Everyone loves a good deal. But not everyone loves to sift through pages of ads. So we’ve decided to do some of the heavy lifting for you this year and put together a short list of Newegg Black Friday (2017) deals that are actually worth your time and hard-earned money. Taken together, the components we’ve selected below would add up to one sweet (and well-discounted) gaming rig.
Note that Amazon has matched a number of these prices, so we have included their links as well.
AMD Ryzen 7 1800X — $320 ($180 off)
This 8-core processor comes very close to matching the performance of Intel’s 7700k and 8700k i7 processors in gaming, and often bests them in multi-threaded applications. If you’re an AMD fan and in the market for a new CPU this holiday season, this one is a solid choice. As is the Ryzen 7 1700X for $280. If you are comfortable overclocking your CPU, an overclocked 1700X could give you 1800X performance for $40 less.
Intel alternative: Core i5 7600K — $210 ($40 off)
Gigabyte X370 AM4 Motherboard — $80 ($40 off)
A respectable mid-range motherboard is even better when it’s $40 off retail. Gigabyte’s X370 board accommodates AMD’s Ryzen processors and up to 64 GB of DDR4 3200 RAM. It’s Crossfire ready in case you want to double up your graphics cards, and features Smart Quick Boost for easy overclocking.
Intel alternative: ASUS Prime Z270-A LGA 1151 — $100 w/$35 MIR
Gigabyte GTX 1080 — $500 ($40 off)
Other than the Ti version of this same card, the GTX 1080 currently represents the pinnacle of the [affordable] graphics card world, especially for gamers. Interestingly, the GTX 1080 is also one of the few cards on the market right now that is actually cheaper than when it was first introduced. Unless you already own a 1000 series card or an AMD Vega, this one is worth considering.
Cheaper alternative: MSI Radeon RX 580 — $240 ($40 off)
Corsair RM750X 750W Full Modular Power Supply — $80 ($50 off)
The power supply is often one of the most over-looked yet critical components of any build. Given the power consumption of modern systems, I wouldn’t recommend anything less than 600W. Though certainly not overkill, 750W is playing it pretty safe even if you have two high-end graphics cards in Crossfire/SLI. This Corsair 80+ Gold PSU has been praised for it’s reliability and fully modular design, which often helps reduce cable clutter while affording a higher degree of flexibility. The PSU is really something you should not skimp on; a cheap off-brand unit is likely to cause all kinds of headaches.
ADATA XPG 16GB DDR4 RAM — $137 ($31 off)
Yes, I know, buying RAM sucks right now. But if you can get 16 GB for under $140 it hurts a little less. And I wouldn’t skimp here either — 16 GB isn’t going to get fully utilized in every application, but many games now take full advantage of at least this much RAM. 8 GB just doesn’t cut it anymore unless you’re just using your computer to browse cat videos on YouTube. In fact, if it weren’t for the steep prices right now, I’m pretty sure 32 GB would already be the standard.
Crucial MX300 1TB NAND SSD — $238 ($52 off)
If starting a new build from scratch, I’d probably go with a reasonably-sized NAND SSD, such as this one by Crucial at 1 TB, and pair it up with a larger mechanical drive such as the WB Black 6 TB drive. Keep your operating system and frequently used applications on the SSD and use your mechanical drive for storing files, media, etc. Unlike RAM, thankfully the price of most hard drives have been pretty steady over the past year.
All together this would cost $1,355, not including taxes or a case. Steep for a desktop computer perhaps, but not too bad at all for a high-end gaming rig or workstation. And you can save a few hundred by simply downgrading the CPU, graphics card, and hard drive — Newegg has some decent deals for mid- and lower-budget systems as well. Either way it’s a deal that comes… well… once a year.