Best Gaming PC Deals: Asus ROG Desktop with RTX 3080 Graphics on Sale for $1,600 – CNET

Even if you can find a stand-alone Nvidia GeForce RTX 3000-series graphics card in stock, you’ll likely encounter a price that’ll make you gasp. A better route might be a prebuilt PC. You can find some reasonably priced, off-the-shelf gaming desktops right now with Nvidia’s latest GPUs. There are even a few discounts to be found — a rare occurrence for anything related to Nvidia’s RTX GPUs.

Best Buy and Newegg have some inventory of RTX 30-series gaming desktops from vendors including ABS, Asus, HP and Skytech. After taking a look at the PCs that each site has in stock, here are the best deals I found — from a desktop discounted to $800 with RTX 3050 graphics to a fully loaded beast with an RTX 3090 GPU.

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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 discounted to $800. 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 current discount, this Skytech system is one of the lowest-cost gaming PCs with a GPU from Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 30 series. It supplies the GeForce RTX 3060 GPU next to a 10th-gen Intel Core i5 CPU, along with 16GB of RAM, a 500GB solid-state drive and a 600-watt power supply. While this Skytech system is a great entry into RTX 30-series graphics, I recommend spending a bit more if your budget allows and grabbing the Asus system below, which boasts AMD’s superior Ryzen 7 CPU next to RTX 3060 graphics.

Newegg

This is another low-cost PC on sale with RTX 30-series graphics, and it trades an Intel Core processor for AMD’s awesome octo-core Ryzen 7 5800X CPU, a favorite among gamers. It’s based on the GeForce RTX 3060 GPU and also supplies 16GB of RAM and a pair of storage drives — a 512GB SSD and a 1TB hard drive. Future expansion, however, will be limited with only a 500-watt power supply.

Newegg

This Thermaltake is another gaming system powered by an AMD-Nvidia combo, in this case the six-core Ryzen 5 5600X CPU and GeForce RTX 3060 Ti graphics. It also includes 16GB of RAM, a 1TB SSD and a 700-watt power supply and is $200 off right now at Newegg.

Newegg

Sensing a pattern? The best pairing for gamers right now is an AMD Ryzen CPU and GeForce RTX 30-series graphics. This HP Omen system is a slightly more powerful version of the above model with RTX 3070 graphics and has more capacity for future upgrades with an 800-watt PSU.

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 $400 off at Newegg.

Newegg

I haven’t seen an RTX 3080-based gaming PC for less than this Asus ROG rig. It’s discounted by $400 at Best Buy right now and 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.

Newegg

This ABS model pairs an 11th-gen, octa-core Core i9 CPU with GeForce RTX 3080 Ti graphics. You also get 16GB of RAM, a 1TB SSD and a 850-watt power supply. Those components usually would cost upwards of $4,000, but you can get them in this ABS package for the more reasonable sum of $3,200. That price reflects a $700 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.

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