Those in the market for new PC hardware look to every Black Friday season for deals on components like graphics cards and processors. But, with the number of manufacturers of this type of equipment it can be hard to tell a great deal from simply an OK one.
We'll be keeping an eye out for fantastic PC hardware deals throughout the shopping season, and we'll update this list as we find them.
Velocity Micro has announced its Black Friday Deals, which includes free ground shipping on every featured model. For desktops, there's one Intel i7 rig being discounted as much as $200. Laptops are also seeing a few deals, including a $500 drop on their massive 17-inch flagship, the Signature 17. They're also offering, with certain qualifying systems, either Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege or Assassin's Creed Syndicate.
We have reached out to Digital Storm and, surprisingly, it's not running a Black Friday sale this year. Instead, their customer service tells us that it will extend its October promotion until it has another one to replace it.
CyberPowerPC launched their Early Black Friday sale today. Among these deals you'll find an Intel I7 desktop, complete with a Radeon R9 380, one 128 GB solid state drive and one traditional 1 TB spindle for $1135 – a $400 savings. There's also a $400 discount on a similarly spec'd i5 system with a GTX 950 for $995, and a laptop at the same price.
Alienware has yet to make any big announcements, but they have added the Nvidia/Ubisoft promotion to their devices that allows customers to pick either Rainbow Six Siege or Assassin's Creed: Syndicate when they purchase a qualifying system.
A Thanksgiving Sale has sprung up at iBuyPower, featuring discounts up to $470 and free shipping. They're also doubling storage, upgrading every traditional hard drive and solid state drive they install.
We're tracking all of the top graphics cards, from all of the major manufacturers, to see what kinds of deals are out there.
There's a EVGA GeForce GTX 950 2 GB Superclocked model that Micro Center is offering a $30 price drop on, as well as a $15 rebate, and you can have it shipped from their online store unlike most of their deals.
Directron is offering the PNY GeForce GTX 980 4 GB model at nearly $50 off when you use the checkout code "BLACKNOVEMBER." That code expires on Nov. 26.
Newegg dropped the price on the PNY GTX 960, with a free Heroes of the Storm Kaijo Diablo Bundle. After rebate, it's only $189.99.
Meanwhile, Newegg also dropped the price on the budget priced PNY GTX 750. It's $104.99 after a $30 rebate.
We're also looking into the most popular gaming CPUs from both Intel and AMD. At the moment, movement is pretty glacial.
The best deal we've found is the Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5 GHz Quad-Core. At SuperBiiz it's down to $216.99 when you use the promo code "TIFA77010," which expires Nov. 16.
Always check compatibility when picking out your motherboard, both for the size of your case as well as every single other piece of hardware you're putting in the box. We'll be keeping tabs on both Intel and AMD chipsets for you this holiday.
Micro Center, which generally only offers in-store pickup, is taking an early lead with a $40 discount on the MSI X99S Gaming 7 ATX LGA2011-3 model. Down from $259.99, you'll just need to wait on the $20 mail-in rebate to see the full value on that deal.
There's also an MSI X99S SLI Plus ATX LGA2011-3 model, without a rebate, that is down $30 over the competition.
Micro Center is shipping the Gigabyte GA-Z170-HD3P LGA1151, which supports Skylake-series Intel processors, for $109.99. After all rebates are applied, though, it comes down to $89.99.
Hard drives, SSDs and other components
We're keeping our heads on a swivel for good deals in every other category of PC components. If you see something outstanding in the wild, drop it in the comments below or share it directly with the author.
Newegg has a hot screaming deal right now on G.Skill Ripjaws Z Series memory. Fours sticks, 8 GB each, of DDR3 SDRAM are only $229.99. That's a $170 discount off the previous price.
Newegg also has G.Skill Ripjaws DDR4 memory, 2 x 8 GBs.
If you're in the market for some big, slow HDD space to put movies and photos it's hard to go wrong with this 4 TB model from Seagate. Amazon has it at $115.61.
Newegg is slowly trickling out their famous bundles. If you need an OEM copy of Windows 10, you can't beat this license combined with a Crucial SSD.
If you're picky about your SSD brands, a well regarded Kingston model – the HyperX 3k 240 GB – is available at Best Buy for $149.99.
Newegg is offering this Corsair Force LX 256 GB SSD for $99.99.
Two decent power supplies, both from Seasonic, showed up at Newegg on sale over the weekend. The 660 watt SS-660XP2 is $79.99 while the 650 watt SSR-650RM is on $59.99. Both discounts include rebates.
If you've been holding out on a new monitor, B&H has discounted a 29-inch LG model, with 2560x1080 resolution and a 5 ms response time. They cut the price by $150 making it a great value at $299.99.
Mac Mall is offering a $260 PNY 480 GB SSD for only $163.99.
Update (Nov. 17): Today Newegg launched a clearance event. If you're looking for last year's graphics cards on the cheap, or maybe looking to pick up a few older monitors for a cheap multi-screen setup, today's the day you've been waiting for.
This ASRock Fatal1ty Z97 LGA1150 board is down to $144.99 after rebate through Newegg.
Newegg also has an MSI X99A LGA2011 board for $169.99 after rebate.
Update (Nov. 18): While other outlets seem to be taking a day off, Tiger Direct is selling a parts for an entire quad core computer for $169.99 after rebate. Motherboard, CPU, power supply, case ... it's all in there. While there's no graphics card included, the AMD FX-4300 at the center of this deal is no slouch. If you've been curious what system building is all about, or if you want to get started on a Steam machine build, this is a fantastic deal.
Update (Nov. 19): Just a few new deals today, but great ones at that.
First up is a Sapphire Radeon R9 Tri-X GPU for $499.99 plus a free copy of Star Wars Battlefront. Available at Newegg, the card was up around $560 just yesterday.
There's also an EVGA GTX 980 K|NGP|N branded model for $499.99 on Amazon.
Get a great price on 32 GBs of G.Skill Ripjaws X Series memory (4 x 8 GB sticks of DDR3 RAM) for $129.99 at Newegg.
Finally, if you're in the market for an entry-level CPU cooler for overclocking, one that's both quiet and easy to install, the Cooler Master Hyper T4 is 33 percent off on Amazon.
Update (Nov. 20): Another day of calm before the storm next week, but we found a weird one. Apparently you can get either Assassin's Creed Syndicate or Rainbow Six Siege for free when you purchase this $35 wireless range extender from Newegg.
Update (Nov. 23): While the CPU discounts are still few and far between this holiday season, we did find an Intel i7-4790K for $299.99 at Newegg. There are also a few bundles associated with it, if this is a model you've had your heart set on for a while.
Meanwhile, this highly rated ASRock X99 Extreme 4 ATX motherboard is down to $139.99 after rebate at Newegg, itself with a few bundles.
Update (Nov. 25): While many online retailers are pumping the brakes in the hours leading up to Black Friday, SuperBiiz has unleashed hundreds of deals on CPUs, motherboards, graphics cards and more. Most of that is on lower-end, enterprise-class equipment, but if you're looking for odds and ends try the code "CYBERBLKGOBBLE" in the cart and see where that gets you. The discount code expires Nov. 30.
Yesterday was the day for CPU deals, with even the sought-after system builder models getting discounts, however small.
If you're looking for a motherboard, SuperBiiz has you covered with the above discount code. We found the MSI Z97I AC Mini ITX LGA1150 motherboard for $114.99, the ASRock Z97 Extreme6/3.1 LGA1150 for $160.99, the ASRock Fatal1ty X99 Pro for $344.99 (nearly $100 less than Amazon) and the Asus A88X-Pro FM2+ for $76.99 — a $40 discount.
Meanwhile, Newegg is offering an ASRock Z97 Extreme6 ATX LGA1150 for $109.99 after rebate, an ASRock X99E-ITX/ac Mini ITX LGA2011-3 for $209.99 after rebate as well as the Asus M5A99FX Pro R2.0 for $79.99 after a $40 rebate.
Over on Amazon, there's a Seagate 6 TB bare-metal drive for $169.99.
Graphic designers and anyone looking for a 4K monitor, we found a Samsung U32D970Q 32-inch monitor for $999.00 at B&H. That's $700 less than it was a day ago.
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