In the calm before the storm black friday and Cyber Mondaywe’ll be treated to Amazon next week Prime Early Access Salea kind of miniature Prime Day event starting on October 11th. As the name suggests, this sale features exclusive deals for Amazon Prime subscribers and will serve as the first discount before the chaos of Black Friday.
We don’t know if the Early Access sale will include any particularly juicy deals on PC components, but the discounts will start piling up starting next week, likely increasing gradually until the floods get closer to Thanksgiving. With that in mind, we are aware that many PC gamers will probably be on the lookout for deals on PC components to upgrade their gaming gear.
There’s an important factor to consider here: this flurry of sales is coming alongside a slew of new hardware from the mighty Nvidia. GeForce RTX 4090 Back to Intel Arch graphics cards and AMD’s next generation Ryzen CPUs. This is a double-edged sword for anyone looking to upgrade their PC right now, and it’s too easy to cut.
See, these new products are shaping up to be very effective ingredients, and their timely release provides both a major benefit and a major drawback. The first is correct; New computer parts almost always come with price cuts on the products they replace, so upcoming sales events can feature great deals on current-generation CPUs and GPUs.
The main drawback here is that buying these parts can cause compatibility issues later on, doing the opposite of future-proofing your computer. Evidence from the past? To break the future? It may be safer to buy a new one gaming computer.
Analysis: Why you shouldn’t buy a new CPU just yet
The thing is, most of the current generation components are still very, very good. If you see a good deal on one best graphics cards, don’t be afraid to break it. The RTX 3000 series are great GPUs that will comfortably carry your gaming system for years to come, unless you’re obsessed with playing all the latest games at 4K at max graphics settings.
When it comes to CPUs, we’re in murkier waters. AMD’s Ryzen 7000 chips have just arrived, bringing a new chipset, so if you’re replacing Team Red, you’ll want to be careful as these processors will require a new AM5 motherboard. Sure, we’ll probably get some great sales on the Ryzen 5000 CPUs, but then suddenly you’re locking the old AM4 motherboard into the socket.
Currently, you can only buy expensive new X670 motherboards if you want an AM5 processor. Thanks to the reported leaks VideoCardz, we have an idea of prices for budget-friendly B650 motherboards – most will be between $200 and $300, depending on the feature set. Like the X670 boards, however, they only take DDR5 memory; so you might want to skip that DDR4 RAM upgrade if you’re planning on replacing the board soon.
That means if you’re upgrading to the $299 Ryzen 5 7600X, you’ll be paying nearly as much (or more) for your motherboard. Upgrading to a 12th generation Intel chip isn’t a much nicer option either, as it also requires a new LGA-1700 socket motherboard, and the 13th generation of Intel Core chips probably isn’t that far off either.
In short, if you want a new GPU and aren’t obsessed with being on the cutting edge of gaming graphics, go for it. But if you want one the best processors, we will find it controversial and we will still recommend buying it. There is still too much to see; 3D V-cache models of Ryzen 7000 CPUs will also arrive at some point, and you don’t want to be kicking yourself six months from now because a better option has arrived after committing to a purchase.