In the calm before the storm of Black Friday and cyber mondaynext week we will be treated to Amazon’s Prime early access salea kind of miniature Prime Day event that starts on October 11th. As the name implies, this sale features exclusive deals for Amazon Prime subscribers and will serve as the first wave of discounts before the Black Friday chaos.
We don’t know if the Early Access sale will include particularly interesting deals on computer components, but the discounts will start to accumulate from next week, likely increasing gradually until the floodgates open closer to Thanksgiving. With that in mind, we’re aware that many PC gamers will likely be keeping an eye out for computer component deals to upgrade their gaming rigs.
There’s an important factor to consider here: that massive amount of sales is coming alongside a massive amount of new hardware, from Nvidia’s super-powerful GeForce RTX 4090 for the new Intel arc graphics cards and the next generation of AMD Ryzen CPUs. This is a double-edged sword for anyone looking to upgrade their PC now, and it’s very easy to get hacked.
You see, all these new products are becoming seriously effective components, and their timely release confers both a great benefit and a great disadvantage. The first is direct; new computer parts almost always mean price cuts for the products they replace, so upcoming sales events could mean big deals on current-generation CPUs and GPUs.
The main downside here is that purchasing these parts can create compatibility issues for you down the road, potentially doing the opposite of future-proofing your PC. Past proof? Breaking the future? It might be safer to buy a new one gaming pc.
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The problem is that most current-gen components are still very, very good. If you see a good deal on one of the best graphics cards, don’t be afraid to grab it. The RTX 3000 series are excellent GPUs and will comfortably carry your gaming system for years to come – as long as you’re not obsessed with playing all the latest games in 4K at max graphics settings.
When it comes to CPUs, we’re in decidedly murkier waters. AMD’s Ryzen 7000 chips have just arrived, bringing a whole new chipset with them; so if you are representing Team Red you should tread carefully as these processors will require a new AM5 motherboard. Sure, we’ll probably have great sales on Ryzen 5000 processors, but you’re locking yourself into the suddenly outdated AM4 motherboard socket.
Currently, you can only buy expensive new X670 motherboards if you want an AM5 processor. Thanks to leaks reported by VideoCardz, we have an idea of pricing for the more budget-friendly B650 boards – they’re usually between $200 and $300 depending on the feature set. Like the X670 motherboards though, they only use DDR5 memory – so you can skip this DDR4 RAM upgrade if you’re planning on swapping the motherboard soon.
This could mean that if you’re upgrading to the $299 Ryzen 5 7600X, you could end up paying almost as much (or more) for your motherboard. Upgrading to a 12th Gen Intel chip isn’t a much more welcome prospect either, as it also requires a new socket LGA-1700 motherboard, and the 13th Gen Intel Core chips probably aren’t that far off either.
In short, if you want a new GPU and aren’t obsessed with being at the absolute forefront of gaming graphics, go for it. But if you want one of best processors, we will be controversial and we advise against the purchase still. There’s still a lot to see; The 3D V-cache models of the Ryzen 7000 CPUs will also arrive at some point, and you don’t want to regret it six months from now because a better option has arrived after you’ve committed to a purchase.