I always tell people to build their own gaming PC, but I can't anymore with Black Friday deals like this

For years, I've always told people they should build, not buy, a gaming PC. There's just something magical about building something just for you, and it's also a great learning exercise. However, with Black Friday deals like this ASUS ROG gaming PC reduced to $999.99, I can't really say that anymore. If you're quick enough to get one of the open box versions, you could save almost $100 more as well. 

ASUS ROG Gaming Desktopwas $1,199.99now $999.99 at Best Buy

ASUS ROG Gaming Desktop | was $1,199.99 now $999.99 at Best Buy

You can't build a quality gaming PC with this spec for this price, even with Black Friday pricing on components. You're getting an Intel Core i7-13700F, an RTX 3060, 512GB SSD and 16GB of RAM, and you don't have to put it together yourself. Take the easy way and get one of these. 

✅Perfect for: 1080p (or a little 1440p) gaming

❌Avoid it if: You want to be future-proofed with DDR5 RAM

💰Price check: $1,253.99 at Newegg

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Why you should buy this gaming PC over building your own

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So why is this a great deal? Besides being a pretty solid gaming PC at a great price, even with Black Friday deals, you couldn't get all of the parts and Windows 11 license needed to build this same machine yourself for less. Since you also don't have to then spend the time assembling it, installing Windows, cutting your finger on a motherboard I/O shield, making a mistake and having to spend time troubleshooting it, it's well worth it. 

Sure, it's using last-gen parts from Intel and NVIDIA, but that doesn't make them bad. Just because something newer and more expensive came out doesn't mean you should ignore the slightly older, cheaper stuff. It's also easier to find deals like this. 

The Intel Core i7-13700F is a great CPU for gaming with 16-cores and 24 threads, and honestly, the 14th Gen replacement is barely an upgrade so you're still getting one of the best. The RTX 3060 is also one of the best affordable graphics cards, capable of 1080p and even 1440p gaming at high details and frame rates. 

As all the parts inside are standard, you have a pretty good platform to upgrade in the future as your needs or budget increases. Probably the only downside is that it's using DDR4 not DDR5 RAM. For gaming, you won't be missing out, but it's one less part you'll be able to harvest for any future plans. But all-in-all, this is a strong discount on a well spec'd gaming PC you can simply unbox, plug in, and get gaming. 

Richard Devine
Managing Editor - Tech, Reviews

Richard Devine is a Managing Editor at Windows Central with over a decade of experience. A former Project Manager and long-term tech addict, he joined Mobile Nations in 2011 and has been found on Android Central and iMore as well as Windows Central. Currently, you'll find him steering the site's coverage of all manner of PC hardware and reviews. Find him on Mastodon at mstdn.social/@richdevine