If I was handed $500 to spend on Black Friday gaming deals, here's what I'd buy

Pictures of various items you can purchase for under $500 during Black Friday.
(Image credit: Amazon/Valve/Newegg)

It's rough to search for PC swagger on a budget—even on Black Friday. We've got some killer Black Friday deals, sure, but that doesn't make the spending anxiety any less real, especially when your wallet's thinner than usual. Luckily for you, I've found a couple of great steals for under $500. Don't say uncle Harvey never gave you anything.

First up, you can never underestimate the power of a good gaming monitor—even if it's the last thing you might consider when putting together your build. When you've already shelled out thousands for a top-of-the-line graphics card and a CPU that could pilot a spaceship, it's hard to drop another few hundred bucks on something external.

Fortunately, you can get a great higher-end monitor at Newegg for just shy of $400—or $350 with the promo code: BFCY2Z739. 32 inches, 4K capability, 144Hz and IPS, this thing's a steal for its price, since it's usually a bank-busting $700. If you've already got a good gaming PC, then the Acer Nitro XV322QK is a no-brainer.

Acer Nitro XV322QK | 32-inch | 4k | 144Hz | IPS | USB-C 65W PD | $699.99 $349.99 at Newegg (save $350)Promo Code: BFCY2Z739

Acer Nitro XV322QK | 32-inch | 4k | 144Hz | IPS | USB-C 65W PD | $699.99 $349.99 at Newegg (save $350)
This is nothing less than the cheapest gaming monitor we've ever seen that hits that critical combo of 32 inches, 4K, 144Hz and IPS panel tech. Heck, it even throws in USB-C connectivity with 65W of power delivery. What an absolute steal of a deal. Use Promo Code: BFCY2Z739 at NewEgg or hit the checkbox on Amazon for the right price.

Price check: Amazon $349.99

But maybe you've already got your gamer cave set up, already? What if you want to slum it on the sofa? You might want to grab a Steam Deck for its current price of $349. "But wait," I hear you say. "Isn't its SSD just 64GB? That's tiny." You're right, it is tiny. Even Tekken 8's like, 100 gigs now. Here's where your pocket change comes in. 

You can very easily grab a deck-compatible SSD,  the WD-Black SN770M for $80, right now. That brings the whole package to $429, giving you a Steam Deck with a whole terabyte of storage. Sure, you're missing out on the OLED screen, a bit of battery life, and that 90hz refresh rate, but it's still a chunk cheaper than buying Valve's 1TB OLED wholesale, and it's just as powerful otherwise. Game smarter, not pricier.

Steam Deck (original) | 64GB SSD | $349 at Steam

Steam Deck (original) | 64GB SSD | $349 at Steam
The Steam Deck may have had an OLED refresh but the original version is still pretty much the archetype of what a handheld PC gaming device should be. It's just as powerful as the most recent model so all those Steam Deck compatible games should run well, and while the 64GB storage is rather small, SSD upgrades like the Sabrent 2230 512GB are at a great price for a straightforward upgrade. It's the OG PC gaming handheld, and it demands respect.

WD Black SN770M | 1TB | 2230 | Steam Deck + ROG Ally compatible | $129.99$79.99 at Newegg (save $50)

WD Black SN770M | 1TB | 2230 | Steam Deck + ROG Ally compatible | $129.99 $79.99 at Newegg (save $50)
This is the mini version of the budget-friendly SN770, and the 1TB one at that. While you can get the 2TB one for just a little more, if you're looking for a cheap-as-chips upgrade for your Steam Deck, you can do a heck of a lot worse.

Harvey Randall
Staff Writer

Harvey's history with games started when he first begged his parents for a World of Warcraft subscription aged 12, though he's since been cursed with Final Fantasy 14-brain and a huge crush on G'raha Tia. He made his start as a freelancer, writing for websites like Techradar, The Escapist, Dicebreaker, The Gamer, Into the Spine—and of course, PC Gamer. He'll sink his teeth into anything that looks interesting, though he has a soft spot for RPGs, soulslikes, roguelikes, deckbuilders, MMOs, and weird indie titles. He also plays a shelf load of TTRPGs in his offline time. Don't ask him what his favourite system is, he has too many.