The Black Friday 2021 deal season has seen some big savings on high-end gaming PCs, as long as you don’t pay too much for them. Look a little lower in the stacks though, and it can peel off, with the old ground holding gear, especially once you dive below the $ 1,000 price tag.
Don’t despair though, there are still some great bargains to be had, and you may end up with a surprisingly capable machine in the end if you choose wisely. Such machines should last you at least a few years, especially if you feel free to make an upgrade or two.
Of all the systems I reviewed this Black Friday, one system, in particular, stood out as being great value for money, and that is the HP Pavilion TG01. This machine is currently enjoying a savings of $ 50 off the final price, which means it can be yours for as little as $ 599.99. It also comes with Windows 11, which means you don’t have to worry about upgrade issues that could ruin your experience.
You can configure what goes inside its understated chassis, and that’s exactly what I would recommend, switching from the AMD Radeon RX 5500’s default GPU option to an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 for porting. the total to $ 919.99. You’ll probably want to upgrade the SSD to a 512GB model for $ 40 more.
It’s still the cheapest way I’ve seen to get my hands on Nvidia’s excellent 1080p graphics card. Alternatively, you have the option of going for a GeForce GTX 1660 Super, which is also not a bad choice and leaves you with an overall price tag of $ 689.99.
The base configuration includes an eight-core, eight-thread AMD Ryzen 3 5300G (it’s a modern chip, albeit a bit low-end), paired with 8GB of RAM and that tiny 256GB SSD.
The memory is at least two 4GB sticks of DDR4-3200, and adding more is also straightforward, although I would recommend upgrading it yourself, as HP charges $ 100 to upgrade the memory for you. And since that kind of money will net you 32GB, your money is better spent elsewhere.
Dell, with its XPS Desktop PC, is another big PC shifter that has managed to get a PC out of limbo below the $ 1,000 mark. This machine manages to integrate the capable Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 alongside an Intel Core i5 11400.
Dell had to make a few compromises to achieve this price, and that’s most evident with the single stick of DDR4 memory and a spinning hard drive. Yes, a hard drive in 2021.
Still, both are fairly easy to repair after the fact (check out our Black Friday SSD deals for a $ 109 1TB Samsung). And given that base combo of the RTX 3060 and six-core, 12-thread Core i5 11400, you should be in a good position for years to come.
100% AMD alternative
The other machine to grab our attention is the CyberPowerPC Gamer Master on Best Buy. Here, your $ 999.99 gets you a new Radeon RX 6600 XT alongside the latest generation Ryzen 5 3600.
Don’t be too put off by this latest generation AMD processor either, it’s still a six-core, 12-thread chip with a 4.2GHz Max Boost clock. It’s important to note that alongside the Radeon RX 6600 XT, it will handle 1080p gaming with bliss.
Again, it’s somewhat limited on the RAM front, with just 8GB of RAM, and this time as a single key, which by default means it runs in single-channel memory mode, but still once, upgrading is easy.
This machine has at least a 500GB SSD as standard, and there’s plenty of room to add more, since it’s a standard mid-tower case.
Whichever machine you like, you should be able to get a good deal this Black Friday. And with a few upgrades, you should end up with a machine that will last you for years.