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Black Friday 2021: the best PC gaming deals

Start saving now with these Black Friday deals for the UK and US

So ends another Black Friday. Plenty of PC gaming deals have been and gone, but you might not need to worry about missing out, as many more will still be available through this weekend and into Cyber Monday. Read on, then, for out tippity-top picks of PC hardware deals across all kinds of components and peripherals.

For more exhaustive investigations into offers on CPUs, SSDs, mice and keyboards and the like, you can also check out our individual hub pages linked below. This list here is for the best of the best, and like those other hubs we’re keeping it updated as new deals launch and old ones sell out. There are even some discounts on graphics cards, that most elusive of PC components in 2021, though be warned - they're still more expensive than they were before the great GPU drought.

In any case, you can find the finest of lingering Black Friday sales below. We'll be updating this list on Cyber Monday as well, so be sure to check back then.

Intel's 11th Gen Rocket Lake CPUs

Black Friday CPU deals

UK deals:

Oh hey, it's back. Overclockers previously had this, the absolute best CPU for gaming you can buy, on sale before resetting it to full price. Now it's cheap again, and don't worry about it being an OEM model - it's identical to the conventional retail version, it just won't come in retail packaging. You might want to be quick, though, as there's no telling when the deal might revert again.

Do you need all the immense power of the Core i9-12900K? Probably not. Is it nice to have anyway? Yes, yes it is, especially if you want your gaming PC to be a capable media editing suite or pseudo-workstation as well.

The Core i7-11700K has also been replaced by a 12th Gen Alder Lake chip, but you won’t find the Core i7-12700K anywhere close to this price. Pair it with some good DDR4 memory, and the Core i7-11700K acts as a speedy step up from the Core i5 range without toppling into the unnecessary outrageousness of the Core i9s.

It's not the most drastic saving, but any money off a chip as brilliant as the Ryzen 5 5600X is a good deal. Until the Core i5-12600K, this was comfortably our top CPU for gaming pick.

The AMD Ryzen 7 3800X is the next chip up from the Ryzen 5 5600X. This discount significantly closes the price gap while maintaining the Ryzen 7 3800X’s superior multitasking prowess and higher maximum clock speed.

US deals:

Not the deepest price cut Black Friday has ever seen, but a discount on a brand-new CPU is a discount on a brand-new CPU. Besides, the extremely game-friendly Core i5-12600K is absolutely worth it, and Newegg is throwing in Humankind and Crysis Remastered Trilogy to sweeten the deal.

The speedy, still-recent Core i5-11600K is unsurprisingly a lot cheaper than its 12th Gen replacement. This also listing bundles in copies of Humankind and Crysis Remastered Trilogy.

The AMD Ryzen 7 5800X is one of AMD’s latest and most capable processors, and this discount makes it an even better deal. It comes with a free month of Xbox Game Pass, too.

Black Friday SSD deals

UK deals:

WD Blue SN570 deals:

The older SN550 on sale for less, and with a wider range of capacities, but for the high-tier performance on offer the newest SN570 is just too good to pass up. In fact, it's our current top pick of the PCIe 4.0 SSDs.

Samsung 870 Qvo deals:

The 870 Qvo specialises in high speeds and high capacities. Although a very tempting Argos deal on the 2TB model has come and gone, all these capacities are on decent discounts.

WD Black SN850 deals:

If your CPU and motherboard support PCIe 4.0, this is a good chance to take advantage of its faster transfer speeds. The WD Black SN850 is one of the best SSDs we’ve ever tested, and Black Friday sees its usually imposing pricing cut right down.

Samsung 980 Pro deals:

Another PCIe 4.0 that tore through our speed tests, the Samsung 980 Pro is finally coming closer in line with PCIe 3.0 prices. Shame the 2TB model hasn't stayed cheaper, though - earlier in Black Friday season it was close to £220.

US deals:

WD Blue SN570 deals:

Which to choose, this or the even cheaper SN550 below? I'd say the SN570's extra performance is worth the money - and don't forget it only launched very recently, so any discount is a pleasant surprise.

WD Blue SN550 deals:

The SN550 gets discounts from Amazon and Newegg alike; just don't bother with the 250GB model, which is only a few dollars less than the much more spacious 500GB variant.

Samsung 970 Evo Plus deals:

If you go big with the 970 Evo Plus, one of Samsung's fastest PCIe 3.0 NVMe drives, you could get a $500 SSD for less than half price. 2TB is comfortably enough for it to serve as your sole storage device, though for tighter budgets, Amazon also has the 500GB and 250GB models at 16% and 21% off respectively.

WD Black SN850 deals:

This top-quality PCIe 4.0 SSD is discounted across a range of capacities. The 1TB model gets a huge $150 saving, but if your storage budget is lower still, check out the 500GB variant, which is $60 off.

Two PC monitors on a desk, one showing Metro Exodus and one showing RPS in a browser.

Black Friday gaming monitor deals

UK deals:

A great upgrade from 60Hz office monitors, this curved CRG5 model features a 144Hz refresh rate and AMD FreeSync support to give itself a gaming edge. And at a very accessible price, too.

Curvy, colourful and capable of employing both Nvidia G-Sync and AMD FreeSync, the Optix MAG272CQR is an impressive 165Hz monitor that's as affordable as ever.

This fast monitor couples lightng fast speed with 165Hz and AMD FreeSync to provide a great new standard of tech, with a reasonable price tag.

LG's 34GP950G is completely Nvidia G-Sync supported, and the ultrawide version of their classic keeps a high 144Hz refresh rate across its display.

US deals:

I own a 27GL850 myself, and would recommend it even at its original price. The Nano IPS panel is both fast and vivid, Nvidia G-Sync works great on it.

A very good discount on this very good 240Hz monitor - complete with AMD Freesync and Nvidia G-Sync compatible, too.

The Raptor 27 has always been a great 1440p monitor with a slightly-too-high price, so this deal is particularly welcome. In addition to the vibrance and smoothness of its 1440p, 144Hz screen special mention goes to the Raptor 27's unusually impressive cable management system.

Ultrawide displays are often bought to replace a set of two monitors; the Odyssey G9 is the kind you're buy to replace three. Yes, this 49in monster eats up a lot of space, but that does aid the wraparound effect of the curved 240Hz panel.

A photo of the HyperX Pulsefire Haste gaming mouse.

Black Friday gaming mouse deals

UK deals:

The most favouritest gaming mouse of RPS readers, as voted in both 2019 and 2021, now available at its lowest ever price in the UK. Strictly speaking this is the Special Edition, not the standard G502 Hero, but it's identical save for some purely aesthetic white stripes.

A simple-looking yet nicely customisable gaming mouse, the Deathadder V2 is a reliable wired rodent at a freshly enticing sub-£50 price.

This is an excellent alternative to the G502 SE Hero, should Logitech's mouse run out of stock. Though perhaps that's being harsh on the Basilisk V2 - while the two have strikingly similar designs, the V2 is perfectly pleasant to use in its own right. Not to mention a more flexible and customisable mouse than the Deathadder V2.

US deals

Unlike with its equivalent UK deal, this price isn't at an all-time low in the US, but it is a great price for a G502 model regardless. This Special Edition is functionally identically to the G502 Hero, which besides being popular with RPS readers sits atop our own best gaming mouse rankings.

The PulseFire Core is one of our favourite budget mice, even a couple of years after release. It's more customisable than cheap rats tend to be, and includes a DPI clutch button that's well-suited to shooters.

On the subject of the G502 series, Razer’s Basilisk mice have always had similar qualities (and, it must be said, designs). Although there’s a newer V3 model out, $35 is a good price for the preceding V2 version. Especially since it was $55 only a couple of weeks ago...

Black Friday gaming keyboard deals

UK deals:

This tenkeyless version of the outstanding Logitech G915 Lightspeed Wireless brings together all its best qualities - a thin but sturdy design, superb mechanical switches, long battery life etc. - in a design that's just as good for games and won't take up as much room on your desk.

Opto-mechanical keyboards are extremely fast and rarely cheap. This deep discount on the Razer Huntsman Tournament Edition, a compact tenkeyless board, makes the switch tech much more affordable.

The Vulcan 100 is essentially the Vulcan 120, king of the best gaming keyboards, just without the wrist rest - the same high-quality Titan switches and lightweight half-height keycaps are all present and correct. £100 is, therefore, a bit of a bargain.

The Fnatic Streak65 is our best compact keyboard for 2021, offering a high quality build and Fnatic's Silver Speed low-profile keys. It's great for gaming or working, and this price is a new low for it on Amazon.

US deals:

Membrane keyboards suck, except when they don’t. The Cynosa Chroma not only avoids sucking, but genuinely impresses with its feel and quietness, and while it was maybe a little too pricey when new, this deal brings it down into bonafide budget territory. For a gaming keyboard, anyway.

At the opposite end of the keyboard spectrum we have the Apex Pro, which spares little expense on its adjustable mech switches, RGB lighting and integrated OLED display. Nonetheless, this 18% discount should make it somewhat more accessible.

Black Friday gaming headset deals

UK deals:

This was £50 the other day, and I was complaining about the Yanks getting a better discount. In the fullness of time, I look silly, as does anyone who didn't wait until it dropped to a preposterosuly good £30. Remember, this is our favourite overall gaming headset right now.

Another of the all-time Logitech headset greats is on sale for Black Friday, with £52 hacked off the G Pro X. It's especially good if you like your headsets to have a more mature, less technicolour aesthetic.

Last I checked, the BlackShark V2 went for £99, so this is a very tempting offer indeed. Sound quality is lovely, but this headset’s real strength lies in its comfort, with memory foam pads that can envelop your ears for hours without issue.

Currently the same price as the Essential, the Razer Nari Ultimate is definitely worth picking up at this price. What's the difference? The Ultimate is packed with features, like Razer's own HyperSense haptic feedback tech.

The HyperX Cloud II is still one of the more comfortable headset options, with great sound to boot. £59 is a great price point for a reliable bit of kit that you won't want to replace for years.

An upgraded version of the Corsair Void Pro, the Elite is another surprisingly comfy option, with a traditional headband design and lots of soft padding. It falls a little short on sound quality, but at £70 it's still an excellent alternative to some of the pricier headsets.

US deals:

The best gaming headset is no longer available at dead-on half price, but what's one dollar between friends? You simply won’t find a better-sounding headset for this kind of cash.

Another one of our top headset picks, the SteelSeries Arctis 7, is on the pointy end of a 25% discount. While it remains more of a premium proposition than most, this is a very good price for the sound quality and comfort you’ll get in exchange.

The Kraken V3 X is an ultra-lightweight headset, perfect for anyone planning a long session. Now nearly half price, there is no better time to invest in Razer's comfortable offering.

The price fluctuation on the BlackShark headset has been a journey, but for the actual day, has settled on a tasty $70. A very tempting price for this all around well put together headset.

Black Friday motherboard deals

UK deals:

Aha, a B550 motherboard with an even bigger saving than the MSI MAG model below. It's competitively specced too, with mod-cons like M.2 heat speaders and an integrated I/O shield.

It’s hard to go wrong with MSI’s Tomahawk boards, and this B550 model – for AMD chips like the Ryzen 3000 and Ryzen 5000 series – is a fine example. With plenty of ports, passively cooled M.2 slots and extensive audio connections, it’s the complete package at an agreeable price.

Sadly, it will probably be a few months before any big savings on the latest Z690 motherboards, but this Z590 model will more than suffice if you’re upgrading to one of the 11th Gen chips listed above. Full overclocking support, extensive connectivity and reinforced hardware make this a great option for high-end builds.

US deals:

Ideal for compact AMD builds, the microATX B550M Aorus Pro-P packs in both the essentials and a few choice luxuries (including an SSD heat spreader, ad built-in I/O shield). It's risen above its Black Friday low of $110, however..

See above: motherboard equals good. And again, just make sure you’re pairing it with a compatible AMD Ryzen processor.

This link, uh, changed from from the Z590 Aorus Pro to the Z590 Aorus Elite AX when I wasn't looking. Oh well, this one's also a lovely, Intel 11h-gen-ready mobo, and costs less than the Pro did to boot.

Two sticks of DDR4 RAM installed in a motherboard.

Black Friday RAM deals

UK deals:

£45 is a fantastic price for 16GB of fast DDR4. There's no catch here - the frequencies are high, the latency is low and the design, while not exactly stunning, isn't too ostentacious either.

Fast 3000MHz RAM, with decent latency, for just over £50. Job's a good'un - and don't worry about cheapness hinting at rubbishness. We've used Vengeance LPX memory a bunch of times at RPS, both for testing rigs and in personal builds.

We’ve also used Vengeance RGB Pro memory in many of our component testing builds, so can attest there’s a lot more going for it than just the addition of some light-up strips.

US deals:

The budget stalwart returns at an even lower price than usual. With low latency and high frequencies, this is a great opportunity to grab a 16GB kit for a relative pittance.

Corsair’s Vengeance LPX has long been a reliable go-to for everyone from first-time builders to ambitious enthusiasts. There are slightly cheaper 16GB kits, but this is a popular design for a reason.

Averaging just $52.50 per 16GB module, this is a relative bargain for anyone wanting to give their PC a major memory upgrade.

Black Friday gaming laptop deals

UK deals:

This is a significant discount on Asus’ distinctive gaming laptop, which has a customisable LED display on the lid. The real attractions, of course, are the high-end AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS, which is paired with a GeForce RTX 3060, 120Hz 1440p display and a huge 1TB SSD.

Want an RTX laptop for less than the Asus model above? This TUF Dash FX516PM also has an RTX 3060 GPU, plus a reasonably beefy Intel Core i7-11370H processor, for less than £1000. The display resolution is 1080p rather than 1440p, but this does at least make it easier to fill out the 144Hz refresh rate.

This deal cannot be ignored - more than £1000 off the Razer Blade Pro 17. High refresh rates and a high-end GPU make this more than just a gaming laptop, it can be a solid home computer substitue too.

US deals:

A cheap gaming laptop that won't feel cheap. We tested a slightly more powerful model for the RPS Gigabyte G5 review, but the RTX 3050 in this one will still handle 1080p just fine.

Few gaming laptops are put together as nicely as the Razer Blade series. This particular model is from 2020, and thus has a 10th Gen Intel CPU and an RTX 2080 Super rather than the latest and greatest internals. Even so, it’s hard to gripe much when it's $1400 off, and that GPU still offers enough power to produce high frame rates on the 300Hz display.

Alienware is a brand that deserves it's high price - so any savings are much appreacited. Widely regarded as one of the best RTX 3080 laptops around, it also serves as an upgrade to Alienware's previous models.

AMD's Radeon RX 6700 XT and RX 6800 graphics cards

Black Friday graphics card deals

UK deals:

Graphics card prices are beyond daft at the moment, but if you really can't wait for a top-tier upgrade...this is probably the best Radeon RX 6900 XT price you can hope for. At least without trawling the Chinese second-hand market for knackered former crypto mining cards.

Recent shortages have wiped a lot of stock, so there's not too much in the way of savings, however a couple hundred quid knocked off this graphics card is not to be sniffed at. It's still a high price, but it will run your games on max settings, and offer 4k 60fps settings.

US deals:

Got a 4K monitor and urgently need a GPU that can really make the most of it? All things considered, you could pay a lot more for an Radeon RX 6900 XT than what this deal is proposing. It throws in Far Cry 6, Resident Evil 8, and a month’s subscription to to Xbox Game Pass as well.

A standard issue GPU to get a crisp 1080p is the GTX 1650. Not the beefiest of components, it still packs a punch without being overly expensive. Even as a piece to tide you over until you upgrade.

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James retired from writing about Dota for RPS to write about hardware for RPS. His favourite watercooler radiator size is 280mm and he always takes advantage of RGB lighting by setting everything to a solid light blue.

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