The rumble of virtual feet on the internet high street was well and truly under way today, with shoppers hoping to snap up the best value gaming PC that money can buy this Black Friday 2022. Amazingly, despite the current economic climate, and grey-faced politicians doing their best to put the dampeners on Christmas this year, PC enthusiasts and bargain-crazed parents have been flocking to the CCL website in the thousands this week.
One page got a lot more traffic than others, however. We noticed the spike in traffic the first few minutes after our Black Friday newsletter went out to subscribers and previous customers, with a record number of visitors hitting the main Black Friday deals page and a huge percentage trickling through to bargain components and discounted gaming PCs.
The real traffic spike hit the Horizon Integra gaming PC, however, with over a hundred units sold by 3pm!
Black Friday's Best Value Gaming PC
The Horizon Integra is an incredibly good value gaming PC with a base specification of an AMD Ryzen 5 4600G 3.7GHz that benefits from 6 CPU cores and 12 threads as well as integrated Radeon Vega graphics, with 8GB DDR4 2666MHz memory and 240GB SATA III SSD to boot (pardon the pun).
The Radeon Vega 7 integrated graphics is not an APU to be sniffed at, with an extremely palatable 160+ FPS in VALORANT in 1080p Low, and over 220 FPS in League of Legends in 1080p Performance mode.
Upgrades, upgrades, upgrades!
The great thing about shopping at CCL (besides the incredible service and supremely intelligent content writers), is that you get to customise your gaming PC to suit your needs - and that is exactly what we saw from the first hundred buyers of the Horizon Integra.
By simply upgrading the integrated graphics to an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650, you are turning an entry level gaming PC into a competitive Esports battle rig, all for just over £600*.
The next most popular upgrade was RAM - with most gamers opting for an extra 8GB RAM, for a total of 16GB DDR4 2666MHz.
With the specification above, you can expect over 150 FPS in GTA V at 1080p, and over 60 FPS in Apex Legends with your settings cranked up to High in 1080p!
Black Friday popular picks
The Horizon Integra may have stolen the show early, but right behind it in terms of popularity, we saw a lot of people were upgrading their setup, with the great value AMD Ryzen 5 5600 Zen 3 CPU paired with the ASUS ROG Strix B550-A Gaming AMD Socket AM4 Motherboard (also available in white)
It wasn't just AMD love, though. The hugely popular Intel Core i5 12400F Alder Lake-S CPU also saw plenty of action up to 3pm on Black Friday. With 6 Cores and 12 Threads, and a heatsink & fan included, the i5-12400F is great from entry level to mid-range gaming PCs, creator PC builds and more.
It's not over yet!
At CCL we decided to make the most of Black Friday this year, and we have a weekend full of bargains planned. Check out the latest deals below, and don't forget to sign up for our newsletter so you don't miss any discounts!
There's exclusive Black Friday deals on everything from 3D printers and laptops to gaming keyboards - as well as a whole host of bargains on PC components!
If you're a TikTok fan, there's our TikTok live streams to grab a bargain, with your host Trem giving you the low down on the latest tech from the CCL website!