Published on November 25th, 2015 | by Bob10
PC Build Guide – Black Friday / Cyber Monday 2015 Edition!
Welcome to the very special Black Friday / Cyber Monday 2015 edition of our PC build guides. As always, we have implemented hard price limits ($500, $800, $1300, $1800) on ourselves and have had to make tough decisions with each build. Your personal budget will likely be flexible, but we hope this will give you a baseline. You can of course spend more or spend less, but you run into a case of diminishing returns at either end. Please keep in mind that pricing information is immediate and may not necessarily reflect real prices by the time you have read this article. Please note: it is important that you understand the fundamentals of PC assembly before undertaking a project like this.
Well here it is, kids, the Black Friday / Cyber Monday edition of our beloved build guides. Keep in mind that the deals that we’ve found here likely will not last through the weekend, but who knows, you might get lucky. Most of the components below are not necessarily flagged as Black Friday Sale items, but they are all lower in cost as a result. There are some pretty tremendous deals on RAM (both DDR3 and DDR4) and SSDs in particular, and that’s been felt throughout our lineup. For example, Amazon has been selling this 480GB Sandisk Ultra II SSD around $109 for a couple of days now (and other retails have followed suit) – you might have even been lucky enough to grab the 960GB version for $199. Several high quality power supplies and cases are on sale, or include a mail in rebate (I know, I hate them too).
We nearly went all Skylake with these builds, but unfortunately the i7-6700K is hovering at a bat-shit-insane $419, and truthfully isn’t that compelling of an upgrade from an i7-4790K, which is currently at a much more comfortable $299.
As far as Black Friday / Cyber Monday specific deals go, Corsair is running a pretty tremendous Super Sale on their direct store page, where you could score the likes of an H100i Extreme for just $90, an Obsidian 750D for $90, or a K65 RGB for $75. Newegg has the ASUS VG248QE 144Hz monitor (it’s a TN panel, though, so I’m out) for just $209. For those looking for a laptop in the “gaming” category without going to the poor house, Amazon has a Dell Inspiron i7559-763BLK for $759.99 that includes an i5, 8GB of RAM, a 256GB SSD, and a GTX960M. Newegg has the Intel 750 Series PCIe SSD on sale across all three models, with the 400GB version at just $299. These are just a few examples that stick out – make sure you keep up with reddit.com/r/buildapcsales, slickdeals.net, and of course PCParpicker’s Black Friday Deal Tracker throughout the weekend. Good luck out there.