The discounts have rolled out all week, but actual Black Friday has finally arrived. We've seen a lot of big deals from the likes of Amazon and Dell throughout the week, but today is the day when the smaller local retailers will have their time to shine. We'll be scouring their sites in order to collect all the best deals on this page.
There are seriously great deals out there. From SSDs to laptops, there's something for everyone and every budget, as long as you know where to look and what to look out for. And we're here to help.
One thing you're not going to see this Black Friday is any deals on graphics cards. While the likes of the RTX 3080 and RX 6800 XT are the best graphics cards upgrades we've seen in a long, long time, lack of availability means that these don't need price cuts to sell out. Plenty of gaming PCs built around such cards are out there though, particularly laptops, and there are some healthy deals to be had if you're quick.
So there are deals and plenty of them. Maybe not on graphics cards, but plenty of other components are enjoying large price drops. Without further ado:
Where will the best Black Friday PC gaming deals be?
Black Friday Gaming Laptop deals
Razer Blade 14 | Ryzen 9 5900HX | RTX 3070 | 16GB RAM | 1TB SSD |
These Blades are always pricey affairs, especially so when they’re rocking CPUs and GPUs like this. Still, over AU$1,000 off might push you over the edge, and while the 14 inch screen may be on the small side, it boasts a 165Hz refresh rate and is extremely portable. Via the Microsoft Store. [Update: eBay Plus members can get a further 5 percent discount on this price over on eBay, bringing it down to AU$2611.55).
Dell G15 Ryzen Edition | Ryzen 7 | RTX 3050 Ti | 16GB | 512GB SSD|
Save AU$400 on this decently specc’ed and affordable laptop. In addition to the specs above, it’s got a 15.6 inch HD display with a 120Hz refresh rate. It’s listed for 20% off on Dell’s online storefront but if you add the code META7 at checkout then you save an extra 7 percent.
MSI GF75 Thin | i7-10750H | RTX 3060 | 16GB RAM | 512GB SSD |
A tad under two grand for this 3060 bearing beast, which in addition to the specs above has a 17.3 inch 1080p display with a 144Hz refresh rate. If MSI lappies have always struck you as too huge, this one is remarkably thin while retaining the usual RGB shenanigans. Via Amazon.
Free Gigabyte G27F gaming monitor with purchase of Gigabyte AERO & AORUS RTX 3070 and 3080 laptops (valued at AU$359)
A new gaming laptop is sweet, but there will be times when you want to plug it into a larger display. So Gigabyte’s current promo could appeal: Until the end of December, anyone who purchases an AERO or AORUS laptop with an Nvidia RTX 3070 or 3080 GPU can claim one of its 27-inch, 144Hz G27F gaming monitors via redemption. The 1080p affair boasts an IPS panel with 125% RGB colour gamut and 1ms response times. PC Case Gear has a list of eligible models here.
Gigabyte AERO 15 OLED YD | i7 | RTX 3080 Max-Q | 16GB RAM |
A substantial AU$800 off this powerful laptop which will run pretty much anything you want. The OLED display has a 60Hz refresh rate and a native 4K resolution. It’s AU$800 (or more) off at a bunch of Aussie retailers, including Umart, Harvey Norman, Computer Alliance, Scorptec and PC Case Gear. [Note: this unit is eligible for the free G27F monitor promo described above.]
Gigabyte AERO 17 HDR | i7 | RTX 3080 Max-Q | 32GB RAM | 1TB + 512GB SSDs |
For a limited time, get AU$700 off this almost excessively capable gaming laptop. This 17.3-inch model boasts brilliant specs, including two SSDs and a 60Hz 4K HDR display. It’s discounted at retailers including Umart, Harvey Norman, Scorptec and PC Case Gear. [Note: this unit is eligible for the free G27F monitor promo described above.]
Gigabyte AORUS 17G YD | i7 | RTX 3080 Max-Q | 32GB RAM | 512GB SSD |
Currently reduced by AU$600 at many Aussie computer stores, such as Scorptec, PC Case Gear, Computer Alliance and Umart this beast gets you top specs with a ridiculous 300Hz refresh rate on a 1080p display. [Note: this unit is eligible for the free G27F monitor promo described above.]
Lenovo Legion 5 | Ryzen 7 | RTX 3060 | 16GB RAM | 512GB SSD |
AU$2,459 AU$1,967.20 on Lenovo eBay (save AU$491.80)
Just below two grand for an RTX 30 series laptop is a very good deal indeed. In addition to the specs above, you’re getting a 15.6 inch FHD IPS screen with a 165Hz refresh rate. Enter the code LNOVO20 to get this discount.
Lenovo Legion 5i | i7 | RTX 3060 | 16GB RAM | 512GB SSD |
AU$2,569 AU$2,055.20 on Lenovo eBay (save AU$513.80)
This has similar innards to the lappy above except you’re rocking an Intel CPU rather than AMD. The The 15.6-inch display is 1080p IPS with a 165Hz refresh rate. To get this 20% discount, head to Lenovo’s eBay store and use the code LNOVO20.
Dell G15 | i7-11800H | RTX 3060 | 16GB RAM | 512GB SSD |
If you want to enter the 30 series gen but don’t want to a) do battle with the rest of the world for a desktop card or b) pay much more than two grand, then you might be tempted by this FHD 120Hz lappy. Via Dell.
Alienware M15 R6 | i7 | RTX 3070 | 16GB RAM | 256GB SSD |
Using the discount code META7, you can get a rather astonishing discount on this powerful Alienware which, in addition to the specs above, has a 15.6 inch FHD display with a 165Hz refresh rate. Via Dell.
Dell G15 | Ryzen 5 | RTX 3050 | 8GB RAM | 256GB SSD |
A nice AU$520 off this RTX lappy, which comes with a 1080p 120Hz screen. If you want to play games on a work machine, this is an excellent option. You’ll need to use the code PLSDELL to get this price. Via eBay.
Black Friday Gaming Monitor deals
Alienware 27 gaming monitor (AW2720HF) |
Get AU$359 off this lightning fast 240Hz gaming monitor, with a 27 inch FHD display, 1ms response time and AMD FreeSync support. If you’re wanting to enter the world of ridiculously good refresh rates, this is a great place to start. Or, if you want 240Hz for even less, this 25 inch model is going for a mere AU$349.31 (usually AU$500). Via Dell.
Alienware 25 gaming monitor (AW2421H) |
If you simply cannot compromise on the matter of refresh rates, this 360Hz monitor offers absolutely bonkers smoothness if you’ve got the build to support it. It’s a 1080p 24.5 inch affair with LED-backlit LCD display. Via Dell.
Lenovo G27c-10 curved gaming monitor |
If you’re after a simple 1080p curved screen with a 165Hz refresh rate, this is a decent price. It has a “near-edgeless” display and a 1ms response time, with 300nits of brightness. Via Amazon.
Lenovo G32qc-10 curved gaming monitor |
A nice AU$190 off this curved 31.5 inch affair, which boasts a 1440p resolution, 144Hz refresh rate, and a 1ms response time. Has Freesync support, too. Via Amazon.
LG Ultragear 34 inch curved monitor (34GL750-B) |
For those in the market for an ultrawide display, this AU$175 saving is worth investigation. It’s a 34 inch WFHD affair with a 144Hz refresh rate, G-Sync compatibility, 1ms response time and IPS goodness. Via Amazon.
ASUS ROG Strix PG279QM QHD gaming monitor |
If you’ve got the hardware to make the most of it, a 240Hz 1440p IPS monitor will make your games sing. Or, at least, make them look real good. This one supports G-Sync and has a 1ms response time. Via MWave.
ASUS ROG Strix XG258Q gaming monitor |
If you want super high refresh rates at a reasonable price, you’ll probably seriously consider this 25 inch HD monitor. It has a 240Hz refresh rate, a 1ms response time, and is FreeSync and G-Sync compatible. Via MWave.
AOC C27G2Z 27 inch gaming monitor |
A AU$20 discount isn’t huge by Black Friday standards, but if you’re looking for an even cheaper 240Hz monitor with a 27 inch HD display and FreeSync Premium, this is a small amount to pay. Via MWave.
Black Friday storage deals
Samsung 970 EVO Plus 2TB NVMe SSD |
For our money, this is the best NVMe SSD for PCIe 3.0 speed, and it has that dependable Samsung reliability too. This is the 2TB model and that amount of space for a touch under AU$300 is good stuff, especially from a prestigious brand. If you’re after just 1TB, that’s currently AU$155, down from AU$189. Via MWave.
WD Black SN850 1TB NVMe SSD |
A good price if you’re after another 1TB worth of superquick storage. Has 7000MB/s read speed, so you shouldn’t have to wait for games to boot up. Via Amazon.
Crucial P5 Plus 1TB NVMe SSD |
When it comes to PCIe 4.0 NVMe storage, the Crucial P5 series is usually on the affordable side. This AU$20 discount doesn’t seem to be a lot but it is, at least, a discount on some blisteringly fast storage. Via Scorptec.
Black Friday Gaming Chair deals
Secretlab Titan Evo (2022 series) |
AU$679 from AU$644 at Secretlab (save AU$35)
It may not be the most jaw dropping discount, but a nice AU$35 off the best gaming chair is much better than nothing. It sits right at the top of our best gaming chairs list for a reason: This thing is comfortable, stylish, and full of useful, innovative features.
Black Friday Gaming Mice deals
Razer DeathAdder V2 wired mouse |
A very nice price on our favourite gaming mouse, which combines simplicity with ruggedness with the usual RGB adornments. This is a AU$73.95 saving on a mouse with one of the best sensors available, and will make the majority of gamers happy. Via Amazon.
Logitech G203 Hero Lightsync |
This is our second favourite gaming mouse, chiefly for its balance of quality and affordability. Black Friday ain’t going to make it a better mouse but it is going to make it even more affordable: it’s now the cost of an extremely cheap night out. Via Amazon.
Razer Naga Pro |
If you’re after an MMO mouse with an absolutely bonkers array of buttons and customisation, this is the very best you can get. This wireless affair has three swappable side plates and a staggering 19 programmable buttons. This is an almost AU$100 discount on a fine mouse. Via Amazon.
Razer Basilisk X Hyperspeed wireless mouse |
More than half-price on this wireless ergonomic gaming mouse, which according to our review boasts a long battery life, “near-zero latency” and comfort. If you’re after a no-compromise wireless affair this price is hard to beat. Via Amazon.
Black Friday Gaming Keyboard deals
Logitech G915 Lightspeed wireless keyboard |
This slab is our favourite wireless gaming keyboard, but it tends to be a pricey affair. But a nice AU$130 discount might seal the deal for you. The G915 has a brilliant RGB-strewn design, adjustable weight and more than 40+ hours battery time. It’s one for macro lovers, too. Via Amazon.
Corsair K100 RGB mechanical keyboard |
While the K100 RGB Optical is our fave gaming keyboard, this is where you should go if you prefer mechanical keys. Other than that they’re the same: the usual RGB shenanigans are here, the build quality is astounting, and this one has a palm rest and Elgato integration too. Via Amazon.
HyperX Alloy Origins 60 |
Maybe you not only love tenkeyless keyboards, but you actually hate the tenkeys. This mechanical red switch keyboard is incredibly small, but that doesn’t mean it can’t sparkle with the usual RGB niceties. One for the space poor or efficiency loving. Via Amazon.
Black Friday Gaming Headset deals
Razer BlackShark V2 wired headset |
Here’s what you’ve probably been waiting for: our pick for the best gaming headset with a substantial discount to the tune of 45% – that makes a saving of AU$78.95 off the RRP. It’s a wired affair with 50mm drivers, cardioid mic, noise cancellation, and it’s comfortable and sturdy to boot. Via Amazon.
Razer Kraken X wired headset |
This is our pick for the best cheap gaming headset, and that’s before this huge AU$44 discount. It may be affordable, but it comes with 7.1 surround sound, the usual rugged Razer build quality, and its ultra lightweight to boot. Via Amazon.
HyperX Cloud Alpha S |
A nice discount on this 7.1 surround sound set of cans, with dual chamber drivers, memory foam and the reliable Cloud build quality. We rated its comfort, sound and design in our review. Via Amazon.
HyperX Cloud II Pro wired gaming headset|
One of these for less than AU$100 should not be ignored, particularly if you’re after a no-fuss wired set of cans with great sound and reliable build quality. Keep an eye out for the wireless edition during Black Friday proper. Via Amazon.
Black Friday PC gaming hardware deals
Intel Core i5-12600K CPU |
This is the best CPU for gaming, according to our experts, and this 12th gen Alder Lake chip doesn’t often drop far below its circa AU$500 street price. Supports both DDR5 and DDR4 RAM. Via MWave.
Intel Core i9-12900K CPU |
Unless you’re in an extremely small minority, spending over a grand on a CPU is a pretty big spending decision. It’s still pricey, but AU$100 off this bonkers i9 might make a difference. It’s our favourite “enthusiast CPU” (read: one with the kind of power not everyone needs) and if you’re building a high-end rig it’s verily the go-to. Via MWave.
AMD Ryzen 7 5800X |
If you’re in the market for one these but baulked previously at its pricetag, this Zen 3 chip is now almost half of its RRP in Australia. This eight-core, 16-thread CPU hits a turbo of 4.7GHz. Via Amazon.
AMD Ryzen 9 5900X |
12 cores, 15 threads… this red team beast got our Editor’s Pick award for a reason. In fact, it’s probably got more power than you need, but if you’re after awesome performance, PCIe 4.0 support, and if you’re building a new PC you’re going to want to consider this as a priority. Via Amazon.
Asus RT-AX88U dual-band Wi-Fi 6 router |
AU$499 AU$409 (save AU$90)
Here’s AU$90 off this typically stylish router, which offers absolutely crazy wireless speeds of up to 4,804Mbps on 802.11ax clients. Adaptive QoS and WTFast support are in, which will let you push priority to your gaming to eliminate lag. Via Computer Alliance.
ASUS RT-AC86U dual band gigabit gaming router |
Here’s a pricey dual-band router with a substantial AU$170 discount. It advertises lag-free online gaming thanks to its adaptive QoS controls and WTFast Game Accelerator, so you can make sure games get traffic priority over everything else (sorry, housemate’s Netflix binge). Boasts a 1.8Ghz 32-bit dual-core processor and, as always, looks like a Yugoslavian war memorial. Via Amazon.
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 MWave keen to lock in sales early to avoid shipping problems. So expect specific Black Friday deals and offers to start earlier than ever.
What deals can I expect on Black Friday 2021?
Obviously Black Friday graphics card deals are off the table for another year. I mean, being able to buy one for anything near RRP 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 we fully expect there to be deals on those, especially with newer Intel Alder Lake PCs potentially making last-gen models more ready for discounts.
Along with the news 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. Which 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.
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, and 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 comparison sites like our sibling site Getprice 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.