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Black Friday gaming PC deals 2021: RTX 30-series gaming rigs from $870

Black Friday gaming PC deals
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Even if you cant get a graphics card, you can get a pre-built PC which will come with a shiny new GPU, sometimes for altogether less than what people are trying to resell GPUs for right now. With Cyber Monday now in full swing, this is a great time to find the best deals on gaming PCs. Though you might want to check out our Cyber Monday gaming PC deals page for the most up-to-date offers we've discovered.

As much as we like building our own PCs, it's a lot of stress and money that could be saved—especially at this time of year. If you really want to build your own PC, you could always grab a pre-built, keep the GPU and sell any parts you don't need. That sound's like hassle to me, and isn't the most cost-efficient method, but them's the breaks right now. (If that's your plan, then here's our standard gaming PC build guide.)

Still, there's no shame in using a prebuilt gaming PC out of the box. Many of us do. The professional cooling design and cable management can be pretty slick, and it's nice to have a warranty where offered.

Ideally, you either want an Nvidia RTX 30-series or an AMD Radeon RX 6000-series graphics card in any system you buy, and that's what we're seeing on sale. The other day, Alan published a good breakdown of what you can expect to spend depending on the Nvidia 30-series GPU you're after. (If you find a PC with an RTX 20-series card on sale, make sure it doesn't cost more than one with the equivalent 30-series card! Also check the other specs, because a $3,000 PC with a 240GB SSD in it is a rip off.)

So far, the Black Friday gaming PC deals we've found range from $870 budget builds to $2,399.99 beasts with RTX 3080s. Here's what we recommend right now:

Where are the best Black Friday Gaming PC deals?

Black Friday gaming PC deals

iBuyPower Trace MR | Nvidia RTX 3080 | Intel Core i7 11700KF |16GB RAM | 500GB NVMe SSD + 1TB HDD | $2,399.99 at Best Buy

iBuyPower Trace MR | Nvidia RTX 3080 | Intel Core i7 11700KF |16GB RAM | 500GB NVMe SSD + 1TB HDD | $2,399.99 at Best Buy
At a decent price, you're getting a solid computer draped around a powerful (and elusive) graphics card. With a strong Rocket Lake CPU and a super-speedy NVMe SSD this machine will be a nice upgrade for most. At the very least you're getting a new GPU, and in the last 12 months, that's a win.

HP OMEN 30L

OMEN 30L | Intel Core i7 10700K | Nvidia RTX 3080 | 16GB RAM | 512GB WD Black NVMe SSD | $2,169.99 $2,069.99 at HP (Save $100)
For a machine with an RTX 3080 inside, this is already a good price without the discount. When configured with slightly more storage and RAM than the base model (which would have been just 256GB and 8GB respectively), it's a little more to the average PC enthusiast's taste. And that's a WD Black NVMe SSD in there, one of our favourites.

iBuyPower RDY SLMBG205 | Core i7 11700KF | RTX 3070 | 16GB RAM | 1TB SSD | $2,099

iBuyPower RDY SLMBG205 | Core i7 11700KF | RTX 3070 | 16GB RAM | 1TB SSD | $2,099 $1,799 at iBuyPower (save $300)
It's all about speed with the RDY systems, and that 2-day rush service means you can get hold of your brand new gaming system within days. But then the actual rig is all about speed too, with an eight-core CPU and RTX 3070 GPU doing the gaming good stuff, and a 1TB PCIe SSD making Windows 11 feel super slick.

ASUS ROG G15DH

ASUS ROG Strix GA15DK | GeForce RTX 3070 | AMD Ryzen 7 5800X | 16GB DDR4 RAM | 1 TB SSD $1,799 $1,749.99 at NewEgg (save $50)
This gaming PC comes with a great GPU and CPU, plus a roomy SSD. The discount isn't all that amazing, but it's not a bad way to snag the RTX 3070, which is hard to find elsewhere.

iBuyPower Gaming RDY SLHRG208 |AMD Ryzen 7 5800X |Nvidia RTX 3070 | $2,199

iBuyPower Gaming RDY SLHRG208 |AMD Ryzen 7 5800X |Nvidia RTX 3070 | $2,199 $1,949 at iBuypower (save $250)
This iBuypower gaming PC manages to strike a great balance between performance and value. Packing an RTX 3070 and a Ryzen 7 5800X for under $2,000 is no easy feat, but iBuypower has managed it without cutting any corners. Windows 11, 16GB of RAM, and 1TB NVMe SSD are all present and correct. It's more than you have to spend to get an RTX 3070, but the other specs are good enough to warrant the price.

Alienware Aurora R12

CyberPower Gamer Supreme | AMD Ryzen 9 5900X| AMD RX 6700 XT | 16GB RAM | 1TB SSD + 1TB HDD | $2,289.99 $2,099.99 at Microsoft (Save $190.00)
Here's a juicy, all AMD gaming PC with a decent chunk of money off. It's not the greatest deal, as that graphics card isn't quite up to par with others at this price range, but certainly worth a look if you're wanting to get the full AMD experience and a high core count CPU. Plus, that's a nice chunk of storage to keep you going.

Dell XPS Desktop Special Edition

Dell XPS Desktop Special Edition | Intel Core i7 11700 | Nvidia RTX 3060 Ti | 32GB | 1TB SSD (1TB NVMe + 1TB HDD) | $2,099.99 $1,469 at Dell (save $630)
It's not often you find an RTX 3060 Ti in a system these days, and that's a shame because it's one of our favourite graphics cards this generation. This PC is surprisingly a good deal, too. It has a great GPU, CPU, and comes with a generous 32GB of RAM and 1TB of speedy SSD storage, and a 1TB HDD as backup, too.

ABS Master | Nvidia RTX 3060 Ti | Intel Core i7-11700F | 16GB RAM | 1TB SSD | $1,799.99

ABS Master | Nvidia RTX 3060 Ti | Intel Core i7-11700F | 16GB RAM | 1TB SSD | $1,799.99 $1,599.99 at Newegg (save $200)
Packing a tasty 11th Gen Intel chip, this is going to be a great machine for productivity as well as gaming, and will even take on the likes of Metro: Exodus at high graphics settings up to 1440p. You can get a similar PC for $1,399.99, though you sacrifice Bluetooth and get a smaller SSD .

ABS Master | Intel Core i5-11400F | Nvidia RTX 3060 Ti | 16GB RAM | 1TB SSD | $1,699.99

ABS Master | Intel Core i5-11400F | Nvidia RTX 3060 Ti | 16GB RAM | 1TB SSD | $1,699.99 $1,499.99 at Newegg (save $200)
This isn't quite as good a deal as some systems we've spotted, but it does come with three free games from Intel and Nvidia. Plus it looks the part and comes with out of the box components, so some might prefer that to the more pre-built Dell systems above. Worth considering then, with a decent discount. 

ABS Master | Intel Core i5-10400F | Nvidia RTX 3060 Ti | 16GB RAM | 512GB SSD | $1,599.99

ABS Master | Intel Core i5-10400F | Nvidia RTX 3060 Ti | 16GB RAM | 512GB SSD | $1,599.99 $1,399.99 at Newegg (save $200)
This ones not got swathes of storage, but you're still looking at a mighty CPU/GPU combo that'll perform admirably at up to 4K resolution. 16GB of RAM is more than enough for gaming, but you might look at jamming another PCIe SSD in there at some point. Luckily, the motherboard has dual slots.

HP Pavilion Gaming Desktop | RTX 3060 | Ryzen 3 5300G | $969.99

HP Pavilion Gaming Desktop | RTX 3060 | Ryzen 3 5300G | $969.99 $869.99 at HP (save $100)
Set the graphics card to an RTX 3060 in the configuration screen, and you can get a 30-series gaming PC for $869.99—saving $50 on the normal price. You'd ideally want to up the CPU to a Ryzen 5 5600G, RAM to 16GB, and SSD to a 512GB model too, but you'll soon find yourself way over $1,000 if you do. 

Alienware Aurora R12

Alienware Aurora R12 | Intel Core i7-11700F | Nvidia RTX 3060 Ti | 16GB RAM | 512GB | $1,979.99 $1,371.99 at Dell (Save $608)
The RTX 3060 Ti is a little monster of a GPU that can even pump out frames at 4K, and coupled with a top-end 11th Gen Intel processor, you cant go wrong. This one comes with a good amount of RAM and enough speedy NVMe storage to see you through.

Dell XPS desktop

Dell XPS Desktop | Intel Core i5 11700 | Nvidia RTX 3060 | 32GB RAM | 512GB SSD | $1,799.99 $1,322.99 at Dell (save $477)
The understated styling of the XPS will appeal if you're not interested in lighting up your room while playing games maxed out at 1080p and pushing 1440p at high refresh. This system has plenty of surprises, too. The 32GB of RAM and great 11th Gen Core i7 processor make it a serious all-rounder for gaming and more. 

Alienware Aurora R10

Alienware Aurora Ryzen Edition R10 | AMD Ryzen 7 5800 | Nvidia RTX 3060  | 16GB DDR4  | 512GB SSD | $1,709.99 $1,322.99 at Dell (save $387)
Here we have the Ryzen edition Aurora R10, and while it isn't the absolute tip-top of gaming hardware, it's still a very capable machine. With an Nvidia RTX 3060 and Ryzen 7 5800 combo, you can expect to run plenty of games at the highest settings on a 1080p monitor quite happily.

CyberPowerPC Gamer Xtreme | Intel Core i5-11600KF | Nvidia RTX 3060 | 16GB RAM | 500GB SSD | $1,629 at Amazon

CyberPowerPC Gamer Xtreme | Intel Core i5-11600KF | Nvidia RTX 3060 | 16GB RAM | 500GB SSD | $1,629 at Amazon
This is a good PC for this price, though it has gone up by a small amount since we first peeped it. But with the fantastic RTX 3060 and a powerful 11th Gen Intel CPU, it's still a reasonable price for the specs. That said, it comes with the caveat that it won't ship until January, so it's not much of a holiday buy. Still, if you can survive until then, you've got yourself a decent deal by today's standards for the specs. You might have to double-check you've got Amazon's direct listing as it seems to be the cheapest right now, even though it doesn't always show up by default.

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Black Friday Office PC deals

HP AiO PC | Core i7 10510U | 24-inch | $949.99

HP AiO PC | Core i7 10510U | 24-inch | $949.99 $799.99 at HP (save $150)
Offices have embraced the all-in-one PC design far more than we could have imagined, but it means you get a neat PC that has everything you need in a tidy package. The core specs here are healthy, with a 10th-Gen Core i7 being backed up by 16GB of RAM, and the classic combo of 256GB SSD and 1TB HDD. The 24-inch 1080p screen is bright and supports touch too.

Asus Zen AiO S

ASUS Zen AiO | Ryzen 5 5500U | 24-inch | $829.99 $699.99 at Amazon (save $130)
Coming with a wireless keyboard and mouse, this is a nice, no faff, all-in-one option. Sure they wont be top-tier peripherals, but it's a start. AMD's 6-core, 12-thread Ryzen 5 5500U is a nippy little mobile processor, and you get 8GB RAM, along with 512GB SSD as well.

Dell OptiPlex 3080 Micro | Intel Core i5 10500T | $1,112.86

Dell OptiPlex 3080 Micro | Intel Core i5 10500T | $1,112.86 $669 at Dell (save $443.86)
A nippy last generation CPU here for not a whole load of money, and it comes in a super-compact form factor. Dell has also jammed in a decent amount of RAM for productivity, and although there's a little less storage capacity with 128GB, at least it's an NVMe SSD: lighter and faster than a PC with an HDD would have been.

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What should I look for in a Black Friday gaming PC deal?

We've seen plenty of machines packing the very latest and greatest gear hit the bargain bins. The fact retailers have been selling every RTX 3070, RTX 3080, and RTX 3090 they get their hands on means that there's no need for them to try and entice customers with Nvidia's latest tech. The same is true for AMD's Ryzen 5000 processors, and it'll be a similar story with the Radeon RX 6000 graphics cards. Still, there are some good gaming PCs to be had.

The shortage of new hardware has had two effects on the pre-built system market. The first is that it has never been busier, so if you do want a cutting-edge system, you're going to need to throw some money down with your system builder of choice if you want anything this side of Christmas (assuming it isn't too late already). If you desperately want the likes of the RTX 3080 Ti, this is still probably the quickest way of getting one.

System builders such as iBuypower also have their own pre-built systems that are ready to roll out of the shop quicker than custom designs. These iBuypower RDY systems can be with you in a matter of days, when other machines might take weeks, or even months.

The second, and the one that's potentially more interesting to anyone looking to grab a Black Friday gaming PC bargain, is that the last-gen machines just aren't as tempting as they were. At least not for the same money. All this last-gen kit doesn't just miraculously disappear though, retailers and system builders need to sell it to make some money back.

Here's the thing, there's absolutely nothing wrong with machines built around Zen 2, Intel 10th-Gen CPUs, and Nvidia RTX 2080s if the price is right. If you'd bought such a machine six months ago you'd have enjoyed some great gaming with it, and that doesn't change with the release of new hardware. Don't be put off by the fact that such machines don't use the very latest, greatest hardware basically. There are still some seriously good machines out there.

As ever when hunting for bargains, focus on what you need, and don't be swayed to grab a bargain just because it's cheap. 

Alan Dexter

Alan has been writing about PC tech since before 3D graphics cards existed, and still vividly recalls having to fight with MS-DOS just to get games to load. He fondly remembers the killer combo of a Matrox Millenium and 3dfx Voodoo, and seeing Lara Croft in 3D for the first time. He's very glad hardware has advanced as much as it has though, and is particularly happy when putting the latest M.2 NVMe SSDs, AMD processors, and laptops through their paces. He has a long-lasting Magic: The Gathering obsession but limits this to MTG Arena these days.