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The best Amazon Prime Day PC gaming deals

What is the best Amazon Prime Day 2022 PC gaming deal? The ZOTAC RTX 3090, because it's a high-end GPU for $140 BELOW MSRP!
Written by Michael Gariffo, Staff Writer
ZOTAC Gaming GeForce RTX 3090 Trinity OC 24GB | Save $1,040
The Zotac RTX 3090 GPU and box
ZOTAC Gaming GeForce RTX 3090 Trinity OC 24GB
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Logitech G PRO X Wireless Lightspeed Gaming Headset | Save $88
Logitech G Pro X wireless headset and dongle
Logitech G PRO X Wireless Lightspeed Gaming Headset
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Razer Viper Ultimate - Mercury White | Save $60
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WD_BLACK 1TB SN850 NVMe internal Gen4 gaming SSD | Save $125
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EVGA X12 gaming mouse | Save $30
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MSI MAG Z690 Tomahawk WiFi DDR4 Gaming Motherboard | Save $80
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PC gaming has been through some rough times over the past few years. The crypto craze, chip shortages brought on by COVID-19, and supply chain difficulties have seen components dry up to the point where most of us simply can't get ahold of the parts and devices we need. 

Now, our long national (gamer) nightmare finally looks to be coming to an end. Not only are PC gaming components, peripherals, and other products finally available to buy, they're going on sale. 

Better yet, we're coming up on one of the biggest sale days of the year, Amazon Prime Day. The annual event has grown to be almost as important as Black Friday, with promotional offers on anything and everything, including PC gaming products. The actual event is still a ways off, but sales already have begun that are well worth a look. Read on to see our regularly updated list of the best we've found so far. 

  • Current price: $1,360
  • Original price: $2,400

Reveling in the schadenfreude of the crypto collapse and the effect it's had on GPU prices? You're not alone. After many long years of fighting scalpers, bots, and miners for the right to upgrade or build a gaming PC, many of us have harrowing tales of paying several times MSRP, or plugging along on systems that are begging to be put out of their misery while barely pushing 30 FPS. 

If any of this sounds like you, now's your time. Not only are cards in stock everywhere, but they're selling for MSRP! That's great, you say...but it's not a deal. Well, hold onto your gaming seats, because Zotac has dropped one of the most powerful cards out right now, the RTX 3090, to $140 BELOW MSRP.

Keep in mind that this is a card that was, at the peak of the scarcity, selling for $2,650. Pour one out for the pitiable souls that bought one then, and don't don't tell them the same card is now available for about half of what they paid. 

  • Current price: $142
  • Original price: $230

Logitech's gaming headsets are some of the most widely used and well-loved among pro gamers and casual players alike. Its G Pro X Wireless model has been at the top of that lineup for a couple of years now, but it's still yet to be beaten by any other entry from Logitech itself and can stand toe-to-toe with the best from Razer and even some high-end, audiophile-grade headphones.

The model's understated design, detachable microphone, and tank-like build quality mean you can feel confident tossing it into a bag to bring to a LAN party or friend's house. The lack of RGB lighting also provides 20 hours of continuous runtime. While this may not stand up to some newer entries, few of those can provide the same level of sound quality as the G Pro X's huge 50mm drivers.

This rare discount drops the price of one of the best wireless headsets from one of the most trusted manufacturers out there very close to its lowest ever. 

  • Current price: $90
  • Original price: $150

Razer's Viper Ultimate is one of our favorite mice around here. I've personally put it head to head with Logitech's G Pro X Superlight, and noted it was still a completely viable alternative to the newer, pricier Viper V2 Pro. It remains one of the best combinations of weight, customizability, and built quality on the market. 

Thanks to being a few years old, the Viper Ultimate has seen more and more discounts. You can usually find the mouse (without its excellent dock) for $80 on any given day. However, it's rarer to see the RVU with its dock under $100, and almost unheard of to see one of the color variants like this one discounted at all. The Mercury White edition has been selling at full price long after the standard black model had dropped to double digits. 

Thanks to this Prime Day sale, you can pick up the gorgeous, ultra-clean Mercury White Razer Viper Ultimate, with its color-matched dock, for just $90.

  • Current price: $105
  • Original price: $230

One of the single best upgrades you can give any system is an SSD. The solid state technology is superior to its older, spinning hard drive counterparts in almost every way: it's quieter, uses less power, never needs to be defragged, and its much more compact. 

The ultimate evolution of SSD technology to date is the NVME form factor. This interface, that's barely bigger than a stick of gum, provides a plug-and-play way to get the fastest drives on the market into your system. This drive in particular, the WD_Black SN850, is capable of "Irrationally fast read/write speeds up to 7000/5300MB/s." While actual speeds will vary depending on the job and types of data being copied, the fact is this is one of the fastest consumer drives out there, period. 

The 1TB model is more than enough for most people. It can hold your operating system and a ton of apps and games, while bulkier media storage is offloaded to a slower SATA SSD or an HDD. Or, if you'd prefer a little more headroom, the 2TB model is on sale as well for the best price I've ever seen. 

  • Current price: $20
  • Original price: $50

Need a solid gaming mouse to go with your EVGA keyboard above? How about one of the newest gaming mice on the market for less than half of its original asking price? In either case, EVGA's got you covered. 

The X12 gaming mouse weighs in at a relatively lightweight 75g. While it's not the most feather-light mouse, it does sport some features not seen on anything short of flagship offerings from companies like Razer and Logitech. Among these are an ultra-fast 8K Hz polling rate, 3-zone RGB lighting, adjustable lift-off distance (LOD), and support for NVIDIA's REFLEX analyzer. 

The mouse was already a bargain at its full asking price with all of this packed in, so dropping it down to $15 is just insane. Get it while you can.

  • Current price: $220
  • Original price: $300

Building a new system? Now that it's once again possible to undertake a new build, even if you don't own a private jet, lots of us are. For those opting to go "Team Blue" and build an Intel-based PC, the 12th-gen Core i Series' best home is a motherboard with a Z690 chipset, like this one. 

MSI's Tomahawk series is a perennial favorite amongst system builders thanks to its solid build quality, understated aesthetics, and shockingly sensible BIOS interface. It's the kind of motherboard people that have been building PCs since the dawn of time (or at least since the 90s) would opt for. 

This deal drops one of the most solid options for a Z690 board down to a price that would have seemed laughably impossible just a few months ago, putting it lower than some aged Z590 boards bargain seekers may have been considering if they could stomach the idea of going with a previous Intel generation. 

  • Current price: $66
  • Original price: $130

There are few rabbit holes among tech hobbies as deep or as enjoyable as mechanical keyboards. I've written an entire guide and primer on the topic for anyone interested in getting into it. But, even at the low end, it's definitely not the cheapest of hobbies to enter...unless of course you grab this deal. 

Big-name PC gaming peripheral makers are often frowned upon by some mechanical keyboard snobs. One of the main reasons for this is their lack of support for customization and reliance on proprietary components. The EVGA Z15 avoids all of those pitfalls by providing "hotswappable" switch sockets (meaning you can swap in any switch you'd like, without soldering) and a standard, full-sized layout for any keycap set you could possibly want to showcase. 

The board's steep discount makes it a great entry point into the hobby and an excellent test bed for enthusiasts wanting to try out switch combinations, keycap set combinations, and more. It even ships with a keycap puller, a key switch puller, and eight extra Kailh Speed Silver switches for those that want linear switches (rather than the Speed Bronze clicky key switches) in their WASD cluster.

  • Current price: $50 - $100
  • Original price: $80 - $130

Roccat's known for its tank-like build quality and surprisingly high-end, yet affordable peripherals. The company's Kone line of ergo mice are some of the most well-liked products in that impressive catalogue. The ultra-comfortable design, light weight, and unique RGB lighting make the latest entries stand out among the sea of ergo mice from the top gaming peripheral makers. 

Both the wired Kone Pro and wireless Kone Pro Air feature the aforementioned RGB lighting, Owl-Eye 19K DPI optical sensor, Titan Optical switches, and heat-treated, pure PTFE glides. 

You just need to choose if you want the battery-free Kone Pro with its barely-there PhantomFlex cable, or the completely wireless Kone Pro Air that somehow retains the same 66g weight as its wired counterpart, despite a built-in battery capable of a 100+ hour runtime. Either way, you'll save $30. 

What is the best Amazon Prime Day 2022 PC gaming deal?

The best Prime Day PC Gaming deal is the ZOTAC RTX 3090 GPU. It's one of the highest-end GPU models for $140 below MSRP, and for half of what that same card was selling for a few months ago. 

How did we choose these Amazon Prime Day 2022 PC gaming deals?

I chose the deals you see here based on a mix of factors, including the amount and percentage of the discount, the quality of the items being offered, how desirable each item was compared to its current competitors, and the scale of the discount based on previous sales for that product. 

For hardware, I chose products that I've either owned, reviewed, or would purchase for myself. I've been building PCs and gaming on them for more than two decades, giving me a broad view of what makes a good deal on PCs, components, and peripherals. For games, I chose the most popular and steeply discounted games available, prioritizing recent titles that are still in many gamers' backlogs.

I also know that buyers have vastly different budgets, so I tried to include deals at various price points for those with a bit less or a bit more to spend on our favorite gaming gear. 

When is Amazon Prime Day 2022?

Prime Day 2022 will begin on Tuesday, July 12, and run through Wednesday, July 13. However, Amazon and many brands will be offering pre-Prime Day sales on just about every product category between now and then. Be sure to regularly check ZDNet's Prime Day coverage for some of the best offers leading up to the event. 

How do you find great deals on Amazon?

Amazon has already begun promoting some of the top deals of the moment, as it ramps up to Prime Day 2022. You can check out this page, choosing your favorite product categories and brands within the filters available. 

When you do find a product that looks like a great deal, it's always a good idea to double check that it really is as awesome as it first appears by dropping a link to the Amazon listing into a price-tracking service like CamelCamelCamel. This site and others like it provide historical data for Amazon's own prices, as well as prices offered by third-party resellers. 

Also be sure to double check other retailers before and during Prime Day for great prices on the same products Amazon puts on sale. Online retail giants like Walmart, Target, eBay, and many others all make a point to put up some exceptional sales during Prime Day to compete with whatever Amazon offers.

Finally, be sure to check out ZDNet's Prime Day tips and tricks hub, where you'll find additional information on how to score some of the best discounts around during one of the biggest shopping days of the year.

What are the best Amazon Prime Day 2022 deals?

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Are there other Amazon Prime Day 2022 PC gaming deals worth considering?

While the deals above represent some of the best offerings with the broadest appeal, there are a few other under-the-radar deals from the same brands that are still well worth a look. 

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