Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2018 are on the horizon, but the deals are already in full swing on Newegg. After looking through the hundreds of discounts currently available, here are 10 of the best currently active for PC builders and gamers.
Remember that during this time of year, prices and availability change fast. The information in this article was accurate at the time of publication, but it’s subject to change.
This is a slick, glowing piece of well-priced gaming power. At $1199, discounted from $1399, it’s a pre-built that costs around the same as a DIY build. It’s rocking an i7-8700 clocked at 3.2 GHz (not overclockable, but still quite beefy), 16 GB of DDR4 RAM, a 240GB SSD, and a 2TB HD. The SSD will ensure fast boot times, while the roomy HDD is a good place to store movies, music, and games that don’t fit on your SSD.
It comes equipped with NVIDIA’s last-gen Pascal architecture, but the 1070 Ti is nothing to sneeze at, especially if you’re gaming at 1080p or 1440p and not 4K. High settings with good framerates on current games are within your reach for sure.
It also comes with a keyboard, mouse, and some blinky blinky RGB lights for that extra desk bling.
This is another pre-built unit that comes close to the DIY build price. The GTX 1080 Ti alone would cost you between $800 to over $1000, which represents over half this unit’s cost. But ABS didn’t skimp on the other components. You’re looking at an i7-8700K, 16GB DDR4 2400MHz RAM, a 240 GB SSD, and a 1TB HDD. On top of all that, Newegg sweetens the deal with a copy of Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 as well.
While it doesn’t look like it has a nightclub inside, and the case can be generously described as homely, it still represents a good bargain. This is very close to my personal PC’s current specs, and I paid a lot more for it eight short months ago.
Gamers on the go should give this MSI laptop a look. Discounted from $1699, this beefy laptop sports a GTX 1070 and an eighth generation i7 8750H clocked at 2.20 GHz, along with 16GB of DDR4 RAM. Using some kind of Team Green witchcraft, NVIDIA managed to cram full-sized GPU levels of power into a laptop frame. It’s slightly slower, but it’s impressively close to its desktop counterpart. This is particularly nice at this price point – most laptops sporting GTX 1070 GPUs are priced a few hundred dollars higher.
Expect to max out games at 1080p, which is good, because this unit comes with a 120Hz FHD screen. Like most high end laptops, it features dual storage: a 128GB NVMe M.2 SSD and a 1TB HDD. And because you’re a civilized human living in the 21st century, the keyboard lights up.
The laptop also comes with three USB 3.1 ports and one USB 3.1 Type C port, so if you’re the kind of person who to connect to external HDs for media or content creation, you have plenty of options. Speaking from personal experience, if you proxy your footage, you can edit 4K video on a laptop like this.
Even better, it weighs in at a mere 4.8 lbs. I’ve trucked around a 17.3”, 7.1lb laptop for years, and believe me, you learn to hate every single one of those two extra pounds while commuting or dealing with air travel.
Discounted from $1249, this MSI laptop sports similar stats as the laptop above (i7-870H CPU, 16 GB DDR4 RAM, 128GB SSD, 1 TB HDD, illuminated keyboard, USB ports galore). The main difference is its GTX 1060 GPU, which is slower, with slightly less RAM than the 1070.
However, the 1060 is still an extremely capable unit, and you can expect reasonable frame rates on modern games. Pricewise, this was the Pascal generation’s sweet spot when it came to price-to-performance ratio.
At just over $1000, it’s hard to ask for more from a gaming laptop.
As a survivor of the great cryptocurrency-induced GPU shortage of early 2018, I’m still gobsmacked when I find affordable GPUs, particularly ones as great as the GTX 1080. I thought this was price a typo when I first came across it.
If you’re unconvinced by RTX technology or simply can’t blow an entire paycheck on a new GPU, this is a great option. Expect to kick butt and take names at 1440p, and even do okay at 4K.
Pair this with a decent CPU and at least 8 GB of quality RAM, and you’ll have a very able gaming PC on your hands, and you can take your savings and opt for a bigger SSD or even more RAM.
Gamers on a budget should take a look at this overclocked 1050 Ti. This cute little red and black unit can provide 30-40fps at 1080p at high settings, and better results if you’re willing to make a few graphical sacrifices (Bite the bullet and lower that shadow detail, son, there are noobs that need pwning!). This unit usually retails for ~$200, and it beats the hell out of its similarly priced AMD RX 460 competition in most benchmarks.
However, if you can stretch your budget a bit, this GPU’s big brother, the GTX 1060, is about 50% faster on most benchmarks.
I’ll be honest – before I added this RAM kit to the article, I bought one for myself. I wanted to make sure I beat the rush. This is a terrific price for a great kit, as RAM prices have skyrocketed over the last year or so. I’ve been watching this particular kit for a while, and the lowest I’ve seen it is $150 – and even that price is down from the near $200 I saw it for this summer.
AMD Ryzen users, take particular notice – your CPU will run better with fast RAM, and 3200MHz is plenty fast.
For some gamers, 16GB of RAM might be overkill, but if you do a lot of multitasking, streaming, or content creation, more RAM is always better.
This $20 discount on the i5-9600K doesn’t represent a massive price drop, but if you’ve ever priced out a build and struggled to stay inside your budget, you know every penny counts. As a side bonus, it only costs $10 more than last generation’s i5 K-class chip.
If you were planning on building a new gaming PC, the i5 is the sweet spot for price to performance. This is the K version, and thus is unlocked for overclocking, so grab a big fan and see how far you can push this bad boy.
High-capacity SSDs are cheaper than ever, and 1TB is more than enough for your OS, your apps, and a big old pile of AAA games. Also, this drive 2.5”, which means that if your laptop has a standard HDD in it, chances are, you can swap it out for this one. This is great for dual storage laptops (which includes most gaming laptops).
I actually own two of these – one in this form factor and another in the M.2 form factor. They perform great for me, and have reduced my Forza Horizon 4 loading times to almost nothing. I also use these drives to handle all my 4K video footage for editing, and they’ve handled everything I’ve thrown at them with nary a hiccup. Max sequential read/write times clock in at 550/520 MBps, respectively.
If you aren’t using a gaming mouse, you really owe it to yourself to get one. Yes, you may have gotten away with using the mouse that came with your $10 keyboard, but trust me: adding a few extra thumb buttons goes a long way to enhancing your experience.
Logitech has a decades-long reputation for making reliable peripherals, and this gaming mouse is chilling at 4 out of 5 eggs from customer reviews. The Proteus Spectrum includes five 3.6g weights, eleven programmable buttons, and programmable RGB lighting.
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