PC build guides
The best cheap gaming PC (~$500/£500) - Our alternative to buying a console.
The best budget gaming PC (~$750/£750) - A good entry-level system.
The best gaming PC (~$1,250/£1,250) - Our recommended midrange build for most gamers.
The best high-end gaming PC (~$2,000/£2,000) - Everything a gamer could want.
The best extreme gaming PC (>$3,000/£3,000) - You won the lotto and are going all-in on gaming.
We have multiple build guides catering to all budgets, from $500/£500 El Cheapo builds up to dream-level rigs that cost over $3,000/£3,000. You can find all of our usual builds on the right, but for Black Friday weekend we wanted to see how far down we could go on pricing—without sacrificing quality or performance.
We'll dispense with most of the usual commentary on the individual parts, focusing on the bare essentials. We're going for maximum savings here, while still putting together a reasonable gaming PC. We've also put together a second higher-end system that's the Black Friday take on our best gaming PC.
And just to be upfront about this, we're including any additional savings that come via mail-in rebates (MIR). The price point also doesn't account for the operating system or any peripherals. Check our Black Friday accessories for deals on mice, keyboards, and gaming monitors.
The cheapest Black Friday gaming PC
GTX 1050 Ti 4GB, $124, B&H Every gaming PC starts with a good graphics card, with a balance between price and performance. The 1050 Ti is a great entry-level card, currently on sale for $26 less than normal. If you want something a bit more potent, check out the GTX 1060 3GB or RX 470 4GB.
Ryzen 3 1300X, $100, Amazon Finding a great gaming CPU that doesn't cost a lot is a challenge, but AMD's Ryzen processors have some great sales going on right now. The Ryzen 3 1300X is a full quad-core processor that can easily keep up with the graphics card.
ASRock AB350M Pro, $50 ($10 MIR), Newegg Another great thing about the Ryzen processors is that there are good motherboards that are extremely affordable. ASRock's board is a micro-ATX model for just $50, and it allows for modest overclocking.
GeIL EVO Potenza 2x4GB, $69, Newegg Memory prices have shot up over the past year, so the best we can do is 8GB of basic DDR4-2133, though a slight voltage boost should allow you to tighten the timings and increase the bandwidth to 2400 or even 2666.
Crucial MX300 275GB, $80, Amazon Crucial's MX300 has been our favorite budget SSD for some time, and it balances price with performance and capacity. Like memory, SSD prices have risen during the past year, so this is the best we can currently do.
EVGA 80+ Bronze 450W, $12 ($10 rebate card), Newegg Another favorite of ours for budget PC builds is EVGA's 450W Bronze PSU. It's more than sufficient for modest builds, and right now it's practically free. Even without the rebate card, it's half price. (Rebate cards from Newegg are a pre-paid Visa where you fill out and mail in the rebate form.)
Deep Cool Tesseract BF, $27 ($10 rebate card), Newegg We prefer cases that aren't too gaudy, and this is a slightly larger alternative to the MasterBox Lite that has gone out of stock. No windows here, but plenty of cooling mounts.
Cooler Master MasterBox Lite 3.1, $20 ($15 rebate card), Newegg A small and reasonably stylish micro-ATX box that will make a fine home for all of your PC components. It has a large window on the side, so spend some extra time cleaning up your cabling to show off your new build. [Out of Stock]
Put it all together and you're looking at a new budget gaming PC for $455, after you get your $35 in mail-in rebates sometime in 2018. The final price is currently $100 lower than our normal ultra-cheap build, with a better CPU in this build. Of course $50 of savings comes from going with the GTX 1050 Ti graphics card, and if you can find the budget for a 1060 3GB that's still a great upgrade.