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Best PC gaming deals of the week - 2nd November 2018

Cheap games, graphics cards, SSDs and more

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Remember, remember the 23rd of November, many savings, discounts and deals. I know of no reason why Black Friday season shouldn’t be a right old steal. That’s how the nursery rhyme goes, right? What’s that? It’s actually meant to be about fireworks and the 5th of November, describing the great gunpowder plot that failed to blow up the Houses of Parliament? You must have been misled as a child, dear reader, because everyone knows that November is about one holiday and one holiday only – the joyous and most beautiful deals jamboree, Black Friday.

There are just three weeks to go now before that fateful savings bonanza, but I know how much you all like a good deal in the here and now, too. Thus, your deals herald will provide. The Steam Halloween sale may be over, but there’s still plenty to be getting on with this week, including cheap Assassin’s Creed, lots more spooky game discounts and a whole lot of hardware. To the deals!

Game deals

Over at GamesPlanet, their latest publisher sale is all about Good Shepherd this week. Highlights include 85% off psychological survival horror show Pathologic Classic HD (pictured above), another 85% off 2D pixel platformer Atomik: RunGunJumpGun, 27% off action strategy fest Phantom Doctrine, and 15% off lovely squishy platformer Semblance to name just a few.

GamesPlanet are also doing a massive Assassin’s Creed sale, too, just in case you fancy playing every game in order (and have infinite free time) before you eagle-dive into Odyssey. Sadly, Odyssey itself isn’t part of the sale (Kassandra would sooner boot you off a cliff than be called ‘cheap’, probably), but you can get 52% off the pyramid-riddled Origins, 62% off London cockney caper Syndicate, 66% off French disastermasterpiece Unity… you get the idea.

Alternatively, if you somehow missed Halloween in all the chaos of clocks going backwards, forwards, who even knows-wards, then you’ll be pleased to hear Humble’s spooky deals are still going on for another three days. Even better, you can get Murderous Pursuits for FREE when you buy any game in the sale, which is most excellent.

Some highlights include the very good Oxenfree for 75% off, eerie, sci-fi horror ’em-up SOMA (also 75% off), alien strategy fest XCOM 2 (yep, you guessed it, it’s 75% off) and, er… Mount and Blade: Warband for a tasty 60% off. Not sure how that fits in with Halloween, but perhaps it’s got something to do with all those pointy sticks. Plus, if you haven’t played it yet, do yourself a favour and pick up Stories Untold. It’s 75% off – that’s £1.74 in the UK – and well worth your time.

If your favourite way of experiencing the world’s most popular sport is through a heck of a lot of spreadsheets rather than kicking virtual balls around, then Football Manager 2019 is currently 18% off over on Fanatical right now. That works out to just £31.15 in the UK, which is much cheaper than Steam’s £37.99.

If you also like experiencing the grueling reality of war not by shooting everything to smithereens but through the gritty, heartbreaking tales of civilians, then Fanatical are also doing This War of Mine‘s Anniversary edition for 77% off until 4pm GMT this afternoon (that’s 9am for PT peeps and midday ET).

UK deals:

There are graphics card deals aplenty this week, particularly if you like shopping at Ebuyer. These include the Asus ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1050Ti (4GB) for £161 (down from £185), the Zotac GeForce GTX 1060 Amp! Edition (6GB) for £240 (down from £282 and also comes with a free copy of Monster Hunter: World), plus the MSI GeForce GTX 1070Ti Gaming for £405 (down from £480, and comes with the same free Monster Hunter: World deal).

Over on the red corner, you have until tomorrow (November 3rd) to take advantage of AMD’s three free game deal, which bags you Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, Strange Brigade and Star Control: Origins for freemans. You’ve still got until the end of December to actually redeem said codes, but AMD graphics card sales after tomorrow won’t come with all those free games attached.

So, with that in mind, why not consider the MSI Radeon RX 570 Armor OC (8GB), which is currently just £159 from Overclockers UK (down from £210), or the MSI Radeon RX 580 Armor OC (8GB) for £220 from Ebuyer (down from £310). Or, if you prefer something a bit more powerful, you can save £50 on the PowerColor Radeon RX Vega 56 Red Dragon, which is £350 from Overclockers UK, or £60 on the Gigabyte Radeon RX Vega 64 Windforce OC, which is going for £440 from Overclockers UK.

Over in monitor town, Scan is doing a bunch of discounts on MSI gaming monitors, including the 24in, 1920×1080, curved 144Hz FreeSync screen Optix MAG24C (£179 down from £220, the 27in, 1920×1080, curved 144Hz FreeSync-enabled Optix MPG27C (£349, down from £399), and its 1440p cousin, the MSI Optix MPG27CQ (£400, down from £469). I was a big fan of the latter when I had it in for testing, so have a read of my MSI Optix MPG27CQ review to see what you’re getting.

Asus are also giving away free copies of Blops 4 with new monitors at the moment, making monitors like the 27in, 2560×1440, 144Hz FreeSync equipped Asus ROG MG279Q even better value than before. This currently going for just £429 over on Box, down from its usual price of £519.

Alternatively, ultrawide monitor lovers will be pleased to hear the 35in, 2560×1080, 144Hz Nvidia G-Sync Acer Predator Z35 is going for £845 from Box right now (down from £995, read our Acer Predator Z35 review for more info), while its 120Hz G-Sync rival, the AOC AGON AG352UCG6, can be had for £735 on Box (down from £793, read our AOC AGON AG352UCG review for more info)

Meanwhile, there are loads of SSDs going cheap as well at the moment, with Samsung ones also netting you some free Assassin’s Creed Odyssey on selected drives. The best deals I’ve seen are on the Samsung 970 Evo (500GB), which is down from £195 to £130 over at Ebuyer (read my Samsung 970 Evo review to see how it compares), and the 1TB model of the Samsung 860 Evo, which is going for £165, also from Ebuyer, down from £250.

At the other end of the SSD scale, you’ve also got the bargain-tastic Kingston A400 (480GB) going for £70 from Ebuyer (down from £98) and the
WD Blue 3D NAND (250GB), which is now just £48 from Amazon (down from £68). To see how the latter stacks up against the competition, have a gander at my WD Blue 3D NAND review.

US deals:

If you’re in need of a new gaming monitor, you’re in luck, as not only do you have the aforementioned free Blops 4 dealio taking place on selected Asus monitors, but there are also some giant discounts to be had on Dell’s Alienware monitors right now. Starting with the former, you’ve got the 28in, 4K FreeSync-enabled Asus MG28UQ, which is $380 at Newegg (down from $450) and the 27in, 2560×1440, 165Hz Nvidia G-Sync screen, the Asus ROG Swift PG279Q, which is going for $692 from Newegg and is not to be confused with its 4K, G-Sync HDR cousin, the PG27UQ.

Then, over in the Dell camp, you’ve got until tonight to bag yourself $600 of the ultrawide, 3440×1440, 120Hz Nvidia G-Sync Alienware AW3418DW, which is currently going for $900 at Newegg (down from $1500). Plus, you can get an extra $100 off with promo code 24BFDLPC4. There are also big discounts to be had on the 25in, 1920×1080, 240Hz FreeSync monitor, the Alienware AW2518HF, which is down to $330 from Newegg from its usual $500.

As for graphics cards to make the most of these monster screens, this week’s best deals include the Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1050Ti, which has had its usual price of $259 slashed to just $171 over at Newegg, making it one of the cheapest GTX 1050Tis cards around right now. There’s also the EVGA GeForce GTX 1060 Gaming (6GB), which is $255 at Newegg right now (down from $290), and comes with a free copy of Monster Hunter: World.

Remember, AMD’s free game bundle also expires in the US tomorrow, so if you want to make the most of 1080p card offers like the Gigabyte Radeon RX 570, which is down to $160 at Newegg, then you better hop to it. The same goes for the barga-riffic 8GB MSI Radeon RX 580 which is down to just $244 at Newegg as well.

Samsung’s 860 Evo continues its aggressive discounts as well, with the 500GB model going for just $87 from Newegg (down from $110), while its NVMe sibling, the Samsung 970 Evo (250GB) can be had for just $88 from Newegg (down from $180). If your budget doesn’t stretch that far, then how about the 500GB WD Blue 3D NAND instead, which is now $54 at Amazon (down from $69).

That’s all for your weekly deals heralding today. As always, some of these deals may get snapped up pretty fast, so apologies if some of these have already gone by the time you click on them. Until next week, happy deals hunting.

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Katharine writes about all the bits that go inside your PC so you can carry on playing all those lovely games we like talking about so much. Very partial to JRPGs and the fetching of quests.

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