Black Friday 2015: How to Get the Best PC Part Deals

Black Friday crowds

We’re often asked: When is the best time to build or upgrade your PC?

In the U.S., the best time to buy new PC parts is Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Outside the U.S., you may do better with the next best: holiday season sales.

And while some might find excitement in the classic Black Friday imagery of shoppers camping out and then making a mad scramble for the electronics department, we at Logical Increments prefer to stay at home and capitalize on mega discounts the more civilized way: Glued to the internet, mashing F5 on our browsers and searching for the best deals.

Just like in previous years of Black Friday/Cyber Monday madness, we’ll continually keep our blog updated to track the best deals online. In the meantime, we offer this guide with 5 tips for anyone planning to upgrade or build a new PC on Black Friday.

1. Decide what you want beforehand

Black Friday Shopping List

Make a list of parts you want. I find it helpful to list the part’s normal price, and the price I’d be willing to pay on sale. Choosing what I’m willing to pay beforehand lets me instantly choose whether I want to buy a part when I see it on sale.

If you need any insight on what parts to upgrade, consider comparing your current components to the latest recommendations on the Logical Increments parts guide (wink wink).

2. Be flexible on brand and model

Notice that I didn’t list specific models or brands for the graphics card and motherboard on my list?

Sometimes you can find an incredibly good deal on a component, if you’re willing to go with a less well-known brand, or go with a different model than you had planned on. In the past, I bought a Sapphire R9 290 when I wanted a fancier ASUS R9 290, because there was a much better deal on the Sapphire model. Last year I wanted an i5 CPU, but was able to get a better i7 for nearly the same price because it had a much bigger sale.

3. Find some reliable recommendations

Like I said, we’ll be tracking our favorite deals on the Logical Increments blog. For other resources, we also really like the Black Friday forums at Fatwallet and Slickdeals.

4. Follow Black Friday pages for your favorite store (and subscribe to emails!)

Newegg Black November Deals

Newegg and Amazon both have pages dedicate to PC components for Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Newegg usually has many of the best Black Friday deals.

Stores often limit the best deals to their email subscribers, so this is one time when it’s definitely worth signing up for an email list.

Newegg’s e-blast newsletter is probably the single best daily email for deals leading up to Black Friday. They’re already sending out emails with pre-Black Friday deals. You can always unsubscribe after Cyber Monday!

5. Stay vigilant

Vigilant cat

Quantities are often limited and the best deals sell out within hours — or even minutes — of being posted online. Stay on top of developments and try to be quick!

Different stores reveal their best deals at different times, often at midnight at the start of Black Friday (the official start of Black Friday), or a few hours later sometime in the early morning of Black Friday.

What about rebates? Are they worth it?

Dilbert Rebate comic

The best savings are almost always dependent on rebates, because sellers know they can offer bigger discounts without actually having to pay the full amount (because so many of us are lazy and don’t send them in).

Despite their bad reputation, rebates are reliable as long as you follow the instructions exactly and complete the requirements on time. I have mailed in dozens of rebate forms, and have always received my rebates. If you ever have a problem where you believe you did everything correctly but haven’t received your rebate, call the company and let them know. Mistakes happen — and believe me — they would much rather pay out a little rebate than risk getting sued for fraud!

Now is the perfect time to start planning to catch the best deals of the year!

  • Serathis

    Cmon GTX 970, be on sale!

    • Matthew Zehner

      I hope it will be on sale too!

      • Zheen

        I was just about to get a 750 Ti for my first gaming+all purpose build, but now a friend tells me that the 970 is so good it can play games at 60 fps or near 60 fps for more demanding games at 1080p and high settings for like the next 5 years. Is that right? If yes, I’m ready to pay that amount coz it’s totally worth it.

        • Matthew Zehner

          It’s a solid GPU yes – it should be able to run most every game well for years to come.

    • Guest

      Also waiting for a 970 sale. I’m watching the EVGA SSC ACX 2.0+ closely, anybody watching another 970?

    • Augustus Sotelo

      So did you ever get the gtx970? How much did you guys pay for it?

      • Serathis

        Nah, the lowest it got was 280$, and then I’d still have had to pay 30$ shipping.

        • Augustus Sotelo

          30 bucks for shipping?! Damn I would never pay for that! Im from California and shipping would cost me 9-15 dollars.

  • Shay

    Interesting article and exactly what I needed since I’m planing on building a computer this black Friday. My only issue is that I have $600 and the gap between the builds suggested by you guys is too big to count on a $130 discount on all the parts and since I don’t really know much about sockets and what fits what it’s kind of hard to decide. I would Definitely rather get a good processor motherboard and others and wait on the graphic card. So I think right now the best build to my budget considering that a graphic card itself is $300 I would go with the $900 build which is 600 without the graphics card and hopefully will be down even lower on black Friday and get the graphics card later in a few months

    • Matthew Zehner

      You can always mix and match between tiers if that would help to make it fit within your budget!

      Of course, the PC needs to remain compatible. The two parts that you need to make sure are compatible are the CPU and the motherboard. For example, an i5-4690K has a LGA 1150 socket. It will be compatible with all LGA 1150 motherboards. This is the way that you can check that they are compatible.

      If that’s your plan, it could work well!

      • Shay

        Thanks for your answer. And what about the graphic card? Besides space in the actual case does the motherboard matters? And what do you think of my plan to get the $900 tier and get the graphic card later? Will that work? Is that a good plan?

        • Matthew Zehner

          In terms of the graphics card, it is compatible, for sure.

          The motherboard does matter. Besides quality, it is the piece that connects everything together and better boards run with better speeds and are more fully featured. You definitely want one right around the tier you are buying and not much below.

          That could work, most likely. The PC should function with or without the GPU, so holding out and buying it later could work if it is better for you financially.

  • Cappucciruno

    Will Newegg’s sales remain the same all week or can they get better deals on specific days? I’m not sure if I should just get everything now, wait until Friday to do it, or wait until better deals and get everything individually.

    • Matthew Zehner

      It’s hard to say for sure, though I doubt components currently on sale will get much cheaper.

      • Cappucciruno

        Thanks, and would you recommend building a mid-high tier PC that you upgrade more often or a high-end one that requires less frequent upgrades, as far as costs go in the long run?

      • Cappucciruno

        Thanks, and would you recommend building a mid-high tier PC that you upgrade more often or a high-end one that requires less frequent upgrades, as far as costs go in the long run?

        • Matthew Zehner

          It’s hard to say, as that largely comes down to personal preference. A mid-high tier PC will last you a while if you are content with graphics not always being on ultra, while a high tier will last a bit longer. If you think that you are ultimately going to upgrade to an extremely high-end GPU, it may be worth buying a cheaper one and upgrading. However, if you just always want solid graphics I would most likely go with high-end right now.