Don’t pay more than this for a Black Friday gaming PC deal

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Take a look at the likes of Amazon, Newegg, Best Buy and many other tech resellers and you’ll find plenty of ‘deals’ on gaming PCs. While there are absolutely some great deals out there, not every shortcoming or deal you see is necessarily what it first looks like.

  • All the best Black Friday PC deals you can grab today.
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Unfortunately, finding out if something is really a deal is rarely straightforward. Some enterprising system makers will sneak old components into their machines, or have so ridiculously high starting prices, that even with huge shortages, the machines still aren’t worth the money.

Obviously, we’re here to help and have devoted a lot of hours to tracking down the best Black Friday gaming PC deals, but this is how we figure out whether a deal is really a deal. A peek behind the scenes, so to speak. This is what we think is a good bargain price for the relevant GPU, as it is largely the deciding factor. We’ve also provided an example link to show you what kind of rigs you can expect for that price.

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RTX 3060 ~$1,200 – CyberPowerPC | $1,469.99 B&H photo. at $1,229.99

rtx 3060 ty ~$1,400 – CyberPowerPC | $1,599.99 $1,399.99 at Best Buy

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RTX 3070 ~$1,700 – Asus Disease Streaks | $1,799.99 Newegg. at $1,749

rtx 3070 ty ~$1,900 – CyberPowerPC | $2,099.99 at Best Buy

RTX 3080 ~$2,400 – HP Omen 30L | $2,319.99 HP. at $2,219.99

rtx 3080 ty ~$2,600 – iByPower | $3,199.99 $2,599.99 at Best Buy

RTX 3090 ~$3,500+ , ABS Legend | $4,499.99 Newegg. at $3,699.99

There is only a guide, and you may find machines that are more expensive than this that warrant additional outlay – better storage options, more powerful CPUs, or more RAM, for example.

The general rule still stands, you don’t want to pay $1,700 and end up with an RTX 3060 in your PC, because with that kind of cash you should have a better RTX 3070 PC.

I’ve divided these by graphics card, as it is the most important component when it comes to PC gaming. As a general rule, and the RTX 3060 is perfect for 1080p gaming, the RTX 3070 is what you want for a 1440p panel, and the RTX 3080 and beyond are for 4K gaming. The Ti models blur the lines a bit, but the normal banding still works.

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The processor is the next important factor, and ideally, you’ll want either an AMD Ryzen 5000-series chip or an Intel 11th Gen Core CPU. In a perfect world, you’d want an Intel 12th Gen Elder Lake CPU, but that’s not going to happen, at least not this Black Friday.

Getting a bargain PC with a Ryzen 3000 or 10th Gen Intel chip isn’t the end of the world, because unless they’re moving to higher levels of newer chips, they won’t really hold your gaming back much either.

CyberPowerPC Gamer Extreme Desktop | i7 11700F | 16GB RAM | RTX 3060 Ti | 1TB HDD, 500GB SSD. $1,599.99

CyberPowerPC Gamer Extreme Desktop | i7 11700F | 16GB RAM | RTX 3060 Ti | 1TB HDD, 500GB SSD.
$1,599.99 $1,399.99 at Best Buy (Save $200)

This prebuilt PC packs in a lot of great specs for the price, like its i7 11700F and its 3060 Ti. Many users report high temperature with its bad CPU cooler, so you may need to upgrade it. If its hard drive and SSD storage is sufficient, it’s a solid build.

We expect 16GB of RAM as standard for all but the most extreme of budget PCs or the most future-proofed offering, where 32GB puts in a valiant performance. If your budget is low and you only get a machine with 8GB of RAM, try if it’s a single stick, as this will affect the overall performance.

These machines should come with reasonable storage options—a 1TB NVMe SSD is the preference, though a 512GB boot drive and 1TB SATA/HDD are also acceptable. You can always upgrade the storage later, or treat yourself to a faster SSD during this Black Friday.

The good news is that there are definitely some great gaming PC deals out there, you just need to know what you’re looking for, and what you should expect to pay. happy hunting!

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