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We're searching for the best Prime Early Access deals on CPUs, graphics cards, RAM and more, and will update this story as we find them.

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Until midnight tonight, October 12, Amazon will be continuing to offer great PC upgrade deals. We're already well into the second day of the deals bonanza (Prime Early Access) but plenty of deals on top components—including CPUs, RAM, coolers, motherboards, SSDs, and, yes, even graphics cards—are still live. So don't fret if you're just joining us.

You don't have to stay on top of every great deal throughout the event, either. I'll be collating the best PC upgrade deals right here as the team finds them. This page will automatically refresh with the latest updates, so hang tight.

Cast a wider net with our best Amazon Early Access PC gaming deals (opens in new tab) round-up.

I'm searching Amazon for the best Prime Early Access deals, but, as ever, these sorts of prices reductions tend to spill over to other major retailers. They have to stay competitive with Amazon's prices, after all, and while they'd usually wait around until Black Friday to try and get stock out the door I suspect we'll see some great deals across the web over the next 48 hours. So I'll keep my eye on those, too.


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Buying advice: graphics cards

Graphics cards might be the hottest ticket in town right now, and we're actually looking at the possibility of some great graphics cards deals as we head into the buying bonanza season. There's a glut of graphics cards with retailers and distributors, and this is stock that Nvidia and AMD will want to shift as best it can.

The big question is: What's a great price for a graphics card nowadays? For most of today's graphics cards, the manufacturer recommended price went up in smoke in a matter of days, perhaps even hours, after their release. So while I am optimistic about deals, I'm also going to stay sceptical of these so-called 'deals' at times. You shouldn't be paying over MSRP for a card that's nearing the end of its life, and the RTX 30-series and RX 6000-series are on their way out. That's truer of the high-end graphics cards today—the low-end from Nvidia and AMD are both going to be sticking around until at least some point early next year, if not much later than that.

Still, you shouldn't pay top dollar for even a budget GPU. Here are some resources we've put together to help you know whether a graphics card deal is really as good as it seems.

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Here's a list of the manufacturer set retail prices (MSRP), or recommended retail price (RRP), for most the latest graphics cards. For the most part, these are the set prices for the stock or reference versions of these cards, if applicable, and not representative of overclocked or third-party graphics cards, which may well be priced higher.

Graphics card MSRP lists for current and next-generation GPUs

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Good morning, Jacob reporting for duty.

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Gigabyte Eagle Radeon RX 6650 XT | $264.99 (opens in new tab)

Let's start off with this $265 RX 6650 XT that's currently live over at Newegg. That's a huge saving from the original price of this card, which wouldn't have been out of place around the $400 mark earlier in the year. Granted, this live isn't special to Prime Early Access (it's on Newegg, for starters), but hey a good deal is a good deal.

Gigabyte Eagle Radeon RX 6650 XT | 8GB GDDR6 | 2,048 stream processors | 2,635MHz boost | $339.99 (opens in new tab)

Gigabyte Eagle Radeon RX 6650 XT | 8GB GDDR6 | 2,048 stream processors | 2,635MHz boost | $339.99 $264.99 at Newegg (save $75) (opens in new tab)
This is the cheapest we've seen a triple-fan RX 6650 XT, well, possibly ever? I definitely don't remember it being any cheaper, or any other card getting close. It can keep up with Nvidia's RTX 3060 line of cards while costing less than Nvidia's budget RTX 3050 offerings. Damn.

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WD_Black SN850 1TB | $148

WD has a habit of making SSDs that we absolutely love. That's not just for performance reasons—though note that this SN850 is no slouch at up to 7,000MB/s and 5,300MB/s read and write, respectively—but for the price you'll often find them going for. This 1TB SN850 is a rapid PCIe 4.0 drive with a heatsink (important if you want to use it in a PS5 though also handy if your motherboard has none) for under $150.

7,000MB/s reads | 5,300 MB/s writes | $229.99 (opens in new tab)

WD_BLACK SN850 NVMe SSD | 1TB | PCIe 4.0 | 7,000MB/s reads | 5,300 MB/s writes | $229.99 $148 at Amazon (save $81.99) (opens in new tab)
This impressive SSD consistently gives the Samsung 980 Pro's performance a run for its money and is arguably the PCIe 4.0 drive to beat. It's our favorite high-speed SSD, and at this price makes a great upgrade for your gaming rig's boot drive.

I'll let you in on a little secret: I'm checking Amazon's best prices for a product using a tool called CamelCamelCamel. It essentially shows you a handy graph for a product's historical pricing, like so.

CamelCamelCamel graph for an HP PC.

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I highly recommend, for any deals you come across, you do the same. That way you can be sure you're not being messed around by 'deals' that aren't what they seem. CamelCamelCamel is both a Chrome plugin and a free-to-use website (opens in new tab)

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AMD Ryzen 5 5600X | $164.99 (opens in new tab)

AMD has some extremely fast CPUs going for a lot less money than you'd expect right now. That's probably because it just released its even quicker Zen 4 processors, including the Ryzen 5 7600X, but that chip will cost nearly $300. Instead, how about the last-gen Ryzen 5 5600X for just $164.99? It's still plenty quick, has lots of cores (six-cores, 12-threads), and will fit neatly into cheap AM4 motherboards today. 

It's a great basis for a budget gaming PC, especially at this price, which is actually the lowest priced we have recorded over at Amazon.

AMD Ryzen 5 5600X | 6 Cores, 12 Threads | 3.7GHz to 4.6GHz | $309 (opens in new tab)

AMD Ryzen 5 5600X | 6 Cores, 12 Threads | 3.7GHz to 4.6GHz | $309 $164.99 at Amazon (save $144.01) (opens in new tab)
One of the best CPUs for gaming during its prime, and still great today, the Ryzen 5 5600X has never been cheaper at Amazon than it is right now. It comes with a cooler too, which is good enough if you plan to stick with the stock settings.

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Intel Core i7 12700KF | $302.38 (opens in new tab)

This processor forms the basis of what could be an excellent gaming PC with plenty of power for video editing and more. It's actually the cheapest we've ever seen this 12th Gen chip go for on Amazon, which is perhaps not that surprising considering these Alder Lake chips are just a year old. 

Intel's about to release its 13th Gen processors, codename Raptor Lake, so you'd only be on the bleeding-edge for a moment. Also something to consider is whether you'd prefer to wait a little longer and buy the Core i5 13600K, which should come with similar specs to this chip at around this price.

Still, if you need your processor imminently, perhaps to replace a b0rked one, this is a great price.

Intel Core i7 12700KF | 8 P-cores, 4 E-cores | Up to 5GHz | No iGPU | $377.98 (opens in new tab)

Intel Core i7 12700KF | 8 P-cores, 4 E-cores | Up to 5GHz | No iGPU | $377.98 $302.38 at Amazon (save $75.60) (opens in new tab)
This is a seriously impressive chip harnessing the hybrid architecture out of Intel. Great for gaming and with plenty of multithreaded performance, you can't really go wrong. It doesn't come with any onboard graphics, however, so bear that in mind if you don't have a graphics card. And similarly you should consider the upcoming Raptor Lake processors, too. But in a pinch this is a good deal on this chip.

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Corsair RM750x 750W PSU | $98.60 (opens in new tab)

If you're building a PC, you need a solid, trustworthy power supply. That's a must. Lucky for you, I've spotted this Corsair 750W PSU going for under $100, and it's literally the best (opens in new tab)

We tap in the incredible knowledgeable PSU tester Aristeidis Bitziopoulos for all of our PSU reviews, and he ranks Corsair's RM750x as the best of the bunch for this wattage and price. Rest assured, he's done all the testing imaginable to come to that conclusion, too.

Corsair RM750x PSU | 750 watt | 80 Plus Gold | Fully modular | $144.99 (opens in new tab)

Corsair RM750x PSU | 750 watt | 80 Plus Gold | Fully modular | $144.99 $98.60 at Amazon (save $46.39) (opens in new tab)
This is the best PSU for gaming as rated by us and our trusted and world-renowned PSU reviewer, Aris. This isn't the cheapest it's been—that was back in March—but it's close to that price right now and absolutely a great buy.

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Teamgroup 16GB DDR4 kit | $48.99 (opens in new tab)

If you're still rocking an admirable 8GB of RAM in your machine, now is the time to upgrade. We're in a transitional period in PC gaming: DDR4 is on the way out, to be replaced by much quicker DDR5 kits. What that means is, right now, DDR4 RAM is awfully cheap by the chip load, but at some point it'll become sparser as we move to the next best thing.

Who knows when that'll happen. It'll probably be a while longer yet. But prices are so low for DDR4, even for 16GB and 32GB kits, that it's tough not to take them up on the offer. I recently upgraded my personal PC's slow RAM kit to a fast, low-latency kit with RGB lights all over it, in fact.

With 16GB of capacity across two 8GB sticks (maxing out both channels), this Teamgroup kit should make for a mighty upgrade from 8GB. At 3,200MHz, it's a great speed for AMD and Intel CPUs, and it's also only CL16 latency, which is right where you want it. 

Teamgroup T-Force Vulcan Z | DDR4 | 16GB Kit (2x8GB)  | 3200MHz | CL16 | $52.99 (opens in new tab)

Teamgroup T-Force Vulcan Z | DDR4 | 16GB Kit (2x8GB)  | 3200MHz | CL16 | $52.99 $48.99 at Amazon (save $4) (opens in new tab)
It might not look like much of a saving, but consider this already a great price and with a little extra off the top to make it that much more alluring. A great PC upgrade if you're currently using just 8GB of total RAM. 

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WD_Black SN770 1TB SSD | $79.99 (opens in new tab)

Much like the aforementioned RAM, SSD prices have come crashing down in recent years. Mature processes, denser technologies have resulted in cheaper chips all-round, and that means you can pick up a 1TB drive for as little as $80 right now. 

This is a quick SSD, too. It's PCIe 4.0 compatible, which means higher bandwidth than older PCIe 3.0 drives on supported systems, and hits up to 5,150MB/s read performance.

WD_Black SN770 | 1TB | PCIe 4.0 | 5,150MB/s read | 4,900MB/s write | $129.99 (opens in new tab)

WD_Black SN770 | 1TB | PCIe 4.0 | 5,150MB/s read | 4,900MB/s write | $129.99 $79.99 at Amazon (save $50) (opens in new tab)
Western Digital has cut the DRAM cache to make for a better value proposition with this drive, and the end result is a surprisingly speedy SSD that rolls in for significantly less than the competition. 1TB for just $80? Yes, please.

If you've just woken up to the smell of fresh deals, good morning. I'm Jacob Ridley, senior hardware editor here at PC Gamer, and I'm looking for the best PC component deals this Amazon Prime Early Access. I'll be updating this article as and when I find them. No need to refresh, either, the page will do that automatically.

If you're looking for something more specific, or a whole system, we have heaps of handy hubs you can look through for the best Prime Early Access deals (opens in new tab) today:

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AMD Ryzen 9 5900X | $334.99 (opens in new tab)

The Ryzen 9 5900X was the chip to beat for the Zen 3 generation. It offers 12 cores, 24 threads, and runs at an impressive 4.8GHz Max Boost. For its $549 launch price, it was excellent.

Today, it's been replaced by AMD's Ryzen 9 7900X, which also demands $549. So apples to apples, yeah, the newer AM5 processor is the one to get. However, this isn't an apples to apples comparison. The Ryzen 9 5900X will set you back just $334.99 today, and that price really changes things. 

This is still a super competitive chip while stocks last.

AMD Ryzen 9 5900X | 12 cores | 24 threads | 4.8GHz | $549 (opens in new tab)

AMD Ryzen 9 5900X | 12 cores | 24 threads | 4.8GHz | $549 $334.99 at Amazon (save $214.01) (opens in new tab)
This is a great saving on a serious slice of silicon. If you want a chip that is as comfortable working as it is letting you play, then you'll do well to find much better out there at this price point. The fact the rest of the AM4 platform is mostly affordable doesn't hurt things either. If your current gaming PC is getting on a bit, this is a great deal on a great chip worth building a system around. 

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Corsair 5000D PC case | $109.99 (opens in new tab)

What good are all these PC components if you have nowhere to store 'em? The Corsair 5000D is a PC case near and dear to us at PC Gamer. It's the home of our high-end test system. Not only that, it's the PC case we recommend in our monthly build guide in the PC Gamer magazine, available in all good stores—I have to say that.

I also use the Corsair 5000T for my own personal PC, though admittedly that is quite a bit different to look at. It's functionally similar on the inside though, and the 5000D is a very easy chassis to build into. There are tons of straps and cable management runs to make life easier, and lots of cooling options available.

Corsair 5000D PC case | Mid-tower | Tempered glass side panel | 2 fans included | $174.99 (opens in new tab)

Corsair 5000D PC case | Mid-tower | Tempered glass side panel | 2 fans included | $174.99 $109.99 at Amazon (save $65) (opens in new tab)
This isn't the cheapest the Corsair 5000D has ever been on Amazon. That was apparently back in 2021 when it sold for, unbelievably, $65. If you ignore that wildly good offer back then, you'll find that normally you'd be looking to pay around the $120–$130 mark for this case. So $110 is certainly a decent saving.

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AMD Radeon RX 6600 | $240.97 (opens in new tab)/249.99 (opens in new tab)

I'm going to throw two AMD Radeon graphics cards at you now, either of which would be great for a budget 1080p PC build. 

But before I do, I must remind you that below I posted an RX 6650 XT that is going for just $264.99 (opens in new tab) right now. That's ultimately a much better deal if you can stretch your budget that little bit further.

If you're already pushing the budget, let's talk about the RX 6600. This is one of AMD's more entry-level GPUs but it's made itself quite competitive since its launch. Originally, its $329 price tag wasn't enough to compete with the equally priced RTX 3060 from Nvidia. However, the RX 6600 is now often found going for under $250, and Nvidia's RTX 3060 isn't anywhere close.

For 1080p gaming, you can expect some excellent performance (opens in new tab) out of the 8GB RX 6600, and it doesn't require a massive PSU either, requiring just 450W, so you can save on that too.

XFX Speedster SWFT 210 Radeon RX 6600 CORE | 1,792 Stream Processors | 8GB GDDR6 | 2,491MHz boost clock | $279.99 (opens in new tab)

XFX Speedster SWFT 210 Radeon RX 6600 CORE | 1,792 Stream Processors | 8GB GDDR6 | 2,491MHz boost clock | $279.99 $240.97 at Amazon (save $39.02) (opens in new tab)
Its name might be ridiculous, but this RX 6600 has been gradually coming down in price over the past year, and finally it's something we can really get behind at under $250. These budget GPUs aren't likely to be replaced any time soon, so if you're in the market it's a good time to pick one up.

Sapphire Pulse RX 6600 Gaming | 1,792 Stream Processors | 8GB GDDR6 | 2,491MHz boost clock | $279.99 (opens in new tab)

Sapphire Pulse RX 6600 Gaming | 1,792 Stream Processors | 8GB GDDR6 | 2,491MHz boost clock | $279.99 $249.99 at Amazon (save $30) (opens in new tab)
Another good offer on an RX 6600, though a little pricier than the XFX model. Still worth considering, however, there's not much in it. And in my experience Sapphire's cards come with really capable coolers.

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I am once again reminding you all of the following steal deal, and, no, I won't shut up about it.

An RX 6650 XT for $264.99 (opens in new tab) with an automatically added coupon code at Newegg. This is not a drill.

Gigabyte Eagle Radeon RX 6650 XT | 8GB GDDR6 | 2,048 stream processors | 2,635MHz boost | $339.99 (opens in new tab)

Gigabyte Eagle Radeon RX 6650 XT | 8GB GDDR6 | 2,048 stream processors | 2,635MHz boost | $339.99 $264.99 at Newegg (save $75) (opens in new tab)
This is the cheapest we've seen a triple-fan RX 6650 XT, well, possibly ever? I definitely don't remember it being any cheaper, or any other card getting close. It can keep up with Nvidia's RTX 3060 line of cards while costing less than Nvidia's budget RTX 3050 offerings. Damn.

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Asus ROG Thor 1200W PSU | $279.99 (opens in new tab)

What's that coming over the hill? Is it a monster?

No, it's an RTX 4090 and it yearns to gobble up your precious power. Oh no.

For anyone that's not familiar with Welsh rock band The Automatic and their 2006 hit Monster, or just done with my ****, I'll get straight to the point. You might find that your current PSU is a little lacking in wattage for the top-end of the next generation. Nvidia's RTX 4090 asks for, at a minimum, an 850W power supply. And there I was thinking 750W was just fine. To be honest, if you're considering that GPU, you're probably planning to pair it with a mighty system indeed. But in case you hadn't already secured a high power PSU, here's one from Asus that packs a 1200W punch. 

It's also received a solid review from our trusted PSU reviewer for our sister site Tom's Hardware (opens in new tab).

Asus ROG Thor 1200 | 1200W | 80+ Platinum | Fully modular | $349.99 (opens in new tab)

Asus ROG Thor 1200 | 1200W | 80+ Platinum | Fully modular | $349.99 $279.99 at Amazon (save $70) (opens in new tab)
Need a high wattage PSU for your next build? Alright, the Asus ROG Thor is a bit flashy, what with the RGB lighting and display, and you could ditch all that for a cheaper unit. But if that sort of stuff appeals to you then this PSU is also built on a fundamentally good core and delivers the performance asked of it. Plus it's as cheap as we've seen it for a long while now.

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Gigabyte Z690 Aorus Ultra motherboard | $199.99 (opens in new tab)

Planning an Intel 12th Gen or even 13th Gen PC build? You'll need a solid motherboard to plug everything into. The Gigabyte Z690 Aorus Ultra is just that, and it's actually going for the cheapest we've ever seen it on Amazon right now.

This is an LGA 1700 compatible motherboard, so as I mentioned you can plug both Intel's current Alder Lake CPUs and next-gen Raptor Lake CPUs into it. Raptor Lake CPUs will arrive later this month alongside newer Z790 motherboards, but you should expect to pay a little more for one of those at first.

Gigabyte Z690 Aorus Ultra motherboard | 12th/13th Gen Intel compatible | LGA 1700 socket | PCIe 5.0 | WiFi 6 | $369.99 (opens in new tab)

Gigabyte Z690 Aorus Ultra motherboard | 12th/13th Gen Intel compatible | LGA 1700 socket | PCIe 5.0 | WiFi 6 | $369.99 $199.99 at Amazon (save $170) (opens in new tab)
If you're looking for an Intel 12th/13th Gen compatible motherboard, here's one going for a lot less than usual. The Gigabyte Aorus Ultra comes with all the trimmings you'd expect from a high-end motherboard, but it's currently at the lowest price we've ever seen it on Amazon.

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DeepCool AK400 CPU cooler | $31.99 (opens in new tab)

Keeping your CPU cool is crucial for a long, happy PC gaming life. That's true of a budget processor or a premium chip. For a simple replacement for the stock cooler included with your CPU, you can go for an air cooler like the AK400. It'll perform much better and should be a fair bit quieter under load, too.

DeepCool AK400 Zero Dark | Air | Included PWM fan | 220W TDP |   $39.99 (opens in new tab)

DeepCool AK400 Zero Dark | Air | Included PWM fan | 220W TDP |  $39.99 $31.99 at Amazon (save $8) (opens in new tab)
This deal is only around for the next 12 hours, so get in quick if you're in need of a new cooler. This chip chiller has proven itself plenty capable as a modern replacement for coolers such as the famed Cooler Master Hyper 212, which is getting on a bit now, and the AK400 is also going a little cheaper thanks to today's lightning deal.

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Cooler Master fans | $17.99 (opens in new tab)

At some point during a gaming PC build, each of us has to ask ourselves: 'Am I an RGB fan kinda person?'

I tend to fall on the side of no, I'm not. I'm a very bland, Noctua NF-S12 kinda person. I like function over form, and that's that. But I do also admit that I'm occasionally impressed with an RGB everywhere, all at once, in your face style build. 

For the people that swing towards bright rainbow lights everywhere, this one's for you.

Cooler Master MasterFan MF120 | Duo-Ring ARGB fan | 120mm PWM | Static pressure optimised | $27.99 (opens in new tab)

Cooler Master MasterFan MF120 | Duo-Ring ARGB fan | 120mm PWM | Static pressure optimised | $27.99 $17.99 at Amazon (save $10) (opens in new tab)
The price of this fan bounces around a whole bunch, and I'm not going to lie it feels like a lot for a single fan to my RGB-less tastes. However, compared with the market it's actually surprisingly decent for a single fan: $54 for three isn't bad, either. Though bear in mind this is a static pressure optimised fan, and therefore will work best attached to a radiator for a CPU cooler or liquid loop.

Hey there Prime Day people! It's Tyler C, and I'm taking over for Jacob. It already looks like there's a lot of good deals on hardware to throw into your PC. I'll keep an eye out for sales that are an easy recommend if you've been looking to upgrade your rig. As usual, keep an eye on the feed as it refreshes with deals—there should be many as we get deeper into Prime Day.

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AMD Radeon RX 6700 XT | $379.99 (opens in new tab)

Jacob already dropped some deals on AMD's RX 6600, but this 6700 XT is also on sale. RDNA 3 is on its way, but this card is still a solid choice for 1080p and 1440p gaming. We reviewed it (opens in new tab) and thought it was solid, but overpriced for what it was. Now, that's not as much of a problem with the price below MSRP.

As someone that prefers high refresh rates over resolution, this is the kind of card I'd aim for. If you're into 4K, this will fall short compared to the competition, namely Nvidia's offerings. But if you want to play on a 144Hz monitor, this is worth looking at.

$519.99 (opens in new tab)

XFX RX 6700 XT Speedster SWFT309 | 12GB GDDR6 | 2,560 shaders | 2,581MHz Boost | $519.99 $379.99 at Amazon (save $140) (opens in new tab)
I am so over XFX's naming scheme for its graphics cards, but suffice to say that this graphics card deal is almost identical to the XFX RX 6700 XT Speedster Qick (opens in new tab) we spotted, albeit with a slightly lower boost clock. Though how much difference that will make in gaming will be negligible. This GPU is cheaper though, which is always important.

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WD_Black SN850X 1TB | $109.99 (opens in new tab)

WD has a new successor to one of our favorite SSDs for gaming. The SN850X touts 7,300 MB/s of read speed, which puts it above the SN850—an SSD we reviewed (opens in new tab). The SN850X has small optimizations to help make load times in games blazingly fast, including minimized latency, predictive loading, and adaptive thermal management.

I've been using this drive and it's been excellent. There's nothing like loading into an open world game and not having to wait long before you're fully in it and moving around. This deal chops off enough of the MSRP to put it in direct competition with the SN850. If you can afford to spend a little more, this is a fantastic SSD to pick up.

WD_Black SN850X NVMe SSD | 1TB | PCIe 4.0 | 7,300 MB/s reads | 6,350 writes|  $159.99 (opens in new tab)

WD_Black SN850X NVMe SSD | 1TB | PCIe 4.0 | 7,300 MB/s reads | 6,350 writes| $159.99 now $109.99 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
The WD_Black SN850X is the sequel to the SN850, which was already one of our favorite SSDs for gaming. It brings 7,300 MB/s read speeds and other optimizations that should make load times a breeze. The price is just a little higher than the SN850, so if you can spend a tiny bit more, you'll get an even better SSD.

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DeepCool Gammaxx L240 CPU cooler | $91.44 (opens in new tab)

I don't currently run a liquid cooler, but this deal on the DeepCool Gammaxx CPU cooler is making me think that I should have one. This is in the second place spot for our favorite CPU coolers (opens in new tab) and it's $45 off the usual price. If you like having a quiet PC even while gaming, a cooler like this is what you need. It keeps your CPU frosty and does it with very little noise output.

This CPU cooler is also RGB-equipped, so you can toss it into your rig and have it match your color scheme. I'd seriously consider this sort of thing if you currently run air cooling with fans at the moment. I always tell myself I'll make the swap when the price is right, and... well, the price is right.