on the games and affect the textures quality. Some of the games are fine with 2GB of VRAM and other demanding 3GB or more VRAM for higher quality textures to load well.

It’s also one of the lightest in our list, weight only 5.1 pounds because as mentioned before it’s dedicated more for multimedia than gaming purpose. Inside, the backlit keyboard with red glow completes the V Nitro’s stylish look and made users feel no worry when playing in a room with no light.

Other specs are 1 TB of mechanical Hard Drive, No Optical Drive, and OS Windows 10 Home.

 

Pros:

  • Lightweight
  • Has 4GB of VRAM
  • Long battery life (6 hours)

Cons

  • It’s a multimedia laptop
  • Doesn’t have SSD

 

Acer Aspire VN7-592G-72VQ Technical Details

Screen Size 15.6 inches
Screen Resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels
Max Screen Resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels
Processor 2.6 GHz Intel Core i7
RAM 16 GB DDR4-SDRAM
Hard Drive 1 TB mechanical_hard_drive
Graphics Coprocessor NVIDIA GeForce
Chipset Brand nvidia
Card Description Dedicated
Wireless Type 802.11 A/C
Number of USB 2.0 Ports 1
Number of USB 3.0 Ports 2
Average Battery Life (in hours) 6 hours
Brand Name Acer
Series VN7-592G
Item model number VN7-592G-72VQ
Operating System Windows 10
Item Weight 5.1 pounds
Product Dimensions 15.3 x 10.3 x 0.9 inches
Item Dimensions L x W x H 15.35 x 10.35 x 0.9 inches
Color Black

 

Dell Inspiron 15 7000

 

How about the one from Dell? Well, the Dell Inspiron 15 7000 is Gaming Series Notebook from Dell. It is packed with 6th Gen Intel® Skylake Core i7-6700HQ Quad Core and NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 960M with 4GB GDDR5 VRAM same as V 15 Nitro. The 16 GB of RAM is using DDR3L technology, but in terms of performance, it’s not much differ than DDR4.

It has one interesting addition, 8 GB of SSD cache for its 1TB HDD. The SSD is only used as a cache drive. We can’t install anything on it and it is intended to keep the program’s cache so they will load faster.

It’s the bulkiest laptop in our list, weighted at around 6 pounds (2.72 kg), so maybe it’s not too favorable if you tend to mobile a lot and looking for a light 15.6″ gaming laptop.  And the Inspiron’s also includes Windows 10 Home Edition in its package.

Pros:

  • Has 4GB of VRAM
  • Addition 8 GB of SSD cache
  • Long battery life (6 hours)

Cons

  • Heavy

 

Dell Inspiron 15 7000 Technical Details

Screen Size 15.6 inches
Screen Resolution 1920×1080
Max Screen Resolution 1920×1080
Processor 2.6 GHz Intel Core i7
RAM 16 GB SDRAM DDR3
Hard Drive 1 TB HDD 5400 rpm
Wireless Type 802.11bgn
Number of USB 2.0 Ports 1
Average Battery Life (in hours) 6 hours
Brand Name Dell
Series Inspiron 15 7000
Item model number Inspiron 15 7000
Hardware Platform PC
Operating System Windows 10
Item Weight 6 pounds
Product Dimensions 15 x 10.2 x 1 inches
Item Dimensions L x W x H 15 x 10.2 x 1 inches
Color Black

 

If You Want SSD…

ASUS K501UW-AB78

 

Asus claims that K501UW-AB78 is a multimedia laptop, but its specs comparable to a gaming laptop: 6th-generation Intel Core i7-6500U 2.5GHz, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M graphic card, 8GB of RAM and 512GB SSD Storage.

The processor, Core i7-6500U is the weakest CPU on the list. If compared to Core i7-6700HQ, the i7-6700HQ is around 37% faster (see the full benchmark here). The 8GB of RAM is enough for most of the today’s games, but it may be a little bit of struggle for next 1-2 years.

Despite the lower specs, it has SSD with plenty 512GB of space. With SSD, it can load files much faster so this extra speed converts into faster loading times in gaming. This way we can save and load games much quicker.

For the display, it has 15.6 inches Matte FHD display. Windows 10 OS is included in the package.

Pros:

  • More affordable on price
  • Has 512GB of SSD
  • Lightweight

Cons

  • Only 8GB of RAM
  • Processor is the weakest on this list

ASUS K501UW-AB78 Technical Specification

Screen Size 15.6 inches
Max Screen Resolution 1920*1080 pixels
Processor 2.5 GHz Intel Core i7
RAM 8 GB DDR4 SDRAM
Hard Drive 512 GB flash_memory_solid_state
Graphics Coprocessor NVIDIA GeForce
Chipset Brand nvidia
Card Description Integrated
Wireless Type 802.11 A/C
Number of USB 3.0 Ports 2
Brand Name Asus
Series K501UW
Item model number K501UW-AB78
Operating System Windows 10 (64bit)
Item Weight 4.4 pounds
Product Dimensions 15.6 x 10 x 0.8 inches
Item Dimensions L x W x H 15.6 x 10 x 0.8 inches

And If You Prefer Bigger Screens…

ASUS ROG GL752VW-DH71

The laptop with 17.3″ screens in our list. ASUS ROG GL752VW-DH71‘ specs are identical with its “brother” ASUS ROG GL552VW-DH71 but only with bigger screens. You can play latest games with medium to high settings smoothly with core i7-6700HQ, GTX 960M 2GB, and 16GB of RAM. And with bigger screens, ensure the greater gaming experience especially if you don’t travel with your laptops a lot. It’s quite heavy, but it’s not that heavy, though, its weight are around 6.6 pounds so its only 0.6 pounds heavier than Dell Inspiron 15 7000.

So If you prefer bigger screens but don’t mind the heavier weight, then this is your choice.

 

Pros:

  • 17.3″ screens
  • Built and designed for gaming

Cons

  • Heavy
  • Doesn’t have SSD

ASUS ROG GL752VW-DH71 Technical Specification

Screen Size 17.3 inches
Screen Resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels
Max Screen Resolution 1920*1080 pixels
Processor 2.6 GHz Intel Core i7
RAM 16 GB DDR4-SDRAM
Memory Speed 2133 MHz
Hard Drive 1 TB HDD
Graphics Coprocessor NVIDIA GeForce GTX960M 2GB GDDR5
Chipset Brand NVIDIA GeForce
Card Description dedicated
Graphics Card Ram Size 2048 MB
Wireless Type 802.11 A/C
Number of USB 3.0 Ports 1
Brand Name Asus
Series ROG GL752VW
Item model number GL752VW-DH71
Hardware Platform PC
Operating System Windows 10
Item Weight 6.6 pounds
Product Dimensions 10.6 x 16.6 x 1.3 inches
Item Dimensions L x W x H 10.6 x 16.6 x 1.3 inches
Color Metallic

 

 

 

Conclusion for Good Gaming Laptops Under 1000 dollars

So that’s our list for 6 Good Gaming Laptops Under 1000 dollars that You Can Buy Right Now. Those are pretty similar in specs, but if you want some recommendation from this list our picks are ASUS ROG GL552VW-DH71 or MSI GL62 6QF-1446 for 15.6″ because of the look and those are specially built for a gaming laptop, Or Asus ROG GL752VW-DH71 if you prefer larger 17.3″ display but with a heavier body.

If you prefer plenty of SSD and lightweight gaming laptop then go for Asus K501UW-AB78. Or maybe you want extra texture detail for gaming? You can choose either Dell Inspiron 15 7000 or Acer Aspire V 15 Nitro as those equipped with 4GB of VRAM.

Or maybe you have other suggestion, question or recommendation different than ours? Feel free to comment below!

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