Black Friday is over, but Cyber Monday is on, and we're collecting all the best deals over on our dedicated Cyber Monday page. These past few days of deals madness have rapidly grown to be the biggest we’ve ever seen. The annual consumer shopping frenzy represents a tempting time to either pick up a bargain to round off your perfect PC setup, or else get ahead of the Christmas gifting rush, and while deals have been rolling out all week, today is the day when it gets real.
Whether you’re after a monitor, mouse, headset, keyboard or virtually anything else PC-gaming related, you’ll likely find something below. We’ve been tracking deals all week and since midnight Friday night (we’re dedicated), but do bookmark this page, as we’ll be updating it regularly over the next four days.
5 great Black Friday deals still available in Australia
Razer Blade 15 Advanced Model (2020) | i7-10875H | RTX 2070 Super | 16GB RAM | 512GB SSD | AU$3,002 (usually AU$4,899)
This brilliant gaming laptop won an 'Editor's Pick' distinction in our review, with its tough and elegant build, great specs and impressive battery life. In addition to the specs above, the 1080p screen boasts a whopping 300Hz refresh rate. This discount offers AU$1,500 off one of the best laptops on the market - still pricey, but you'll have enough left over for nearly two next-gen consoles. Via Amazon.View Deal
Alienware 25 | AU$447.36 (usually AU$699)
This elegant looking gaming monitor factors into our list of the best gaming monitors, and it's easy to see why: with a refresh rate of 240Hz, you're not going to miss anything. This IPS 1080p monitor also comes with G-Sync and FreeSync Premium. Via Dell.View Deal
EPOS Sennheiser GAME ZERO Headset | AU$129 (usually AU$299)
A not insignificant AU$170 off these highly regarded Sennheiser cans, which are the younger sibling to the EPOS Sennheiser GAME ONE headset: also on sale for AU$199, which is a hundred bucks cheaper than usual. Via MWave.
Crucial P5 1TB | AU$189.52 (usually ~AU$215)
The current street price on this NVMe SSD ranges between AU$215 and AU$240, so this is a great deal for some fast storage action. Crucial reckons these are suited to "serious gamers and creative professionals," so expect faster performance compared to the P1 series. Via Amazon.View Deal
Gigabyte Radeon RX 5600 XT GAMING OC V2 6GB Video Card| AU$391.20 (usually AU$489)
Here's a nice AU$98 off the RX 5600 XT, but that's hardly even the best thing about it: after checkout you'll get free game codes for Godfall and World of Warcraft Shadowlands. Godfall may not be brilliant, but it's a nice way to test a new GPU. Via MWave.View Deal
When is Black Friday 2020 in Australia?
In this inauspicious year Black Friday itself falls on November 27, 2020, and effectively carries through the weekend into Cyber Monday on November 30, 2020. We expect certain retailers will hold back on key deal until this final weekend, though as we pointed out earlier, you will find the whole dealsgasm going on throughout the month.
To be honest, with Amazon Prime Day 2020 hitting sometime in October, you could almost see it actually kicking off in earnest with that two-day, members-only event and then running through to the end of November.
That's a lot of shopping time.
What can I expect discounts on this Black Friday 2020?
When it comes to PC gaming, we're expecting you'll be able to find discounts on pretty much every facet of your rig this year. Traditionally it's a great time to keep an eye out for gaming laptop deals, with companies keen to clear older, but still high-quality, stock before the end of the year and new generations are released.
There may also be some deals on the best gaming PCs over the month too, for the same reason. A new generation of Nvidia Ampere and AMD RDNA 2 graphics cards, as well as AMD Zen 3 processors, will be shipping before the year end, and that means last-gen machines might get their final hurrah.
It also means the best graphics cards of the existing GeForce and Radeon generations, which are mostly still available in the shops, could see some meaty discounts too. I would expect that, most especially, AMD Ryzen 3000 CPUs will be the key components to receive stellar deals throughout November.
The price of memory, and therefore the best SSDs, is in a bit of a freefall state right now, and that bodes well for some tasty deals this Black Friday. Again, we're expecting the PCIe 4.0 generation of solid state drives to really push on going into 2021, with new memory controllers and the first next-gen Samsung drive dropping soon, so we expect to see existing PCIe 3.0 SSDs getting their own suite of discounts too.
The gaming monitor market has been mildly stagnant over the last year, but traditionally you'll find Black Friday a good time to be looking for either a straight monitor or for a big-screen 4K TV for gaming.
The PC peripheral market goes into overdrive around Black Friday too, and so the likes of Logitech and Razer are bound to be slashing prices on their existing stock of gaming keyboards, gaming headsets, and the not-so humble gaming mouse.
What should I avoid buying on Black Friday 2020?
Basically anything you don't need. It's distressingly easy to be duped into dropping cash on something just because there's a hefty discount attached to it… even though you have absolutely no use for it.
If you're considering making a purchase around Black Friday, we would absolutely recommend going into November with a plan of attack. That probably sounds needlessly aggressive, but you need to know what you actually want to buy first or you'll end up with no end of crap.
Cheap crap, maybe, but crap nonetheless.
Do some research on the products you'd like to pick up in the sales, and maybe some alternatives in case those don't pop up, and set yourself a strict budget too.
Products like graphics cards and processors have obvious tiers (though the different companies work damned hard to make product names as confusing as possible), and SSDs have rated speeds, but for peripherals it's tougher to tell from the specs whether they're worth the money. Checking for reviews, from such luminaries as ourselves, should guide you on your way, and also checking price comparison sites such as Getprice will let you know if a deal's more than just skin deep.
Any other Black Friday 2020 tips and tricks?
If you haven't already used it up during a credit card splurge around Amazon Prime Day, then you ought to take the opportunity to sign up for a free 30-day trial of Amazon Prime. That will get you early access to the Lightning Deals, and help you grab some of Jeff's best deals of the day. It will also net you free shipping on a host of products and speedy delivery too, and at the very worst it'll be handy when it comes to bagging some last-minute Christmas gifts for that aunt you always forget about.
Whatever happens around Black Friday 2020, we'll be on hand throughout November to make sure that you're told about the best PC gaming deals going down around the event, and hopefully put a stop to any potential buyer's remorse.