With the mega-sales event almost upon us, it's time to get ready for a good look at all the best Black Friday PC deals on peripherals and components that are available to buy.
At Digital Foundry, we've gathered up some of our top picks for monitors, storage, headsets, mice, keyboards, graphics cards and much more on this page - and we'll be updating it over the course of the next few weeks with all the best offers we find. Right now, we'd suggest holding off on a purchase, but definitely keep an eye on these products when the sales begin. Any early offers that do go live already, we'll also add below!
We've also got separate recommendations for the best Black Friday 4K TV deals if you're looking to upgrade for the PS5 or Xbox Series X. Or if you'd rather get the job done in a single purchase, we've got the top Black Friday laptop and desktop deals available right now, too.
Next to that, Eurogamer has a trio of pages dedicated to the best Nintendo Switch Black Friday deals, all the top PS4 Black Friday bargains and any Xbox Black Friday offers that are currently in the wild. Do check those out if you're interested!
And if you need more info about any of the products in these categories below, you can view our more in-depth guides using the links provided in each section.
DF's Black Friday 2020 PC peripheral deals
Peripherals are a good starting point, since these will drive your PC gaming experience. They range from anything that sits on your desk including monitors, keyboards, mice, gamepads, headsets and mouse pads, as opposed to components inside your computer. Peripherals often see bigger gaps between their regular and sale prices, so expect plenty of respectable deals this time around. Take a look!
Black Friday monitor deals
Monitors are in shorter supply than usual this Black Friday, but there are still some deals on great PC gaming monitors worth knowing about. These are some highlights but you can also browse the full range of Black Friday gaming monitor deals right here.
Want more info on which monitor to choose? Check out our best gaming monitors article!
Monitors in the UK:
- 49" Samsung Super Ultra Wide Curved Gaming Monitor (5120 x 1440, 120Hz, 4ms, FreeSync/G-Sync) for £888 (normally £1099)
Monitors in the US:
- Lepow portable 1080p monitor for $142 (normally $189)
Black Friday headset deals
Headsets are also commonly discounted during Black Friday, as many manufacturers prepare their 2021 models to debut in a few months. It's a great time to pick up a headset at a considerable discount, which more than likely has most of the features of the next-gen model at half the price.
Our favourite headsets right now are from SteelSeries and Sennheiser, but we'll be including the best deals on any other models we've tested or otherwise know to be good! If nothing grabs you here, you can find even more Black Friday gaming headset deals on our roundup page.
After more info on our favourite gaming headsets? Click through and browse away!
Headsets in the UK:
- Razer Kraken X for £39.99 (normally £50)
- Fnatic React for £52 (normally £75)
- SteelSeries Arctis 3 for £40 (normally £60)
- SteelSeries Arctis 5 for £75 (normally £90)
Headsets in the US:
Black Friday mouse deals
There's been significant innovation in gaming mice recently. We've seen ultra-light models become more popular, while manufacturers are focused on elements like safe shapes, high-end sensors and flexible 'shoelace' cables. We'll be hoping to see some discounts on gaming mice created by Logitech and SteelSeries, but there are plenty of other big names out there that we expect to take part in Black Friday this year.
Our top picks are below, but we've also gathered up many more Black Friday gaming mouse deals for you.
Mice in the UK:
Mice in the US:
- HyperX Pulsefire Surge for $40 (was $55)
Black Friday keyboard deals
Membrane or mechanical, great keyboards make typing fun and can even help out in your favourite games. You know there are going to be some big discounts here, particularly on expensive mechanical keyboards, with Razer and Corsair usually sitting atop our 'most wanted' list.
Again, these are just some highlights. However, you can find a great deal more Black Friday gaming keyboard deals through the link.
Keyboards in the UK:
- Logitech G213 Prodigy from £35 (was £60)
Keyboards in the US:
- AUKEY Mechanical Gaming Keyboard for $55 (was $65)
- HyperX Alloy FPS Pro - Tenkeyless Mechanical Gaming Keyboard for $55 (was $70)
Black Friday gamepad deals
Microsoft has already confirmed that existing first-party and third-party Xbox One gamepads will work on the Series X/S, so grab yourself the perfect companion for PC and next-gen Xbox gaming right here. Some genres simply play better with a controller!
We've tested a wide range of gamepads over the last couple of years, so check out more recommendations right here.
Gamepads in the UK:
- Xbox Wireless Controller for £45 (was £55)
Gamepads in the US:
DF's Black Friday 2020 PC component deals
OK, let's switch gears here to the real nuts and bolts of the operation: the internal components that make your PC tick, from spinning disk hard drives and SSDs to graphics cards, processors and RAM. We don't normally see massive price swings on components as we do peripherals, but there are still plenty of Black Friday deals to be had!
Black Friday SSD and hard drive deals
SSDs and hard drives, whether internal or external, are some of the most commonly discounted and best-selling items whenever Black Friday comes around. That's because most drives work across a wide range of desktop PCs and are regularly sought after as an upgrade. That makes this a great time to get more storage at a super-low price. Expect to find bulky external drives for console game storage and super-fast internal NVMe SSDs for desktop PCs and laptops.
Looking for more options? There are many more Black Friday SSD offers to choose from right here.
Our favourite SSDs for gaming article has more recommendations if you need them, including some drives that don't often go on sale but still offer great value for money.
SSDs and hard drives in the UK:
- Samsung 970 EVO Plus 500GB NVMe M.2 SSD for £92.90
- Samsung 970 EVO Plus 1TB NVMe M.2 SSD for £160
- Samsung 860 EVO 500GB SSD for £59
- Samsung 860 EVO 2TB SSD for £229
- 2TB SanDisk SSD PLUS for £189.99
- 2TB Crucial MX500 SSD for £190
SSDs and hard drives in the US:
- Samsung - T7 2TB External SSD for $249.99
- SanDisk - Extreme 1TB External SSD for $139.99
- Samsung 1TB 860 Evo-Series 2.5" Internal SSD for $99.99
- Seagate Portable 5TB External HDD for $99.99
Black Friday graphics card (GPU) deals
Graphics cards are often the most expensive single part of any system, as well as the one that has the greatest impact on in-game performance. These Black Friday sales are often the best time to grab an older card at a bargain, and even newer models can see small discounts. With all the stock issues over the last couple of months, though, don't expect to see the latest Nvidia cards here. We will share any stock updates if we spot them, though!
As for older cards? You might find some in our roundup of the best Black Friday graphics card deals for 2020.
For a look at how different graphics cards compare, check out our GPU Power Ladder - that's every currently available graphics card ranked from best to worst, with frame-rates tested in nine games at 1080p, 1440p and 4K. We also have a list of the best GPUs here.
GPUs in the UK:
GPUs in the US:
Black Friday processor (CPU) deals
There have been quite a few new processors released this year, with Ryzen's third-gen line filled out with new low-end and XT models, and Intel releasing their 10th-gen chips. If you're planning a new build, then picking up a CPU for cheap this Black Friday lets you spend more money elsewhere - like opting for a higher tier of graphics card or faster memory.
Processors in the UK:
Processors in the US:
Black Friday motherboard deals
Looking for a new motherboard? Right now, we recommend AMD's B550 and X570 platforms, or Intel's Z490 boards. Both of the AMD options support PCIe 4.0, with this functionality coming later to most Z490 boards with the release of Intel's next generation processors in early 2021. PCIe 4.0 unlocks access to higher speed NVMe drives and potentially small GPU performance gains, so it's a good future-proofing measure.
Motherboards in the UK:
Motherboards in the US:
Black Friday RAM deals
Faster RAM can provide a noticeable boost to frame-rates, especially on AMD Ryzen systems, so it's well worth considering if you can find a kit at a low price. Remember to stick to two or four sticks to ensure you're not sacrificing your speed and be sure to turn on XMP in your BIOS after installation! If you're not sure which sticks are best for you, we recommend 3200MHz C16 for most people. Higher frequencies do provide a performance advantage, with 3600MHz being a good sweet spot, but there are diminishing returns from there.
Check out our recent RAM testing here, where we examined how faster RAM affects gaming and content creation performance.
RAM in the UK:
RAM in the US:
Stay tuned for more Black Friday deals over the coming days. You can also follow our @dealsfoundry account on Twitter for the PC and TV highlights as we find them.
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