Storage seems to be a low priority when it comes to gaming PCs getting big discounts for Black Friday. You’ll drop the specs to get an impressive deal and then the size of the SSD will hit you like a slap in the face. A single 1TB SSD won’t be enough when even non-Call of Duty games like Baldur’s Gate 3 will take up over 100GB of space.
Best Buy has a CyberPowerPC rig for $899.99 with enough space to install plenty of games and an RTX 4060 Ti to run them. The 4060 Ti, however, is far from the best graphics card you can buy right now, mainly because of how expensive it is compared to AMD’s cheaper alternative, the RX 6700 XT. It hurts less in a pre-built package like this, but the price may continue to drop in the near future.
In our review of the 4060 Ti, we found that it can maintain around 60fps at 1080p for games like Red Dead Redemption 2 and Far Cry 6 at high settings, but starts to drop into the low 30s and low 40s with ray tracing enabled in Cyberpunk 2077 and Meter. Exodus. At 1440p and 4K, the 4060 Ti will struggle without enabling Nvidia’s AI-powered DLSS 3 and Frame Generation upscaling technology. With them enabled, 4K games are surprisingly playable (30 to 40 fps), but it’s definitely not ideal.
However, the Ryzen 7 5700 processor is not that average. It’s basically a slightly lower clocked version of the 5700G APU with eight cores. Both chips perform similarly, but it’s worth noting that you’ll lose PCIe 4.0 support if you ever plan to add one of the best SSDs you can get.
I wouldn’t worry about the DDR4 memory it has (as opposed to DDR5), but 16GB is a bit low. We recommend 32 GB if you plan to do more than just play games on your PC. Fortunately, RAM prices are no longer absurd and you can always upgrade later.
The cons aren’t big enough to ignore how good this deal is for under $1,000. It’s really hard to find a PC at this price with enough SSD storage to avoid having to manage your library every time you install something new. And even with some value-based caveats, the other components are solid for the price. It also comes with a keyboard and mouse, but I implore you to find replacements for them as soon as possible.