Black Friday PC Hardware Sales in a Nutshell 2017

By | November 24, 2017

black friday salesEach year I make a post that summarizes the good deals that are available during Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales (2015, 2016). This year I’ll keep the post more concise by listing the better deals first and briefly summarizing the brand or price trend. I will try to keep this post updated throughout the weekend + Monday.

MONITORS – There are plenty of good deals on monitors. You can get a nice monitor between 100-200 USD. Whether you’re doing a first build, upgrading, or adding a second monitor, monitors are always a good investment.

Acer KG271 bmiix 27″ Full HD (1920 x 1080) TN Monitor with AMD FREESYNC Technology (2 x HDMI & VGA Port)

AOC Monitor 24″ Class Full HD 1920×1080 Gaming 1ms 144Hz 80M:1 350 cd/m2 Brightness VGA DVI-D HDMI Display Port G2460FQ – staples – $135

LG 34UC79G-B 34-Inch 21:9 Curved UltraWide IPS Gaming Monitor with 144Hz Refresh Rate
was 699, now 315, expired

Acer ED242QR wi 24-inch Class Curved Full HD (1920 x 1080) Monitor with AMD FREESYNC Technology (HDMI & VGA Ports)

CPUS – With the Ryzen now out there are some solid options for budget builds. At $99 for a CPU that will handle recent games with medium settings building a $500 rig has never been easier. Of course there are always seasonal deals on the latest Intel CPUs as well. Always check Microcenter first if you live near one.

Ryzen 3, was 129, now 99

MSI Z270 GAMING PLUS LGA 1151 Intel Z270 MB, Intel Core i7-7700K Kaby Lake Quad-Core 4.2 GHz

KEYBOARDS – When buying a mechanical keyboard, I’d recommend spending no less than $50 and not much more than $100. The one I link to below looks to be a pretty decent deal actually.

HyperX Alloy FPS Pro Tenkeyless Mechanical Gaming Keyboard, Cherry MX Red, Red LED (HX-KB4RD1-US/R1)

MICE – Wired mice are the way to go. Logitech is good, Corsair is O.K. too but I don’t like their software as much.
Logitech G403 Prodigy RGB Gaming Mouse – 16.8 Million Color Backlighting, 6 Programmable Buttons, Onboard Memory, Up to 12,000 DPI

STORAGE – As far as SSD prices go, there’s nothing much better than last year so far. NAND flash shortage has not gone away. 3D NAND flash may be the answer, but the process still needs to be refined. Here’s a chart of Samsung’s 1TB SSD price from PCPartpicker:

1TB 850 Evo

Samsung 500 GB SSD for 118 (might be out of stock/require sign-up prior to Black Friday)
https://images.frys.com/art/email/112417_fri082tvr_BF1/BF1_web.html

MEMORY – Same thing here. No remarkable sales, just decent prices from G.Skill and other lower budget parts.
G.SKILL TridentZ Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 3200 (PC4 25600) $145 (195 – 50 (code EMCBBCE97))

PSUs – There are some pretty good deals on budget Corsair/Evga bronze PSUs, but I recommend at least semi-modular.
SeaSonic M12II 520 Bronze EVO Edition 520W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS 12V v2.91 SLI 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Full Modular Active PFC Power Supply

CASES – There are some decent deals out there. This is a newer case I have not seen before and it certainly has a unique look. Worth it if you’re building a higher end rig.
Corsair 570X RGB Crystal Series ATX Case – $108 (179.99-20 rebate – 51.99 11/24 Promo Code) frys.com

GPUs – I haven’t really seen any spectacular sales on these and I’m not really surprised. The demand for GPUs is increasing faster than the supply is.
MSI Radeon RX 580 GAMING X 8GB GDDR5 – $259.99 ($329.99 – $70) microcenter.com

Those are the best deals I could find as of noon today.

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