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Best Gaming PC Deals: Save $1,200 on an ABS Desktop With RTX 3080 Ti Graphics

Nvidia's GeForce RTX 30-series graphics cards are difficult to find on their own, but you can get a prebuilt desktop with one of the new GPUs.

If you aren't up for the challenge of assembling the parts and then building your own gaming rig, a prebuilt system is a quicker and easier route to a new gaming PC. You can find some reasonably priced, off-the-shelf gaming desktops right now with Nvidia's GeForce 3000-series GPUs. PCs with Nvidia's next-gen flagship RTX 4090 GPU are starting to roll out, but they are prohibitively pricey. Thankfully, there's a wide range of desktops with the previous-gen -- and still highly capable -- RTX 3000-series GPUs, many of which can be found at a discount.

PC gamers will find the lowest prices at Best Buy and Newegg right now. After taking a look at the gaming desktops on each site, here are the best deals I've found -- from a desktop discounted to $850 with RTX 3050 graphics to a fully loaded beast with an RTX 3090 GPU.

Read more: Best Graphics Card for Gamers and Creatives in 2022

Check back: I'll keep this list updated as I find new deals on RTX 30-series gaming desktops.

Newegg

It's rare to find a gaming desktop with RTX 30-series graphics of any ilk for less than $1,000. This Skytech PC features the entry-level GPU in Nvidia's RTX 30-series lineup, the GeForce RTX 3050, and is only $850. The rest of the specs are fairly midrange, with a 10th-gen Core i5 processor and only 8GB of RAM. With a 600-watt power supply, however, you've got some room to grow with this budget gaming PC.

Newegg

With its massive $550 discount, this ABS system is one of the lowest-cost gaming PCs with RTX 3060 graphics. Paired with the RTX 3060 GPU is a Core i5-12400F Alder Lake CPU. You also get 16GB of RAM, a 512GB solid-state drive and a 600-watt power supply. 

Newegg

This Skytech system pairs an 11th-gen Core i7 with RTX 3060 Ti graphics while also supplying 16GB of RAM, a 1TB SSD and a 600-watt power supply. It's one of the lowest-cost PCs you'll find with RTX 3060 Ti graphics.

Best Buy

This is one of the most affordable RTX 3070-based gaming PCs you'll find, and it features a current 12th-gen Core i7 and not a previous-generation part. You also get 16GB of RAM, a roomy 1TB SSD and a beefy 800-watt PSU.

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Newegg

Here's one of the first PCs with a CPU from Intel's new 12th generation of Core chips. It features the Core i7-12700KF processor and GeForce RTX 3070 Ti graphics along with 16GB of RAM, a 1TB SSD and a 700-watt PSU. It's currently a hefty $800 off at Newegg.

Newegg

This clearance Asus system is one of the more affordable RTX 3080-based gaming PCs you'll find. It features an 11th-gen Core i7 CPU, 16GB of RAM and a pair of storage drives -- a 512GB SSD and a massive 2TB hard drive. It also supplies a hefty 750-watt PSU.

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Newegg

This ABS model pairs an 11th-gen, octa-core Core i9-11900KF Rocket Lake CPU with GeForce RTX 3080 Ti graphics. You also get 16GB of RAM, a 1TB SSD and a 750-watt power supply. Those components usually would cost upwards of $4,000, but you can get them in this ABS package for half that sum with its massive $1,200 discount.

HP

Ready to blow it out? When you consider that many gaming PCs with Nvidia's latest GPUs cost $5,000 and up, this HP Omen looks reasonable for $4,000. It features the GeForce RTX 3090, the top GPU in Nvidia's lineup. It also boasts an AMD Ryzen 9 5900X CPU, 16GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD, plus a 2TB hard drive. It also offers an 800-watt power supply and a liquid-cooling system.

How to choose a good gaming PC deal

There are thousands of gaming PC deals to choose from, but not all of them are worth your hard-earned cash. As with any pricey purchase, it's worth assessing your needs before diving in and spending big bucks. When it comes to gaming PC deals, that means looking at how demanding the games you plan on playing are, how your new PC will fit into your existing setup (how many displays it will be driving, for example, and at what resolution and frame rate) and your budget. If you want multi-monitor 4K gaming, you're probably going to struggle with a budget of $1,000, so it's best to be realistic with your expectations here. 

Once you've considered those factors, it all comes down to the price-to-performance ratio on offer. The main considerations here are the processor, graphics card and RAM as these will have the most impact on your overall experience. Newer and more powerful parts are going to push the overall price up -- just take a look at our list of the best graphics cards for gamers and you'll see that these don't come cheap -- so consider machines with recent previous-gen components to save some cash.

Should I buy a prebuilt gaming PC deal or build my own? 

Depending on how technically savvy you are, the proposition of building your own gaming PC will either excite you or strike fear in you. The main benefit of building a PC yourself is you get to choose every component, shop around for deals on individual parts, and ultimately get more bang for your buck. The downside is that it takes a lot of research, effort and a decent amount of technical savvy. There's also the risk of something going wrong in the build process, which means you'll end up damaging parts or pulling your hair out trying to figure out why things aren't working as expected. With prebuilt gaming PC deals, you get to skip some of the more time-consuming and frustrating parts of the process, but you'll pay for the privilege and likely spend more money overall. 


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