It has been a very long time since I got to delve into the world of computer hardware and general electronics, nearly a year since my now horribly outdated budget computer build guide. At long last I am back in the saddle, in an industry I am intimately familiar with, but this look at Newegg comes with a caveat. That’s right folks, Black Friday is just around the corner, and thus it becomes our mission once again to make off with the best bargains before we are crushed beneath the rush of deal mad feet.
As dramatic as that sounds, it is more likely you will break a finger hitting refresh, as Newegg is an online retailer. Newegg was founded back in 2001, essentially ancient in the world of online storefronts, and year on year has sold top of the line computer hardware at excellent prices. I have bought a fair few components from them myself over the years, as owning a gaming computer is a cumulative process rather than a lump sum one and done affair. The best time to upgrade is November, not only for the stellar deals that I am about to list out, but tis the season of triple A releases, and it does no one any good to have the latest high end games if your rig can’t handle them.
I focus on computer hardware, but Newegg sell all manner of things, from monitors, TVs, laptops, phones and even computer software. I’ll be laying them out in sections, detailing a few of the choicier items, but touching on something from all departments. You’ll find the link to the full 18 page deal document at the bottom of the article as well, if you want to peruse the full list. Black Friday 2016 seems set to be one of the best.
Best Newegg 2016 Black Friday Deals:
The engine that powers your gaming. This holiday season has Nvidia set to clean house, their new GTX 10xx cards were released a few months back and since then the software behind them has been refined. AMD lags behind, their Rx 400 cards little more than another rehash of old hardware, expect more competition next year. For 2016 the best deals on graphics cards on Black Friday are at Newegg.
- EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 FTW $409.99 – It might still use GDDR5 video ram, but the 1070 i still a beast of a card. The 10xx series is famed for the VR performance it can achieve, while still delivering excellent frame rates in the more traditional spheres of gaming influence. I’m a fan of the middle ground, the price here is on point, and the dollars per frame are amazing. This FTW variant uses a more powerful EVGA cooling system, so the clock speed has been souped up leading to slightly better performance over the vanilla model.
- MSI GeForce GTX 1060 $199.99 – This is the entry level option this generation, and while it cannot match the best of last gen, it at least keeps up with current gen software. If you are looking to put together a budget gaming PC, something that can at least match the home console experience, and very often surpass it, this is a great option.
- GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1070 $399.99 – Very similar to the EVGA model, but with a slightly lower clock speed. You have to ask yourself is $10 is worth a few extra frames, I think it is. Still a fantastic option.
- ASUS ROG GeForce GTX 1080 STRIX $619.99 – If you have the money burning a hole in your pocket this is the one to go for. The 1080 is the current card to beat, according to some metrics. There are a few variants of the 1080 that surpass the ASUS model here, but the price per frame goes up exponentially. If you want the ability to max out whatever you throw at your rig, not to mention the bragging rights, getting this card at this price is amazing.
- SAPPHIRE NITRO Radeon R9 Fury $259.99 – Currently the only AMD GPU on the list, and it is always sad to see a lack of any real competition. If AMD were to have a few more cards up to the task of battling the GTX 10xx series we would see even better price wars. As it stands the Fury is still a great card, and at this price it is hard to find a better upper mid range option. Only issue is power draw, you’ll need a nice big power supply to feed the beast.
Can’t make the most out of the new DX12 drivers without a good CPU. For the last decade the CPU landscape has been dominated by Intel, not too surprising considering some of the shady business practices the company was involved in. So more so than in the GPU arena, AMD is barely worth considering.
- Intel Core i7 6700k $299.99 – One of the things you’ll notice about this list is the i7 moniker. I love the tings, but lord knows they are overkill in gaming these days. The law of diminishing returns kicks in hard with anything over an OC i5 6600k, but the sub $300 price tag on the 6700K does make it fairly attractive.
- Intel Core i7 6850k $499.99 – Same as above. I can see the use here if you are running any kind of video editing software and the like, but for most of us this is overkill.
- Intel Core i7 6800k $379.99 – See above.
- AMD FX-8350 BE $139.99 – Where the i7’s were overkill this AMD chip is underkill. The pile driver chip set wasn’t great when it launched and time has not been kind to it. They are power hungry, and the FX-8350 has a much larger overhead than even the 6700K up there, best to avoid this deal.
You can’t have enough ram, well sort of. If you like to have multiple monitors, many concurrent programs and the highest resolution texture packs in all of your games, then you can’t have enough ram. Just make sure your motherboard supports the ram clock speed and you’re fine.
- G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4 3000 $89.09 – My favorite deal of the bunch here, but then I play ram hungry games most of the time. If you are into modding Bethesda games and want to not see those textures pop in, better to aim for some high quality ram.
- Gell EVO Potenza 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4 2133 $69.99 – Best budget option here, there are cheaper brands at this speed though.
- Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB(2 x 8GB) DDR4 2666 $78.99 – Corsair are a trust worthy name, and their customer support outside of Newegg is top notch, worth it for that alone. Overall there is a great selection of Ram available at Newegg on Black Friday.
You’re not going to get very far with your new 1151 CPUs and DDR4 ram without a compatible motherboard to put them in. The modern mobo is a work of art, and they go a long way to make computer building incredibly easy and intuitive. So let’s take a look at what Newegg are offering this season.
- ASUS Z170-A $119.99 – Supports the LGA 1151 chip set, so all those 6000 series Intel cards, and up to 3400Mhz Ram. Full ATX size, a great option.
- GIGABYTE GA-H110M $41.99 – This is a micro ATX size board, so while it will fit in a full size case, it might look a little weird. LGA 1151 again, so see above, but the only supports up to 2133Mhz ram, two slots.
- MSI Gaming Z97 $99.99 – Bit of an old school option now, with an LGA 1150 chip set. So if you want to go a little last gen keep an eye out for the still excellent i5 4000s out there. Supports DDR3 3300Mhz ram.
- MSI Gaming Z170A $139.99 – Near top of the line this one. LGA 1151 again and DDR4 3400Mhz ram. I’d go for the $20 cheaper ASUS up there, but the accoutrements that come with the MSI boards may be worth it for you.
- ASUS ROG Maximus VIII Hero $168.99 – Arguably the most advanced on this list. DDR4 up to 3733Mhz OC and the now standard LGA 1151 chip sets. There are a lot of bonuses that come with this board, including one click overclocking. At a bit of a loss as to the appeal to be honest, overclocking isn’t that hard, but for those in need of a safety net it is one to consider.
Monitors, Power Supplies, Cases and Storage:
And the rest, less of a difference in these, so I’ll lump them together. They are necessary when building a computer, but the my prerequisites are a little more sparse. There is a lot of little things to pick up, so best to get them on Black Friday.
- Samsung S34E790C 32″ Curved Monitor $579.99 – That price is still steep, but big curved monitors are absolutely lovely, even if setting them up right can be a chore. Max resolution is 3440 x 1440, Ultra widescreen. Refresh rate is 60hz, but your options these days are between resolution and refresh rate. I prefer refresh rate.
- Samsung S24E310HL 23.6″ Monitor $99.99 – A Dirt cheap 1080p monitor that will do in a pinch. I am a fan of bargain basement prices and as the years go on these kinds of monitors will go for less and less. For now, this is a great emergency monitor.
- Thermaltake Toughener TPD-0750M 750W $54.99 – 80 Plus Gold rated, so expect excellent power conversion. Thermaltake are a good brand, and this little PSU is fully modular, saving you space when you get the rig going.
- Corsair RMx RM850X 850W $89.99 – If you buy an AMD part it is best to er on the side of caution and go big. An 850W modular power supply should be big enough to handle the likes of the FX chips and the Fury cards.
- Corsair Carbide SPEC-03 ATX Mid Tower Case $34.99 – I love this little case. it looks great and it is cheap. Corsair cases are always well designed and this is no exception. With excellent air flow and a cable hiding back plate to boot.
- CM Storm Stryker Full Tower ATX Case $124.99 – Cooler Master made this case, and it is pretty. I am not a fan of over designed front plates, but here I think it looks kinda nice. The external drive bay is a great touch, while that side panel window lets you look into your case as it crunches the numbers and spits out frames. A handy cable management system is here too.
- Sandisk SSD Plus 240GB $59.99 – SSDs are a must these days, for your OS at the very least. A sub 20 second boot time is a joy to behold and this 240GB model from Sandisk is well up to the job. Read/Write speed is quick, 520MBps/360MBps and the price is on point.
- TOSHIBA T300 3 TB HDD $69.99 – A HDD is a HDD to me, some are faster than others, but for the most part these days they are for storing data, not running software. This is big enough to last you a while, though I guarantee you will fill it faster than you think.
This is an interesting section for me. While I can see the use in a laptop, I don’t think that they are worth shelling out the guts of a grand for. There are a few that will play most games on medium settings pretty well, so I focused on them. For general use $500 seems a little steep, but I added a few in down there too that will at least perform well.
- MSI 15.6″ GL63 $729.00
- ASUS 15.6″ K501UW-NB72 $719.00
- HP Laptop 250 G5 $419.99
- Acer Laptop Aspire E5 $659.99
There are a lot of items that don’t fit my categories, I focused this article on those building a computer and looking for cheaper parts. So here I will pick something from all the other categories to go into. From pre built computers to tablets to TP-links, there is a lot to get through.
- Axon Pro Unlock Smartphone $249.98 – A well designed phone from ZTE, lost out to the Oneplus One in reviews, it is still a stylish piece of hardware. The internals are powerful and the sub $250 price point really makes it worth considering.
- iBUYPOWER Desktop pre built $1099.99 – Newegg are selling a variety of pre built machines on the site, and normally I am very much against that kind of thing. It tends to be cheaper to just buy the parts and build it yourself, building computers these days is as easy as Lego. But this build impressed me. It has a GTX 1070, an i7 6700k, an SSD, a HDD and windows installed. Considering the parts alone would cost the guts of a grand anyway I thought this was a bargain. Only on Black Friday folks.
- Microsoft Surface Pro 4 Tablet $799.99 – I didn’t like the Surface Pro when it came out. I couldn’t see the point of it. but a friend bought one of these recently, and for artists they are a joy. Running full windows and adding that handy keyboard makes it one of the most versatile pieces of hardware around too.
- Pioneer Black Blu-Ray burner $54.99 – Been a while since I used a disk, but if you want to make hard copy back ups then a blu ray burner is a must.
- Deepcool Wind Pad Mini 15.6″ Laptop Cooler $6.99 – All the Laptops Newegg are selling are 15″, and running Nvidia mobile cards, so a cooling mat is probably a good idea.
- Corsair Gaming Strafe Mechanical Keyboard $69.99 – Mechanical keyboards are fantastic, the difference in feel is very noticeable, so if you use a keyboard a lot, for gaming or for work, get one.
- XYZ Printing Da Vinci 3d Printer $249.99 – It’s a 3d printer at a good price. When if not Black Friday are you going to get one?
This is far from an exhaustive list, merely something to get you thinking. The full Black Friday ad leak is available in PDF form below, please feel free to read through the thing. Newegg are a general electronics retailer that focus on computer hardware. I was a little surprised to find things light light bulbs and pressure cookers ion the sale, but I guess there must be a market for them, more of an oven and skillet man myself.
Newegg Black Friday FAQ’s
When does Newegg open for Black Friday?
All prices go into effect on 11/21/2016 at 1pm PT. They revert on 11/26/2016 at midnight, so seemingly plenty of time to take advantage of the deals.
Can you shop online or is it in-store only?
Newegg is an online retailer, as such you cannot get any of these items on the high street.
What is the Newegg’s Return Policy?
Product returns require an RMA number, return merchandise Authorization number,. You have to contact Customer support to receive one. If the item is unopened you can return it no questions asked within 30 days. They retain the right to refuse a refund under the following circumstance:
- If the product received was not actually purchased at Newegg,
- If the product does not display the supplied reason for return, e.g. if a purportedly broken item works when they test it.
- Any product where the serial number is rendered illegible for any reason.
- Any product where the UPC code has been removed
- Any product for which you have sent a mail in rebate
- Any item that has been customized in any way by the buyer.
If you would like to see the complete 18-page Black Friday 2016 ad for Newegg, then all you have to do is click the image below to see the complete ad scan.