This is it, people. Black Friday week is upon us, and so are the Black Friday PC gaming deals. Even ahead of actual Black Friday—this Friday, November 25—the deals are rolling in on graphics cards, CPUs, gaming headsets, gaming keyboards, chairs, and much more. It’s a great time to buy a PC gamer a gift for the holidays or net yourself a well-earned reward for a hard year’s work.
Whether you’re looking for a loved one or to treat yourself, you don’t want to waste your money on a trash product or an awful ‘deal’. That’s why we’ll be heavily curating the deals on this page to make sure you can see where your hard-earned money should go.
Here at PC Gamer we spend our working week testing the latest products to see if they’re worthy of our rigs. And the ones we think worthwhile, we tell you about. That’s why we do it: you shouldn’t have to waste a penny on poorly-made products.
And, at a time with an increased focus on the cost of living across the world, it makes sense to save any large purchase for an event such as Black Friday, where every retailer in every corner of the globe will be cutting prices to tempt you into spending your money with them. Whether you’re desperate for an air fryer, want to upgrade your PC setup, or go all-in on a whole new machine, the Black Friday sales event is a great time to bag a bargain.
There are simply too many deals on the internet nowadays to sift through them yourself, that’s our job. But don’t worry, we’re not going to start peddling air fryers, or mattresses, or anything that doesn’t have anything to do with PC gaming. That’s what we know, and we’re making sure to channel our years of expertise into making sure you know what the best deals are and don’t have to go trawling though pages of not-actually-deals on Amazon, Best Buy, Newegg or elsewhere.
Though, in reality, Black Friday is now a month-long event running pretty much throughout the entirety of November. Indeed, since Amazon kicked things off with its Prime Early Access event in October, the deals have been rolling along since then.
What deals can I expect on Black Friday 2022?
If there’s one thing we’ve learned from the two Amazon Prime Day events this year, it’s that it looks like graphics card deals are back on the menu, boys. Despite the RTX 4090 (opens in new tab) and RTX 4080 (opens in new tab) cards launching ahead of Black Friday, there will still be a lot of old stock left on the shelves come the big day and into Cyber Monday.
But that doesn’t mean every GPU deal is going to be a good one. We’ve seen a bunch of discounted RTX 3090 Ti cards recently, but even with heavy discounted prices, they’re not cheap enough to make sense in a world where the RTX 4090 has made the ultra-enthusiast GPU market a one card deal.
Your best bet is in the mid-range or budget end of the graphics card spectrum. It’s going to be a long while before we see new, genuinely affordable GPUs arrive, so if you’re not in the market for some super-expensive slab of graphics silicon, there could well be some great deals. Honestly, the best deals are likely to be on AMD cards if past experience is anything to go by, but Nvidia will also be under some pressure to ship its more mainstream GPUs, too.
It’s also worth noting you will be able to find all these cards in either a pre-built gaming PC (opens in new tab) or last-gen GPUs in a new gaming laptop (opens in new tab), and that’s arguably where the best deals for gaming upgrades will happen.
With the launch of new Intel and AMD processors, the last-gen chips could be cheaper too, in order to clear older stock from the inventory of retailers. That’s good news, because the Intel 12th Gen, and AMD Ryzen 5000-series chips are all still great gaming CPUs. With an imminent price correction on memory (opens in new tab) expected soon, we might see some other component deals, as well.
DDR5 has also started dropping in price now that AMD is supporting it as well, and there seems to have been a glut of great SSDs (opens in new tab) deals.
Screens are another regularly discounted commodity around Black Friday, and we doubt this year will be any different. This means both the best gaming monitors (opens in new tab) and the best TVs for gaming (opens in new tab) could get some tasty deals, too.
And there will always be gaming mice (opens in new tab) and keyboards (opens in new tab) on sale come Black Friday too, so they’re worth taking a look at. It’s a great time of year to treat your butt to a quality gaming chair (opens in new tab) as well, which tend to enjoy some healthy price cuts this time of year.
What should I avoid buying on Black Friday 2022?
Anything you don’t need. It’s distressingly easy to be duped into dropping cash on something just because there’s a hefty discount attached to it… even though you have absolutely no use for it.
If you’re considering making a purchase around Black Friday, have a plan of attack. That probably sounds needlessly aggressive, but you need to know what you actually want to buy first or you’ll end up with no end of crap. Cheap crap, maybe, but crap nonetheless.
Do some research on the products you’d like to pick up in the sales (we offer detailed hardware buying guides (opens in new tab)), and maybe some alternatives in case those don’t pop up. Set yourself a strict budget too.
Products like graphics cards and processors have obvious tiers (though the different companies work damned hard to make product names as confusing as possible), and SSDs have rated speeds, but for peripherals, it’s tougher to tell from the specs whether they’re worth the money. Checking for reviews, from such luminaries as ourselves, should guide you on your way, and checking price trackers such as CamelCamelCamel (opens in new tab) will let you know if a deal’s more than just skin deep.
Are there any Black Friday tips and tricks?
If you haven’t already used it up during a credit card splurge around Amazon Prime Day, then you ought to take the opportunity to sign up for a free 30-day trial of Amazon Prime (opens in new tab). That will get you early access to the Lightning Deals, and help you grab some of Jeff’s best deals of the day. It will also net you free shipping on a host of products and speedy delivery too, and at the very worst it’ll be handy when it comes to bagging some last-minute Christmas gifts for that aunt you always forget about.