As much as it’s great to find a huge discount on a piece of Cyber Monday tech, that matters not a jot if it isn’t something you either need or particularly want. Sure, a $15 gaming headset might sound like a bargain, but it’s not going to sound as good as the gorgeous HyperX Cloud Alpha, our pick as the best gaming headset around today.
But don’t worry because there are discounts on even the best tech this Black November, with the Cloud Alpha on sale for just $75 (£70) right now. And even if there aren’t any specific deals on all the gear that we think is the best in PC gaming, we’re going to find you the absolute best price on Amazon to track it down.
We’ve tried and tested all the best hardware, from the best graphics cards, to the best gaming keyboards, all to be able to tell you what’s the top tech to be spending your money on. After all, there’s no point buying an okay processor, when you could be buying the absolute best CPU for gaming, right?
Obviously we’re also covering all the different deals that Amazon has got going on right now in our main Cyber Monday PC deals page because there are still some great offers out there, but this right here is the best of the best.
We rank our favourite gear on a mix of value and performance, but we’ve also picked what we think are the absolute top high-end pick in each component category.
AMD Ryzen 5 3600
What we like
Fantastic single core performance
Heaps of multithreaded pace
Wraith Stealth included
The AMD Ryzen 5 3600 isn’t just a great gaming CPU with serious multi-threading chops, it’s also an incredibly good value chip, too. Previous incumbent, the Ryzen 5 2600, remains a solid choice for the value-oriented PC builder while stocks last and prices are low, but the Zen 2 architecture adds more than enough value to justify the latest and greatest chip.
With a 15% IPC increase over second-gen Ryzen and Zen+, the Ryzen 5 3600 brings even more affordable gaming power to the mainstream market. At this price point, it not only creeps up close to Intel’s gaming lead, but outruns it – and does so without demanding great quantities of power or pennies.
Read our full AMD Ryzen 5 3600 review.
Ryzen 9 3900X
What we like
12 cores and 24 threads
Fastest Ryzen processor to date
PCIe 4.0 support
The AMD Ryzen 9 3900X currently rules the Zen 2 roost and the multithreaded market. With 12 cores split into 24 threads, it’s got the raw power to chomp through almost any creative or professional workload. And thanks to Zen 2’s unique modular topology, the 3900X’s dual chiplets manage to clock up to an impressive 4.6GHz. That’s enough to drive impressive frame times in games, too.
There’s also little need to splash out on the latest motherboard. With an AM4 socket package fit for most Ryzen motherboards in the market, the Ryzen 9 3900X is not only in a league of its own, but a terrific value proposition, too. It’s only the Ryzen 7 3700X’s equally great value and gaming chops that makes it a better pick for most gamers in need of a little extra horsepower.
Read our full Ryzen 9 3900X review
Asus ROG Strix X470-F Gaming
Cheaper than X570 alternatives
Plenty of features
Yes, we’re still recommending the Asus ROG Strix X470-F Gaming to go with our favourite Ryzen processors even today. That’s because, while AMD has released the X570 chipset to go with the 7nm Ryzen 3000 series CPUs, it’s retained backwards compatibility, and this particular board has been proven just as capable when it comes to CPU performance.
It also delivers higher basic overclocking performance than the other X470 boards, even managing to near-enough match the latest X570 boards. And while this board is pricey, it’s cheaper than its newer alternatives and incredibly feature-rich to boot. So if you can pass on PCIe 4.0 support, there’s still life in this old dog yet.
Read our full Asus ROG Strix X470-F Gaming review
MSI MEG X570 ACE
Filled to the brim with functionality
As a whole it’s difficult to recommend a hyper-high-end X570 motherboard. There’s very little performance to be gained from the investment, and many of the bonus features included on these motherboards are useless for all but the most avid LN2 overclockers. Still, if you really have to own the best around, it’s got to be the MSI MEG X570 Ace.
This board features a beefy feature set, with reinforced slots, Killer network support, and three NVMe SSD ports. Oh, and it’s got an RGB LED infinity mirror built-in for that ‘daddy, daddy, look at me!’ aesthetic. Obviously, because gaming. None of that is exclusive to the Ace, but, combined with PCIe 4.0 support, you know you have every base covered.
Read our full MSI MEG X570 ACE review.
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Super
What we like…
Matches GTX 1660 TI
Outperforms GTX 1660
All that Turing good stuff
The latest GTX Turing GPU has driven a wedge right between the GTX 1660 Ti and the standard GTX 1660, outperforming the latter and getting mighty close to the gaming pace of the former. And considering it’s some $50 cheaper that’s making it awful tough to recommend either of the other 1660 series cards.
That does also mean that we’re getting a card that costs significantly less than $250 and yet still delivers GTX 1070-level gaming performance, alongside all that Turing architectural goodness too. It’s a great-value GPU and a mainstream marker for AMD’s RX 5500-series to aim for.
Read our full Nvidia GTX 1660 Super review.
Nvidia geforce RTX 2080 Ti
What we like…
Serious 60fps 4K gaming
Faster than a $3K Titan V
Future ray tracing and AI goodness
The RTX 2080 Ti is the true next-gen graphics card of the Turing GPU generation and, if pure performance was king, it would be an easy pick for the best graphics card. The RTX 2080 and 2070 Super cards only deliver current gaming performance around the same level as the GTX 1080 Ti, but the RTX 2080 Ti goes well beyond it, offering genuine 4K gaming at 60fps in all but the most demanding of PC games.
There’s also the promise of real-time ray tracing in the future. No matter how you might feel about the next-gen visual effects they’re here to stay, and that was made abundantly clear at E3 this year. Not only have many more RTX/DXR titles been announced, but Sony and Microsoft have both announced that hardware-based ray tracing will be there in both next-gen consoles. So devs are going to be all over ray tracing in 2020 as they fight for the best looking games on the new platforms.
Read our full Nvidia RTX 2080 Ti review.
Addlink S70 1TB
What we like
Half the price of the competition
For the same price as the 500GB Samsung 970 EVO Plus – our previous pick as the best SSD for gaming – you can get a drive that’s twice the size, with a 5 year warranty, and performs as near as makes no difference. You might question us recommending an SSD from a company you’ve probably never heard of, but the provenance of the SSD parts can’t be questioned.
These aren’t some bargain basement bits Addlink has picked for its S70 drive, we’re talking some of the latest 64-layer 3D TLC NAND from Toshiba, SK Hynix cache, and the excellent Phison PS5012-E12 memory controller looking after it all. Somehow Addlink has undercut the competition and us PC gamers are the winners.
Read our full Addlink S70 1TB SSD review.
Samsung 970 Pro 1TB
What we like
Continuous speed under load
Best-in-class read/write performance
If the Samsung 970 EVO is able to post almost the same synthetic benchmarks as the 970 Pro why should you spend the extra cash? For most users there’s little need for a pro-level SSD, but if you want the absolute fastest solid state drive around then the 970 Pro is the one to go for.
The Pro and EVO both have identical 5 year warranties, although the Pro has an endurance rating of 1,200TB, while the 1TB EVO has 600TB and the 500GB version only 300TB. If you’re running a serious workhorse of a machine, one that’s churning through large amounts of data continuously, you’re going to want to opt for the locked-in reliability of the 970 Pro.
AlphaCool Eisbaer 240
Great thermal performance
Refillable and expandable
AlphaCool has really outdone itself with the Eisbaer 240. This cooler came out on top of our cooling charts, and it’s cheap to boot. AlphaCool also keeps things standard with its ¼ inch connectors and refillable loop, adding even more lifespan and potential for upgrading down the road.
In ditching the software for this not-so-closed-loop cooler, AlphaCool has made it so that this capable chiller runs straight from your BIOS. It’s not the flashiest of all the chip-chillers, and unfortunately there’s no RGB lighting if you are into that sort of thing, but with a nearly all-black design, sleeved fan cables, and a semi-industrial look, this cooler blends in with your rig and gets on with the job at hand.
Corsair H115i Pro
Capable for overclocking
The Corsair H115i Pro RGB offers good performance with incredibly low noise. The two ML-Series 140mm fans combine the low-RPM performance of the larger blade size with the low-friction operation, thanks to the magnetic levitation design. This combination is conducive to the fantastic airflow these fans produce with little noise whatsoever.
With Corsair at the helm, and RGB in the name, it’s easy to guess that this cooler comes fitted with a handful of rainbow LEDs to light up your rig. Surprisingly, these little luminous electrodes never made it into the fans, although that is likely good news for your bank account. Corsair’s H115i Pro is a welcome addition to any silence-focused build – mostly because you’d barely know it was there if it wasn’t for the considerably chilly CPU temps.
Asus ROG Swift PG279Q
What we like…
Vibrant colour and solid black levels
165Hz refresh rate
It may be horrifically expensive for a 27-inch 1440p monitor, but the Asus Republic of Gamers PG279Q comes rocking absolutely the best gaming panel ever made: the AU Optronics Advanced Hyper Viewing Angle (AHVA) display. It looks absolutely gorgeous. The clarity is excellent, colours are vibrant and accurate, and white and black levels are genuinely impressive.
The slimline bezel frames the monitor beautifully, the stand is solid and the controls, via five-way joystick, are the best you can find in monitors today. It’s also clocked a little higher than its Swift brethren too, coming in at a maximum 165Hz refresh rate – before you say anything, you genuinely can tell the difference between 144Hz and 165Hz with the naked eye. And the PG279Q is still running G-Sync too. You won’t find a gaming panel as beautifully calibrated this side of a ludicrously priced $3,500 Dell OLED.
What we like…
32:9 aspect ratio
The Samsung C49RG90 might just be our dream monitor. It’s ultrawide, 120Hz, comes with a 1440p vertical resolution so you don’t feel quite so claustrophobic, and it finally gets PC HDR in-game pretty spot on.
Samsung has also seen fit to kit this alluring tech out with FreeSync 2 HDR, which we’ve found works pretty darn well with Nvidia’s G-Sync too, despite its lack of official Nvidia validation. If you’re looking for a monitor that will serve you well for years to come, and which is sure to settle your monitor envy, the Samsung C49RG90 is the gaming screen you need. Although you will have to pay top dollar for the privilege….
Read our full Samsung C49RG90 review.
LOGITECH G pro Wireless
Great battery life
Bringing together featherweight ergonomics, a high-performance sensor, and flawless wireless connectivity, the Logitech G Wireless Pro has risen swiftly to the top of our best gaming mice charts. Plus, it’s ambidextrous too.
The Wireless Pro is equipped with interchangeable switches and a DPI switch hidden on the underside of the mouse to avoid accidental button presses getting in the way of the action. And when it comes to gaming prowess, the mouse offers the best performance we’ve experienced in-game. So long as you’re okay spending $150 on a mouse, the Logitech Wireless Pro can’t be beat.
Read our full Logitech G Pro Wireless review.
Corsair K70 Rapidfire
What we like…
Cherry MX key switches
Corsair’s K70 boards are the absolute best gaming keyboards we’ve ever used. Since they first launched back in 2013 we’ve been massive fans, and haven’t seen anything since which has changed our minds. Not even Corsair’s later boards, like the Strafe, or the overly-bling K95 Platinum, have been able to replicate the same mix of simple industrial design and sheer pleasure to use.
They have evolved over the years, but the classic design has remained more or less the same since their inception. I’ve picked the Rapidfire edition of the Corsair K70 as the top board because the light touch Cherry MX Speed keys mean seriously hardcore gamers might get a slight boost in actuation speed from their button clicks, and the rest of us don’t have to be so heavy-handed (and loud) when we’re gaming or typing. The Speed switches are almost the same as standard Red switches, just with a shallower actuation point.
Read our full Corsair K70 Rapidfire review.
Microsoft Xbox One Wireless controller
What we like
Great offset layout
The latest wireless Xbox One pad is sublime. For my money it’s the best PC controller you can buy right now. There may be a growing rank of PC gamers lining up behind Sony’s DualShock 4 as the go-to gamepad, but the ever-so-slightly redesigned Xbox One pad’s got it all.
The overall layout has barely changed from the very first Xbox One controllers, but considering how well conceived and solidly-built they were that’s no bad thing. The balance of the pad in the paw is excellent and curved grip’s comfortable and well machined. The Xbox One wireless controller is a beautifully, ergonomically designed piece of peripheral hardware and it’s tough to see how it’s going to be bettered. For now it’s absolutely the best PC controller out there.
Microsoft Xbox One Elite Series 2
What we like
All the paddles
High build quality
I mean, yeah, spending this much on a joypad might seem pretty crazy, but the Elite Series 2 is one seriously beautiful controller. Almost everything about it has been designed to just scream ‘QUALITY!’ in your face. It’s an evolution over the previous version rather than a revolution, but it’s got everything we loved about the original Elite, plus everything the competition has added to their high-end pads to try and compete.
It’s beautifully built, impressively responsive, and ultra versatile too. But I’m still not 100% sure that it’s worth that hefty a price premium over the standard Xbox One controller, which is why the Elite Series 2 isn’t down as our absolute, must-have, best PC controller in this test. It’s the pad you might aspire to, especially if you’ve ever had one in your hands, but it’s most definitely a luxury rather than a necessity.
Read our full Microsoft Xbox One Elite Series 2 review.
HyperX Cloud Alpha
What we like
Stunning audio quality
Almost open-back soundscape
Improving on everything the Cloud II got right, the Cloud Alpha offers an even more immersive experience at the same price. The drivers are beyond impressive, and for the sub-$100 price point, they offer frequency ranges rivaling the $250 Razer Threshers.
The noise-cancelling on the microphone has been improved, specifically tuned to block out the sound of HyperX’s very own Alloy keyboard and the famously piercing sound of Cherry MX blue switches. The Cloud Alpha headphones also feature very noticeably improved noise isolation, preventing any chatter around you from ruining the listening experience.
The HyperX Cloud Alpha offers excellency in design, durability and quality, while maintaining a fantastic price. Kingston took their time redesigning the Cloud headset, and with good reason. The HyperX Cloud II needed something utterly spectacular to justify a redesign, and they’ve delivered just that with the Cloud Alpha.
Read our full HyperX Cloud Alpha review.
Sennheiser GSP 370
What we like
The Sennheiser GSP 370 is the gold standard for wireless gaming headset battery life. With 100 hours of uninterrupted play, you won’t be needing to reach for the charging cable mid-game… unless you’re really forgetful.
Even beyond that battery life, you can expect top quality audio from the maestros at Sennheiser. Offering just enough bass to make sure you really feel all the ruckus in-game without washing out the mids and highs. And to top it all off it’s cosy and comfortable, too.