Which gaming PC should you buy on Black Friday?

What gaming pc should you buy?
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Each November, we see the best gaming PCs go on sale to their cheapest levels of the calendar year. Black Friday gaming PC deals don't come around too often, so it's important to make the most of them when they do. This year, plenty of new components have hit the shelves, but with high prices and a lessened demand compared to last year, there hasn't been quite the buzz about gaming PCs and computer building in 2023. 

That said, it remains to be seen what lower prices will bring. Yet another wave of processors has just hit the shelves, and since these Intel 14th-generation chips use the same motherboard socket as the previous two generations, this November could be the best time for folks to finally upgrade to DDR5 systems. During events like Prime Day this year, we've certainly seen some reasonable prices, and with Black Friday being known as the real deal season for gaming PCs, we have a lot of hope for what's to come.

There are many different gaming PC brands on the market right now, and it can be hard to recommend a certain brand and model since new waves of different configurations pop up all the time. First and foremost, we've listed the best specs to aim for this November so that no matter what brand you go for, you know what you'll be getting inside. After that, we've listed some of the major players, taking a look at some current deals, and advising you which models are worth paying particular attention to. 

If you're more interested in building your own PC as opposed to buying a complete system, you might want to take a look at our Black Friday SSD deals page, or our Black Friday GPU deals page.

What PC specs should you aim for this Black Friday?

XPG Lancer RGB DDR5 RAM shown installed on a motherboard of a gaming PC

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1080p / entry-level specs

If you aren't worried about the likes of ray tracing and 4K and maxed-out settings, then budget specs are the ones to look for. These will be appropriate for anyone buying their first gaming PC, or indeed buying something that they can use mainly for work, with some light PC gaming on the side if they already own a PS5 or an Xbox Series X. 

Lucky for these shoppers, these are the specs that are most readily available and usually come the cheapest whether you're aiming for a fully prebuilt rig, or you're planning to buy the parts separately and build it yourself. 

Thankfully, things get even cheaper if you aren't fussed about getting components from the most recent generation. In fact, in terms of GPUs, there are plenty of older options that will be exactly what you need and won't break the $200 mark.

On the other hand, it is important to balance out these older specs with some futureproofing, in case you need it. For that reason, you don't need DDR5 RAM, but getting a CPU and a motherboard that's compatible with it might be worth your while since it means you'll have the option to upgrade later without buying a brand-new system. This could drive up the price though, so it's really up to you. In terms of memory, don't settle for any less than 16GB of DDR4. Ideally, you want 1TB of SSD, but if you aren't fussed about having everything running off of a speedy drive, 512GB of SSD combined with a 1 or 2TB HDD is acceptable.

Here's what to look for:

  • CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 5000 Series, Intel Core i5 (11th gen minimum, ideally 12th)
  • GPU: GTX 1060 Super, RTX 3050 / 3060, Intel Arc A550, AMD Radeon RX 6600 / 7600
  • RAM: 16GB DDR4 (no less)
  • Storage: 1TB of SSD storage / 512GB of SSD, 1TB of HDD
  • Expected Price: ~$650-$800 / ~£650-£850

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1440p / Mid-range specs

This is the area where you'll probably find the most value for money during Black Friday gaming PC sales. Along with entry-level, these are the rigs we see get the steepest discounts - making them excellent gaming machines to look for, and really well futureproofed at the same time. 

DDR4 rigs will be here in abundance, but I'd strongly recommend you get your moneys worth by making sure whatever PC you buy is at least DDR5 compatible. If it isn't, be on the lookout for DDR5 RAM deals this Black Friday since it'll likely be a lot cheaper as well. 

This is where we'd recommend definitely looking for a current gen chipset, if possible. On the AMD side of things, that might be a little bit harder, but it will make a difference to your performance in the long run. 

  • CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 5000 Series / 5 7000 Series, Intel Core i5 (12th gen minimum, ideally 13th)
  • GPU: RTX 3060 Ti - RTX 4070 Ti, Intel Arc A770 12GB, AMD Radeon RX 7800
  • RAM: 16GB DDR5
  • Storage: 1TB of SSD storage
  • Expected Price: ~$800 - $1,200 / ~£850 - £1,300

Origin Chronos V3 PC with rainbow RGB lights on white desk next to monitor

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4K / High-end

Even if these machines technically get the largest price reductions of the lot, they're still bloody expensive for most shoppers. For these, you're more likely to find what you're looking for with the big brands you'll find below. Alienware, HP, Acer, will all stock rigs of this calibur. Budget brands will have the occasional high-end system, but these usually disappear fairly quickly. 

You'll probably pay a lot of money for a high-end rig, so make sure you get your money's worth. Don't settle on the specs because if you're willing to put down a small fortune, it's only fair you get the power for it. 

  • CPU: AMD Ryzen 9 5000 Series, 7/9 7000X Series, Intel Core i7,9 (12th gen minimum, ideally 13th)
  • GPU: RTX 4070 Ti, 4080, 4090, Intel Arc A770 16GB, AMD Radeon RX 7900 XT/X
  • RAM: 32GB of DDR5 or more
  • Storage: 1TB of SSD storage / 2TB of SSD / 1TB of SSD + 1TB of HDD
  • Expected Price: ~$1,200 - $2,100 / ~1,500 - £2,200

Which gaming PC should you buy on Black Friday?

With so many gaming PC prebuilt options on the market right now, it can be confusing to know what to look for on Black Friday, especially if you're looking for your first gaming PC. That's why you'll find a few of our favorite models below. These have, historically, offered fantastic value for money as well as being high-quality machines in their own right.

If you're brand new to the world of gaming PCs, your best bet is to do some research. Component language can be quite daunting, and awfully confusing for newcomers. If you read up on what the various parts and specs are first, you'll most likely be armed with better knowledge for what to look for come Black Friday.

Acer Predator Orion 7000 review

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Acer Predator Orion 7000

Excellent value (if it has a newer mobo)

CPU:: Up to Intel Core i9-13900K | GPU: : Up to Nvidia GeForce RTX 4090 | Memory:: Up to 64GB DDR5 RAM | Storage: : Up to 2x 1TB NVMe Gen 4 SSDs; 2x 3TB HDD

Exceptional build quality
Ease of upgrading 
Futureproofed
Some configurations are hard to find
Can get a little loud under stress

The Acer Predator Orion 7000 is definitely worth watching this Black Friday. Often, its prices are still a little higher than we'd like, even when discounted, but there's no denying you get some cracking configurations. This line has seen a refresh this year which means you can get it with DDR5 and new-gen CPUs. We would strongly recommend seeking these out since they'll offer the best value. 

It has a thoughtful design for upgrading, a powerful build, and is most definitely futureproofed for years to come. We'd caveat that by saying it does have obtrusively loud fans and an annoying proprietary BIOS that doesn't let you change RAM timings. In terms of raw gaming power though, there was nothing we could throw at this machine in testing that it couldn't handle, providing 100+ FPS at 4K and 1440p resolutions. 

While we don't necessarily expect something this good to see massive discounts for Black Friday, we do suggest making a note of it since it's our top pick.

Black Friday gaming PC: Alienware Aurora

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Alienware Aurora

All-in-one premium PC gaming at a price

CPU: Up to Intel Core-i9 12900KF / AMD Ryzen 9 5950X | GPU: Up to Nvidia RTX 3090 | Memory: Up to 64GB DDR4 RAM | Storage: Up to 1TB NVMe SSD / 1TB HDD

Great performance for the money 
Regularly on sale / discounted 
Lots of customization options
Can get quite expensive
Plastic chassis 
Proprietary aspects

Alienware has made some of our favorite gaming PCs in recent years, including the Alienware Aurora line which has recently received an upgrade thanks to the Alienware Aurora R15, and the older Intel R13s and AMD R14s. That means those two last-gen models should drop in cost for Black Friday. If you can see an even older Aurora, you'll likely get a good configuration for the money but don't hold out hope since these are now hard to find.

Over at Dell, we usually see plenty of great discounts on the Alienware Auroras. Many will feature 12th and 13th-generation Intel CPUs, along with 30 and 40-series GPUs. On the AMD side, you'll get really solid specs most of the time, but you will be resigned to the R14. 

In the past, we've seen several Alienware gaming PC models reach some of their lowest prices of the year in the Dell Black Friday Sneak Peek sale, so keep an eye out for that as we get closer to Thanksgiving. 

Black Friday gaming PC: HP Omen 30L

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HP Omen 25L / 30L

Affordable power from a trusted brand

CPU: Up to Intel Core i9-10900K / AMD Ryzen 9 5900X | GPU: Up to RTX 3090 24GB | Memory: Up to 64GB DDR4 RAM | Storage: 2TB NVMe SSD + 2TB HDD

Competitively priced 
Readily available 
Powerful and compact 
Small interior makes upgrading challenging

The HP Omen line of prebuilt gaming PCs is one of the more readily available ranges from major online retailers, as well as one of the more competitively priced models in comparison to some PC manufacturers at the moment. 

Currently, at Amazon, you can get yourself an HP Omen 30L RTX 3060 gaming PC for only $1,479.07, a variant featuring an AMD Ryzen 5 5600 CPU and a 1TB SSD. Similarly, on the cheaper end of things, you can pick up an HP Omen rig with a GTX 1660 Super and a 10th-generation i5 for just $1,285. What's more, HP Omen gaming PCs are plentiful at both Best Buy and Walmart, and while they're mostly budget models, they're a good shout if you've been after an affordable gaming rig from a trusted retailer. 

Where to look for a boutique-built gaming PC on Black Friday

Certain retailers, such as Newegg (in the US) and Ebuyer (in the UK) sell their own in-house gaming PCs, which are sure to be deeply discounted on the day based on the deals weve seen previously. These are the ABS and AlphaSync lines respectively, though we've seen Skytech and iBuyPower hit historic low prices around this time period in the past, too, just to name a few. 

Black Friday gaming PC: ABS Gladiator

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ABS Master / Gladiator

Two popular ABS configurations that you can pick up from Newegg are the Master and Gladiator builds. The main difference between the two is the GPUs used, as Master units tend to be a little more budget-friendly and Gladiator machines are aimed more at the enthusiast level. 

Fortunately, regardless of preference, deals are commonplace and offer exceptional value on rigs with in-demand GPUs selling at aggressive price points. What's more, consumer parts are used here, such as G.Skill TridentZ RGB RAM (the best RAM for gaming) and Corsair power supplies, so upgrading and replacing parts as you go is far easier than it would otherwise be in manufacturer-made machines (Alienware, HP, etc.).

ABS Gladiator | $3,300 $2,899.99 at Newegg 
Save $400 -

ABS Gladiator | <a href="https://click.linksynergy.com/deeplink?id=kXQk6%2AivFEQ&mid=44583&u1=hawk-custom-tracking&murl=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.newegg.com%2Fabs-ala268%2Fp%2FN82E16883360202" data-link-merchant="newegg.com"">$3,300 $2,899.99 at Newegg
Save $400 - This is one of the lowest ever prices that we've come across on an RTX 3080 PC and exceptional value for money in the high-end market. 

Black Friday gaming PC: iBuyPower Pro

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iBuyPower

iBuyPower is one of the more prevalent names in the PC gaming scene, and because of this fact, machines are available at Amazon, as well as Best Buy, Walmart, and other major online retailers.

Because of the sheer amount of options available on the online market at the moment, it's a little challenging to nail down specific models to watch out for, but generally, Amazon hosts some of the most aggressively priced machines for your money.

iBuyPower Trace MR | $1,599.99 at Best Buy

iBuyPower Trace MR | <a href="https://shop-links.co/link?skuId=6483421&publisher_slug=future&exclusive=1&u1=hawk-custom-tracking&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.bestbuy.com%2Fsite%2Fibuypower-tracemr-gaming-desktop-intel-i7-11700f-16gb-memory-nvidia-rtx-3060ti-8gb-480gb-ssd-1tb-hdd%2F6483421.p%3FskuId%3D6483421&article_name=hawk-article-name&article_url=hawk-article-url" data-link-merchant="bestbuy.com"">$1,599.99 at Best Buy
Considering the power output of this rig, the asking price is certainly justified. It's one of the lower rates on a gaming PC running an RTX 3060 Ti at the moment, and sure to power through your game library for years. 

Black Friday gaming PC: Skytech PC

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Skytech Gaming

Skytech has some of the more stylish-looking custom-built machines, as well as some of the more competitively priced rates on mid-tier and high-end gaming PCs from major retailers.

While it has a presence on Amazon, we think that Best Buy is the best retailer to pick one up, as the prices are far fairer overall. 

Skytech Chronos Mini | $900 $799.99 at Best Buy 
Save $100 -

Skytech Chronos Mini | <a href="https://shop-links.co/link?skuId=6430889&publisher_slug=future&exclusive=1&u1=hawk-custom-tracking&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.bestbuy.com%2Fsite%2Fskytech-gaming-chronos-mini-gaming-desktop-amd-ryzen-3-3100-nvidia-geforce-gtx1650-500gb-ssd-8gb-memory-black%2F6430889.p%3FskuId%3D6430889&article_name=hawk-article-name&article_url=hawk-article-url" data-link-merchant="bestbuy.com"">$900 $799.99 at Best Buy
Save $100 - It's one of the lowest ever recorded prices on the Skytech Chronos Mini, and it goes to show that budget gaming PCs can pack a punch, too, especially given the specs involved. 

Black Friday gaming PC: AlphaSync

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AlphaSync 

Ebuyer's AlphaSync custom-built gaming PCs feature some of the most aggressive UK price points given the hardware inside, with deals frequently appearing.

What's more, Ebuyer is currently honouring a Black Friday price match guarantee, so anything you buy this side of the Winter sales event is price-protected; if it gets any cheaper on the day, you'll be refunded the difference, so you can buy with full confidence. 

AlphaSync Diamond | £1,100 £959.99 at Ebuyer
Save £140 -

AlphaSync Diamond | <a href="https://track.webgains.com/click.html?wgcampaignid=162949&wgprogramid=267255&clickref=hawk-custom-tracking&wgtarget=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebuyer.com%2F1288028-alphasync-diamond-rtx-3060-amd-ryzen-7-16gb-ram-2tb-hdd-500gb-as-d6186" data-link-merchant="ebuyer.com"">£1,100 £959.99 at Ebuyer
Save £140 - simply put, you can't build an RTX 3060 PC for the same amount of money. This is the lowest recorded price on a build of this spec and an exceptional power-to-performance ratio for anyone wanting Full HD and QHD gaming. 


Take the portable route for less this month with the Black Friday gaming laptop deals, and upgrade your current display at a reduced rate in the Black Friday gaming monitor deals.

Duncan Robertson
Hardware Editor

Ever since playing Journey at the age of 15, I’ve been desperate to cover video games for a living. After graduating from Edinburgh Napier University with a degree in Journalism, I contributed to the Scottish Games Network and completed an Editorial Internship over at Expert Reviews. Besides that, I’ve been managing my own YouTube channel and Podcast for the last 7 years. It’s been a long road, but all that experience somehow landed me a dream job covering gaming hardware. I’m a self-confessing PlayStation fanboy, but my experience covering the larger business and developer side of the whole industry has given me a strong knowledge of all platforms. When I’m not testing out every peripheral I can get my hands on, I’m probably either playing tennis or dissecting game design for an upcoming video essay. Now, I better stop myself here before I get talking about my favourite games like HUNT: Showdown, Dishonored, and Towerfall Ascension.
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