Black Friday 2017: The best deals on graphics cards, monitors, SSDs and more

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The sale event to end all sale events is here. That’s right, folks, Black Friday 2017 is upon us, and this year’s sales frenzy is set to be bigger than ever as we head into the Christmas shopping period. In all honesty, they should just rename it Black November, as you’ll find deals happening literally RIGHT NOW in the run-up to Black Friday proper.

To save you trawling through the web in search of a good bargain, we’ve created this handy guide containing everything you need to know about Black Friday 2017. If you’re on the hunt for a new graphics card, a bigger and better monitor, splash out on a fast SSD or upgrade your gaming headset, this is the place to be. We’ll be updating this hub page on a regular basis as new deals get announced, too, so make sure to keep it in your bookmarks if you fancy grabbing yourself a bit of a bargain before Christmas. We’ve also got tips on the best places to browse, and how to find out if those hot discounts are really as good as they seem.

What is Black Friday?

Black Friday is the biggest shopping day of the year and takes place the day after Thanksgiving in the US. Retailers, both online and physical, offer some of their best deals on Black Friday, and will often cut their prices in the weeks leading up to the big day. It’s now become a UK phenomenon as well. It also has a closely-related cousin, Cyber Monday, which happens three days after Black Friday and is reserved for purely online deals. To all intents and purposes, though, it’s simply another day of big savings.

When is Black Friday 2017?

This year, Black Friday falls on November 24th. Expect retailers to open earlier and close later than usual. Online, stores will typically start their deals on Thursday November 23rd, giving you even more time to snap up those bargains, but it’s become increasingly common to start deals much earlier.

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Black Friday 2017 tips

If you’re looking for game discounts, you’ll find the usual sales taking place on Steam, GOG and Green Man Gaming. While you’re unlikely to find any big deals on the newest releases, there should still be some decent savings to be found on titles from earlier in the year you might have passed by at the time. Nevetheless, we’ve included some of our picks of the best games deals at the end of the post.

The juiciest discounts, however, will be on PC components and peripherals. Of course, while we’ll endeavor to bring you the very best deals from around the internet, you should also check CamelCamelCamel before you buy to see if you’re actually getting a good price. This keeps track of product prices all year round, helping you identify if a Black Friday deal is actually a great, one-time discount or whether it’s pretty much always this kind of price regardless of whether it’s Black Friday or not.

The best sites for deals are found below.

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Best Black Friday deals

Games:

If you’re here for the games, we’ve got you covered. Here are some of the best deals we’ve found so far from a range of digital retailers:

  • Titanfall 2 – £12.50 from Amazon
  • Star Wars Battlefront – £4.50 from Amazon
  • Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds – £24.12 from Play-Asia
  • Battlefield 1 Premium Season Pass – £11.99 from Origin
  • FIFA 18 Standard Edition – £36.66 from Origin
  • Mass Effect Andromeda: Standard Edition – £17.49 from Origin
  • Need for Speed Payback: Standard Edition – £36.66 from Origin
  • SteamWorld Dig 2 – £11.24 from Steam
  • SteamWorld Heist – £3.62 from Steam
  • Crusader Kings II – £7.49 from Steam
  • Europa Universalis IV – £8.74 from Steam
  • Endless Space 2 – £17.49 from Steam
  • Destiny 2: Standard Edition – £26.90 from Green Man Gaming (BACK IN STOCK)
  • Middle-earth: Shadow of War – £26.99 from Green Man Gaming  (Apply code GMGBLACKFRIDAY to get a further 15% off)
  • Rocket League – £7.50 from Green Man Gaming (Apply code GMGBLACKFRIDAY to get a further 15% off)
  • Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition – £7.50 from Green Man Gaming (Apply code GMGBLACKFRIDAY to get a further 15% off)
  • Agents of Mayhem – £17.50 from Green Man Gaming (Apply code GMGBLACKFRIDAY to get a further 15% off)
  • Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege – £17.50 from Green Man Gaming (Apply code GMGBLACKFRIDAY to get a further 15% off)
  • Watch Dogs 2 -£15.30  from Green Man Gaming (Apply code GMGBLACKFRIDAY to get a further 15% off)
  • For Honor – £16.00 from Green Man Gaming (Apply code GMGBLACKFRIDAY to get a further 15% off)
  • >observer – £18.39 from Green Man Gaming (Apply code GMGBLACKFRIDAY to get a further 15% off)
  • No Man’s Sky – £16.00 from Green Man Gaming (Apply code GMGBLACKFRIDAY to get a further 15% off)
  • This War of Mine – £3.00 from Green Man Gaming (Apply code GMGBLACKFRIDAY to get a further 15% off)
  • Stellaris: Standard Edition – £14.00 from Green Man Gaming (Apply code GMGBLACKFRIDAY to get a further 15% off)
  • Abzu – £4.50 from Green Man Gaming (Apply code GMGBLACKFRIDAY to get a further 15% off)
  • Inside – £7.50 from Green Man Gaming (Apply code GMGBLACKFRIDAY to get a further 15% off)
  • XCOM 2 – £11.55 from Green Man Gaming (Apply code GMGBLACKFRIDAY to get a further 15% off)
  • The Witcher 3: Game of the Year Edition – £13.99 from GOG.com
  • Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice – £18.79 from GOG.com
  • Little Nightmares – £7.99 from GOG.com
  • Titan Quest: Ragnarok – £13.49 from GOG.com
  • MDK – Free from GOG.com (for the next 48 hours only)
  • Furi – £8.99 from GOG.com
  • Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap – £10.69 from GOG.com
  • Owlboy – £14.19 from GOG.com
  • Oxenfree – £2.99 from GOG.com
  • Master of Orion – £7.89 from GOG.com

PCs:

HP Omen 870-224 Desktop & HP Mixed Reality Headset with Controllers Package – $670 from Best Buy
As if buying a great gaming PC on the cheap wasn’t enough, this HP bundle also comes with the company’s Windows Mixed Reality headset that lets you experience the worlds of virtual and augmented reality. In the PC itself, you get a Core i5-7400 processor, a 3GB GTX 1060 and 8GB of RAM. Not the most powerful PC, perhaps, but certainly not a bad deal for $670.

Chillblast Fusion Legion Gaming PC – £500 from Ebuyer
One of Ebuyer’s daily deals for Tuesday 21st, this Chillblast PC comes with an AMD Athlon X4-860K QC processor, 8GB of RAM, a GTX 1050 graphics card and a 1TB HDD – not bad for just £500.

Laptops:

Asus FX503VD-DM080T – £600 from Amazon
Normally around £800, this 15.6in gaming laptop has a GTX 1050 inside it, plus an Intel i5-7300HQ processor, 8GB of RAM and a 1TB HDD. It’s pretty slimline, too, measuring 25mm thick.

HP Pavilion 17-ab200na – £899 from AO
This HP Pavilion laptop is currently £100 off. In it, you get a powerful Core i7-7700HQ processor, a GTX 1050 chip for 1080p gaming and a large 17.3in Full HD (1920×1080) display. There’s also a 128GB SSD and 1TB HDD, a DVD drive, an SD card reader, two USB3 ports and one USB2, an Ethernet port, HDMI and a headphone and microphone jack. That’s a pretty good package for a £899 gaming laptop, and its more traditional laptop design means you also won’t be embarrassed whipping it out on public transport either.

Asus ROG GL553VD – £649 from AO
Alternatively, Asus’ more gaming-themed ROG GL553VD is another good deal currently on offer and you even get a ROG-themed backpack and a mouse for your trouble. Here, you get a Core i5-7300HQ processor, a GTX 1050 graphics chip, a 15.6in 1920×1200 display and a 2TB HDD, plus an SD and microSD card reader, two USB3 port, one USB2 and one USB Type-C port.

MSI GL62M 7RDX – £799 from CCL
If you want a proper gaming laptop without breaking the bank, this GTX 1050 model from MSI is now £100 off. It also comes with a Core i5-7300HQ processor, 8GB of RAM and a 15.6in Full HD screen.

MSI GP62MVR 7RFX LEOPARD PRO – £999 from Amazon
Down from £1399, MSI’s Leopard Pro is a pretty tempting deal for a GTX 1060 laptop. With an Intel Core i7-7820HK processor, 8GB of RAM, a 15.6in Full HD display and a Steelseries keyboard, that’s a pretty decent set of components for the money. It’s not hideously slab-like, either, measuring just 29mm thick.

MSI GT73EVR 7RF TITAN PRO – £2000 from Box
Normally £2399, this MSI GTX 1080-powered gaming laptop is now cheaper than ever. While not as ludicrous as the GT75VR I reviewed the other week, this still  has a 17.3in 120Hz display and a Intel Core i7-7700HQ processor, as well as a 256GB SSD and 1TB HDD. You also get a free SteelSeries Siberia V2 gaming headset with this bundle as well.

MSI GL62M 7RE-407 – $799 from Amazon
This 15.6in gaming laptop comes with a Core i5-7300HQ, a GTX 1050Ti and a 256GB SSD. Normally retailing for $1000 or more, the GL62M-7RE is a great pick for those who want flawless 1080p gaming on the go.

Razer Blade Stealth – £1250 from Razer / $1249 from Best Buy 
This was going cheap in Razer’s own US cyber deals promotion a couple of weeks ago, but just in case you missed that particular deal, here it is again courtesy of Best Buy. Here, you get a 12.5in 4K display with a super accurate IGZO display, a Core i7-7500U processor, 16GB of RAM and Intel’s HD Graphics 620. Okay, so you won’t be running the latest games on Ultra quality settings with this thing, but the screen alone still makes it highly tempting.

Razer Blade Pro – £4430 from Razer / $4600 from Razer
Razer’s all-singing all-dancing Blade Pro laptop is still insanely expensive, but when you’re dealing with this kind of price range, a £270 / $300 discount is nothing to sniff at. With a 17.3in 4K IGZO display, an Intel Core i7-7820HK processor, 32GB of RAM, a GTX 1080 chip, a 2TB SSD and more all squished into a slim 22.5mm chassis, gaming laptops don’t get more premium than this.

Graphics cards:

UK deals:

MSI GeForce GTX 1050Ti 4GB  – £120 from Laptops Direct  / Ebuyer
Just when you thought the GTX 1050Ti couldn’t get any better, this version from MSI is now available for just £120. It’s out of stock on Amazon right now, so grab one of these from Laptops Direct or Ebuyer while you can. Read our review for the full low-down.

Gigabyte Nvidia GTX 1060 WF2 3GB – £170 from Amazon
Another great card for 1080p gaming and even a bit of 1440p gaming, this is a good choice for those after something with a bit more oomph than the GTX 1050Ti. For proper 1440p gaming, we’d advise getting a 6GB version of the GTX 1060 (or the RX 580 below), but this is still a good choice if your budget doesn’t stretch that far. Read our review for more info.

PowerColor Radeon RX 580 Red Dragon 8GB – £240 from Ebuyer
Our top pick for great 1440p gaming, this is the lowest price we’ve seen for this card all week. Read our full review.

Asus GeForce GTX 1070 Dual OC 8GB – £349 from Ebuyer
Finally! A decent deal on Nvidia’s GTX 1070 card that isn’t a tiny ‘mini’ version. Grab it now while stocks last. Read our review for more info.

Gigabyte Nvidia GTX 1080 GDDR5 8GB OC WF3 PCI-E – £439 from Amazon
If you’ve had your eye on a new GTX 1080, then now is the time to get one, as this Gigabyte model is now just £439. Normally, you’re looking at paying at least £500 for one of these, so grab this bargain pronto before it goes. Read our review for more info.

MSI Nvidia GTX 1080 Ti Gaming X – £729 from Ebuyer / Amazon
GTX 1080 Tis still demand quite a premium over regular GTX 1080s, but this particular bundle nets you a free copy of Destiny 2 to help soften the blow.

US Deals:

EVGA GeForce GTX 1050 SC GAMING – $135 from Newegg
This $135 2GB EVGA GTX 1050 model is currently one of the cheapest models we’ve found this week, and is a great choice for less demanding esports titles.

Asus GeForce GTX 1050Ti 4GB – $160 from Newegg
An excellent choice for 1080p gaming, and better value than the mildly cheaper EVGA GeForce GTX 1050 SC GAMING (also from Newegg for $135). Read our review for the full low-down.

Asus GeForce GTX 1060 Dual 3GB – $203 from Newegg
This double-fan 3GB GTX 1060 is currently $27 off at the moment, and you can get a further $20 off with a rebate card as well, taking the total amount to just $183 – a worthwhile option if stretching to $250 for the RX 580 below is beyond your current budget.

Powercolor Red Dragon RX 580 8GB – $250 from Newegg
The best graphics card for 1440p gaming, so if you want one on the cheap, make sure you grab this Powercolor version that’s currently being discounted until Saturday 25th.

MSI GeForce GTX 1070 GAMING X 8GB – $425 from Newegg
For those after a brilliant 1080p and 1440p card that can also push into the realms of 4K, we’d recommend this 8GB GTX 1070 from MSI – whose deal also ends on Saturday.

Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1070Ti GAMING 8GB – $470 from Newegg
This Gigabyte GTX 1070Ti is being discounted until Monday, although in our eyes, it’s probably worth spending the extra $30 to get the GTX 1080 below. Read our review to find out why.

Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1080 – $500 from Newegg
Arguably the cheapest GTX 1080 card we’ve seen in the US so far this week (plus you get a free copy of Destiny 2), this deal ends on Saturday as well.

Monitors:

Asus ROG Swift PG258Q – £486 from CCL
A 25in monitor with a huge 240Hz refresh rate, making it a perfect fit for esport enthusiasts or those that like their games, really, really smooth. It only has a standard 1,920×1,080 resolution and ports are pretty limited to a single HDMI and DisplayPort, but what it lacks in connectivity it makes up for in flexibility, with pivot, swivel and height-adjustment support. Our full review will be here very shortly. You also get a free copy of Assassin’s Creed Origins, too.

Asus ROG Swift PG279Q – £687 from CCL
If 25in just isn’t enough, then Asus’ 27in PG279Q is also on sale with a free copy of Assassin’s Creed Origins. This has a 2560×1440 resolution and an IPS panel, plus a 165Hz refresh rate and Nvidia G-Sync support.

Acer XF240H – £199 from Laptops Direct
A smaller, Full HD version of the excellent XF270HUA (below), this 144Hz IPS panel is a great deal – especially when AOC’s £170 G2460PF (also below) goes back up in price tomorrow.

Acer XF270HUA – £500 from Amazon
We loved this monitor when we got it in for review, and is currently our top pick for gaming display greatness. This 27in 1440p monitor has an IPS display, giving it superb colour accuarcy, and it’s also got a 144Hz refresh rate, giving you super smooth gaming at the same time.

Acer Predator XBV271HK – £520 from Laptops Direct / Amazon
A 27in 4K with Nvidia G-Sync support, Acer’s Predator XBV271HK would be a great partner for a new GTX 1080 graphics card.

HP Omen Quad HD 27in – £549 from Currys
This 27in, 2560×1440 monitor is quite the looker. With a super slim stand and slender bezels, this is one monitor you won’t be ashamed to have on your desk. It also comes with Nvidia G-Sync support and a three-port USB3 hub.

Samsung C27F396 – £180 from Currys / $179 from Amazon
This curved monitor is another one that will look very nice on your desk. Its 27in display only has a 1920×1080 resolution, but its IPS panel should produce pretty great colours.

Samsung UH750 – $499 from Amazon
This 31.5in monitor has a lovely 4K display and one of Samsung’s own QLED panels, theoretically giving it the same kind of picture quality as its TVs. Save $200 on one this Black Friday.

Samsung CF791 – $689 from Amazon
For a truly widescreen 4K experience, you can currently get $260 off Samsung’s jumbo CF791. Featuring a curved VA panel and a 100Hz refresh rate, this Samsung monitor could be a very smart addition to your gaming setup.

Dell UltraSharp U3417W – $700 from Best Buy
Another curved widescreen monitor, this 34in 4K monitor delivers immersive visuals that literally wrap around your face. Dell’s monitors have always been high quality and we expect the U3417W to be no different. Plus, you save $300 – bargain!

SSDs:

Crucial MX300 2.5in – (275GB) £73 from Ebuyer / $79 from from Amazon, (525GB) £115 from Amazon / $129 for 525GB from Amazon, (1TB) £205 from Amazon, (2TB) £420 from Ebuyer
An excellent 2.5in SSD, Crucial’s MX300 is fantastic value for money. It’s our current top pick for best budget SSD, and this is the cheapest its lower capacities have been in quite some time according to CamelCamelCamel, so why not treat yourself this Black Friday with a swish new bit storage?

Crucial MX300 M.2 – (275GB) £161 from Scan with MSI H270M Mortar Arctic Kaby Lake Micro ATX Motherboard
Want an M.2 SSD but don’t have an M.2 compatible motherboard? Scan’s Black Friday bundle deals might just be up your street. This one gets you a 275GB Crucial MX300 M.2 SSD and an MSI H270M Mortar Arctic Kaby Lake Micro ATX Motherboard, although it’s worth bearing in mind that this motherboard isn’t compatible with Intel’s new 8th Gen Coffee Lake processors, so doesn’t offer you any futureproofing when you next come to upgrade. If you fancy something AMD-based instead, then there’s also this Scan bundle with the same Crucial MX300 SSD and an MSI AMD Ryzen AM4 B350 GAMING PLUS ATX Motherboard for £166.

Samsung 850 EVO 2.5in – (250GB) £80 from Overclockers / Amazon, (500GB) £138 from Amazon / $150 from Best Buy, (1TB) £275 from Amazon / $300 from Samsung, (2TB) £750 from Samsung
Arguably the best 2.5in SATA SSDs around, the Samsung 850 EVO also comes with a handy five-year guarantee, making it excellent value for money.

WD Blue 3D NAND SSD 2.5in – (250GB) £83 from Amazon, (500GB) £149 from Ebuyer
Not as cheap as Samsung’s 850 EVO, but WD’s Blue 3D NAND SSD still comes highly recommended.

WD Blue SSD M.2 – (250GB) £221 from Scan with MSI AMD AM4 Ryzen X370 KRAIT GAMING ATX Motherboard
Another Scan SSD bundle deal, this one gets you a 250GB WD Blue SSD and one of MSI’s new Ryzen motherboards. If you also fancy a new Ryzen processor, then you can get an almost identical bundle with a AMD Ryzen 5 1600 processor and MSI AMD Ryzen AM4 B350 GAMING PLUS ATX Motherboard for £346. Alternatively, there’s an Intel bundle with an MSI Z270 SLI PLUS Kaby Lake ATX Gaming Motherboard for £199.

Kingston SSDNow UV400 2.5in – (120GB) £47 from Ebuyer / $89 from Newegg
Want an SSD for just Windows and a few productivity apps without spending an arm and a leg? Kingston’s SSDNow UV400 is a great choice.

Samsung 960 EVO M.2 – (250GB) £117 from Ebuyer (plus free Assassin’s Creed Origins) /  $128 from Amazon, (1TB) $480 from Samsung
Samsung’s super fast NVMe SSD comes at a price (and also needs an M.2 slot on your motherboard), but at least you’re getting a free copy of Assassin’s Creed Origins for your trouble.

Samsung 960 PRO M.2 – (512GB) £278 from Amazon / $290 from Amazon
Samsung’s 960 PRO is absolutely top of its class when it comes to NVMe SSDs. It really doesn’t get much better than this.

Motherboards:

MSI AMD AM4 Ryzen X370 GAMING PRO ATX – £100 from Ebuyer
If you’re thinking about upgrading to an AMD Ryzen processor, why not pick up this MSI Ryzen motherboard at the same time? With a maximum memory capacity of 64GB, this motherboard also lights up.

Peripherals:

Roccat has a number of keyboards, mice and headsets available from Currys PC World for 30% off their marked price. Helpfully, Currys only list the original price on their website, as you’ve got to enter a code on checkout to get the Black Friday price, so we’ve worked out what you’ll actually be paying in our list below. In the keyboard arena, we’ve got the:

To get the discount, just enter GAMINGKEYBOARDS30 at checkout. As for mice (which requires the code GAMINGMICE30 at checkout), we’ve got:

Asus has also discounted two of its gaming mice over on Amazon. We’ve been using the Pugio II for work recently, and we have to say, it’s rather nice – and it’s now just £58.59. Alternatively, there’s also the Gladius II, which is now going for just £57.69.

Asus ROG Claymore – £150 from Overclockers
We recently reviewed the Claymore and absolutely fell in love with it. A great mechanical keyboard made even better with this £50 off discount over on Overclockers. Read our review to see more thoughts.

Headsets:

Roccat has also got a few headsets going for the same 30% off deal. Just enter GAMINGHEADSET30 on the following for discounts galore:

36 Comments

  1. Sakkura says:

    If you’re playing at 1080p, a 4GB RX 580 makes more sense than an 8GB version. They can be had for £230 or less even today, let alone on Friday.

    • Det. Bullock says:

      Even if you want to keep it for a long time (three/four years at least) and never go beyond 1080p?
      Personally I’m a bit paranoid about that, of course paying the jacked up prices for a RX 580 8gb card is not advisable, I did find a local store that occasionally sells some at around 250 Euros (with the 4gb model sold at around 230) but now I’m getting paranoid about the black friday disconts too, because paranoia mixed with cheapness is my second name apparently.

    • tehfish says:

      Never get the lower RAM variants on higher-specced cards if you can help it if you plan on possibly keeping it for a long time.

      For example: Back when i got my old AMD 6950 2GB card, a local friend of mine got an AMD 6950 1GB card. There wasn’t a huge amount of difference in the prices, but i got 5 years usage from mine, he was forced to replace his after ~3 years because it simply couldn’t cope with the same games mine was handling fine…

      Extra RAM is a bit of a con on budget cards as the GPU core itself won’t have enough oomph to last it over those extra years anyway, but in something more decent it can make a huge difference over time.

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    Drib says:

    These are all UK deals. Boo.

    Anyone know of a good deal aggregate site for USA stuff?

  3. Hunchback says:

    What about the rest of Europe?
    Soon we’ll be paying import taxes for UK anyway :/

  4. Be_reasonable says:

    I hope that hardware reviews are not about selling black friday for specific companies.

  5. LegendaryTeeth says:

    Poooooooor Canada :(

    Best Buy Canada has a nice deal on that Logitech wireless headset, I belive, which is quite good. And I’ve seen a few Surface Pro and Surface book deals from there and Costco, not that they are amazing for gaming. Quite portable though, and the Surface Book can definitely hold it’s own on lighter fare with that discrete graphics card. You do pay dearly for the privilege.

    I want a great sale on a 1080ti to make me feel like I should definitely buy one and that it would be crazy not to at that price, but “Free Destiny 2” is not going to cut it.

  6. geldonyetich says:

    The unpredictability of hardware creep has bit hard in the video card sector of my neck of the computer upgrade woods.

    A couple years ago, I was going through some things, and the resulting instability resulted in a consumerist splurge to put together an overkill rig with a pair of GTX 970 to run in SLI. They’re cards that *still* sell for a little under $300, and can pretty much run any game you need them to.

    Then I got an Oculus Rift. It turns out that VR apparently doesn’t do SLI. All of a sudden, my 970 can’t run my VR apps at high detail without game-ruining jitter, and the second one is as good as a paperweight as far as Oculus’s support is concerned.

    So, if good VR performance is my goal, a single powerful video card is my best bet. I could sell a pair of used 970 for about $150 apiece, a considerable loss, but what’s a viable upgrade from there?

    I ran the numbers, and it looks like the 1070Ti is the only particularly competitive card. A stock 970 is about 70% of the potency of these $450 cards. The next step up, at 1080Ti, puts that 970 at about 63% for a whopping $700. I don’t really have a lot of choices left above a 970.

    If only I had not tried going SLI, VR would not have had this acute of an effect, but now I’m swapping two cards for one and it’s just not worth it. I guess I’m stuck with my VR jitters until I can get a real upgrade, not just 30% more performance for the price of a Switch and a half. Or maybe somebody doing VR driver programming can put a little higher priority on SLI support… I guess we’ll see what happens first.

    • neems says:

      Your relative performance sounds a bit off to me. I would expect a 1080 to outperform 970 sli, and 1080 ti to smash it.

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        Drib says:

        I use a single 970 to play VR on my Rift, and I’ve never really had problems. A few stutters here and there, but completely playable.

        • geldonyetich says:

          Depends on what game you’re running, of course. Most games I’ve played, it’s just fine. Bad luck, then, that the games I’m most interested in tend to be great big sims that can’t be run above medium detail without tanking a GTX 970. Others have reported similar performance in Elite: Dangerous.

          Elite: Dangerous lists a GTX 980 as recommended on their recommended VR specs. So close, and yet… tip about Elite: Dangerous, try setting the Oculus server to “very high” priority and the Elite executable to “high”, it can help with stuttering.

          I just picked up X Rebirth VR edition, and its recommended spec (on the Steam page) is Nvidia GTX 1070 or AMD equivalent. Sure enough, I can’t seem to run it above “medium” in some sectors.

          Of course, none of this would be a problem if they all supported SLI.

      • geldonyetich says:

        From what I’ve read, the difference between a 1070Ti and a 1080 makes sense.

        NVIDIA just released the 1070Ti, it’s a brand new card, and it was wrought with the intention of torpedoing their AMD competition at a price point they can’t beat. However, this aggressive move put the 1070Ti at odds with the 1080 (non-Ti), and that’s why if you look at new reviews of the 1070Ti you’ll see it has comparative. The 1070Ti is a very tempting card, offering 1080-level performance for $150 less. Good things come to those who wait.

        The 1080Ti is obviously better than either a 1080 or 1070Ti, of course, but now you’re well out of the sweet spot of consumer-friendly pricing and paying a premium for your enthusiasm. $700+ for your graphics card. It’s hell being an early adapter.

        When it comes to comparing the GTX 970, there’s not a lot of competitive benchmarks out there between a two year old card and one that just came out.

        I am basically going off of passmark’s GPU benchmarks. There, a GeForce GTX 1070 Ti scores at 12,363 and a GTX 970 scores at 8,562. I take this to mean literal card performance, so when I do a simple fraction comparison the GTX 970 comes in at %69.255.

        On that same benchmark, a 1070 Ti just [i]barely[/i] outperforms a 1080 at 12,049 (non-Ti, of course) while an 1080 Ti has a fair increase in margin, but that 1080 Ti is only a score of 13,552. Most reviews would say it’s the other way around, pointing out that the 1070Ti is capable of [i]similar[/i] performance but not [i]better[/i].

        So you’re right that I should probably check some other benchmarks and see if these numbers hold up.

        Personally, I’d say let the price point make the argument for you. All those bitcoin miners out there are driving up the cost of older cards to where the actual performance is. They’re not interested in the top of the line premium prices, they’re interested in power:wattage and wattage:cost. The GTX 970 is still a $250 card, that’s 62.5% of the $400 card, and that pretty much matches the passmark benchmark.

        • geldonyetich says:

          Ended up getting a 1070Ti. Such hubris! Honestly, I could have got a 1080 for just a few units more and had consistently better performance. But I touted the 1070Ti, and I suppose I convinced myself.

          Ah well, it’s still a very competitive price for that level of power: it’s price is less short of the 1080 than its performance is. And, being the gratuitous purchase it is, I won’t need anything else for years to come.

          Still, it’s fairly ironic I ended up needing to upgrade from an GTX 970 SLI setup wholly on the grounds that VR simply doesn’t work well with SLI. Had I seen that coming, I undoubtedly would not have tried going SLI to begin with.

  7. Shiloh says:

    I’m pondering an SSD, I’m keeping an eye on the Samsung ones, but need a bit of education re. SATA and EVO etc. I’ll keep looking.

    • defunct says:

      Evo is just a Samsung brand, sorta like a Ford Prefect. And SATA is just an interface; how it connects to your computer.

  8. sonofsanta says:

    That UK desktop on AO is already gone, alas. And the Gigabyte 1080 on eBuyer. Yay for Black Friday!

  9. dgdg says:

    Worth noting that some of these “deals” aren’t great in light of historical prices. I’d single out the GTX 1080 TI mentioned here, where the same model could have been bought for £100 less a month ago. Always look at historical prices before deciding if something is a good deal.

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    tigerfort says:

    Having noted it on the graphics-card-specific post, I’ll comment here suggesting that the prices at Novatech are worth checking as a comparison; they have (for example) a whole range of 3GB GTX1060s for twenty quid less than that.

    (I have no connection to Novatech except as a satisfied customer.)

    • Katharine Byrne says:

      Thanks for bringing this to our attention! We’ll be checking these out and getting some of these prices added pronto.

  11. trjp says:

    I guess the days of being able to put a cheap SSD into an older laptop to spin-up it’s usefulness are coming-to-an-end when a £47 120Gb drive is a ‘deal’

    I was paying just over £30 for SSDs less than a year ago – the 50% increase is a 100% decrease in sales there then.

    It’s not like 240Gb drives have really gotten any cheaper (they’ve not gotten more expensive either – e.g. it’s a racket…)

  12. MrEvilGuy says:

    If anyone sees any deals on a HOTAS system please do let me know!

  13. SaintAn says:

    Still trying to find a good deal on a large amount of RAM and a wireless MMO mouse.

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    Don Reba says:

    A lot of these deals are 10-20% off. That’s not anything unusual, nothing to wait for a special day of the year for.

  15. zulnam says:

    A real deal is the BF1 premium pass for a bit over 11£ on Origin.

    Pretty good deal if you’re into that.

  16. Dodgy says:

    So there are no EU deals???

  17. defunct says:

    I didn’t know about CamelCamelCamel addon, so I just wanted to say thank you to Katharine. And welcome! I read other sites for hardware, too, but I don’t read them every day like I do with this site so it’ll be nice to see what you bring. I was a little anxious when things changed, but it seems to be panning out well.

  18. Joriath says:

    A minor error: The Rainbow Six Siege link appears to be sending through to the GMG For Honor page.

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