The MSI G565’s current-gen GPU comes backed up with a 10th Gen Intel CPU that’s at the lower-end today, but it’s still a relevant enough combo that’ll give you an easy run at the laptop’s native 1080p resolution. The likelihood is you’re going to be playing most games at mid-to-high graphics settings to get the most out of this one, but for competitive gamers you also get the benefit of that 144Hz panel.
On a rather nice little gaming laptop, that represents a $300 savings. Not at all awful. Here, you can save a tonne of money on a decent mainstream gaming laptop. Even though it has a CPU that is two generations old and has limited RAM and storage, this combination is still more than adequate for gaming today. Definitely one to take into account. Here’s a great entry-level gaming laptop. There is a lot to be said about a gaming laptop with an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 that costs a phenomenal $800 at Best Buy, despite having a few shortcomings that we’ll discuss in a moment (opens in new tab). Compared to its customary pricing, that is a $300 discount.
You’re limited a little when it comes to storage space, so you’ll probably have to pick and choose between your gaming loadout, especially consider the file sizes of some of today’s games(opens in new tab). It’s also a little low on the RAM side of things; generally 16GB is a good medium, but 8GB will see you through. Just don’t expect to have several apps open at once. Oh, and this one comes with Windows 10 installed, rather than Windows 11(opens in new tab), so that’s great for anyone not looking to upgrade to the new OS yet. Though Microsoft might make that choice for you as soon as you get online.
Screw sports, Katie would rather watch Intel, AMD and Nvidia go at it. Having been obsessed with computers and graphics for three long decades, she took Game Art and Design up to Masters level at uni, and has been demystifying tech and science—rather sarcastically—for two years since. She can be found admiring AI advancements, scrambling for scintillating Raspberry Pi projects, preaching cybersecurity awareness, sighing over semiconductors, and gawping at the latest GPU upgrades. She’s been heading the PCG Steam Deck content hike, while waiting patiently for her chance to upload her consciousness into the cloud.