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 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.
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.
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.
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Gigabyte Eagle Radeon RX 6650 XT | $264.99
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 $264.99 at Newegg (save $75)
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.