Best Black Friday deals to build a £1,500 gaming PC

Best Black Friday deals to build a £1,500 gaming PC

Best Black Friday deals to build a £1,500 gaming PC

Black Friday PC Build 2022

The biggest sales event of the year has arrived. Black Friday 2022 promises plenty of bargains, and although the furore isn’t as dramatic as it has been in years past, there are some great deals out there that could save you a few kroner on products you were already thinking of buying.

However, finding the best bargains is easier said than done. Instead of flooding your inbox with offers, the Club386 team set themselves a challenge: what’s the best PC we can build for £1,500? Just to make the task a little more difficult, we have decided that the price level must also include monitor, keyboard and mouse. Sounds doable, but be careful; you’d be surprised (or maybe not) at how many products artificially went up in price just days ago, only to be “reduced” specifically for Black Friday.

Don’t worry, we’ve done our research, checked pricing history, cross-compared at various dealers, and come away with a pretty well-rounded rig, if we do say so ourselves. Each featured component is at or near its lowest price ever.

Starting with the CPU, and after heated internal debate, the team finally settled on an AMD Ryzen 7 5800X. Yes, newer, faster processors from both AMD and Intel are now available, but AMD’s octa-core AM4 chip is still an excellent choice, especially with a £227 low. It’s a bargain, no doubt, and if you’re stuck needing more threads, the 12-core Ryzen 9 5900X is a close second at £350.

AMD Ryzen 7 5800X

“AMD Ryzen 7 5800X elite gaming desktop processors come with eight cores optimized for high-FPS gaming rigs.”

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Now for the supporting cast. Lots of parts were considered – specifying a rig is difficult at the best of times, let alone on Black Friday – and for the motherboard we’ve settled on an ASRock X570 Phantom Gaming 4, which offers a full-featured chipset for under £145. No shortage of choice when it comes to memory – the 16GB Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4-3200 fits the bill at just £53 – and for CPU cooling, the MSI MAG Coreliquid P240 offers competent all-in-one liquid cooling for under £75.

Chassis and power supply next. For the former, Corsair’s 4000D Airflow ticks all the right boxes and has dropped back to £70, representing its best price in over 12 months. Corsair also takes the latter spot, with the RM750x 80 Plus Gold offering 750 watts of juice at a low £90. When it comes to storage, it’s hard to say no to a 1TB Samsung 980 at a Black Friday price of £69.

You won’t find any good deals on graphics cards in the RTX 40 series, but there are promising ones further down the stack. The GeForce RTX 3060 Ti now hovers at or below the £450 mark, but we’ve given the nod to the Radeon RX 6700 XT. Shop around and you can find a 12GB partner card for ~£400.

Such hardware needs a skilled ensemble and especially a good screen. After sifting through the various deals, we stumbled upon the iiyama G-Master GB2730QSU-B1. A TN panel may be a controversial choice, but at £173 the screen has never been cheaper, offering gamers a decent sized 2560×1440 QHD resolution. Want to really step it up in the display department? AOC’s excellent Agon AG324UX 4K 144Hz monitor is down to its lowest ever price, although £650 will put a serious dent in your build budget.

iiyama G-Master GB2730QSU-B1

“The 27” G-Master GB2730QSU known as Silver Crow opens you up to a whole new level of gaming experiences.

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Do you need a couple of peripherals for it? No need to break the bank. Corsair’s K65 RGB Mini keyboard is down to £80 and the accompanying M65 Pro RGB mouse is now available for just £38.

Do the maths and each component comes to just under £1,460, leaving enough change for the odd change here or there. Thoughts about our building? Which parts would you trade, and do you choose to buy something this Black Friday? Let us know on Facebook or Twitter.

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