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Early Prime Day Deal: Save up to 50% on CPUs, GPUs, and SSDs at Amazon

As we barrel toward October 13 and the early Prime Day deals are really heating up. Amazon knows you’re lying in wait for the big day, so we’re seeing tantalizing discounts coming down the pipe, occasionally across entire categories. Right now, Amazon is offering great deals on the ideal tech to build the ultimate computer. Whether you’re a gamer or just looking to compose the ultimate machine for your home or home-office, Amazon has the best graphics cards, processors, and SSDs waiting for you.

Whether you’re not in love with the packages presented to you in pre-built PCs, want something more affordable, or you’re just someone who likes to customize everything to the hilt, now is the best time to take advantage of early Prime Day sales and build your own machine.

First of all, building your own PC is probably the most cost-efficient method of getting a new computer. There are some trade-offs, of course, and this is not necessarily for beginners or new PC users, but it’s definitely a path to affordability. On top of this, it’s a path to self-reliance. If you’re someone who hates depending on a computer shop or technician to tell you what’s wrong with your computer, and charge you for it, building a computer can cut down on this problem. Having built it, chances are you’ll know what’s wrong with it and how to fix it.

That said, the best reason to build your own PC is access to the best quality hardware. When you buy a pre-built machine, you’re committed to whatever parts they’ve chosen for you (upgrades aren’t always easy, if available at all). When you build your own, it’s you who chooses the processor, the graphics card, the SSD storage, the RAM, and the monitor. You are a slave to no man, corporation, or store when you build your own PC. In this sale, there’s amazingly fast AMD Ryzen 9 3900X 12-core, 24-thread unlocked desktop processor with Wraith Prism LED Cooler, for only $429. That’s by far the most expensive internal part of any computer, and they don’t come much faster. Add to this 16GB RAM from Corsair for $63 and 2TB Hard Drive from Seagate BarraCuda for $55 and you’re most of the way to an absolutely amazing machine for less than $550.


These are the kinds of parts that can build an efficient gaming monster or a well-rounded home computer that will allow you to game, work, and do everyday tasks all at once. Moreover, when building your own PC, you’re almost always guaranteed better warranties on the hardware components than if you bought pre-built. It’s not only peace of mind, it’s more cost-efficient, too. On top of this, building your own PC leaves the door open to easier upgrades. If the games or software you’re using start to weigh on your machine, or a cooler processor emerges (literally cooler; keeping your processor from overheating the computer is a big job), you can switch it out easily. It’s all up to you! You can even choose your own operating system, which is the icing on the cake.

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