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PC gaming on a budget

If you’re a gamer on a budget, our handy guide will help you find the perfect laptop or desktop.

Gaming PCs don’t always have to cost the earth; gaming should be, and can be, for everyone. With so many components and features to consider, it’s easy to get lost in all the jargon and end up spending more than you have to. Fear not, we’ll guide you through the essentials and pick out some wallet-friendly gaming rigs for you to enjoy.

Gaming for everyone

Finding the perfect balance between performance and budget is tough. You’re going to have to make some sacrifices and compromise on a few top end features, but you might be surprised at the what you can get to suit your spends. For under a four figure sum, you can get your hands on kits that pack in graphics cards capable of handling your mainstream titles, intelligent processors and spacious RAM. You’ll still need a monitor, keyboard and mouse – we’d recommend picking up cheaper accessories and saving those all-important pennies for the most awesome computer your money can buy. If you’ve already got these from your previous PC, even better – you can stick with what you’ve got! Click here for our handy gaming desktop buying guide that will help you find the right spec at the right price.

Desktops under £1000

Game on your lap

It doesn’t always have to be about huge machines and monitors – gaming laptops pack an affordable punch too. To stay within your budget, you may have to make a few compromises, but we recommend prioritising a portable model with a dedicated graphics card – the NVidia GeForce 1050 series will cope with the best titles for the foreseeable future. For more info on other key features, check out our gaming laptop buying guide.

Laptops under £1000