Black Friday is a great time to save on a new graphics processing unit (GPU) for your gaming PC. Whether you're on a tight budget or are looking to go all out and max all settings in your favorite PC games, they'll likely be a deal for you to enjoy. The thing is, not all deals will be worth taking advantage if. If you get caught up in all the deal hype, you may make a less satisfactory purchase.
We've put together three red flags you need to bear in mind while shopping around for a new GPU this Black Friday.
Don't buy a GPU just because it's a good deal
The GTX 1660 is a pretty decent GPU, but it's not what you should buy if it comes down in price. Sure, you may get a killer deal on a GPU that can allow you to play some PC games at medium to high settings on 1080p resolutions, but for just a little more, you could jump up to an RTX 2060 — a vastly superior GPU.
You should keep in mind that many GPUs will be discounted, especially models that aren't too popular. The best buying practice for GPUs is to spend what you can afford, and the same goes for Black Friday. If you can afford a discounted RTX 2080, buy one, and you'll not be disappointed.
Check the price history to avoid wasting money
It may be Black Friday, but that doesn't mean every deal you see will be a good one that's better than what was previously available. Retailers sometimes participate in the practice of listing GPUs for "less" but at prices that are the same or even higher than the non-deal price tag. You don't want to pay more for your new GPU, right?
CamelCamelCamel may be a strange name for a website, but it's one of the best resources for anyone who shops online at Amazon. The site can take any product listing (name or URL) and show a history of prices. The shiny RTX 2080 that you wanted to buy may have been more affordable a few weeks ago, making its Black Friday deal not that enticing anymore.
That doesn't mean you should discount it altogether, but that 2080 GPU could see its price reduced once again after Black Friday comes to an end.
Super (and AMD) or bust
Non-Super RTX GPUs need to be severely discounted to be worth picking up. If you're looking to buy the best GPU your money can get right now; it should be a Super card. The new RTX 2060 Super is almost as good as the original RTX 2070, likewise the RTX 2070 Super with the RTX 2080. If the RTX 2070 is discounted but is still more pricey than an RTX 2060 Super, it's a clear choice to go with the Super card.
There are even some new AMD Radeon RX cards that are worth considering, especially if you can't find a good deal on an NVIDIA Super GPU. The RX 5700 and 5700XT match the RTX 2060 Super in terms of performance and pricing, so go with whichever offers a better deal for you.
Shop smart and game on
It's wise to use Black Friday as a time to consider buying a new GPU with all the deals that go live, but you need to be smart about it. Keep these important points in mind, and you'll be able to get exactly what your PC needs, enhancing your gaming experience, all at the right price.
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