What PC Gamer bought over Black Friday

With the Black Friday portal now closed, the PC Gamer team gathers to share what they brought back from their trip to the Deals Dimension.

Dell 27" 1440p 144Hz G-Sync monitor

I finally took the plunge into 1440p gaming after seeing this bad boy on sale at Best Buy Canada for a steep discount, and it's been nothing short of a revelation. I didn't think I'd appreciate the different from 1080p, but I do, and having the extra high refresh rate is incredible for FPS games. I'm in love. —Steven Messner

Razer Firefly Chroma Cloth

I have a sickness. After finally building a new PC with LED built into the case, hardware, and some of my peripherals, I've lost all control and took the liberty of buying an LED mouse pad and LED strips to place behind my monitor. That last item hasn't arrived, but twice now my girlfriend has caught me standing in dark hallway at night staring at the beautiful ice-blue glow emanating from practically every device connected to my PC. It's wonderful. —Steven Messner

Nvidia Shield TV

I thought I was getting out of this nightmarish sales holiday with barely a scratch, just a couple new sensible shirts from the Gap at big discounts. Then I bought my girlfriend a Bluetooth speaker shaped like an elephant. Too cute to pass up, but not bad, pretty cheap. But then I saw Nvidia's Shield TV streaming box was on sale, and started thinking boy, that interface sure is nicer than my Roku's. And it's better at decoding video, which would be a plus for my Plex library with subtitles. And my Roku has been making the screen flicker an awful lot lately. And it's on sale. When will I have this chance again? I don't really need it, but yeah, my new Shield TV is arriving today. —Wes Fenlon

Steelseries Arctis Pro + Game DAC

I've been using a bulky G.Skill headset for years, and though sometimes I have to unplug it and plug it back in to get the mic to work, there's not much functionally wrong with it. The issue is that it has started pinching my ears, and I can't for the life of me figure out why this is a problem now, but wasn't before—is it really possible that hair loss has eroded my head's natural cushioning? Tragic. Given my ear soreness, it felt like a good time for an upgrade, so I went with our own recommended headset, the Arctis Pro, which was pretty heavily discounted. Hopefully the "sophisticated tactile experience" that Steelseries advertises means it'll be comfortable on my increasingly shiny noggin. —Tyler Wilde

Asus ROG Strix Flare

I fell in love with this Cherry MX mechanical keyboard when I was reviewing the Asus ROG Strix GL12CX. I’d been using a Razer Ornata Chroma before that, and while the super comfy wrist guard was the thing that made me hang onto it for so long, the keystroke sounds drove me nuts. Upgrading to the ROG Strix Flare has quite literally changed the way I type and game. The full height keys make it easier to type, the keystroke sounds are soothing (the difference between soft clacks and harsh clicks), and of course all that RGB lighting and volume control wheel are a nice touch. It’s one of the best splurge buys I’ve ever purchased. —Joanna Nelius

Omen By HP Obelisk Desktop

I've been thinking about upgrading our home PC for a while. At first it was just a nebulous cloud of consumer desire, fuelled by the fact the CPU was substantially out of date, and the rig had developer some weird performance gremlins I haven't been able to resolve. As the Black Friday cavalcade rolled closer, the idea solidified into two thoughts: 1) "I think I'm actually going to do this", and 2) "I'm going to buy a prebuilt because I'm a lazy, lazy man and Wes isn't in New York to help me build it". I had some nagging fear that better deals would come along, but honestly 500 bucks off the ticket price of a 2080 rig was always going to be tough to beat, and so it proved. I take delivery on December 3rd, a day before the new Destiny 2 and Hearthstone expansions launch. Neither of which need a 2080, but that is very much not the point is it? —Tim Clark

Gigabyte Geforce GTX 1060 3GB Windforce OC 

I've been struggling with a moral dilemma this year—is it wrong to pimp my long haired miniature sausage dogs in order to fund a new gaming rig? The short answer is yes, but by the time BFV arrived this November I was getting desperate. Not being able to afford a whole new rig, I turned to our resident young-man-who-wears-a-flat-cap, the brilliant Zak Storey of Maximum PC. I gave him a modest budget of £400 and a list of my current specs, and he picked the best parts for me to upgrade on Black Friday. I bagged a GTX 1060, 1TB SSD and 14GB DDR3 RAM, so I'm all set, and the dogs are safe, though I'm not sure the draft excluder is. —John Strike

InstantPot Ultra

It can't run Crysis, but you wouldn't believe the fps I get on Mushroom Risotto and Black Bean & Lentil Chili. The InstantPot is a robot bucket that, properly ignored, makes dinner for you in like 20 minutes. Five members of the PC Gamer team pulled the trigger on this all-in-one cooking wonder while it was heavily discounted. I play a lot of competitive multiplayer games, so it's helpful to not have to keep an eye on a stove while I'm going into overtime in Rainbow Six Siege. —Evan Lahti

Calvin Klein Men's Micro Modal Trunk

After spending most of Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and whatever we call the Saturday-Sunday limbo that separates them hovering my mouse over the same glorious PC Tim bought, I decided against going deeper into credit card debt and just bought myself some new underwear. And these are the best underwear. They're usually priced at $30 but were marked down to like $9, and they're still on sale. Seriously, these are incredibly comfy and durable (MeUndies are also comfy but a bit less durable) and were absolutely worth it when I bought several pairs at full price a few years ago. It's not a new headset or a shiny PC or a robotic cooking bucket, but everyone should have good, quality, comfortable-as-hell underwear. Treat yourself: your butt and junk will thank me. —James Davenport