There is a chance we’ll see machines packing the very latest and greatest gear hit the bargain bins. The fact that every retailer appears to be selling every RTX 3070, RTX 3080, and RTX 3090 they get their hands on means that there’s no need for them to try and entice customers with Nvidia’s latest tech. The same is true for AMD’s Ryzen 5000 processors, and it’ll be a similar story with the Radeon RX 6000 graphics cards.
The shortage of new hardware has had two effects on the pre-built system market. The first is that it has never been busier, so if you do want a cutting-edge system, you’re going to need to throw some money down with your system builder of choice if you want anything this side of Christmas (assuming it isn’t too late already). If you desperately want the likes of the RTX 3080 Ti, this is still probably the quickest way of getting one.
System builders such as iBuypower also have their own pre-built systems that are ready to roll out of the shop quicker than custom designs. These iBuypower RDY systems can be with you in a matter of days, when other machines might take weeks, or even months.
The second, and the one that’s potentially more interesting to anyone looking to grab a Black Friday gaming PC bargain, is that the last-gen machines just aren’t as tempting as they were. At least not for the same money. All this last-gen kit doesn’t just miraculously disappear though, retailers and system builders need to sell it to make some money back.
Here’s the thing, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with machines built around Zen 2, Intel 10th-Gen CPUs, and Nvidia RTX 2080s if the price is right. If you’d bought such a machine six months ago you’d have enjoyed some great gaming with it, and that doesn’t change with the release of new hardware. Don’t be put off by the fact that such machines don’t use the very latest, greatest hardware basically. There are still some seriously good machines out there.
As ever when hunting for bargains, focus on what you need, and don’t be swayed to grab a bargain just because it’s cheap.
- Black Friday