Building a PC with Christmas Holiday 2018 Deals


Black Friday and Cyber Monday might be over, but the good deals on components keep coming—if you know where to look. We’ve scoured sales from several retailers to find two builds that provide great price-to-performance ratios.

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Midrange Build at Budget Build Price ($700)

This midrange build will handle practically any game you throw at it. At 1080p, you can expect these frame rates:

      • Assassin’s Creed Unity: ~45 FPS
      • Ghost Recon Wildlands: ~40 FPS
      • Rise of the Tomb Raider: ~115 FPS
      • The Witcher 3: ~65 FPS
      • Fortnite:~ 87 FPS
      • Overwatch: ~99 FPS


CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 2600


Even at this relatively low price, this is an excellent CPU that’s capable of multitasking.

Graphics Card: XFX Radeon RX 580 GTS Black Edition 8GB

($179 after $20 Mail-in Rebate)

This card performs well while staying cool and quiet.

Motherboard: ASRock B450 PRO4 AM4


At this price, this mobo is a no-brainer, although you give up RGB and native wifi for those extra dollars saved.



If you can get over the way those heatsinks look, these RAM sticks don’t look so bad.

Storage: Samsung 860 EVO 500GB SSD


A great sale on a great drive. At only 500GB, you’ll be able to load your OS and several games, but it may fill up fast.

Power Supply: CORSAIR CX-M Series CX550M


This quiet-running PSU is a great fit for this build—at a solid price, too!

Case: NZXT H500


A breeze to build in, the H500 has a great minimalist design.


High-Tier Build at Midrange Build Price ($1500)

Spend around double the amount of the first build above, stir in some deals, and you’re in ‘high-tier’ territory! This build can hit 4k at good frame rates and absolutely swallows games at 1440p. Here’s a sample of the performance you can expect from this build:

      • Assassin’s Creed Unity: ~72 FPS
      • Ghost Recon Wildlands: ~50 FPS
      • Rise of the Tomb Raider: ~122 FPS
      • The Witcher 3: ~97 FPS
      • Fortnite: ~103 FPS
      • Overwatch: ~151 FPS


CPU: Intel Core i5-9600K Coffee Lake


Intel’s newest generation of CPUs are hard to find deals for, but we found one!

Graphics Card: ZOTAC GAMING GeForce RTX 2070 AMP Extreme

($500 after $60 Coupon)

For one of the newest generation of cards, this deal doesn’t GigaBYTE.

CPU Cooler: EVGA CLC 280 Liquid/Water CPU Cooler


EVGA’s well-reviewed AIO system will keep your CPU running cool.

Motherboard: ASRock Z390 Pro4


They call it “pro” for a reason.

RAM: G.SKILL TridentZ RGB Series 16GB


Fast RAM, sweet RGB, and a good price.

SSD: XPG SX8200 NVMe Gen3x4 M.2 2280 240GB SSD


Future-proof your machine with the latest SSD tech: ultrafast NVMe.

HDD: Seagate BarraCuda 2TB 7200 RPM HDD


Extra space for activities!

Power Supply: CORSAIR HX Series HX750 750W

($100 after $20 Mail-in Rebate)

Platinum for “pennies!”

Case: Corsair Crystal 460X


And to cap it all off, a tempered glass case to show off your sweet components inside.