Best Black Friday deals on a £1,500 gaming PC build

The biggest sales event of the year has arrived. Black Friday 2022 promises bargains galore, and while the furore isn’t quite as dramatic as it has been in years past, there are some good deals that could save you a few bucks on products you’ve already planned to buy.

However, finding the best bargains is easier said than done. Instead of swarming your inbox with offers, the Club386 team set themselves a challenge: what’s the best PC we can build for £1,500? To make the task that little bit more difficult, we decided that the price should also include a monitor, keyboard and mouse. Sounds good, but be wary; you’d be surprised (or maybe not) how many products were artificially increased in price just days ago, only to be “reduced” especially for Black Friday.

Not to worry, we’ve done the research, checked price histories, cross-compared across different retailers and come up with a pretty well-rounded rig, if we may say so ourselves. Each featured part is at or close to the lowest price it’s ever been.

Starting with CPU, and after fierce internal discussions, the team finally settled on an AMD Ryzen 7 5800X. Yes, newer, faster processors from both AMD and Intel are now available, but AMD’s eight-core AM4 chip remains an excellent choice, especially at an all-time low of £227. It’s a bargain, no doubt, and if you’re adamant, need more threads, the 12-core Ryzen 9 5900X is a close second at £350.

AMD Ryzen 7 5800X

“AMD Ryzen 7 5800X elite gaming desktop processors come with eight cores optimized for high-FPS gaming rigs.”

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Now for the supporting cast. Plenty of parts were considered – spec’ing a rig is hard at the best of times, let alone Black Friday – and for the motherboard we opted for an ASRock X570 Phantom Gaming 4, offering a full-fledged chipset for under £ 145. No shortage of choice when it comes to memory – 16GB Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4-3200 fits the bill at just £53 – and for CPU cooling, the MSI MAG Coreliquid P240 offers competent all-in-one liquid cooling for under £75 .

Chassis and power supply follow below. For the former, Corsair’s 4000D Airflow ticks all the right boxes and is down to £70, representing its best price in over 12 months. Corsair takes last place too, with the RM750x 80 Plus Gold offering 750 watts of juice at an all-time low of £90. Storage-wise, it’s hard to say no to a 1TB Samsung 980 for a Black Friday deal. price of £69.

You won’t find good deals on RTX 40-series graphics cards, but there’s promise further up the stack. GeForce RTX 3060 Ti is now hovering at or below £450, but we’ve given the Radeon RX 6700 XT a nod. Shop around and you can find a 12GB partner card for ~£400.

Such hardware needs a capable ensemble and, above all, a good monitor. Searching through the various deals we came across the iiyama G-Master GB2730QSU-B1. A TN panel might be a controversial choice, but at £173 the monitor has never been cheaper, offering gamers a 2560×1440 QHD resolution with a decent size. Want to really step up in the display department? AOC’s excellent Agon AG324UX 4K 144Hz monitor has its lowest ever price, although £650 will put a serious dent in your build budget.

iiyama G-Master GB2730QSU-B1

“The 27″ G-Master GB2730QSU, known as Silver Crow, opens you up to a whole new level of gaming experiences.”

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Do you need some peripherals for that? You don’t have to break the bank. Corsair’s K65 RGB Mini keyboard is down to £80, and the companion M65 Pro RGB mouse is now available for just £38.

Do the math and each part works out to just under £1,460, leaving enough change for the odd change here or there. Thoughts on our build? What parts would you change and choose to buy something this Black Friday? Let us know on Facebook or Twitter.

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