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Black Friday CPU deals 2021: tips on getting the best prices this year

Black Friday CPU deals
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Black Friday CPU deals are a fantastic way of securing a superfast beating heart for your build, and it's likely to be ticking away for at least the next 3-5 years of your gaming life. No matter whether you’re a part of the Intel Core faithful or have bet all your chips on red with AMD Ryzen, you’re sure to find some of the best prices on chipsets when the day finally arrives. 

Indeed, finding cheap deals on the best CPU for gaming is very much achievable. Although expecting Black Friday GPU deals is all but wishful thinking at this point in time, the same can't be said for Black Friday CPU deals. That's why we've rounded up a few hints and tips for you below.

When will the Black Friday CPU deals start?

Black Friday will be happening on November 26 this year. However, as we've seen happen in recent years, it's likely that the deals will actually begin earlier in that week and are probably going to continue through the weekend and conclude on Cyber Monday. 

Black Friday CPU deals: What to expect

In previous years, it hasn’t been uncommon for the latest chipset generations from both Intel and AMD to see a good $50-100 off their MSRP, with the previous year’s models usually seeing a deeper discount around this time. We're hopeful for a repeat during this year's Black Friday CPU deals.

What this means for any would-be first time PC builder or seasoned computing veteran is that, because a CPU will generally hold up for the next 3-5 years, aiming for a reduced 10th generation Intel Core would end up being a more viable choice for some rather than splurging on the latest and greatest 11th-generation alternative. 

As a general rule, we’ve found that Intel CPUs tend to be discounted a little less than their AMD counterparts. What this means for you is that, should you be all-in with the red corner, you’ll be able to expect discounts of $70+ on Ryzen 5000 series chipsets. That means you have more in the bank to spend on the best graphics cards or best RAM for gaming.

Where will the best Black Friday CPU deals be?

Processors are, thankfully, far more readily available than some other PC components, and Black Friday should reign in some of the deepest savings of the year from the biggest retailers around. Amazon is the place to go, but big-box stores and specialist storefronts, such as Newegg and Laptops Direct, have their fair share of deep discounts, too. 

USA:

Amazon:
 The biggest selection of current and previous generation chipsets
Best Buy: Regular discounts on AMD Ryzen 5000 series and Intel CPUs
Newegg: Deep discounts on must-have Ryzen models and 10th gen Intel
Walmart: Average prices with few discounts available right now

UK:

Amazon:
 Low prices on well-reviewed Intel and AMD Ryzen CPUs
eBuyer: Massive savings available on high AMD Ryzen chipsets
Currys: Good offers on the latest Ryzen processors
Laptops Direct: Minor but consistent deals on 9th, 10th, and 11th gen Intel 

Black Friday CPU deals

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Today's best CPU Deals

Our price comparison technology is working day and night to bring you some of the best deals on our favorite CPUs for gaming this side of Black Friday. 

We personally recommend the AMD Ryzen 5 5600x for its high performance and low price tag, as well as the more high-end AMD Ryzen 9 5900x for its futureproof potential and prowess outside of gaming, too. That's not to leave Intel out, Intel Core i5-11600K is an affordable beast for modern demanding games, though the cheaper 8-core Intel Core i7-9700K more than holds its own as well. 


Complete your battle station for less with everything you need to know to get the best Black Friday laptop deals and consider looking into readymade rigs for a competitive price with Black Friday gaming PC deals too. 

Aleksha McLoughlin

I’ve recently graduated with a BA Hons degree in Journalism after what feels like an eternity. In that time, roughly seven years, I’ve written for the likes of Expert Reviews and Tech Spark, with my passion for all things tech and gaming related leading me here as Hardware Editor of GamesRadar+. This past year alone I’ve helped produce a documentary series for the BBC, and been active in the field of music journalism through my escapades seen in No Clean Singing and Vinyl Chapters.