Amazon’s latest sales event, Prime Early Access Sale, is coming to an end soon, but there’s still a chance to score great deals. This smaller version of Prime Day includes great deals on everything from gaming PCs to all-in-ones, as well as more traditional desktop machines.
The deals are happening and we’ve rounded up the best PC sales for what some are calling “Prime Day 2” or “October Prime Day.” You’ll need to be a Prime member to take advantage of these steep discounts. If you’re not already a member, check out our guide on how to get Amazon Prime for free.
This year, we’re seeing some great deals on desktop PCs, especially gaming PCs and all-in-ones. Other retailers got in on the Prime Early Access Sale action, and some of the best desktop deals can even be found outside of Amazon, so we’ve included those deals as well.
Best deals on desktop computers:
- Zotac MEK Hero G1, Core i7-11700KF/GeForce RTX 3060Ti/16GB RAM/1TB SSD, $1,369.99 (19% off at Amazon)
- Skytech Shiva, Ryzen 5 5600X/GeForce RTX 3080/ 16GB RAM/1TB SSD, $1,699.99 (29% off at Amazon)
- Thermaltake LCGS Shadow 360, Ryzen 5 5600X/GeForce RTX 3060/16GB RAM/1TB SSD/Liquid cooling, $1,199.99 (37% off at Amazon)
- Skytech Azure, Ryzen 5 3600/GeForce RTX 3070/ 16GB RAM/1TB SSD, $1,299.99 (13% off at Amazon)
- Skytech Siege 3.0, Ryzen 7 5800X/Radeon RX 6900XT/16GB RAM/1TB SSD, $1,999.99 (26% off at Amazon)
Best all-in-one PC deals:
- Dell Inspiron 24 5000 All-in-one, Core i5-1135G7/Intel Iris Xe integrated graphics/12GB RAM/256GB SSD/1TB HDD, 24-inch 1080p touchscreen display, $725.00 (15% off at Amazon)
- Asus Zen 24, Ryzen 5 5500U/AMD integrated graphics/8GB RAM/512GB SSD, 24-inch 1080p touchscreen display, $799.00 (11% off at Amazon)
What to look for when buying a desktop computer
You’ll see a ton of options when looking for a desktop, but they all primarily fit into four main categories: productivity towers, gaming PCs, mini PCs, and all-in-ones (AiO). What you should end up buying depends entirely on your needs and what you want to do with your computer. If you’re looking for something that will work in a home office or family room, then a productivity PC or AiO with a solid CPU and plenty of RAM and storage is probably the way to go. If gaming is your primary concern, a gaming PC can offer much more bang for your buck than a laptop and you should focus on getting the best GPU possible. Or if you just want something that can fit anywhere and provide basic computing, then a mini PC is a good bet.
As for CPU, we recommend choosing at least Intel Core i5 or AMD Ryzen 5, which will provide plenty of processing power for everyday computing tasks. If you don’t intend to play any on your PC, feel free to save some money by going with integrated graphics. However, if you’re looking to get your game up and running then we recommend at least an Nvidia GeForce 3060 or an AMD Radeon RX 6600 XT as these are the least expensive discrete graphics cards that can handle radio.
As for RAM, we think it’s best to shoot for 16GB at least for productivity and gaming, but for family computers and internet browsing, 8GB should be enough. Storage size depends on your personal needs, but it’s generally a good idea to choose an SSD over a standard HDD because they’re much faster and don’t significantly affect the price of a desktop. Additionally, if you intend to go for AiO, you should look for a screen with a minimum resolution of 1080p.