Amazon Prime Day 2020 is upon us, so we've rounded up the best cut-price items in the yearly shopping holiday on both sides of the Atlantic. Right here is where you'll find our highlighted deals for gaming laptops and pre-built desktop PCs.
It's worth noting that while Amazon were the first to declare a mid-season shopping holiday, normally coming in the summer but this year delayed due to COVID, plenty of other retailers also tend to take part. By offering counter-programming, other retailers can ensure those that don't want to enrich Jezz Bezos' empire have other deals to consider during this busy buying period. We're not invested either way, so we'll be linking to the best deals we can find regardless of the store that's offering them.
Two of the big ticket items this year are gaming laptops and pre-built desktop PCs, and it's these that we'll be covering on this page. For gaming laptops, we'll be looking for models that offer enough performance to take advantage of their screens - there's not much point having a 4K laptop with only enough grunt to run at 1080p. For desktops, it's all about choosing a balanced system that will scale well into the future.
By the way, if you want to kit out your new laptop or desktop with some peripherals - or upgrade an existing machine with new components - do check out our round-up of the best Prime Day PC deals. We also have a selection of the best 4K TV Prime Day deals that we've spotted so far.
You should also check Eurogamer's curated selection of broader Prime Day gaming deals, including games and games consoles.
As the Prime Day 2020 sale has begun, we've added in our first few recommendations - stay tuned for more!
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Prime Day gaming laptop deals
For gaming laptops, we recommend at least a GTX 1650 graphics card and Core i5 or Ryzen 4000 processor for an entry-level machine, backed with at least 8GB of RAM and 256GB of SSD storage. At higher price points, expect laptops with higher refresh rate screens, more powerful graphics cards (with an RTX 2060 or better ideally) and higher complements of RAM and storage. In general, there's a trade-off between portability and power, with thicker designs allowing for higher sustained performance than slim-and-light options.
We've also included some great productivity examples from Currys' Prime Day counter-sale in the UK.
Here are the best gaming laptop deals we've found so far - with more to come!
Prime Day pre-built gaming PC deals
Pre-built gaming desktop PCs require some vetting, as it's common for many vendors to skimp on harder-to-spot specifications like motherboards, RAM speeds, power supply certifications or processor overclocking. Ideally, we'll see a modern platform that allows for one of the latest Intel or AMD processors and fast graphics cards, backed with a reasonable amount of RAM and storage. Thankfully, both RAM and storage are easy to upgrade down the line, so the CPU and GPU are the most critical components to check.
Here are the best deals we've found for pre-built gaming desktop PCs so far this Prime Day.
Stay tuned for more deals and be sure to follow @dealsfoundry on Twitter for instant notifications whenever we find a new tech deal.