Black Friday and Cyber Monday will be here before you know it, with the holiday season soon to follow. That means we're rapidly approaching the best time of year to purchase new PC gaming hardware, components, accessories, and games.
At this point, the only question is whether you should wait until Black Friday to buy whatever sweet piece of gear you've had your eye on. The answer is tricky, too. Prices are sure to come down during Black Friday / Cyber Monday themselves, but we've also come to expect a flurry of sales in the days and weeks leading up to that fateful weekend of deals.
With that in mind, here's what to expect (and how to prepare) for Black Friday 2018 and Cyber Monday 2018.
When is Black Friday 2018?
Black Friday is officially the Friday following Thanksgiving in the US, which puts it on November 23, 2018 this year. Having said that, we've come to expect deals to start going live throughout Thanksgiving day (and sometimes even earlier).
When is Cyber Monday 2018?
Cyber Monday is the first Monday following Thanksgiving/Black Friday. This year Cyber Monday 2018 is Monday November 26.
What's the difference between Black Friday and Cyber Monday?
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Black Friday began as a day of shopping sales at brick-and-mortar stores, with Cyber Monday later joining it as the day for finding online deals. But as online shopping has risen to stratospheric levels (have you seen how much Amazon is worth lately?), you can expect to see deals both in-store and online starting on Black Friday (and earlier), and continuing through the weekend.
Some companies and retailers release all of their planned sales on Black Friday, while others divvy them up throughout the weekend, or hold some deals to push live on Cyber Monday. We'll have a team working around the clock combing through thousands of deals—both good and bad—to find sales on our favorite components and deep discounts on other great hardware. We'll let you know if a deal is worth considering, or if it's even a good deal in the first place.
To get the best deals, we recommend checking back often as new deals go live—and as we curate more and more of the best ones we can find.
What sort of deals will we see on Black Friday 2018?
We've been doing this for several years now, so we have a pretty good idea of what to expect. Here's some predictions:
- Graphics cards, especially last generation cards like the GTX 10-series, will drop to some of their best prices of the year
- Gaming laptops will see huge discounts
- Expect a solid $10 to $30 or more off most main accessories, like gaming mice and keyboards
- Last year Logitech sold a ton of its gaming line for 50 percent off
- We've seen great deals on SSDs all year, and Black Friday should be no different
- Amazon will deeply discount its own stuff, like Kindle readers and Echo smart speakers
Can I build a gaming PC using Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals?
Absolutely. Last year we built a high-end gaming PC with a GTX 1080 for less than $1,200, about $250 cheaper than it would normally cost outside of the holiday season.
How should I prepare for Black Friday and Cyber Monday?
The first thing is do your homework. Figure out what components you want to upgrade, and do your research to figure out which parts are best for you. (Our hardware buying guides are great for advice on that front.) Once you've figured out your target deals, check how much they're usually sold for using a tool like PCPartPicker or CamelCamelCamel. That way once the sales hit, you can tell how much money (if any) you're actually saving.
Next it's a good idea to set a budget—there's a ton of stuff on sale, and it's easy to get carried away buying things you don't really need. Having said that, don't be afraid to splurge. The discounts will be considerable—take advantage.
Stick with PC Gamer
Our team will be working around the clock through the holiday season scouring the digital store shelves for the best PC gaming deals to be found. Check back often as we track down the best pre-Black Friday deals, and of course visit us on Black Friday and Cyber Monday to see all the best PC gaming deals to be had.