Black Friday and Cyber Monday are almost upon us. As with every year, a massive amount of products in every imaginable category will be on sale. It's a great time to purchase parts for an upcoming PC build, but if you'd rather let someone else do the hard work, there will undoubtedly be plenty of prebuilt gaming PCs on sale too.
Gaming PCs are always evolving, but this year is something of a turning point. AMD shook up the processor market last year with its first-generation Ryzen chips, so this year we've seen increased competition from Intel. AMD has also responded with its second-gen Ryzen lineup. On top of all that, Nvidia just launched its brand new RTX 2080 and 2080 Ti cards, finally bringing ray-tracing to mainstream hardware.
So what does all this mean for you? It means that 2018 is a great time to buy a new gaming PC. We're starting to see even more benefits from Intel and AMD's competition, and graphics cards (except the RTX GPUs) are dropping in price.
In this post, we'll go over what kind of sales you can expect to see in the weeks ahead, and what you should keep an eye out for.
What to expect from gaming PC deals on Black Friday and Cyber Monday
Intel just launched its first 9th-generation "Cannon Lake" Intel Core processors, including the i5-9600K, the i7-9600K, and i9-9900k. The chances of seeing a heavily-discounted gaming PC with one of these processors is slim. On the plus side, manufacturers will be eager to clear out their existing inventories of PCs with 7th-gen (Kaby Lake) and 8th-gen (Coffee Lake) Intel processors. These desktops will still handle modern AAA games just fine when paired with a higher-end graphics card.
AMD also released a new line of processors this year—the second-gen Ryzen CPUs. However, there aren't many PCs on the market with these new CPUs. It's possible we'll see a few models on sale, but expect to see steeper discounts on desktops using AMD's processors from last year—the 1600X, 1700X, and 1800X. For example, this iBUYPOWER PC with an 1800X and an RX 580 already dropped to $799 once.
As far as graphics cards go, Nvidia just released its first RTX GPUs, and there are already plenty of prebuilt PCs with them. However, most of these are already backordered or out of stock, so most the PCs that go on sale this Black Friday/Cyber Monday will use GTX 10-series cards.
Early Black Friday gaming PC deals
SkyTech Gaming ArchAngel Elite | Ryzen 2600 | GTX 1070 TI | $899.99 ($200 off)
This PC has an AMD Ryzen 5 2600 processor, a GTX 1070 Ti graphics card, an unspecified 500GB 3D NAND SSD, and 8GB of RAM. Buy at Walmart (Posted: 11/9)
Dell Inspiron Desktop | Ryzen 5 1400 | RX 570 4GB | $479.93 ($320 off)
This mid-range gaming PC has an AMD Ryzen 5 1400 CPU, a Radeon RX 470 graphics card, a 1TB hard drive, and 8GB RAM. Buy at Office Depot (Posted: 11/8)
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