To see how far Black Friday deals go, we decided to see if we could piece together a PC using components on sale for more than an hour. Not every dream component is on sale, and some better components might be available through lightning deals, but here’s something I scrounged together without hours and hours of digging or refreshing the page every minute. It’s a damn powerful PC, and the savings get you two new games (Assassin’s Creed Syndicate and Rainbow Six Siege) for free on the side.
|Component|| ||Black Friday price||Original price|
|Motherboard||ASRock ASRock Gaming Fatal1ty Z97 Killer LGA 1150 Intel Z97||$90 (after rebate)||$135|
|CPU||Intel Core i7-4790K Devil's Canyon Quad-Core 4.0 GHz||$300||$350|
|RAM||Crucial Ballistix Tactical 16GB Kit (8GBx2) 240-Pin DDR3 1866||$93||$126|
|GPU||MSI GeForce GTX 970||$300 (after rebate) + AC Syndicate or Rainbow Six Siege ($60 value)||$350|
|PSU||Rosewill Hive 750W Modular||$40 (after rebate)||$120|
|SSD||Samsung 850 EVO 500GB||$140 + AC Syndicate ($60 value)||$270|
|HDD||Seagate Barracuda 3TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5||$74||$135|
|CPU Cooler||Corsair Hydro Series H100i GTX||$100 (after rebate)||$130|
|Case||Cooler Master HAF 932 Advanced||$100 (after rebate)||$180|
|OS||Windows 10 Home||$100||$100|
That’s a nearly $800 difference, though this is a mid-to-high-end PC. Most of these components could be swapped out for something a little less powerful or with half the space to save even more at the cost of performance.
Don’t fret if one of these deals expires. This is the base of a beefy PC, and there are other parts on sale you can easily swap in without breaking the bank. We’re picking through the sales and organizing them for ease of access, so stay tuned to PC Gamer’s Black Friday page just in case.?>