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By 28 September 2021
How to get the best Black Friday gaming PC deals this year
Black Friday gaming PC deals are an effective way to get involved in the world of PC gaming for less. For some, it isn’t exactly a viable way to the game, and this is due to the (usually) high costs associated with the platform. However, shred a few hundred (or even thousand) bucks off, and suddenly the best gaming PC complete with the best CPU or gaming, best graphics card, and best RAM for gaming becomes a much more tangible proposition.
We’re well aware that Black Friday is a bit far off over the horizon for right now, but we think it’s never a bad idea to have a plan in place so that you can maximize the likelihood of scoring a stellar system for, perhaps, its lowest ever price yet.
PC gaming is dominated by two major forces as far as the major components are concerned in the modern age. If you’re buying a new system, that computer will either be rocking an Intel Core or AMD Ryzen CPU. For reference, the most recent versions of these chipsets are the 11th-generation and 5000 series respectively. When it comes to graphics cards, it’s a familiar story. You will pick up a prebuilt battle station rocking either an Nvidia GTX/RTX GPU or AMD Radeon equivalent. The current iterations from both companies are the RTX 30-series line from Nvidia and the RX 6000 series from AMD.
That brings us onto the other core components which, given that you’re buying a ready-made rig that’s raring to go from the offset, could be largely interchangeable with industry-standard parts or proprietary tech depending on who has put the system together. For instance, a Dell/Alienware gaming PC is going to be crafted using specifically engineered RAM sticks and power supply units, whereas a boutique builder, such as Skytech or iBuyPower is far more likely to use consumer electronics in their build from big-name brands instead.
If you can’t quite wait until Black Friday is upon us, take advantage of the best cheap gaming PC deals live right now, with options for under $1,000/£1,000 on the best brands around.
Black Friday is taking place this year on November 26. Though it should be noted, that the deals are likely to begin before and end after this date, as is becoming more commonplace from some of the bigger online retailers. We wouldn’t be surprised if the gaming PC deals began to roll out that Monday and lasted through the week closing on Cyber Monday.
When it comes to the best Black Friday gaming PC deals, generally, we have seen that Dell has some of the deepest discounts on high-end gaming rigs (namely the Alienware Aurora line), but the big-box stores are catching up as Best Buy and Walmart have established more a presence with computer hardware over the past copy of years.
Amazon: Fair prices on boutique built and branded prebuilt gaming PCs
Dell: Regularly has some of the best-value deals on Alienware Aurora builds
Best Buy: Low starting prices on iBuyPower, HP, and Lenovo rigs
Walmart: Competitive prices on all the major brands with the newest GPUs
Newegg: Big savings on ABS Legend and Gladiator gaming PCs
Amazon: Minor savings on Admi, Vibox, CyberPowerPC, and more
Currys: Few deals but competitive prices on high-end gaming PC builds
Overclockers: Low starting prices for OcUK custom gaming PCs
eBuyer: Decent savings to be made on AlphaSync boutique builds
Very: Savings on PC Specialist, Zoostrom, and MSI gaming rigs
Dell tends to offer some of the deepest Black Friday gaming PC deals that we’ve seen in recent memory, most notably with its line of Alienware Aurora computers. Last year, several configurations of the Alienware Aurora R11 were discounted heavily, with one model selling for $1,808.99 down from $2,010 for savings of $202. One Alienware R10 Ryzen model saw $496 off its asking price ($1,763 down from $2,259), which was one of the more extreme offerings of last year’s sales event.
It’s a similar story on boutique-built gaming PCs from the likes of Newegg as well. An ABS Master prebuilt (featuring an RTX 2060) was selling for $949 down from $1,100 and a Skytech Archangel (GTX 1660 model) was on offer for $749.99 down from $1,100 for savings of $350. It’s safe to say, whether you’re going for a machine featuring the latest and greatest GPUs like the RTX 3070 and RTX 3080 or prefer to spec a little more humbly, that you should be accounted for.
Given the trends that we’ve observed in recent years, where prebuilt gaming PCs often see their most consistent, and deepest, discounts of the year around this time, we personally believe that it’s very much worth waiting for the Black Friday gaming PC deals. It would be a slightly different story if you just wanted to pick up a few choice components, but in terms of going all-in on ready-to-go hardware, you’re much better off being able to save a few dollars where you can, especially if you’re in the market for an RTX PC, which can otherwise carry a high price point due to demand.
Our price comparison software works day and night to bring you the best prices on some of our favorite gaming PC configurations this side of Black Friday.
We’ve touched upon the Alienware Aurora builds (our number one pick for the best gaming PC) because of their small form factor, powerful specs, and long lifespan. Though, if you’re in the market for something a little different, the Acer Predator Orion 3000 offers superb value for money with the space to expand and upgrade in the future.
Once you’ve got that shiny new gaming PC on your desk, keep the power flowing with some exceptional peripherals and make use of the best gaming monitor, the best gaming keyboards and best gaming mouse to buy.
I’ve recently graduated with a BA Hons degree in Journalism after what feels like an eternity. In that time, roughly seven years, I’ve written for the likes of Expert Reviews and Tech Spark, with my passion for all things tech and gaming related leading me here as Hardware Editor of GamesRadar+. This past year alone I’ve helped produce a documentary series for the BBC, and been active in the field of music journalism through my escapades seen in No Clean Singing and Vinyl Chapters.
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