Here’s where you’ll find the best Black Friday deals on PC accessories, controllers, hardware and games, both physical and digital.
For the modern PC video game enthusiast, Black Friday is the ideal time to pick up some brand new PC hardware and upgrade your gaming rig. Alternatively, you may be in search of a great deal on a gaming laptop, a new controller to use with your Steam library or even just an assortment of heavily discounted digital games. All of these will be up for grabs this year, so be sure to save some pennies to spend over Black Friday week, since you may just find an absolute bargain on everything from graphics cards to coolers to gaming monitors. Particularly in vogue this year will be mechanical keyboards as there have been a significant amount of brand new models released over the past year from companies like Razer, Logitech, Das Keyboard, and more.
What is Black Friday and when does it start?
For the uninitiated, Black Friday is the international shopping phenomenon that has gripped certain parts of the world tighter and tighter each year. Every November, retailers from all across the globe offer up massive discounts on electronics, tech, games and more over the last week of November, culminating in Black Friday itself, which takes place the day after Thanksgiving.
This year, Black Friday takes place on November 24 2017 and is set to be the biggest event yet, with more retailers than ever before claiming to be offering up price cuts, high-value bundles and deep discounts on games, hardware and accessories of all kinds.
While you’re here, why not check out our Best Xbox One Black Friday deals post for all the latest Xbox One deals. In the market for PS4 deals? Here’s our Best PS4 Black Friday deals for all the latest offers. Failing all that, perhaps you’d like to check out our top picks for the Best Nintendo Black Friday deals this year? If you’re after a new TV, you can check out picks for the best TV Black Friday deals, too.
Looking for more than just great PC deals? Our sister site Jelly Deals’ Best Black Friday Deals has everything from tech to toasters.
How to find the best graphics card
The GPU is the single most important part of your gaming PC. It determines how high you can pump those visual settings to ensure you’re sitting in front of the most beautiful-looking game possible. The short answer to the question of ‘which GPU should I buy’ is this: buy the most expensive one you can afford. If you have a 4K monitor or are running 1440p, you need a high end graphics card with which to take advantage of these.
When buying a graphics card, look for the model number which comes immediately after the brand name. It’s easy to simply choose the graphics card with the most onboard RAM (which will end up being a GeForce Titan X), though this may not always end up being the best card for your uses. Instead, look for a card with GDDR5 high bandwidth, as this outperforms anything GDDR3 by twice the amount, meaning 6GB of GDDR5 RAM will be more powerful than 8GB of GDDR3 RAM, for example.
Now remember that the graphics card works in conjunction with your display and CPU. There’s no point opting for the high-end graphics card if the monitor and CPU can’t handle its performance. See also: your cooling system. High-end gear produces lots of heat so make sure you’ve got enough to chill down your PC or risk frying it during long gaming sessions.
Best PC gaming Black Friday deals – games, hardware, accessories
In the run-up to Black Friday, we reckon these are some of the best deals out there.
Best PC controllers and accessory deals
In the US:
Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum gaming mouse – $59.97
In the UK:
Razer BlackWidow Chroma mechanical gaming keyboard – £109.96
Logitech G213 Prodigy gaming keyboard – £49.99
Steam Controller – £39.99
Xbox One Elite Controller (works with PC) – £113.86
Xbox One Elite Controller – £79.99
Best graphics card, monitor, CPU, VR headsets and other hardware deals
In the US:
ASUS ROG Maximus VIII Hero motherboard – $99.99 after $50 rebate
Fractal Design Define Nano S ITX computer case – $54.99
LG 27UD58-B 27-inch 4K monitor – $267.99
LG 29UM69G-B FreeSync Ultrawide IPS monitor – $209.99
GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1060 3GB graphics card – $199.99
Intel Core i7-6800K processor – $329.99
Oculus Rift with Touch Controllers – $399
In the UK:
Asus GTX 1080Ti 11GB GDDR5 graphics card – £749.99
Crucial MX300 Sata 525GB 2.5 inch SSD – £129.99
GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1080 – £494.98
LG 25UM58 25-inch UltraWide IPS gaming monitor – £149.98
Oculus Rift with Touch Controllers – £399
If you haven’t quite found what you’re looking for this time around, be sure to come back as we’ll be constantly updating this page with all the latest and greatest PC gaming deals from around the web in the run-up to Black Friday 2017, then we’ll be here all through the event itself and beyond.