Black Friday 2020 in Australia: the best PC gaming deals you can pick up today Black Friday 2020

Welcome to Black Friday week! We may have Thanksgiving sitting between us and the big Black Friday deals, but there are still a host of discounts live right now, and coming in over the next few days. What a time to be alive. With the alluring promise of deals on the finest of PC gaming gear, the annual consumer shopping frenzy represents a tempting time to either pick up a bargain to round off your perfect PC setup, or else get ahead of the Christmas gifting rush.

The Best Black Friday deals

As usual, Black Friday 2020 itself occurs on the last Friday of November, which makes it November 27 this year. But that is, of course, not telling the full story about the true extent of this sales event. Some retailers and manufacturers have already launched their sales, such as Best Buy, Walmart, and Dell.

On the plus side it does mean we don’t necessarily have to jump into the maelstrom over the main weekend to find the best Black Friday deals on PC gaming goodies. There will be different offers across the month, with a host of retailers aiming to get the jump on each other with the best offers.

Mostly that means they’ll all be trying to beat Amazon. But that is generally an exercise in futility as Jeff knows all, Jeff sees all, and will price match everyone into oblivion. He’s probably plugged directly, meatily into a vast data center at the start of November, with neurons firing hither and thither, matching or beating the likes of Newegg, Walmart, and the rest in deals… until he’s bodily removed by his minions at some point in January to recuperate in a Bacta tank until Prime Day 2021. Probably.

Black Friday Top 10 deals today

Dell G3 15 | Intel i5 | GTX 1650 | $809.99 $734.99 at Dell (save $75)
The GTX 1650 GPU is never going to set any gaming benchmark records, but will still deliver you decent 1080p gaming performance, and for just $735 that’s a decent effort from this stylish Dell machine. The 4-core, 8-thread Core i5 is a decent CPU, you get 2x 4GB RAM for proper dual-channel support and a 256GB SSD.View Deal

Lenovo IdeaPad Slim | Intel i5 | Nvidia MX350 | $879.99 $629.99 at Staples (save $250)
The MX350 is never going to win any awards as a gaming GPU, but it is still a discrete graphics card that’s going to deliver higher gaming performance than the integrated GPU of Intel’s 10th Gen chips. You can squeeze 720p gaming out of this office machine, with a 512GB SSD and 8GB RAM.View Deal

Acer Predator XB271HU | 27-inch | 1440p | 165Hz | $699.99 $529 at Amazon
The XB271 is one of our favourite displays of all time, it uses the exact same panel as the Asus ROG PG279Q, which currently sits atop our best gaming monitors list. And with a $300 discount it’s a great price for a high refresh 1440p panel. There’s no HDR involved, but that’s almost a moot point on PC these days.View Deal

Sony Bravia A9G | OLED| 55-inch | $2,499.99 $1,899.99 at Best Buy
Unless you have a vast lounge a 55-inch 4K TV is the sweet spot for big-screen televisions, and OLED is the perfect panel technology for such a beast. It’s also a great technology for gaming, delivering impeccable contrast and HDR. And with $600 off this Sony OLED it’s below $2,000 right now.View Deal

Vizio UHD SmartCast TV | 55-inch | OLED | $1,299.99 $899 at Best Buy (save $400)
Vizio is a discount brand, but still, an OLED TV for $899 is exciting, as OLED panels are top-tier and usually cost well over a grand. This TV has also been designed with some gaming features.View Deal

Wireless Xbox controller | $59.99 $39.99 at Best Buy
This is the latest version of the controller that released with the Xbox Series X, with a redesigned D-pad and nice, grippy coating to the back, triggers, and bumpers. At this price, it’s cheaper than the Xbox One version. View Deal

Western Digital WD_Black SN750 | 500GB | PCIe 3.0 | $62.99 at Amazon
Western Digital came late to the SSD game, despite being a huge name in the hard drive market, but the SN750 appeared with its own controller and performance to match the might of Samsung’s NVMe SSDs. It’s still up there, and this 500GB version is a great little drive for this price.View Deal

Samsung 970 EVO Plus | 1TB | PCIe 3.0 | $249.99 $149.99 at Amazon (save $100)
While we’re still waiting for the newer PCIe 4.0 interface to become ubiquitous speedy PCIe 3.0 SSDs, such as this excellent Samsung 970 EVO Plus, are still absolutely worth your money. For under $150 this is a good price for a 1TB NVMe SSD, though you may find lesser-known brands hitting $120-odd around Black Friday.View Deal

Mushkin Enhanced Pilot-E | 2TB | PCIe 3.0 | $309.99 $219.99 at Newegg (save $90)
The price of NVMe drives is at a spectacularly low level right now, to the point where a seriously quick 2TB drive like this is only a shade over $200. That, together with its competitive read/write speed, makes this a rather desirable little slice of silicon to house your precious game data.View Deal

SanDisk Extreme | 1TB | $249.99 $159.99 at Amazon (save $90)
External SSDs are becoming more and more important with the release of the next-gen consoles, but they’re also vital for the professional PC crowd too. Having a rugged drive such as this SanDisk, with this level of performance, means working with large data sizes on the go is far easier.View Deal

AKRacing Core Series EX| $349 $249.99 at Amazon ($99 off)
If you really want a lie-flat gaming chair, then AKRacing is going to be your jam, with its 180 degree recline. Unnecessary, I’ll grant you, but the steel frame, adjustable armrests, lumbar support, and build quality mean the Core Series EX has other things to recommend it too.View Deal

Black Friday Gaming PC deals

iBuyPower Ampere Gaming PC | RTX 3080 | Intel i9 | $2,449 $2,184.05 at iBuyPower (save $265)
Buying an RTX 3080 is nigh-on impossible right now, so a pre-built system is absolutely the way to go for that sweet, sweet Ampere graphics love. This iBuyPower machine has a hefty discount with the BFMonth discount code, netting you a 10-core CPU, 32GB RAM, and a 1TB SSD into the bargain. Ships 12/10.View Deal

iBuyPower Gaming PC | RTX 3070 | Intel i7 | $1,749 $1,566.55 at iBuyPower (save $182)
You can bag a deal on an RTX 3070 this Black Friday it seems… you just have to buy a full system wrapped around it. That’s some fancy wrapping paper, including 16GB RAM, 1TB NVMe SSD, and the 8-core, 16-thread 10th Gen Intel Core i7. The system is expected to ship on the 10th December too, with code BFMonth.View Deal

ABS Prism B | RTX 2070 Super | Ryzen 7 | $1,499.99 $1,249 at Newegg (save $250)
The RTX 2070 Super may be ‘last-gen’ now but it’s still a great GPU for 1440p gaming, with a sprinkling of ray tracing too. Backed up by the Ryzen 7 3700X, 16GB of RAM, and a 1TB SSD you have the basis of a great gaming PC. This colorful PC, with its inverted design that places the PSU at the top, focuses on what matters most and represents a great deal. View Deal

Asus ROG Strix GL10DH | RTX 2060 Super | Ryzen 7 | $1,449.99 $1,099.99 at Newegg (save $350)
This is a great saving on a big-brand PC that has a healthy core specification. The RTX 2060 Super is a great card for 1080p gaming and even manages some 1440p action in the right titles. It also lets you get in on the ray-tracing fun. The Ryzen 7 3700X is a great CPU, and with 16GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD, there’s a lot of PC here for your money.
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Alienware Aurora R10 | RTX 2080 Super | Ryzen 7 | $2,039.99 $1,649.99 at Dell (save $390)
The Aurora machines are our favorite pre-built gaming PCs right now, and this is a mighty discount on a mighty rig. Sure, the Ampere cards might have superseded the older Turing architecture, but there is still a whole lot of performance on offer. As well as 16GB RAM, a 1TB SSD, and a fantastic AMD processor.View Deal

Dell XPS Desktop SE | RTX 2070 Super | Intel i7 | $1,829.99 $1,399.99 at Dell (save $430)
The new Dell gaming PCs are pretty little things, with a bit of the Mac desktop aesthetic. That’s no bad thing, especially when it comes packing an RTX 2070 Super, a 512GB SSD, and an 8-core, 16-thread Intel i7. One thing to note, however, is that it’s only sporting a single 16GB stick of RAM, which will halve its bandwidth. Though you could always buy another stick…View Deal

Origin PC deals | Pick up to 3 free gifts on select systems
Origin hasn’t yet listed any specific system deals, but it has launched its Black Friday bundles. The bonuses take the form of either a $50 VISA card, a 500GB Seagate SSD, a Corsiar Void Pro wireless headset, a Corsair K55 and Harpoon keyboard/mouse setup, a Corsair Dark Core Pro mouse, or an Elgato Mini Dock.View Deal

Omen Obelisk PC | GTX 1660 | Intel i5 | $965 at Amazon
While not sporting the most powerful components by any means, the Omen Obelisk is a reliable workhorse of a gaming PC and comes from the also-reliable HP stable. The GTX 1660 is a solid 1080p gaming card, and the i5 is a speedy 6-core last-gen processor. There will be better deals, but this is a solid starter rig.View Deal

CyperPowerPC Gamer Master | RTX 2060 | Ryzen 7 | $999 at Walmart
Walmart focuses on the Ryzen 7 3700X in this machine and forgets to mention the RTX 2060 powering the graphics side of things. That aside, this is a pretty sweet deal, with those two components providing some excellent raw grunt for 1080p/1440p gaming. You can even hit some ray tracing goodness as well. 16GB of RAM, a 240GB SSD, and 1TB HDD round things off nicely.View Deal

HP Pavilion TP01-0145m | Radeon RTX 550 | Ryzen 3 | $549.99 $449.99 at Walmart
This unassuming box is a bit of an oddity for an office machine in that it pairs the Ryzen 3 3200G’s integrated graphics with a Radeon RTX 550 graphics card. Beyond that, you get 8GB of RAM, a 128GB boot SSD for the bundled copy of Windows 10 Home, and a 1TB HDD. A decent work system that could play the odd game at a push.View Deal

Black Friday Gaming Laptop deals

HP Pavilion | 15.6-inch | Ryzen 5 4600H | GTX 1650 | 8GB RAM | 256GB SSD | $699.99 $449.99 at Best Buy (save $250)
You can’t get a gaming laptop for under $500, they said. And if you do, it will have crummy integrated graphics, they said. Well, THEY were wrong. This HP Pavilion rocks a 6-core/12-thread Ryzen CPU and a GeForce GTX 1650 GPU. It’s not going to win any sprints, but can offer a nice pace in games like Doom Eternal and Apex Legends.
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Asus TUF Gaming | 15.6-inch| Core i5 |GTX 1650 Ti | 8GB RAM | 256GB SSD | $799.99 $599.99 at Best Buy (save $200)
The GeForce GTX 1650 Ti is a respectable GPU in the entry-level section, and a fine grab in a gaming laptop that only costs $599.99. It won’t push 60+ fps in every single game out there, but it will in many cases, and way more often than not will present a playable experience at 1080p.View Deal

Asus ROG Zephyrus M15 | Intel i5 | RTX 2070 Max-Q | $1,579.99 $1,249.99 Best Buy (save $330)
Not many laptops serve up a 240Hz refresh rate, but this one does, which is powered by a Comet Lake CPU and a GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q GPU. It’s a great option for esports, and with 16GB of RAM and a 1TB SSD, any gamer can jump on this without regret.
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Dell G3 15 | Intel i5 | GTX 1650 | $809.99 $734.99 at Dell (save $75)
The GTX 1650 GPU is never going to set any gaming benchmark records, but will still deliver you decent 1080p gaming performance, and for $735 that’s a decent result from this stylish Dell machine. The 4-core, 8-thread Core i5 is a decent CPU, you get 2x 4GB RAM for proper dual-channel support and a 256GB SSD.View Deal

Acer Nitro 5 | Intel i3 | RTX 2060 | $999.99 $899 at B&H
Nvidia promised us sub-$1,000 RTX 2060 laptops, and now even those are getting discounted with new cards coming in 2021. This Acer machine sports a low-end 4-core/8-thread CPU, but the RTX 2060 is a great mainstream mobile chip. The 144Hz display, 16GB RAM, and 512GB SSD ain’t bad either.View Deal

Lenovo IdeaPad Slim | Intel i5 | Nvidia MX350 | $879.99 $629.99 at Staples (save $250)
The MX350 is never going to win any awards as a gaming GPU, but it is still a discrete graphics card that’s going to deliver higher gaming performance than the integrated GPU of Intel’s 10th Gen chips. You can squeeze 720p gaming out of this office machine, with a 512GB SSD and 8GB RAM.View Deal

MSI GL75 | 17.3-Inch |Intel i7 | RTX 2070 | 16GB RAM | 512GB SSD + 1TB HDD | $1,499 $1,199 after rebate
This is a strong configuration from top to bottom for playing games at high framerates. With a 6-core, 12-thread Intel CPU, a powerful mobile Nvidia GPU, 16GB RAM, and a 512GB SSD paired with a 1TB HDD, this is a lot of laptop. Discounted price requires code 4STUDENT (save $100) and cashing in the $100 mail-in-rebate.View Deal

MSI GE66 Raider | Intel i7 | RTX 2080 Super | $2,799 $2,499 at Amazon (save $300)
If you’re after the most powerful gaming laptop around today you’d do well to find something with more oomph than the GE66 Raider. The RTX 2080 Super is top of the line until Ampere GPUs go mobile sometime next year, and the rest of the spec is spectacular too. There’s 32GB RAM, 1TB NVMe SSD, and a 300Hz screen to match the 8-core, 16-thread CPU.View Deal

Acer Swift 3 | 14-inch | Ryzen 7 4700U | $679.99 at Amazon
If you’re just after a basic office laptop, that will deliver on battery life and general system performance, the Swift 3 is a great shout. It’s small, comes with a 512GB NVMe SSD, and 8GB or RAM. It’s no gaming machine, but the 8-core AMD APU is a quality bit of kit, and you could get some very light gaming going on it.View Deal

Microsoft Surface Pro 7 | Intel i3 | $959 $599 at Best Buy
It’s no gaming laptop, but the Pro 7 is a solid tablet with PC pretensions thanks to its connected keyboard and Intel Core i3 processor. The 4GB of RAM and 128GB SSD capacity would be a bit miserly on a fully fledged laptop, but in this 12.3-inch tablet form it will absolutely do the job you need of it.View Deal

Black Friday Gaming Monitor deals

Dell Curved FreeSync Monitor | 32-inch | 1440p | 165Hz | $449.99 $329.99 at Best Buy (save $120)
This is one of the perennial deals of the year, with the 32-incher from Dell getting discounts over Prime Day and now Black Friday. It’s a quality screen with 165Hz refresh rate, a 1440p resolution, and  a VA panel. It also supports AMD’s FreeSync frame-smoothing tech for butter gaming. Mmm, buttery gaming…View Deal

HP 27f | 27-inch | 1080p | 75Hz | $249.99 $109.99 at Best Buy (save $140)
Some great savings here, on a quality panel. Not the highest refresh, but it comes with AMD FreeSync support. Already great value at full price, now with $140 savings, the super-slim 27F VGA  monitor is worth a look, if you just want to get some basic 1080p gaming underway—particularly for those packing an AMD GPU.View Deal

Acer Predator XB271HU | 27-inch | 1440p | 165Hz | $699.99 $529 at Amazon
The XB271 is one of my favourite displays of all time, it uses the exact same panel as the Asus ROG PG279Q, which currently sits atop our best gaming monitors list. And with a $171 discount it’s a great price for a high refresh 1440p panel. There’s no HDR involved, but that’s almost a moot point on PC these days.View Deal

AOC 23.6-Inch Curved 1080p Gaming Monitor | 144Hz | $229.99 $119.99 at Office Depot
This monitor strikes a great balance between price and specs. It is one of the more affordable displays out there, but still serves up a VA screen with a fast 144Hz refresh rate and FreeSync support. You don’t get HDR on this model, but most HDR implementations on cheaper displays don’t get bright enough to do it justice anyway.View Deal

Alienware AW3420DW | 34-inch | 3440×1440 | 120Hz | $1,199.99 $1,028 at Amazon
This Alienware panel is one of the best ultrawide screens around, though has always been at a rather unpalatable price. Still, at over a grand it’s a lot to spend on a screen, but with an IPS panel capable of running at 120Hz, a curve that will wrap your games around you, and a 1440p high res it’s got the goods for sure.View Deal

Black Friday TV deals

Vizio UHD SmartCast TV | 55-inch | OLED | $1,299.99 $899 at Best Buy (save $400)
Want an OLED TV? Of course you do, and now Vizio has slashed the price of its 55-inch SmartCast screen there is now one that’s more within reach than we’ve seen. With $400 off the list price this OLED TV has been designed with gaming in mind with its new ProGaming Engine. Sweet.View Deal

Vizio UHD SmartCast TV | 65-inch | OLED | $1,999.99 $1,499.99 at Best Buy (save $500)
This is arguably a better deal than the 55-inch above, given that you get a hefty $500 off the sticker price of the 65-inch version. It’s still impressively thin, packs a great OLED panel, and like it’s smaller sibling is still packing the same gaming-focused processing power under the hood.
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Sony X900H | 4K | 65-inch | $1,399.99 $999.99 at Best Buy (save $400)
Great savings here on this vast 65-inch, ultra-high resolution smart Android TV. We’re anticipating a firmware update some time in “Winter 2020” for HDMI 2.1 compatibility, so maybe don’t buy if you’re looking to use a next-gen console on it straight away. Either way, with this kind of saving on a TV that does almost everything it sets out to, it’s hard to ignore.View Deal

LG CX 55-Inch OLED TV | $1,799 $1,399.99 at Amazon
We found the 48-inch model to be the best TV for gaming, and this one is both bigger and cheaper right now. If you’ve been waiting to make the plunge into OLED territory, now is the time to jump.
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Sony Bravia A9G | OLED| 55-inch | $2,499.99 $1,899.99 at Best Buy
Unless you have a vast lounge a 55-inch 4K TV is the sweet spot for big-screen televisions, and OLED is the perfect panel technology for such a beast. It’s also a great technology for gaming, delivering impeccable contrast and HDR. And with $600 off this Sony OLED it’s below $2,000 right now.View Deal

Black Friday NVMe SSD deals

Western Digital WD_Black SN750 | 500GB | PCIe 3.0 | $62.99 at Amazon
Western Digital came late to the SSD game, despite being a huge name in the hard drive market, but the SN750 appeared with its own controller and performance to match the might of Samsung’s NVMe SSDs. It’s still up there, and this 500GB version is a great little drive for this price.View Deal

Samsung 970 EVO SSD | 500GB | PCIe 3.0 | $99.99 $59.99 at Amazon (save $40)
You’d probably want a 1TB drive, but if you can’t stretch that far a 500GB NVMe drive is still absolutely better than not having one. Especially when it’s a speedy Samsung offering. This is a decent price for a half terabyte drive and it’s not really that much slower than the slightly update EVO Plus version.View Deal

Samsung 970 EVO Plus | 500GB| PCIe 3.0 | $129.99 $79.99 at Amazon (save $50)
We may be getting near the point where we regularly recommend a 1TB NVMe SSD as the baseline for what you should be having as a boot drive in your gaming rig, but for right now, having a speedy 500GB 970 EVO Plus on your side will do just fine. That will make Windows feel zippy, as well as your most oft-played games.View Deal

Crucial P1 | 1TB | PCIe 3.0 | $104.99 $93.99 at Amazon (10% off)
Let’s be clear, while it is an NVMe SSD, the Crucial P1 is not in the same league as a Samsung version, but that said it’s still hugely quicker than any SATA drive any manufacturer can offer. And at under $100 it’s a whole lot of speedy storage for not a whole lot of actual cash.View Deal

Crucial P5 | 1TB | PCIe 3.0 | $149.99 $119.99 at Amazon (20% off)
There’s a lot to love about the cheaper P2 model above, but it can’t hold a candle to the P5. This is Crucial’s fastest consumer NVMe drive today with seq. read speeds of 3,400MB/s and seq. write of up to 3,000MB/s. That puts it right up there at the top-end of PCIe 3.0 drives today, and perfect for your operating system, applications, and games.View Deal

WD Black SN750 SSD | 1TB | PCIe 3.0 | $249.99 $134.99 at Amazon (save $115)
This 1TB PCIe SSD will deliver high-end storage performance, with a serious gobbet of game storing capacity. It’s not going to hit the heights of PCIe 4.0 drives, but you’ll struggle to find a comparative option with the space on offer to this WD SSD.View Deal

Samsung 970 EVO Plus | 1TB | PCIe 3.0 | $249.99 $149.99 at Amazon (save $100)
While we’re still waiting for the newer PCIe 4.0 interface to become ubiquitous speedy PCIe 3.0 SSDs, such as this excellent Samsung 970 EVO Plus, are still absolutely worth your money. For under $150 this is a good price for a 1TB NVMe SSD, though you may find lesser-known brands hitting $120-odd around Black Friday.View Deal

Corsair MP400 | 1TB | PCIe 3.0 | $136.99 $114.99 at Newegg (save $22)
As a member of the QLC brigade this Corsair PCIe 3.0 drive can’t quite muster the write performance of something like Samsung or WD’s finest, but this is still decent value for 1TB of SSD storage with performance way ahead of an equivalent SATA drive.View Deal

Mushkin Enhanced Pilot-E | 2TB | PCIe 3.0 | $309.99 $219.99 at Newegg (save $90)
The price of NVMe drives is at a spectacularly low level right now, to the point where a seriously quick 2TB drive like this is only a shade over $200. That, together with its competitive read/write speed, makes this a rather desirable little slice of silicon to house your precious game data.View Deal

Black Friday SATA SSD deals

Samsung SSD 860 EVO | 500GB | $89.99 $53.99 at Amazon (save $36)
This 500GB version of the mighty Samsung 860 EVO will still deliver plenty of PC storage capacity for the discerning gamer, with performance ahead of anything your ol’ spinner platter hard drive could dream of hitting. Though it is worth noting that you will find NVMe options for not a whole lot more if your system is compatible.
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Samsung SSD 860 EVO | 1TB | $199.99 $99.99 at Amazon (save $100)
If you are after some solid solid state storage options then the classic 860 EVO is one of the best SATA drives you can buy. Samsung is always reliable in the SSD world now, and at half price this 1TB SATA drive is outstanding value as either the base for your whole rig or just some speedy secondary Steam library storage.
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WD Green | 1TB | $105.99 $89.99 at Amazon (save $16)
The WD Green is from Western Digital’s less performant range of SSDs, which is why the initial price tag isn’t as high as the quicker Samsung SATA drives. But still, you are getting a full terabyte of SSD storage for under $90, and if you were after speed you’d have already decided on an NVMe drive instead…View Deal

Black Friday External SSD deals

Crucial X8 | 1TB | $189.95 $129.99 at Amazon
What’s better than external storage? Superfast external storage, that’s what. And it doesn’t get much faster than this chunk of aluminum and silicon—we’re talking transfer rates up to 1050MB/s here. It also happens to be rugged enough to take out into the big outdoors with you. View Deal

Samsung X5 | 2TB | Thunderbolt 3 | $699.99 $549.99 at Amazon (save $150)
Yeah, that is a lot of money to drop on some external SSD storage, but look, that’s 2TB of NVMe-class data space. For any professional working on large data sets out in the field, who needs to transfer that stuff around, then spending big on a high-capacity SSD makes a lot of sense. And with $150 off the X5 is great on those counts.View Deal

SanDisk Extreme | 500GB | $97.38 $94.99 at Amazon (save 2%)
This isn’t one of those products we’re highlighting because it’s an incredible saving, but the SanDisk Extreme portable SSD is a rugged, reliable drive that we’re happy to recommend because it’s a quality product. $95 isn’t a stellar discount, but it’s still absolutely a fair price for this SSD.View Deal

SanDisk Extreme | 1TB | $249.99 $159.99 at Amazon (save $90)
External SSDs are becoming more and more important with the release of the next-gen consoles, but they’re also vital for the professional PC crowd too. Having a rugged drive such as this SanDisk, with this level of performance, means working with large data sizes on the go is far easier.View Deal

Black Friday Gaming Chair deals

Emerge Vartan | $229.99 $149.99 at Staples (34% off)
This affordable gaming chair sports the now-classic racing aesthetic, and comes with removable and adjustable neck and lumbar support. The arm rests are also height adjustable, and with a 7-year limited warranty it should last you too.View Deal

Respawn 200 Series Mesh | $299.99 $229.99 at Staples (23% off)
There’s no getting away from it, if you’re in place for a long gaming session, then your average faux leather-backed chair is going to give you sweaty back syndrome. But, with a breathable mesh back behind the lumbar cushion, the Respawn 200 aims to make that a thing of the past.View Deal

AKRacing Core Series EX| $349 $249 at Amazon ($100 off)
If you really want a lie-flat gaming chair, then AKRacing is going to be your jam, with its 180 degree recline. Unnecessary, I’ll grant you, but the steel frame, adjustable armrests, lumbar support, and build quality mean the Core Series EX has other things to recommend it too.View Deal

AKRacing Masters Series | $529 $421 at Amazon (save $108)
The more premium AKRacing seat has had a hefty price cut on Amazon which brings it down to the previous price of the chair tiers below it. That makes this a pretty impressive price for such a well-padded and well-specced gaming chair.View Deal

DXRacer Racing Series | $369.99 $299.99 at Walmart (save $70)
DXRacer chairs don’t often come cheap, and still at $300 this is no cheap gaming chair, but with $70 off you’re getting a quality racing-style seat with a healthy discount on the standard listing price. View Deal

Black Friday Gaming Headset deals

SteelSeries Arctis Pro + Gamedac | 10Hz – 40kHz | $249.99 $159.99 at SteelSeries.com (save $90)
The Arctis Pro on its own is a great gaming headset, and with the added audio excellence of the GameDAC, it becomes one of the best-sounding gaming headsets around. The broad frequency response of the Arctis Pro means the glorious soundscapes of PC gaming will sound better than ever. SteelSeries sign-in required.View Deal

SteelSeries Arctis Pro | 10Hz – 40kHz | $179.99 $139.99 at SteelSeries.com (save $40)
All this is missing is that GameDAC add-on; you still get the great audio of the Arctis Pro headset, and if your PC’s audio setup is up to scratch then you won’t miss it. Sound cards may be few and far between these days (I love mine…) but motherboard audio has come on leaps and bounds. SteelSeries sign-in required.View Deal

SteelSeries Arctis 5 | 20Hz – 22kHz | $99.99 $69.99 at Amazon (save $30)
This is the only one of the SteelSeries gaming headset deals that is actually cheaper on Amazon than its own store. That’s pretty unusual but shows what a good deal the other cans are in this Cyber Sale. The Arctis 5 is a shade off the level of the Pro cans, but can still deliver decent in-game audio.View Deal

Corsair HS60 Pro gaming headset | $69.99 $39.99 at Amazon (43% off)
With a comfortable fit and only minimal gamer styling, the Corsair HS lineup has swiftly become one of our favourites on a budget. The HS60 Pro is no different, offering great sound, a decent microphone, and, most importantly, comfort on a shoestring budget.View Deal

Razer Kraken Gaming Headset | $79.99 $49.99 at Amazon (save $30)
Who needs RGB when you can sit there with greenest of green headphones strapped to your head. More importantly this headset boasts virtual 7.1 surround sound, are really comfortable, have in-line controls, and a retractable noise isolating microphone to make for an altogether impressive audio experience. And $20 off? Seems rude not to grab a pair. View Deal

HyperX Cloud II | $99.99 $79 at Amazon (save $21)
One of the leading headsets in the push to improve PC audio, the HyperX Cloud II is still a great option if you’re looking for quality audio. The memory foam ear pads and aluminum frame make this headset feel like a far higher ticket price item than it actually is. And the sound quality is also great for the money, especially with $20 off.View Deal

HyperX Cloud Stinger Core | $79.99 $64.99 at Amazon
This Wireless headset ticks the most important boxes: it’s light, comfortable, and produces decent audio. It supports Virtual 7.1 surround sound, if you want your gaming to be more immersive. The noise cancelling microphone is also pretty decent, and can be flipped out of the way when not needed. That extra $15 off right now makes this a bit of bargain. View Deal

Razer Nari Ultimate | $199.99 $116.00 at Amazon
Haptic feedback in a headset? Surely some kind of joke? Actually no, while it sounds like a pure gimmick, Razer has managed to refine this idea enough that it actually adds to your gaming experience rather than takes away from it. You also get THX Audio and a retractable mic to make for an all-around impressive headset. This is a bargain too. View Deal

Black Friday Graphics Card deals

PNY XLR8 GTX 1660 Super OC Edition| $249.99 $239.99 at BestBuy (save $10)
The GeForce GTX 1660 Super is one of the better cards that you’ll see in the deals, and this PNY card is the cheapest we can find right now at $240. It’s a factory overclocked card, with a Boost clock of 1,830 MHz, which is a notable step up from the 1,785 MHz you’ll get from a standard card. It’s a great card for 1080p gaming, and can just about handle 1440p at lower settings. View Deal

ASRock Phantom Radeon RX 5500 XT | $219.99 $174.99 at Newegg (save $25)
The Radeon RX 5500 XT is a decent value GPU for 1080p gaming, and this ASRock card is $25 off right now, with another $20 discount available via a mail-in rebate, making it one of the better deals around. It comes with a copy of Godfall as well, which adds a little to the overall value. View Deal

When is Black Friday 2020?

Black Friday itself falls on November 27, 2020, and effectively carries through the weekend into Cyber Monday on November 30, 2020. We expect the likes of Amazon will hold back certain key deals until this final weekend, but the whole of both November and December are typically well-stocked with deals.

This year in particular, with so much pressure on the delivery infrastructure, a lot of retailers are looking to spread things out, hence the early deals already on the books. If you want to guarantee your Christmas presents arrive before the holidays, then doing your shopping in November makes a lot of sense.

And that makes for a lot of shopping time.

What can I expect discounts on this Black Friday 2020?

We expect to find discounts on pretty much every facet of your PC this year. Traditionally, it’s a great time to keep an eye out for gaming laptop deals, with companies keen to clear older, but still high-quality, stock before the end of the year and the release of new generations. 

There may also be some deals on the best gaming PCs for the same reason. A new generation of Nvidia Ampere and AMD RDNA 2 graphics cards, as well as AMD Zen 3 processors, are shipping out now, and that means last-gen machines might get their final hurrah.

It also means the best graphics cards of the existing GeForce and Radeon generations, which are mostly still available in the shops, could see some meaty discounts too. We would expect that AMD Ryzen 3000 CPUs will be the key components to receive stellar deals throughout November.

The price of memory, and therefore the best SSDs, is in a bit of a freefall state right now, and that bodes well for some tasty deals this Black Friday. The gaming monitor market has been mildly stagnant over the last year, but traditionally you’ll find Black Friday a good time to be looking for either a straight monitor or for a big-screen 4K TV for gaming.

The PC peripheral market too goes into overdrive around Black Friday, and so the likes of Logitech and Razer are bound to be slashing prices on their existing stock of gaming keyboards, gaming headsets, and the not-so humble gaming mouse. You can also get a new Xbox controller for $40 right now

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What should I avoid buying on Black Friday 2020?

Anything you don’t need. It’s distressingly easy to be duped into dropping cash on something just because there’s a hefty discount attached to it… even though you have absolutely no use for it. 

If you’re considering making a purchase around Black Friday, have a plan of attack. That probably sounds needlessly aggressive, but you need to know what you actually want to buy first or you’ll end up with no end of crap. Cheap crap, maybe, but crap nonetheless. 

Do some research on the products you’d like to pick up in the sales (we offer detailed hardware buying guides), and maybe some alternatives in case those don’t pop up, and set yourself a strict budget too. 

Products like graphics cards and processors have obvious tiers (though the different companies work damned hard to make product names as confusing as possible), and SSDs have rated speeds, but for peripherals it’s tougher to tell from the specs whether they’re worth the money. Checking for reviews, from such luminaries as ourselves, should guide you on your way, and checking price trackers such as CamelCamelCamel will let you know if a deal’s more than just skin deep.

Any other Black Friday 2020 tips and tricks?

If you haven’t already used it up during a credit card splurge around Amazon Prime Day, then you ought to take the opportunity to sign up for a free 30-day trial of Amazon Prime. That will get you early access to the Lightning Deals, and help you grab some of Jeff’s best deals of the day. It will also net you free shipping on a host of products and speedy delivery too, and at the very worst it’ll be handy when it comes to bagging some last-minute Christmas gifts for that aunt you always forget about.

It also might be worth keeping an eye out for Walmart Plus, or Walmart+, depending on how it eventually gets branded. At the moment Walmart’s upcoming service is still behind closed doors, but it could be launched in time for Black Friday and may see some of the company’s best offers reserved for its release.

But whatever happens around Black Friday 2020, we’ll be on hand throughout November to make sure that you’re told about the best PC gaming deals going down around the event, and hopefully put a stop to any potential buyer’s remorse. 

PCGamer.com

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