There are a lot of great Cyber Monday PC deals doing the rounds, but some of us think it's more fun to build our own PCs rather than relying on pre-built desktops. It allows us to customize every part, getting everything we want and nothing we don't. If you want a pure SSD gaming PC, great—leave the HDD at the curb. Want a faster graphics card, or maybe you're willing to reduce gaming performance a bit if it means saving $100? Reader, it's all within your reach.
Amazon (opens in new tab) - All the things
Walmart (opens in new tab) - Games, Movies, Budget Laptops
B&H (opens in new tab) - Monitors, Laptops, and PCs
Best Buy (opens in new tab) - PCs, Laptops, and Accessories
Target (opens in new tab) - Games, Accessories, and Laptops
Staples (opens in new tab) - Gaming Chairs
Lenovo (opens in new tab) - Discounts on Legion Laptops and PCs
Gamestop (opens in new tab) - Games and Toys
Razer (opens in new tab) - Laptops and Gaming Accessories
Newegg (opens in new tab) - Components and Hardware
Microsoft (opens in new tab) - PCs, Laptops, and Games
Dell (opens in new tab) - Alienware PCs and Laptops
NZXT (opens in new tab) - 10% off all builds
As is now the tradition, I've created two build guides out of Cyber Monday deals. For those on a budget, check out our Cyber Monday $500 gaming PC build guide (opens in new tab). Here, we're doubling the budget to $1,000—and not coincidentally doubling performance as well! Everyone likes a great bargain, and that's certainly a primary goal, but we're also leaning toward more performance where it matters most.
This Cyber Monday gaming PC should be able to handle any game at 1080p ultra or 1440p high, making it perfect for anyone with a 144Hz gaming monitor. We've also taken the time to ensure all the parts will work well together, which means the power supply has the right connectors, and the right number of connectors, for the motherboard; the motherboard will fit easily in the case; and of course the CPU and memory are the right type for the chosen platform.
Here are the parts you'll need to put together your very own high-end gaming PC.
Cyber Monday High-End PC build
Even with a budget of $1,000, there's still a balancing act between price and performance, figuring out what you need and what you don't. For example, AMD's previous generation Ryzen 7 2700 is very affordable and delivers excellent multithreaded performance. It's technically a bit slower when it comes to gaming performance, but that's only with the fastest graphics cards running at lower settings. If you're looking for a smooth 60-144 fps gaming experience, you don't need to buy a $500 CPU.
Total Price: $1,015 (you save $205)
For 1440p at high or even ultra settings, this build will prove more than capable. You could upgrade to an even faster graphics card or CPU, but the large jump in price is difficult to justify. Overall, this $1,000 PC should consistently deliver 60 fps or more at 1440p. It's potent enough that you can even enable ray tracing effects in most games—certainly with DLSS.
AMD Ryzen 5 2600X | $120 (save $30) (opens in new tab)
The 2600X is now at its lowest price ever, about $30 lower than the previous best. There are faster CPUs, but for gaming they only matter if you have a much faster graphics card.
MSI RTX 2070 Super Armor | $470 (save $30) (opens in new tab)
This double-fan RTX 2070 Super graphics card has a $30 rebate card, which is as good as it gets right now. It offers great performance at 1440p and can even handle 4K.
MSI X470 Gaming Plus | $100 (save $30) (opens in new tab)
This motherboard includes RGB lighting and can overclock the 2700 a bit if you want—there's no need for an X570 board without a Ryzen 3000 CPU. Note the requirement for EPS12V and ATX12V power connectors!
G.Skill TridentZ RGB 32GB DDR4-3000 | $120 (save $20) (opens in new tab)
It's a proven fact that RGB lighting makes your PC faster. Or maybe it just looks faster? Either way, with 32GB of high performance RAM, you're set for years to come.
Intel 660p 1TB | $85 (save $15) (opens in new tab)
Games are getting larger, so don't skimp on storage. This is the lowest price ever on Intel's 1TB 660p M.2 SSD.
EVGA 750 GQ | $60 (save $60) (opens in new tab)
Keep the lights on with this high-end modular 80 Plus Gold certified PSU. It will give your PC plenty of room to grow with future upgrades.
Phanteks Eclipse P400 | $60 (save $20) (opens in new tab)
This is an elegant looking tempered glass case that's easy to work with and has plenty of room for liquid cooling if you go that route. It also includes RGB lighting.