Still with me there? Any money left in the bank? Well good, as it’s time to look at the Cyber Monday deals and try to build the best possible PC with the biggest possible discounts! Let’s get to the deals!
Mid-Range build, or more high-end performance?
So with Cyber Monday, it looks like we have a split between a number of the retailers for which companies are getting discounts. When browsing these limited deals, it looks like—for a “decent” performance PC at a good price—it’s all AMD. Then there are a few higher-performance CPU deals going to Intel. And finally, it switches back to AMD for the high-end desktop range deals.
So take a deep breath, here we go.
For the AMD Fans:
Although Newegg has the Ryzen 3 1200 for $100, Amazon has them beat with the Ryzen 3 1300X for the same price. A solid CPU for everyday purposes, including gaming. Another good thing here is it comes with a new cooler from AMD which is fine for normal overclocking.
The bigger-brother option here is the great Ryzen 7 1700X. I’m a big fan of this CPU, but that might be because it’s powering my current editing rig!
Motherboard: MSI B350M GAMING PRO ($70 – saving $20)
For the Ryzen 3 and 7, if you’re just using a single GPU, this is a great board with a good feature set.
Motherboard: MSI X370 GAMING PLUS ($110 – saving $30)
Alternatively, if you want 2 extra RAM slots and the option to do SLI/CrossFire, then pay the extra $40 for the X370 model.
For the Intel fans:
For you Intel folks, the only “good” deal going at the moment seems to be the i7-7700K, for the time being. Still a great CPU for the price, if you’re looking for a solid gaming and editing rig.
One of the more decently featured (and decently discounted) boards that can be found on Newegg. Solid board for the $80 price.
Coming up are some balanced parts, based on the above CPUs and motherboards. Let’s dive in!
One of the best entry coolers out there, which will be fine for general overclocking. Would only be strained if you really fancy pushing the i7 to its limits (consider paying for the Corsair H55 AIO liquid cooler at $45 for that). And just a reminder here: AMD fans will need to request the free AM4 bracket from Cooler Master too.
I have a sneaking suspicion any GPU stock that retailers did have before this weekend has all gone, as it is slim pickings today. The GTX 1070 is fine for the Ryzen 7 and i7 however!
Alternate GPU (for Ryzen 3): EVGA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti FTW Gaming ($170 – saving $15)
Like I said, slim pickings—but the 1050 TI will provide more than enough GPU horsepower for the Ryzen 3.
Again, there’s not much to go on with RAM but this 16GB kit is actually decently priced. No exact price on savings, as it’s sale-only stock. But it’s not too bad a price for 16GB of RAM right now.
Normally speaking, this high-cache version of the BarraCuda drive series isn’t normally worth the $85 price for most users. But with the discount bringing it down to the same costs as standard 64MB cache drives, you might as well get this one!
The best PSU for the price that will provide us with enough power is this 650W fully modular, gold-rated PSU.
Yes, you did read that discount value correctly. This is a frankly monstrous case which will handle everything we have picked so far with ease. It’s genuinely a top performing $200+ case which you can get for $80. The best bargain of Cyber Monday in my opinion!
Total Build Costs
Ryzen 3 Build: $650 (saving $279)
Ryzen 7 Build: $1170 B350 board / $1210 X370 board (saving $384 / $394)
i7-7700K Build: $1188 (saving $367)
All told, it does look like you’re going to be a little hard-pressed to get super savings with building a whole PC from scratch using Cyber Monday deals. That being said, both the Ryzen 7 and i7 deals are solid enough with discounts there to keep things interesting!
Like with Black Friday, though, you might want to throw those savings at some other items, so here are some highlights:
With a bigger discount than many actual pieces of PC hardware, there is this nice mouse from Logitech. Really solid for the $30.
One of the highlights of Cyber Monday comes the superbly rated Dell UltraSharp with a monstrous $200 off the standard price. Frankly a steal at $150.
LOOK AT THE SHINY!!! Seriously though, this is a solid keyboard and is highly rated. A full mechanical LED backlight keyboard for $39. What a time to be alive.
Go Forth and Build!
As mentioned at the start of the article, there are extras that you might need to finish off these builds:
- A copy of Windows. If you are a student or work for a big business, you might be able to get a copy for free or at a significantly lower cost. If not, we recommend Windows 10 on disc ($90) or USB ($120).
- An optical drive—critical if you are wanting to install Windows 10 via disc. Good thing here is DVD-RW drives are cheap these days (here’s one for $21).
We also have general recommendations for:
If you want to see other builds with even higher performance, check out the main page at Logical Increments.
There you have it—a few great builds at a good price, thanks to Cyber Monday savings!
If you have any questions or suggestions about these builds, then let us know in the comments.