Amazon Prime Day He usually has a lot of great discounts on everything from Outerwear for gaming accessories, but this year there have been a staggering number of PC deals. In fact, there are enough deals on PC components that you can build almost an entire gaming rig with just one shopping cart. There’s a big asterisk here: graphics cards are still pretty much in short supply and aren’t really discounted. But everything else? I’ve got you covered. Here’s how to make a reasonable percentage of a new PC with Prime Day deals.
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Motherboard, Processor, and PSU Deals
You will first need a central processing unit (CPU or processor), a place to live (motherboard), and a power supply unit (PSU) to keep your gaming machine running. There are no great deals on AMD processors this year, so the motherboards below are for Intel processors. It just means that everything in this list will work together in the same architecture.
No matter the workload, you can’t go wrong with an Intel Core i7. This is from the 9th generation, which is still fast enough not to get in the way of your games (or your spreadsheets).
Core i7 has a K rating, which means that it is unlocked, which allows you to increase the clock rate of the CPU to increase its speed. (They’re basically faster than standard chips.) They’re 10th generation (we’re 11th generation now). This is the CPU to pick up if you’re planning on doing any (and overclocking) intensive tasks but aren’t quite ready to move to the i9.
This is one of our favorite treats at the moment. It’s extremely powerful, and its 10 cores can handle almost any workload (or game) you throw at it, even video editing. Moreover, it is a K processor, so it is just as open as the above processor. Make sure you get a liquid coolant if you want to overclock this thing. Note that the stock of this is volatile, but we’re leaving the deal here for now so you can check in and see if it’s back.
If you prefer AMD over Intel, this is a good deal – the price matches what we saw last Black Friday. It’s on par with most i9 processors, is not unlocked to crack, and the included Wraith Prism cooler will keep temperatures within safe ranges. (LED RGB is nice, too.)
Every PC needs a motherboard, and this Gigabyte Z390 is a beast. Your motherboard doesn’t hamper your performance anywhere near the CPU or GPU, but having a fully equipped board like this can make your life easier. The Z390 has two M.2 slots for additional storage and is easily accessible, which is not always the case.
The 750W power supply is a great place to start your gaming PC. Getting more power never hurts, but you won’t hit any ceilings at 750W as long as you stick to a single GPU setup.
RAM and storage don’t get the credit it deserves. Easy to overlook but vitally important. RAM keeps your device on its toes, and hard drives or solid state drives (SSDs) provide all the storage space you’ll need for new games. SSDs can improve load times.
With gaming PCs, I usually want the most storage space possible. This means that it never hurts to have an internal SSD (on top of M.2 storage) that never runs out of your growing Steam library space. A little about NVMe No product name; This means that it is faster (and usually more expensive) than a standard SATA drive. There is, too 1 TB version for sale here.
If you want good internal SATA storage (the most common but larger type), the BX500 is a good choice. This person’s read/write speeds will not be as fast as the above NVMe M.2 SSDs.
For most computers, it’s a good idea to start with 16GB of RAM if you can. This extra memory will keep your device light on its feet during most workloads and games. Ultimately, you may want to increase the storage capacity to 32GB.
Housings, Cooling and RGB Lighting Deals
Now for the fun part. You almost got your machine together, so let’s give this machine a place to live and a killer air conditioning system to keep things cool and quiet.
Liquid cooling used to be intimidating to install, but now thanks to all-in-one coolers like the ML280 it’s just as easy to set up a standard CPU cooler, but in a way cooler.
Cases are always a very personal choice; It is a matter of style and space. You can’t go wrong with the middle ATX tower though. It’s large enough that you don’t scrape your knuckles every time you switch appliances but small enough that it doesn’t take up your entire desk. This mid tower case From Thermal Tech is also a good choice. If you want to get smaller, look no further This bag is micro-ATX Thermaltake.
Most cases come with RGB lighting these days, but if you don’t have it (or if you just want to More RGB lighting), Corsair’s iCUE lighting range is easy to use and install. You can adjust colors and effects with iCUE software from Corsair.
retailer sale pages
If you’d like to check out more deals for yourself, here are some links to sales going on this week.
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