Black Friday 2022 is shaping up to be a good season for gaming PC deals. Indeed, it will be the first Black Friday where RTX 30-series video cards go unmarked against MSRP. Lower prices for video cards also mean lower prices on prebuilt gaming PCs with those same GPUs. Also. with video card supplies no longer an issue, you can order a gaming PC and expect to receive it in a very reasonable time.
Walmart Black Friday Gaming Computer Deals
Walmart doesn’t have too many Black Friday gaming PC deals, but the ones they do have are pretty good. You will find fantastic deals on prebuilt gaming PCs from IBUYPOWER.
Dell Black Friday Gaming PC Deals
The Dell Black Friday sale includes deals on Alienware Aurora and Dell XPS gaming PCs. The Alienware Aurora certainly has gaming in its DNA; it’s sleek, shiny, colorful and includes more customization options and better cooling than XPS desktops to make it your ultimate gaming PC. The XPS, on the other hand, benefits from a simpler and more sober design with fewer options but at an extremely reasonable price. In terms of gaming performance, both will do the job just fine.
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HP Gaming PC Deals
These are the newly redesigned HP ENVY and OMEN models for 2022. With the exception of the super-cheap HP Pavilion RTX 3060 gaming PC for under $1000, the rest of these configurations are once again equipped with best-in-class 12e generation Intel Alder Lake processors. Some of these configurations are customizable; the upgrades we’ve selected place more emphasis on DIY components such as the CPU and GPU while leaving RAM and storage options completely stock. That’s because it’s often much cheaper to go find the best deal on your own RAM and SSD and then install it yourself.
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Best Buy Black Friday gaming PC deals
Best Buy has a wider selection of Black Friday gaming PC deals from more brands like IBUYPOWER, CyberPowerPC, Acer, and even Lenovo.
HP OMEN 45L RTX 3080 Gaming PC Deal
The 2022 OMEN 45L is HP’s flagship gaming computer. We haven’t really seen a mainstream vendor offer a more robust cooling system than what we see here. The 45L is a chunky chassis with three intake fans for excellent airflow. Even more impressive is the beefy 240mm liquid cooling system (expandable to 360mm for $80) mounted in its own compartment at the top of the case, dubbed the “Cryo Chamber”. This allows for cooling that rivals DIY enthusiast systems.
New Release: Alienware Aurora R15 Intel Core i9 Raptor Lake GeForce RTX 4090 Gaming PC
with Cryo-Tech water cooling and 1350W power supply
New for the 2022-2023 season, the Alienware Aurora R15 is Dell’s first-ever PC featuring both the 13th Gen Intel Raptor Lake processor and RTX 40-series GPU. The Intel Core i9-13900KF boasts a turbo clock speed of 5.8 GHz and a whopping 24 cores and 32 threads. It’s significantly more powerful than the i9 Alder Lake, and it gives AMD’s flagship AMD Ryzen 9 7950X a run for its money.
The RTX-4090 is by far the most powerful video card you can get right now. No other GPU, whether from NVIDIA or AMD, comes close. For reference, the RTX 4090 is around 110% faster in 4K gaming than the already impressive RTX 3080. It’s around 60% faster than the previous king, the RTX 3090 Ti. This could very well be the biggest performance upgrade in a single generational gap for the GeForce line of cards.
Should you upgrade your gaming PC?
Of course, the answer depends entirely on your situation. However, in terms of technical advancements, the new CPUs and GPUs this time around are significant upgrades over their predecessors.
Gaming processors to consider
The Intel Core i7 Alder Lake processor is Intel’s 12th generation processor and a pretty big jump in power over any of the previous Intel chips. It’s definitely one of the best upgrades you can make on the Intel platform, especially since most previous Core i7 revisions have been incremental. There’s now an even newer processor, the 13th Gen Raptor Lake, but it’s too new to see any good deals on this processor and the improvement over Alder Lake isn’t worth the price premium.
On the AMD side, the Ryzen 7000 series processors are also a notable step forward. However, these are the latest generation processors and will not go on sale as easily as the AMD 6000 and 5000 series processors. On that note, the AMD 6000 is just a gradual upgrade from the 5000 series and you should consider getting one or the other depending on what offers are available.
Gaming GPUs to Consider
The RTX 30 series video cards are a huge improvement over the RTX 20 series video cards. The RTX 3060 Ti, for example, a “mid-range” card, is as powerful as the RTX 2080 SUPER, the card “top of the range” of previous generations. If you have a video card older than this generation, this will probably be the best upgrade you can make. Sure, the newly released RTX 40 series cards are even better performing, but with the cheapest RTX 40 series card starting at over $1000, the value proposition just isn’t there. .
AMD has decent video cards. The AMD Radeon RX 6850 XT is a bit slower than the RTX 3080 and the RX 6700 XT is a bit slower than the RTX 3070, but these cards lack DLSS and underperform in ray tracing performance. That said, gaming PCs with these AMD cards could potentially cost several hundred dollars less than their NVIDIA counterparts. You shouldn’t count them if you’re taking them for your money’s worth.
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