Amazon Prime Day usually has tons of discounts on everything from outerwear to play accessories, but this year there are a surprising number of PC hardware 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 is, however, a big asterisk: graphics cards are still very rare and are not really discounted. But all the rest? We have what you need. Here’s how to build a good percentage of a new PC with Prime Day deals.
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Motherboard, processor and power supply offers
First, you’ll need a central processing unit (CPU or processor), a place to live (the motherboard), and a power supply unit (PSU) to keep your rig from running. game running. There aren’t any great deals on AMD processors this year, so the motherboards below are all for Intel processors. It just means that everything on this list will work together in the same version.
Regardless of the workload, you really can’t go wrong with an Intel Core i7. This one is ninth generation, which is still fast enough that you won’t be remembering your games (or spreadsheets).
This Core i7 has a K designation, which means it is unlocked, which allows you to increase the processor clock rate to increase its speed. (It’s essentially faster than standard chips.) This is 10th generation (we are currently 11th generation). This is the processor to grab back if you plan on doing some heavy-duty (and overclocking) tasks but aren’t quite ready to upgrade to an i9.
It’s one of our favorite processors right now. It’s super powerful, and its 10 cores can handle just about any workload (or game) you throw at it, even video editing. On top of that, it’s a K processor, so it’s unlocked like the one above. Make sure you have a liquid cooler if you are going to overclock this thing. Note that the stock for this fluctuates, but we’re leaving the matter here for now so you can check and see if it’s back.
If you prefer AMD over Intel, this deal is good: the price matches what we saw last Black Friday. It’s on par with most i9 processors, unlocked for overlocking, and the included Wraith Prism cooler will keep temperatures within safe ranges. (The RGB LED is nice too.)
Every PC needs a motherboard, and this Gigabyte Z390 is a beast. The motherboard doesn’t hamper your performance as much as a processor or graphics processing unit (GPU), but having a fully equipped one like this can make your life easier. The Z390 has two M.2 slots for additional storage and they are easily accessible, which is not always the case.
A 750-watt power supply is a great starting point for a gaming PC. It never hurts to get more power, but you won’t hit any 750-watt cap as long as you stick to a low-power configuration. a GPU.
RAM and storage don’t get the credit they deserve. They are easy to ignore, but are vitally important. RAM keeps your machine on its toes, and hard drives or solid state drives (SSDs) provide all the storage space you’ll need for new games. SSDs can even improve load times.
With gaming PCs, I generally like to have as much storage as possible. This means that it never hurts to have an internal SSD (in addition to M.2 storage) that never runs out of space for your ever-growing Steam library. The part on NVMe up there is not the name of the product; it just means it’s faster (and generally more expensive) than a standard SATA drive. There is also a 1 terabyte version on sale here.
If you want good old-fashioned internal SATA storage (the kind that is more common but larger) then the BX500 is a good choice. Read / write speeds from this one won’t be as fast as the above NVMe M.2 SSDs.
For most PC versions, it’s a good idea to start with 16GB of RAM if you can. This extra memory will keep your machine light on its feet during most workloads and games. Eventually, you might want to upgrade to 32GB.
RGB Enclosure, Cooling & Lighting Deals
Now for the fun part. You’re almost done with your build, so let’s give this machine a place to live and a killer AC system to keep things cool and quiet.
Liquid cooling used to be such a scary thing to install, but now, thanks to all-in-one coolers like the ML280, it’s as easy as setting up a standard CPU cooler, but cooler.
Cases are always a very personal choice; it’s a question of style and space. You can’t go wrong with an ATX midsize tower. It’s big enough that it won’t scratch your fingers every time you change gear, but small enough that it doesn’t take up your entire desk. This mid-tower case from Thermaltake is also a good choice. If you are looking to be smaller, go for this Thermaltake micro-ATX case.
Most cases come with RGB lighting these days, but if yours didn’t (or you After RGB lighting), the Corsair iCUE lighting kit is very easy to use and install. You can change colors and effects using Corsair’s iCUE software.
Retailer sales pages
If you’d like to check out more deals yourself, here are some links to the current sales this week.
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