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 love a good bargain, and Black Friday weekend is one of the best times of the year to find great deals on PC hardware. While we have multiple build guides ranging in price from $500/£500 to over $3,000/£3,000, for Black Friday weekend we wanted to try to assemble some better bargains.
If you're looking for something a bit more potent than our extreme budget Black Friday build, we've got your back. We've put together a rig that should last you well into the 2020s. For this guide, we're starting with our all-around best PC build, which currently sits at $1,450. Using similar components, we can currently save over $200.
We'll lave limited commentary on the individual parts, and we'll be updating links as appropriate over the next few days. Many of the best deals will sell out quickly, however, and we can't guarantee all parts will always be in stock.
We're including savings that come via mail-in rebates (MIR) or rebate cards. The price also doesn't account for the operating system or any peripherals. Check our Black Friday accessories for deals on mice, keyboards, and gaming monitors for recommendations in those areas.
The best Black Friday gaming PC
GTX 1080, $500, B&H The GTX 1080 is the second fastest consumer graphics card, and demand continues to be high. But if you want a PC that will handle 1440p or even 4k gaming for the next several years, buying a fast graphics card is the way to go, and we've used nearly half of our budget here.
Intel Core i5-8400, $200, B&H Demand for the latest Intel 8th Gen processors is so high that most are out of stock, and for good reason. No other processor delivers the same bang for the buck, and we'd rather wait for the i5-8400 to come back in stock than settling for something less.
Gigabyte Aorus Z370 Gaming WiFi, $100 ($30 rebate card), Newegg The motherboard is the component that brings your new gaming PC together, allowing all the parts to work as a cohesive whole. Gigabyte's board includes dual M.2 slots and 802.11ac WiFi, with RGB lighting for some added bling.
Intel 600p 512GB M.2, $185, SuperBiiz While an M.2 drive isn't strictly necessary, the Intel 600p is faster than any SATA drive, and it makes for a cleaner build as there are no cables required. Read performance is up to three times faster than a SATA drive, making for snappier game loads.
GeIL Evo Portenza 2x8GB, $130, Newegg Memory isn't the sexiest part of your PC, having become highly commoditized over the years, but we still recommend getting at least 16GB for a PC intended to last a while. This is the lowest price we can find for such a kit, and overclockers should be able to increase the clockspeed and lower the timings a bit.
Rosewill Valens 600W, $35 ($20 rebate card), Newegg It's easy to overlook the power supply, but skimping here is never a good idea. We like 80+ Gold certified PSUs when budget permits, and Rosewill's Valens PSU is currently selling for less than half its regular price (once the rebate card arrives).
Corsair Carbide 270R, $45 ($10 rebate card), Newegg Corsair has made some of our favorite cases, and they're super easy to work with. The 270R has plenty of room, including space to route your cables behind the motherboard so you can keep your build clean. It's also ready for liquid cooling, should you want to go that route.
This is an excellent gaming PC for $1190, once you get the $60 in rebates. How does that compare to our normal non-BF build? It's $225 cheaper, with the same level of gaming performance. The only way to get something faster would be to go with multiple graphics cards (which often won't help in modern games), or upgrade to the significantly more expensive GTX 1080 Ti.
The GTX 1080 continues to power through most games at 60+ fps and 1440p, and if you're willing to toy with settings, even 4k is doable. Plus there's plenty of room for future growth, in the form of additional storage, more memory, and future GPUs that should keep this system gaming happily for years to come. You can even upgrade to a faster CPU down the line, and there are rumors the Z370 platform will support 8-core/16-thread processors in the future.
If you're planning to load up with games and other things, you should probably consider adding a hard drive to the mix. It'll bring the price up slightly, but with Black Friday deals, hard drives are on a hot streak. Our pick would be:
Seagate's 3TB Barracuda HDD can be found for just $70. That works out to just $0.023 per GB, the lowest price you can find for mass storage with a 7200RPM drive.
With 3TB of secondary storage, you can move all your older, less-played games off the SSD, while keeping the important stuff like your OS and apps on the fast storage. We recommend the Steam Library Manager (free!) for handling relocation of your Steam games. Other services will need to be handled separately.