Build a powerful gaming PC out of Cyber Monday deals

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Every year, we have a tradition of putting together a Cyber Monday PC out of the best deals we can find. Our normal best gaming PC build guide aims for around $1,250 for its budget, while the high-end build goes for $2,000. But on Black Friday and Cyber Monday weekend, when prices on some components drop through the floor, can we do better? Yes, or you wouldn't be reading this.

We've assembled two build guides: high-end and midrange. The goal here is to get a great deal, and we'll regularly update the parts as needed—because the best deals aren't going to last.

Both builds are designed to handle all of today's games without struggling, with 1080p ultra being the target for the midrange build and 1440p high on the high-end system. Here are the current best picks, and we've done our best to ensure all the parts will work and fit together.

Cyber Monday high-end PC build

Everything you need for a high-end, overclocked custom PC, including Windows. You could upgrade to a larger SSD, or choose a different case, but that's about the only thing you'd need to think about swapping out.

Total Price: $1,646.91 (save $311)

Yeah, beating that HP Omen price is tough! Tim was so impressed by the deal that he bought one. We do win a few points for including the unlocked K-series CPU with a liquid cooler, plus a larger high-end M.2 SSD. Is that worth an extra $100? We'd like to think so.

Intel Core i7-8700K | 6 Cores | 12 Threads | $339.99 ($30 off)
This eight-generation Core i7 processor is $30 off the usual price right now at both Amazon and Newegg. 4.9-5.0GHz overclocks are common, with the right cooler. Buy at Newegg

Cooler Master MasterLiquid LC240E Dual 120mm | $44.99 ($25 off)
This dual 120mm AIO cooler is sold out at Newegg, but Amazon has it $25 off, a 36% savings . Buy at Amazon

ASRock Z390 Phantom Gaming 4 | $99.99 (save $40)
This isn't the fanciest board, but ASRock makes decent motherboards, and this is the least expensive Z390 board so far. There's a $10 mail-in rebate to bring the price below $100, it supports DDR4-4300 RAM, has an M.2 slot, and should handle moderate overclocking. Buy at Newegg

ZOTAC GAMING GeForce RTX 2080 AMP | $699.99 ($100 off)
If you want the latest and greatest, Zotac's RTX 2080 is currently $100 off the original price with a coupon applied on the page, and comes with a free copy of Battlefield 5. Buy at B&H

XPG Gammix D10 16GB (2x8GB) DDR4-2666 | $97.99
16GB is the recommended amount of memory for most builds. Getting more or faster RAM isn't typically helpful, unless you're chasing every last bit of performance. This kit has decent specs for the price. Buy at Newegg

Samsung 970 Evo 500GB M.2 | $119.99 (save $30)
One of the fastest SSDs around, Samsung 970 Evo is now priced the same as last years 500GB SATA drives. It's also up to six times faster. Buy at Amazon

NZXT H500 | $84.99 (save $55)
A great steel mid-size tower case from NZXT, perfect for saving money without sacrificing design. Buy at Newegg

Rosewill Photon 650W 80 Plus Gold | $59.99 (Save $60)
A fully modular 650W power supply with a high efficiency rating, which means reliability and easy, clean cable management. Buy at Newegg

Windows 10 Home 64-bit | $98.99 (save $11)
There aren't any great deals on Windows 10 itself this year. If you're okay with an OEM key, however, you can still find those at many places for under $100. Buy at Amazon

Cyber Monday midrange PC build

Our midrange build is still potent, but we're going for savings rather than all-out performance. As such, AMD's Ryzen CPUs are the much better option right now, and the same goes for RX 570/580 graphics cards.

Total Price: $633.90 (save $237)

The closest you'll come to a similar prebuilt deal right now is this Dell at Office Depot,  for $480. We don't beat it on price (mostly thanks to the Windows license), but we do provide a better CPU, motherboard, and storage.

AMD Ryzen 5 2600 | 6 Cores | 12 Threads | $159.99 ($40 off)
Skipping the X-series Ryzen parts can save a good chunk of money, about $80 in this case. The 2600 overclocks nearly as well (4.0-4.1GHz, and comes with a decent cooler. Buy at Newegg

MSI X370 Gaming Pro Carbon | $79.99 (save $90)
One of last year's better X370 boards is now more than half off the original price, after the $30 MIR. This MSI board fully supports the newer Ryzen 2 processors, including APUs. The only thing it's missing is wifi. Buy at Newegg

Gigabyte Radeon RX 570 4GB | $129.99 (save $20)
This is the lowest price (after rebate) we've seen on an RX 570, and it also comes with two free games. There's a $20 MIR, and this is the 4GB model, but it will still run circles around a GTX 1050 Ti. Buy at Newegg

Ballistix 8GB Sport LT (2x4GB) DDR4-2400 | $54.99 (save $31)
8GB is enough memory for just about any game, and this is within $5 of the lowest price we've seen all year. Buy at B&H

Crucial MX500 500GB | $64.99 ($10 off)
The 1TB Crucial MX500 is one of our top choices for an SSD, and now the 500GB version is $10 off. Buy at Amazon

DIYPC Solo-T2-BK Black | $19.97 (save $20)
Budget cases are easy to find. Budget cases that don't absolutely suck are a bit harder to come by. DIYPC's case is perhaps a bit garish for some, but it's sturdy and will get the job done, for only a Jackson. Buy at Newegg

Seasonic S12II 520 Bronze 520 watt power supply | $24.99 (Save $15)
Seasonic is a major power supply provider to other component companies, and this model will give you the juice you need with an 80Plus Bronze rating. And it's real cheap. Buy at Newegg

Windows 10 Home 64-bit | $98.99 (save $11)
There aren't any great deals on Windows 10 itself this year. If you're okay with an OEM key, however, you can still find those at many places for under $100. Buy at Amazon

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