7 Best Old Gaming Laptops to buy on EBay in 2020

Many students will be getting ready for college, if you’re a college student and looking for a laptop that can double as both a work machine and a gaming machine for those times where you need to blow off steam, also if you are a classic lover! want to show yourself separate among your friends. We’re here to help point out some of the best old gaming laptops options available that don’t break the bank. The focus will mostly be on gaming capable laptops that cost around $100 to 500$ and have a 15.6” screen as that’s the best fit for a fancy student taking a Classic Older laptop to university who still wants some mobility. You can only find these laptops in eBay.

List of 7 Best Older Gaming Laptops

  • 1. HP Pavilion dv6t-7000 Quad Edition

  • 2. Lenovo IdeaPad Y580

  • 3. Asus N56vz

  • 4. MSI GE60

  • 5. HP Envy 15t-3200

  • 6. Samsung Chronos 7

  • 7. Sager NP9150 / NP9130

1. HP Pavilion dv6t-7000 Quad Edition

HP pavilion dv6t

For the dv6t-7000 Quad Edition to qualify as a true gaming laptop you’ll need to upgrade the graphics to the Nvidia GT 650M that’s available. That upgrade cost is $75, by default you get the Intel Core i7-3610QM processor and 8GB of RAM so no further upgrades are needed unless you feel you need more power. Another upgrade you might consider is to the Full HD 1920 x 1080 screen as it’s superior in both resolution and overall quality to the standard HD 1366 x 768 screen. The screen upgrade cost is $150. There’s also a choice to upgrade to a 32GB SSD cache for $50 which is recommended if you can afford it.

The dv6t-7000 has a classy all-black midnight look with Beats audio for enhanced listening via the integrated speakers. There is a sub-woofer built-in for extra bass. One of the things I like about ordering from HP.com is that you can easily do a return or exchange, no questions asked, for free so it reduces the risk if you don’t like the laptop for any reason after you receive it. I think most people will like this model a lot, you can often find the price of an Nvidia 650m configured dv6t-7000 for $900 or just under, making it one of the best-priced laptops among our picks for Classic gaming laptops.

Original Price on Release: $899.99
Current Price on EBay: $199

2. Lenovo IdeaPad Y580

Lenovo IdeaPad Y580

The Lenovo IdeaPad Y580 sports a powerful Nvidia GTX 660M graphics card with an Intel Core i7-3610QM processor. The standard screen is a glossy 1366 x 768 resolution, but you do have the option of choosing a configuration with a Full HD 1920 x 1080 screen. The IdeaPad Y580 has an appealing design that includes a brush metal gray finish on both the lid and keyboard deck area. You have the option of upgrading to an mSATA 32GB SSD that uses Intel’s Rapid Start technology to help boot times.

Port selection on the Y580 includes three USB 3.0 ports, HDMI, 6-in-1 media card reader, Ethernet and VGA monitor out. You get the option of either a DVD burner or Blu-Ray for the optical media drive. Battery life for the Y580 is around 4.5 hours under normal usage doing work, if you’re gaming the battery life will be reduced to around 2 – 3 hours as that’s a huge power draw. Lenovo is a well-known company with good support. 

Original Price on Release: $899.99
Current Price on EBay: $150

3. Asus N56vz

Asus N56vz

Asus is well known for making affordable gaming laptops. The Asus N56vz is available for $430 on EBay.com and features an Nvidia 650m graphics card, like that seen in the HP dv6t-7000. The $949 configuration comes with an Intel Core i7-3610QM processor, 15.6” 1366 x 768 resolution screen, 500GB hard drive and 4GB of RAM. There are other configurations available, that has a 1920 x 1080 matte (non-glossy) screen, 8GB of RAM, and Blu Ray optical drive.

The one caveat with the Asus N56vz is that the Nvidia 650M graphics has GDDR3 dedicated memory, this is not as fast as the GDDR5 memory used in the Y580 and dv6t-7000. Still, the customer reviews for the Asus N56vz on Amazon.com are strong. Everyone indicates it is very well built and it gets a 4.5 star rating.

Original Price on Release: $949.00
Current Price on EBay: $430

4. MSI GE60

MSI GE60

The MSI GE60 is also available on eBay with a nice configuration of Nvidia GeForce GTX 650M graphics card, Intel Core i7-3610QM, 6GB RAM, 15.6” 1920 x 1080 screen and 750GB 7200RPM hard drive with Nvidia GTX 660M graphics card. One of the really nice things about the MSI GE60 is it’s fairly light for its size, weighing only 5.28lbs, making it one of the most portable gaming laptops around. The MSI design certainly stands out from the crowd. It has red trim on the lid and keyboard area and has its design inspired by race cars. The keyboard is also designed with the gamer in mind, it has what MSI calls their Steel Series gaming keyboard that accurately detects up to 10 simultaneous keystrokes for those that are fast-fingered. If you’re an audiophile you’ll also appreciate the quad speakers that feature THX audio.

Original Price on Release: $1,099.99
Current Price on EBay: $300

5. HP Envy 15t-3200

HP Envy 15t-3200

HP considers its ENVY to line their premium design offering. Though the Envy 15t-3200 has been accused of looking a lot like a MacBook, there’s nothing wrong with following in the footsteps of a killer looking laptop. Besides, it has its own design touches such as the Beats audio jog dial and orange accents. The Envy 15t with its AMD 7750M graphics card does not have the most powerful graphics of our picks, but it’s still capable enough for most games. The base-level processor is the Intel Core i5-3210M, you can upgrade to the Intel Core i7-3610QM, but it’s not a cheap upgrade at $105.

One of the unique options the ENVY 15t-3200 has is the ability to upgrade to a Full HD IPS screen that offers wide viewing angles. No other 15” gaming laptop on the market offers that option. Other cool features include the volume jog dial, back-lit keyboard, and a Display Port output that allows you to output to two external monitors.

Original Price on Release: $1,000.00
Current Price on EBay: $270

6. Samsung Chronos 7

Samsung Chronos 7

Samsung is storming into the U.S. market with both Ultrabooks and now gaming laptops. The Samsung Chronos 7 is sleek and thin for a 15.6” screen laptop. At release price of $1,099 on Amazon.com it offers an Intel Core i7-3615QM processor, Nvidia 640M graphics, 6GB of RAM, 750GB hard drive, and 15.6” screen with 1600 x 900 resolution. While the graphics are not as powerful as what you see in other gaming notebooks, consider the fact the Chronos 7 weighs just over 5lbs and is under 1” thin making it one of the thinnest and lightest gaming laptops on the market. 

It’s even lighter than the MSI GE60, though not as powerful. No surprise that Samsung is a leader in Ultrabooks and is able to bring that thin design to its gaming series. The default display is 1600 x 900, making it HD+ and above the standard 1366 x 768 seen on other models.

Original Price on Release: $1,099.99
Current Price on EBay: $270

7. Sager NP9150 / NP9130

Sager NP9150 NP9130

Although Sager may not be a household name, the brand is well known to gaming enthusiasts that look for high quality build laptops with the latest and greatest technology inside. Sager does sell some very expensive gaming laptops for the most demanding of gamers, but they also have offerings in the $5,000 range that could appeal to students heading to college. The Sager NP9130 or NP9150 are two just such laptops. The NP9130 has a more budget-friendly. This price includes a powerful Nvidia 670M graphics card and Intel Core i5-3210M processor and Full HD 1920 x 1080 matte screen. The Sager NP9150 has a more powerful Nvidia GTX 675M graphics card. The processor starts at Intel Core i7-3610QM with upgrades available so you can really trick out this notebook to be super powerful. Another cool feature of these Sager models is you get both HDMI and Display Port for the ultimate flexibility in video output. You might argue the all-black look is a little plain, however, it is solidly built and has design touches such as a blue-backlit keyboard.

Original Price on Release: $1,066.99
Current Price on EBay: $180

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