Black Friday 2021: when is it and why you need to shop for PC gaming deals early this year

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Look, we know November has only just started, but if you hold out for Black Friday itself, which is November 26 the year, then there's a good chance you'll miss out on the best gaming PC deals. Availability may be the watchword this year, rather than the almighty 'deal', and tech especially is only going to become more scarce as we approach the end of the year.

Not to be a doom-monger about it, but this is a year unlike almost any other—yes, even the blighted days of 2020—where stock isn't even the only thing standing between you and your Christmas wishlist. Shipping is going to be another nightmare, and even a month ahead of time may not be enough to ensure delivery before Santa's sleigh leaves the elves' workshop.

That's why we're recommending you take a look at potential tech purchases earlier than ever, and why we're putting all our efforts into digging up both the best early Black Friday PC gaming deals, and on finding out where there might be a GPU restock or gaming PCs without a three month lead time.

But trust us, there will be deals. Maybe not on a new RTX 3080, but there will definitely be other components with potentially large price drops. With plenty of stock out there we're confident there will be SSDs on offer this year, and system memory too. We would expect to see monitors and TVs with healthy discounts too.

So, it's not all stock nightmares and chip shortage doom and gloom.

When is Black Friday 2021?

Black Friday 2021 will be on November 26, one full day ahead of last year’s date. That means Cyber Monday will fall on November 29 after a retail-heavy weekend.

Last year Black Friday almost lasted from the end of the delayed Prime Day in October. It will be a similar story this year, with everyone, from Amazon to Newegg keen to lock in sales early to avoid shipping problems. So expect specific Black Friday deals and offers to start earlier than ever.

Where will the best Black Friday PC gaming deals be?

In the US:

In the UK:

What deals can I expect on Black Friday 2021?

Obviously, Black Friday deals on graphics cards are off the table for another year. I mean, being able to buy one for anything near MSRP would be a start. But you will be able to find the latest GPU silicon in either a pre-built gaming PC or a new gaming laptop, and a few deals have already started to appear on that front. Intel’s due to release Alder Lake CPUs very shortly, which should mean price cuts on 11th-Gen PCs too.

Along with the news that there will be new Ryzen CPUs early next year, last-gen Intel and AMD processors could be cheaper too, in order to clear older stock from the inventory of retailers. With an imminent price correction on memory expected soon, we might see some other component deals, too. 

The arrival of DDR5 might also make DDR4 kits more affordable, and there seems to have been a glut of great SSDs recently too. 

Screens are another regularly discounted commodity around Black Friday, and we doubt this year will be any different. This means both the best gaming monitors and the best TVs for gaming could get some tasty deals, too.

And there will always be gaming mice and keyboards on sale come Black Friday too, so they’re worth taking a look at. It’s a great time of year to treat your butt to a quality gaming chair as well, which tend to enjoy some healthy price cuts this time of year.

What should I avoid buying on Black Friday 2021?

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. 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.

Are there any Black Friday 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.

But whatever happens around Black Friday 2021, we'll be on hand to see you through and 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.  

We're also deploying the full bot-powered might of our price comparison engine, to check for the best deals on the key PC gaming product categories every hour of every day.

Early Black Friday Gaming PC deals

CyberPowerPC SLC3600MSTV5 | Core i7 11700F | RTX 3080 | $2,559.99 $2,099.99 at Microsoft (save $460)
This is a brilliant deal on an incredible gaming PC. Not only does it pack plenty of the hardware you’d want in a dream PC, including 11th-Gen Core i7 and RTX 3080, but it’s all bundled in a standout chassis. 32GB of RAM, 1TB SSD, and 1TB HDD make for a stunning bundle. Grab it while it’s hot.

iBuypower Gaming RDY SLHRG208 | Ryzen 7 5800X | RTX 3070 | $2,249 $1,999 at iBuypower (save $250)
This iBuypower gaming PC manages to strike a great balance between performance and value. Packing an RTX 3070 and a Ryzen 7 5800X for under $2,000 is no easy feat, but iBuypower has managed it without cutting any corners. Windows 11, 16GB of RAM, and 1TB NVMe SSD are all present and correct. This is a great deal. 

HP Pavilion Gaming Desktop | Ryzen 3 5300G | RTX 3060 | $969.99 $869.99 at HP (save $100)
Set the graphics card to an RTX 3060 in the configuration screen, and you can get a 30-series gaming PC for a mere $869.99—saving $100 on the normal price. You’d ideally want to up the CPU to a Ryzen 5 5600G, RAM to 16GB, and SSD to a 512GB model too, but you’ll soon find yourself way over $1,000 if you do. 

Alienware Aurora R12 | Core i7 11700F | GTX 1660 Super | $1,599.99 $1,244.99 at Dell (save $375.00)
You can either buy this Alienware as is or upgrade the graphics card for something that’s a bit more future-proof. The RTX 3060 model costs $1,518.99, while the RTX 3070 version will set you back $1,812.99 but will be a beast when it comes to 1440p gaming. As it stands, the GTX 1660 Super is fine for most games at 1080p, with some setting tweaking.

Early Black Friday Gaming Laptop deals

Alienware M15 R4 | i7-10870H | RTX 3080 | 1080p | 1TB SSD | 32GB RAM | $2,809.99 $2,253.99 (save $556.00) at Dell
The Alienware M15 R4 comes with Nvidia’s flagship 8GB RTX 3080, and a 10th generation Intel core i7 to help tackle even the most intensive games. It’s topped with a speedy 144Hz FHD monitor to cater for the immense frame rates it’ll be pumping out, too. With a $524 saving, it’s worth a look.

Razer Blade 14 | Ryzen 9 5900HX | RTX 3070 | 1440p | 1TB SSD | 16GB RAM | $2,199.99 $2,000.99 (save $199) at Microsoft
Listed as the ‘most desirable compact gaming laptop‘ in our guide, the Razer Blade 14 is a juicy gaming companion in any configuration. This one combines an AMD CPU and Nvidia GPU to take on todays top games even at 1440p, that’s with a tasty 165Hz refresh rate, too.

Razer Blade 15 | i7 10750H | RTX 2070 | 1080p | 512GB SSD | 16GB RAM | $1,999.99 $1,599.99 (save $199) at Walmart
Razer Blade 15 is a top of the line laptop, and though it’s not touting the latest generation of GPUs, you’re going to get the exceptional build quality and some pretty nippy performance at 1080p. Just be aware that 512GB may not be enough to have all your games downloaded at once.

Asus ROG Strix G15 | i7 10870H | RTX 2060 | 1080p | 1TB SSD | 32GB RAM | $1,699.99 $1,489.99 (save $210) at Newegg
Another gaming laptop deal here touting a previous gen RTX GPU, this time with a whopping 240Hz screen to make the most of higher frame rates. And with a decent size SSD, a nice amount of RAM, and a 10th Gen Intel chip you can’t go wrong for just $210 saving.

Early Black Friday Gaming Monitor deals

Alienware AW2721D | 27-inch | 1440p | IPS | $1,109.99 $799.99 at Dell (save $310)
This Alienware monitor hits that 1440p sweet spot at an impressive 240Hz refresh rate and a 1ms (GtG) response time. This thing is fast. And at 450 cd/m2 it’s pretty bright too. This would normally set you back $1,110, but right now you can pick it up for a penny under $800. That’s a quality saving on a quality screen. 

Alienware AW3821DW | 38-inch | 1600p | IPS | $1949.99 $1,299.99 at Dell (save $650)
From the ‘go big or go home’ school of monitor design, this curved monster is for anyone that wants to hit that truly immersive gaming experience. At 3840×1600 it has the same horizontal resolution as a 4K panel, but it isn’t quite as tall—it’ll still punish your graphics card though. The 144Hz refresh rate, 1ms response times, and VESA DisplayHDR 600 round out an impressive overall package. 

HP X27i | 27-inch | 1440p | IPS | $379.99 $284.99 at HP (save $95)
At 144Hz, those packing the hardware capability can make the most of high framerates with this monitor, without it acting as a bottleneck. And with AMD FreeSync tech it should skip over the dreaded screen tear, all while presenting your games in gorgeous, QHD detail.

LG UltraGear 32GN600 | 32-inch | 1440p | VA | $349 $249 at Walmar (save $100)
As we said at the beginning, high-refresh 1440p monitors are where it’s at right now, and this LG UltraGear screen is a great example of why that’s the case. Big, bold, and bright, it’ll make pretty much everything you play look great, and that 165Hz refresh rate will make it silky smooth too. This is a great deal.

Samsung LS34 | 34-inch | 1440p | VA | $399.99 $279.00 at Walmart (save $120)
The refresh rate of this 3440×1440 panel may only top out at 75Hz, but this is still a lot of gaming monitor to throw your games to. The 21:9 aspect ratio lends a sense of the epic to everything you do, and with FreeSync support as standard, you’ll enjoy a smooth experience in your games. That $120 saving is nothing to be sniffed at either.

Samsung UE57 | 28-inch | 4K | TN | $349.99 $259.99 at Amazon (save $90)
You know we said don’t settle for a 60Hz or a TN panel? Well, here we are recommending both in just one panel, but this is a 4K monitor from a good brand at a really tempting price, so we’ll make an exception. A 28-inch panel at 3840×2160 makes for a pleasing 157ppi and if you need to work as well as play, then 4K does make for a more productive time. 

Early Black Friday TV deals

Vizio OLED55-H1 | 55-inch | OLED | 4K | $1,299.99 $999.99 at Best Buy (save $300)
This 55-inch 4K television was a big hit in the sales last year, and it’s already enjoying some money off right now. The 120Hz refresh rate and support for HDMI 2.1 mean you can plug your consoles into it as well as your PC and enjoy some big-screen gaming. 

Early Black Friday NVMe SSD deals

WD_Black SN850 | 1TB | PCIe 4.0 | $229.99 $185.32 at Amazon (save $44.67)
Out of all the next-gen PCIe 4.0 drives we’ve tested, this is the one that stands out as offering the absolute best performance around. It runs a bit on the toasty side, so you’ll need good airflow in your system, but once you’ve got that sorted you’ll enjoy incredible performance in your games. This is a healthy saving too.

Samsung 980 Pro | 1TB | PCIe 4.0 | $229.99 $184.99 at Amazon (save $45)
Samsung’s premium next-gen internal SSD may not top the charts, but it’s still a solid performer and has enjoyed some healthy price cuts since its launch. Strong 4K performance and solid real-world performance make for a quality option, particularly at this price. 

Intel 660p | 512GB | PCIe 3.0 | $62.99 $44.99 at Newegg (save $18)
We’d recommend that 1TB is a better starting point for any machine these days, but if cash is tight, then you’d be hard pushed to have a bigger impact on a PC or laptop than this drive. $45 for a decent 512GB SSD would have been a dream only a few years ago, and yet here we are. Performance tops out at 1,500MB/s, but that’s still almost 3x what you’ll get from a SATA drive.

WD_Black SN750 SE | 1TB | PCIe 4.0 | $131.99 $99.99 at Newegg (save $32)
This Special Edition take on the SN750 supports PCIe 4.0, although the throughput of 3,600MB/s is only just better than the best PCIe 3.0 drives. It is however a decent price for a 1TB SSD that offers decent 4K read and write performance. Not the fastest drive around, but at under $100, it’s not a bad deal by any means.

Early Black Friday SATA SSD deals

Western Dgitial Blue | 1TB | SATA | $189.99 $89.99 at Best Buy (saving $100)
Best Buy may be pushing it a bit with that saving as this drive hasn’t been that much for years, but this is still a 1TB SATA drive from a respected brand for under $90. It’ll outperform a hard drive any day of the week, and it won’t be as hot or noisy when doing so. Reads peak at 560MB/s with writes a little slow at 530MB/s, but both are close to the interface’s maximum throughput. 

Early Black Friday External SSD deals

Adata SE800 | 1TB | USB 3.2 | $179.99 $119.99 at Amazon (save $60)
This is our fave external SSD even when it’s selling at its normal price, so with this chunky 33% saving, it’s a steal. Seriously speedy reads and writes, impervious to dust and water, and all for a bargain price. You’ll do well to find anything better right now—you will need a speedy USB 3.2 port to get the very best from it mind.

WD_Black P50 | 1TB | USB 3.2 | $249.99 $189.99 at Best Buy (saved $60)
This speedy external SSD managed to grab the second-place slot in our external SSD guide recently, making it a quality offering. Great overall performance and a sleek, rugged casing make it a great performance drive for console and PC gamers alike. 

Early Black Friday Gaming Chair deals

DXRacer Master | 353lbs max | 4D armrests | $629.99 $528.89 at Walmart (Save $101.1)
It’s not the easiest thing to put together, but the DXRacer Master has earned a place among those on our best gaming chairs guide for a reason. It’s not the cheapest option but its the most modular, highly ergonomic and we’re totally convinced it could survive a nuclear blast.

Razer Iskur | 299lb max | 4D armrests | $499.99 $379.99 at BestBuy (Save $120)
Razer knows what it’s doing when it comes to good quality peripherals, and its chairs are no different. With a loud green trim and subtle snakeskin design, the Iskur is a distinctive gaming chair, from a trusted brand.

Anda Seat Kaiser 2 | 441lb max | 4D armrests | $499.99 $349.99 at Amazon (Save $150.00)
The Kaiser 2 is one of the top dogs on our best gaming chairs guide. The main drawback is some minor armrest rattle, but otherwise it’s a great, well-built chair, and perfect for the bigger-framed gamers among us.

Early Black Friday Gaming Mice deals

Logitech G502 Lightspeed | 25,600 DPI | 122g adjustable | $149.99 $99.99 at BestBuy (Save $50)
Still one of our favourite wireless gaming mice to date, this little beastie has more buttons than a mouse could ever need, with great ergonomics, and adjustable weight, to boot. For a saving of $50, it’s worth serious consideration.

Logitech G203 Lightsync | 8,000 DPI | 85g | $39.99 $19.99 at Target (50% off)
Sure it’s not got the highest DPI in the world, but its cheap and from a trusted manufacturer. It may not have the freedom of a wireless mouse, but for under $20 the Logitech G203 is a steal right now. 

SteelSeries Prime | 18,000 DPI | 80g | $129.99 $116.80 at Amazon (Save $13.19)
It’s not a huge saving on this wireless rodent, but for the competitive prowess it exhibits, it’s certainly worth a look. The TrueMove Pro sensor is great, and it’s nice and light for FPS players looking to fling it around the mouse pad. 

Razer DeathAdder V2 Mini gaming mouse | 8,500 DPI | 62g | $49.99 $44.99 at Razer (10% off)
A lightweight and compact mouse with a great sensor. Though it’s not got the highest DPI in the business, it boasts great ergonomics and decent build quality, too—there’s not much more you can ask for under $45.

Early Black Friday Gaming Keyboard deals

Razer BlackWidow Tournament Edition Chroma V2| Orange Switch (tactile) | $139.99 $125.99 at Razer (10% off)
The BlackWidow Tournament Edition offers a compact and plush board for when mouse maneuverability is key.

Corsair K100 RGB & iCUE Nexus bundle | Cherry MX Speed Silver | $329.98 $289.98 at Amazon (Save $40)
Together with the Nexus companion touch screen, this bundle makes a pretty sweet deal. The Corsair K100 RGB is top of our best gaming keyboards list already, and for $10 less, you can swap the Cherry key switches with Corsair’s opto-mechanical ones.

SteelSeries Apex Pro | Omnipoint adjustable | $199.99 $163.46 at Amazon (Save $36.53)
A full size Apex pro with omnipoint adjustable key switches will see you right at this price. We’ve singled it out as the ‘best gaming keyboard for per-key actuation,’ so it’s for those who hold speed as a top priority.

Havit mechanical keyboard | Red silent | $59.99 $40.99 at Amazon (32% off)
A 60% keyboard with boatloads of style, and PBT keycaps. We don’t know these red key switches it’s touting, but they’re rated at 50 million keypresses. And silent ones too, so none of that clicky-clacky nonsense.

Early Black Friday Gaming Headset deals

Early Black Friday CPU deals

AMD Ryzen 7 5800X | 8-core, 16-thread | 105W TDP | $449.00 $393.99 at Newegg (save $55.01)
Saving $55 on a Zen 3 CPU is no bad thing, especially when that nets you a speedy 8-core processor that will eat up your games and more creative apps. AMD is more than competitive with Intel when it comes to gaming on this architecture, making this is a great deal.

Intel Core i9 10900K | 10-core, 20-thread | 125W TDP | $499.99 $458.99 at Newegg (save $41)
You might look at the 10900K and think it’s getting on a bit with Intel’s 12th Gen around the corner, but it’s a more than capable 10-core processor. It’s actually our preferred choice compared to the 8-core i9 11900K, and the extra $41 saved can go towards a compatible Z490 motherboard.

Intel Core i7 10700K | 8-core, 16-thread | 125W | $349.99 $326.14 at B&H
Intel’s 8-core 10700K is still a force to be reckoned with in gaming. While the newer Core i7 12700K should give it a run for its money, it won’t be found for this little for a long ol’ time. Might be worth considering this chip then, if you can’t make your budget stretch any further.

Early Black Friday RAM deals

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