Build a powerful PC out of Black Friday deals

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To see how far Black Friday deals go, we decided to see if we could piece together a PC using components on sale for more than an hour. Not every dream component is on sale, and some better components might be available through lightning deals, but here’s something I scrounged together without hours and hours of digging or refreshing the page every minute. It’s a damn powerful PC, and the savings get you two new games (Assassin’s Creed Syndicate and Rainbow Six Siege) for free on the side.

Black Friday price Original price
Motherboard ASRock ASRock Gaming Fatal1ty Z97 Killer LGA 1150 Intel Z97 $90 (after rebate) $135
CPU Intel Core i7-4790K Devil's Canyon Quad-Core 4.0 GHz $300 $350
RAM Crucial Ballistix Tactical 16GB Kit (8GBx2) 240-Pin DDR3 1866 $93 $126
GPU MSI GeForce GTX 970 $300 (after rebate) + AC Syndicate or Rainbow Six Siege ($60 value) $350
PSU Rosewill Hive 750W Modular $40 (after rebate) $120
SSD Samsung 850 EVO 500GB $140 + AC Syndicate ($60 value) $270
HDD Seagate Barracuda 3TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5 $74 $135
CPU Cooler Corsair Hydro Series H100i GTX $100 (after rebate) $130
Case Cooler Master HAF 932 Advanced $100 (after rebate) $180
OS Windows 10 Home $100 $100
$1,217 $2,016

That’s a nearly $800 difference, though this is a mid-to-high-end PC. Most of these components could be swapped out for something a little less powerful or with half the space to save even more at the cost of performance.

Don’t fret if one of these deals expires. This is the base of a beefy PC, and there are other parts on sale you can easily swap in without breaking the bank. We’re picking through the sales and organizing them for ease of access, so stay tuned to PC Gamer’s Black Friday page just in case.