With Amazon Prime Day 2021 out of the way, let's take a look back at the best deals on PC peripherals and components. As usual, Amazon wasn't the only retailer taking part in the self-imposed festivities, with many of its competitors also launching their own (completely coincidental) summer sales during the same period.
While most of these discounts are now over, this article should still serve a purpose as you'll be able to compare current market prices against what was on offer, as well as find our picks for monitors, storage, headsets, mice, keyboards, graphics cards and much more.
You can also check out our separate recommendations and highlights from the best Prime Day 4K TV deals if you're looking to upgrade for the PS5 or Xbox Series X - plus the best Prime Day laptop and desktop deals.
Finally, Eurogamer has a a broader round-up of the best Amazon Prime Day deals, including games and games consoles, so do check that out if you're interested.
We've also included links to our round-up pages, where we have a fuller list of recommendations with more detailed information. Right, let's jump in!
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DF's Amazon Prime Day 2021 PC peripheral deals
Let's begin with peripherals, the vehicle of PC gaming. This means basically anything that sits on your desk rather than in your computer, including monitors, keyboards, mice, gamepads, headsets and mouse pads. Peripherals tend to see bigger gaps between their regular and sale prices, so expect plenty of respectable deals this time around. Take a look!
Prime Day monitor deals
The hottest monitors at the moment are all based around the same 1ms Nano IPS panel from LG, found in the LG 27GL850 and 27GL83A. The GL83A was £340 in this year's sale. Other highlights included the Asus Tuf Gaming AQ27AQ (£324), a great 1440p 165Hz screen that supports G-Sync and Black Frame Insertion simultaneously for improved motion handling and Samsung's range of Odyssey monitors. The G7 (27" for £429) and G9 (49" for £1049) are particularly good, offering 240Hz QLED screens at a range of sizes and resolutions with excellent HDR reproduction, from DisplayHDR 600 to DisplayHDR 1000 - the same levels as the best HDR TVs!
Other highlights included the Acer Predator X35 for £1400 and the MSI Optix MAG342CQRV for £379. The US featured heavily discounted prices on Samsung Odyssey models too (32" G5 for $295; 34" G4 for $420 and 32" G7 for $560) as well as ViewSonic Elite monitors (XG2705 for $192 and the XG270QC for $382)and Acer Predators (XB271HU for $420)
Want more info on which monitor to choose? Check out our best gaming monitors article!
Prime Day headset deals
Headsets are another common sale item during Prime Day, as many manufacturers are already preparing their 2021 models to debut a few months later. That made Prime Day 2021 a great time to pick up a headset at a considerable discount, which likely has 95 per cent of the features of the next-gen model at 50 per cent of the price.
Our favourite headsets are from the likes of SteelSeries and Sennheiser, and the US Prime Day 2021 sale discounted the SteelSeries Arctis 1 to $35 and the Arctis 5 to $70. In the UK, there were plenty of deals on Turtle Beach headsets this year, namely the Stealth 600 Gen 2 wireless headset (£70), Stealth 700 headset (£110), and the Elite Pro Gaming 2 headset (£110). LucidSound headsets also got deep discounts, including the LS50X (£180), LS15X (£70) and LS35X (£120) and LS15P (£70).
Fnatic headset deals
Fnatic also ran some counter-programming over at their web shop. These deals are still live at the time of writing, and you can find the links below.
Our favourite gaming headsets are rounded up right here.
Prime Day mouse deals
There's been a surprising amount of innovation in gaming mice recently, as ultra-light models have come into vogue and manufacturers are really focusing on elements like safe shapes, high-end sensors and flexible 'shoelace' cables.
Most of the best Logitech and Razer gaming mice were featured in this year's Prime Day sale. You could grab the G502 Lightspeed wireless gaming mouse for £61/$95, the G502 Hero for £35/$38, and the G903 Lightspeed wireless mouse for £66, while the Razer discounts included the Viper ultimate for £87/$75, Basilisk X Hyperspeed for £34/$35 and the Viper Mini for £28/$20.
While these are no longer at Prime Day prices, a lot of them are still discounted so we've left links along with their updated prices below.
- Logitech G502 Lightspeed Wireless Gaming Mouse for £83.25
- Logitech G502 Hero High Performance Gaming Mouse Special Edition for £48.99
- Logitech G Pro Wireless Gaming Mouse for £66.99
- Logitech G305 Lightspeed Wireless Gaming Mouse for £39
- Logitech G203 LightSync Gaming Mouse for £24.99
- Logitech G903 Lightspeed Wireless Gaming Mouse for £89.34
- Razer Viper Ultimate for £108.53
- Razer Basilisk X Hyperspeed for £45.90
- Razer Viper Mini Gaming Mouse for £37.99
Fnatic mouse pad deals
Fnatic's web store had some discounted mouse pads available on Prime Day which are still on sale now.
- Fnatic Dash mousepad [Medium] for £19 (was £24)
- Fnatic Dash mousepad [Large] for £26 (was £33)
- Fnatic Dash mousepad [XL] for £30 (was £38)
- Fnatic Dash mousepad [Desk] for £40 (was £50)
- Logitech G502 Hero Gaming Mouse for $37.99
- Razer DeathAdder Essential Gaming Mouse (White) for $28.59
- Razer DeathAdder Essential Gaming Mouse (Black) for $26.22
- Razer Viper Ultimate Wireless Gaming Mouse for $99.00
- Razer Basilisk V2 Gaming Mouse for $49.99
- Razer Viper Mini Gaming Mouse for $29.99
- Razer DeathAdder v2 Gaming Mouse for $46.00
Prime Day keyboard deals
Membrane or mechanical, a great keyboard makes typing fun and can even help out in your favourite games. This year's Prime Day sale brought some deep discounts on keyboards, particularly expensive mechanicals, with most of our favourites making the list.
The Razer Huntsman Tournament Edition was brought down to £79, and the Razer BlackWidow 3 got a generous discount, bringing its price all the way down to £95. The Apple Magic Keyboard is a great keyboard for office working and was almost half price at £49. Over in the US, there were discounts on the same keyboards as well as the Razer Cynose Chroma ($40), Razer Ornata ($57) and SteelSeries Apex Pro ($170).
Some of the keyboards featured in this year's Prime Day sale are still available at their Prime prices, or for slightly more. Check them out below.
Fnatic keyboard deals
Fnatic are still offering their excellent MiniStreak and Streak65 compact keyboards at a discount via their web store - highly recommended from us at DF!
- Fnatic Streak65 keyboard for £82 (was £110)
- Fnatic MiniStreak TKL keyboard [Cherry MX Speed Silver] for £80 (was £100)
- Fnatic MiniStreak TKL keyboard [Cherry MX Red] for £80 (was £100)
- Razer Cynosa Chroma Gaming Keyboard for $47.20
- Razer Ornata Chroma Hybrid Gaming Keyboard for $56.99
Prime Day gamepad and miscellaneous peripheral deals
Some genres just play better with a controller, and the Thrustmaster TPR Pendular Rudder was £363 in this year's Prime Day sale, while the PowerA MOGA XP5-X Plus Bluetooth controller was £55. The US had the best deals this year, especially on Razer products. The Wolverine Ultimate controller £113), Kiyo Pro streaming webcam ($152), Seiren X USB streaming mic ($56) and the Iskur gaming chair ($430) all featured.
We've tested a fair few gamepads over the last couple of years, so check out more recommendations right here.
DF's Amazon Prime Day 2021 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 were still plenty of deals to be had for Prime Day 2021.
Prime Day SSD and hard drive deals
SSDs and hard drives, whether internal drives or portable units, are some of the most commonly discounted and best selling items whenever Amazon does a big sale. That's because most drives work across a wide range of desktop PCs, and as something of a commodity, prices can be discounted pretty heavily. That made Prime Day 2021 a great time to get more storage at a bargain price, including handy external drives for console game storage and super-fast internal NVMe SSDs for desktop PCs and laptops.
Our top NVMe SSD deals from this year included the Crucial P2 1TB (£67.99) and 2TB (£126.99), the 2TB Crucial P5 (£173.99), the 2TB WD Black SN850 (£183.99) and the 1TB Samsung 980 Pro for £142.49.
SATA SSD deals were as equally impressive, with the Crucial MX500 popping up in the sale (1TB for £67.99; 2TB for £139.99/$171) alongside Samsung 870 EVO SSDs (1TB for £84.89; 2TB for £148.59) and the 4TB QVO for £249.
Portable SSDs got sizable discounts too, including the Curcial X6 (1TB for £64.99/$76; 2TB for £119.99/$142; 4TB for £268.99/$290), Crucial X8 (1TB for £85.99) and the trusty WD Black P50 NVMe SSDs (1TB for £189, 2TB for £289 and 4TB for £599). And if you were shopping for a portable HDD, you could pick up a new WD Black P10 for cheap (2TB for £59.99; 4TB for £84.99) or a Seagate Game Drive in the US ($2TB for $60; 4TB for $85.49).
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.
Prime Day graphics card (GPU) deals
Given the massive silicon shortage and price inflation of graphics cards, we didn't get any decent deals this year!
Prime Day processor (CPU) deals
There have been quite a few new processors released in the last year, with Ryzen's 5000 series finally becoming purchasable at RRP, and Intel releasing their 11th-gen chips. If you're planning a new build, then picking up a CPU for cheap can let you spend more money elsewhere - like opting for a higher tier of graphics card or faster memory.
While there weren't many deals in the UK worth shouting about, the US fared much better. You could grab the AMD Ryzen 3700X for $280, plenty of Intel Core i7s (9700KF $254; 10700KF for $239; 10700K for $260) and i9s (9900k for $315; 9900KF for $325) all featured.
Prime Day motherboard deals
Looking for a new motherboard? Right now, we recommend AMD's B550 and X570 platforms, or Intel's Z590 boards, all of which support PCIe 4.0 for faster SSDs and graphics cards which is a good future-proofing measure. Nothing decent poppuped in this year's Prime Day Sale, which means we should have a lot to look forward to by the time Black Friday rolls around.
Prime Day 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.
Similar to motherboards, nothing too impressive popped up in this year's Prime Day sale.
Check out our recent RAM testing here, where we examined how faster RAM affects gaming and content creation performance.
Until then, keep your stick on the ice!
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