Amazon’s latest sale event, the Prime Early Access Sale, is coming to an end soon, but there are still some great deals to be had. This smaller version of Prime Day offers great deals on everything from gaming PCs to traditional desktop machines.
The deals are on and we’ve rounded up the best PC sales for what some call ‘Prime Day 2’ or ‘October Prime Day’. To take advantage of these great discounts, you’ll need to be a Prime member. If you’re not a member yet, check out our guide on how to get Amazon Prime for free.
This year, we’re seeing some great deals on desktop PCs, especially gaming PCs and all-in-ones. Other retailers have gotten in on the Prime Early Access Sale action, and some of the best desktop PC deals can be found outside of Amazon, so we’ve included those deals as well.
Best desktop computer deals:
- Zotac MEK Hero G1, Core i7-11700KF/GeForce RTX 3060Ti/16GB RAM/1TB SSD, $1,369.99 (19% off at Amazon)
- Skytech Shiva, Ryzen 5 5600X/GeForce RTX 3080/ 16GB RAM/1TB SSD, $1,699.99 (29% off at Amazon)
- Thermaltake LCGS Shadow 360, Ryzen 5 5600X/GeForce RTX 3060/16GB RAM/1TB SSD/Liquid Cooling, $1,199.99 (37% off at Amazon)
- Skytech Azure, Ryzen 5 3600/GeForce RTX 3070/ 16GB RAM/1TB SSD, $1,299.99 (13% off at Amazon)
- Skytech Siege 3.0, Ryzen 7 5800X/Radeon RX 6900XT/16GB RAM/1TB SSD, $1,999.99 (26% off at Amazon)
Best Single Computer Deals:
- Dell Inspiron 24 5000 All, Core i5-1135G7/Intel Iris Xe Integrated Graphics/12GB RAM/256GB SSD/1TB HDD, 24-inch 1080p touchscreen display, $725.00 (15% off Amazon)
- Asus Zen 24, Ryzen 5 5500U/AMD integrated graphics/8GB RAM/512GB SSD, 24-inch 1080p touchscreen, $799.00 (11% off at Amazon)
What to look for when buying a desktop computer
When looking for a desktop PC you’ll see many options, but they all mainly fall into four main categories: productivity towers, gaming PCs, mini PCSs, and all-in-ones (AiO). What you should buy depends entirely on your needs and what you want to do with your computer. If you’re looking for something that will work in a home office or family room, then a productivity PC or AiO with a strong CPU and lots of RAM and storage will probably be the one for you. If gaming is your main concern, a gaming PC can offer more money than a laptop and you should focus on getting the best GPU possible. Or if you want something that fits anywhere and provides basic computing, a mini PC is a good bet.
As for a CPU, we recommend choosing at least an Intel Core i5 or AMD Ryzen 5, as it will provide plenty of processing power for everyday computing tasks. If you don’t plan on gaming on your PC, feel free to save some money with integrated graphics. However, if you want to run your game, we recommend at least an Nvidia GeForce 3060 or an AMD Radeon RX 6600 XT, which are the most expensive discrete graphics cards that can handle ray tracing.
As for RAM, we think it’s best to shoot with a minimum of 16GB for productivity and gaming, but for family computers and internet browsing, 8GB should be enough. Storage size depends on your personal needs, but it’s generally a good idea to choose an SSD over a standard HDD, as they’re much faster and don’t significantly affect the price of a desktop. Also, if you’re planning to get an AiO, you should look for a screen with a minimum resolution of 1080p.