PC build guides
The best cheap gaming PC (~$500/£500) - Our alternative to buying a console.
The best budget gaming PC (~$750/£750) - A good entry-level system.
The best gaming PC (~$1,250/£1,250) - Our recommended midrange build for most gamers.
The best high-end gaming PC (~$2,000/£2,000) - Everything a gamer could want.
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We have multiple build guides catering to all budgets, from $500/£500 El Cheapo builds up to dream-level rigs that cost over $3,000/£3,000. You can find all of our usual builds on the right, but for Black Friday through Cyber Monday we wanted to see how far down we could go on pricing—without sacrificing quality or performance.
We'll dispense with most of the usual commentary on the individual parts, focusing on the bare essentials. We're going for maximum savings here, while still putting together a good gaming PC. If you want something with a bit more punch, check out our high-end Cyber Monday gaming PC build.
We're including any additional savings that come via mail-in rebates (MIR), and the price point also doesn't account for the operating system or any peripherals. Check our Cyber Monday accessories for deals on mice, keyboards, and gaming monitors.
The cheapest Cyber Monday gaming PC
GTX 1060 3GB, $190 (save $60), Amazon Every gaming PC starts with a good graphics card, and the GTX 1060 3GB delivers good performance for 1080p. It's also one of the few GPUs that currently costs less than MSRP.
Ryzen 3 1300X, $100 (save $30), Amazon AMD's budget CPUs are priced to move, and the 1300X is a full quad-core processor that will easily keep up with the graphics card.
ASRock AB350M Pro, $50 (save $30, $10 MIR), Newegg Another great thing about the Ryzen processors is that good motherboards are extremely affordable. ASRock's board is a micro-ATX model for just $50, and it provides everything you need.
GeIL Evo Potenza 2x4GB DDR4-2400, $70 (save $10), Newegg Memory prices have shot up over the past year, so 8GB of basic DDR4-2400 is the best we can do.
Crucial BX300 240GB, $70 (save $18), Amazon Crucial's BX300 is a newcomer, and while not the fastest SSD, it's the lowest price we can find right now and it's good for a gaming rig.
Rosewill Valens 80+ Gold 500W, $20 (save $70, $25 rebate card), Newegg For the same price as a bronze PSU, you can currently get a good quality gold model. This power supply gives plenty of options for future system upgrades as well.
Rosewill FBM-05 mATX, $12 (save $38, $15 rebate card), Newegg This compact micro-ATX case plays home to all of your other components, and the dual fans will keep things running cool.
Put it all together and you're looking at a new budget gaming PC for $522. That's a higher price than our Black Friday build, but this is a better PC for gaming, thanks to the upgraded graphics card. Currently, you save a total of $221 (30 percent) on the individual components, and the final price is still $50 lower than our normal ultra-cheap build, even though we've selected a better CPU in this build. Many of the deals expire at midnight tonight, and we're not likely to see better prices this holiday season.