❘ publish it: 2022-10-27T16:20:21
❘ updated: 2022-10-27T16:20:30
Looking for the best Black Friday deals on PC games? We’ve got exactly what you can expect from the big day below.
The main thing to note about PC gaming is that once you get into it, you’ll probably never look back. With ways easier than a few years ago, there’s never been a better time to make the jump from console to PC.
Whether you want to play on the go with a Steam Deck or Ayaneo, or prefer the comfort of your own home and chair, here are the best deals we’re expecting this Black Friday.
Gaming PC Black Friday deals: our predictions and tips
Going to a pre-built PC isn’t as bad as it used to be. With the arrival of the game in a way that people did not expect, many companies are trying to get attention. Don’t let the big gestures and cool-looking cases fool you.
Amazon and Walmart are still struggling with contenders for the throne, and other companies will use their star power to avoid their poor builds.
Our guidance on this is to look for one of the following and consider whether you want to be cutting edge or don’t mind saving a few bucks on older hardware.
What to look for in a pre-built computer:
- AMD Ryzen 5000 or newer
- Intel 12th generation and above
- RTX 30 series and above
- Radeon RX6000 and more
The reason for these rules? We’ve seen people sell i7-3770s for hundreds of dollars on Amazon and 8th Gen Intel PCs continue to sell at Walmart. When it comes to pre-builds, you always want to try to focus on places like Newegg and Best Buy, which are pretty good at making sure your pre-build options are up to date.
We expect many last-gen systems to drop in price as well, and anything from 12th Gen Intel is probably your best bet for future-proofing, thanks to support for DDR5 and PCIe 4.0 going forward.
Black Friday gaming laptop deals
If you’re after laptops, we have a whole different article dedicated to that! With soda pop and CES 2023 on the horizon, we’re counting on a few stores to start massively discounting their laptop stock this Black Friday.
We’re also already seeing it with Best Buy, which is currently running its early Black Friday sales. While not mind-blowing, the other sales going on around Black Friday today give us a great indication of what the price cuts will be.
Trust us, it’s worth the wait.
Expected Black Friday deals on gaming PC components and parts
This Black Friday we expect PC parts prices to drop significantly, with a catch. While we should see DDR4, NVMe drives, and older CPUs and GPUs drop in price, the current-gen stuff is a long way from showing up here.
DDR5 RAM is still too expensive in the world today due to manufacturing issues, and the less thought given to Nvidia’s decision to launch the 4090 at $1500 during a global crisis, the better.
Budget builders or those looking to add those extra parts to boost their performance, this is your lucky day. As we’ve seen at Amazon and Best Buy throughout the year, these parts you never want to buy will almost always be more affordable.
However, if you’re looking to upgrade your PC this Black Friday, there’s no better day to consider getting those missing parts.
Black Friday PC Gaming Accessory Deals: What to Look Out For
Now is the best time of year to grab all those supplements you’ve been eyeing. From headphones to keyboards, it doesn’t matter what it is, we’ll bring you only the best options.
What you’ll likely see is a lot of headsets, mice, and keyboards dropping in price. Along with this, kits like USB cables and niche peripherals (macro pads, etc.) should drop in price significantly as stores try to clear out their warehouses.
If you’re a content creator, now is the best time to pick up Elgato and other game capture hardware. We’ve seen several points throughout the year where things like Stream Decks and capture cards have seen significant price drops.
Black Friday PC gaming monitor deals are planned
Gaming monitors will drop in price this festive season. Much smaller, 1080p models – regardless of refresh rate – will likely see the deepest cuts, but keep your eyes peeled for 1440p monitors as well.
These mid-range monitors are ideal for those who want to experience their games in style, without dropping a frame. 4K monitors will also be discounted, as panels have become considerably cheaper in the last couple of years.
Black Friday PC gaming deals: What to expect
Almost every store will have computer games for sale. Titles from early this year and late last year will be slashed in price, and you know that Steam’s holiday sales will pick up right after Black Friday.
On Epic, which has a habit of handing out vouchers to help with purchases, and on third-party stores as well, you should be open to stores like Green Man Gaming and Amazon.
As for the games that will see discounts? Look at a year, then Google what games came out that year. That’s because your answer will be almost all of them. It may not be the newest Call of Duty, but that’s to be expected.