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These are the gaming PCs under $1,000 that are actually any good

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There's never a shortage of entire gaming PCs on sale for Black Friday. In fact, even when there was a shortage of GPUs it was still possible to find a gaming PC ready to ship with relatively slim lead times for delivery. Those shortages are all over now, which means Black Friday gaming PC deals (opens in new tab) are popping up like mushrooms on a rainy day.

As there are so many gaming PC deals out there right now, we need to be extra attuned to what's actually good and what's not worth your money. It's all well and good that there's a $699.99 gaming PC on sale at Amazon, but when it comes with a GTX 1650 Super and 8GB of single-channel RAM, you can do a lot better.

So, let's be critical about the gaming PCs on offer today and look out for those gaming PCs that don't make enormous sacrifices for a palatable price tag.

What we want:

What we want to avoid:

Those requirements may seem steep but these are the sort of specs I feel will give you the best impression of PC gaming on a budget in 2022. There's no reason not to expect all of that under $1,000, either—I've already found a few. Most under $900, in fact.

Black Friday gaming PC deals under $1,000 

Perhaps the most surprising thing for me in looking around for these worthwhile Black Friday gaming PC deals is how little there was on Amazon. I found a lot of machines asking for far too much money for old spec CPUs and either RTX 20-series or even GTX 16-series GPUs. That's just not on, and don't be fooled by these sorts of 'deals'. 

It's a buyer's market for GPUs, whether some sellers want you to know that or not, and GPU shipments are reportedly historically down (opens in new tab). You can and should score a decent RTX 30-series or RX 6000-series graphics card ahead of the more affordable next-generation GPUs from Nvidia and AMD, don't settle for less. 

The same goes for CPUs. We've had back-to-back fantastic CPU generations with Intel's 12th and 13th Gen and AMD's Ryzen 5000-series and 7000-series—unless the deal is absolutely amazing, you should stick to these more modern chips.

Jacob earned his first byline writing for his own tech blog from his hometown in Wales in 2017. From there, he graduated to professionally breaking things as hardware writer at PCGamesN, where he would later win command of the kit cupboard as hardware editor. Nowadays, as senior hardware editor at PC Gamer, he spends his days reporting on the latest developments in the technology and gaming industry. When he's not writing about GPUs and CPUs, however, you'll find him trying to get as far away from the modern world as possible by wild camping.

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