At Best Buy’s sale, ahem, dads and graduates, I found an Alienware R10 Ryzen Edition gaming PC that combines some of AMD’s best silicon today for just $1,600 (opens in a new tab). It’s a decent deal considering the card is compatible with Nvidia’s RTX 3080 (opens in a new tab), and you also get a reasonably specced PC.
My personal favorite GPU of the AMD RX 6000 series GPUs (I gave it 90% in our review), the Radeon RX 6800 XT (opens in a new tab) is an excellent card for 4K gaming. It comes with a generous 16GB of GDDR6 memory, quite a bit more capacity than any of the competing RTX 3080 models, and has no problem pushing 60fps even at the most demanding 4K resolution.
To be honest, I wish you could still buy the RX 6800 XT for its original MSRP of $649, but that’s no longer the case. Best Buy has an $800 Gigabyte model (opens in new tab) in their sale for dads and graduates (my editor told me not to mention the name of the sale because it sounds silly, so I’ll do it often), which it’s a good price if you really must buy the card on your own.
However, we’re seeing a holistic PC offering here in the Parent and Graduate offering. That powerful GPU was paired with a Ryzen 7 5800 for eight cores and 16 threads of processor performance. It’s not exactly the ‘X’ model we usually recommend in gaming PCs, but it’s not far off, being only moderately slower in terms of clock speeds. The TDP is lower at 65 W, and those are pretty much the only differences between the two.
That CPU and GPU combination means you’re getting AMD’s most up-to-date architectures on this machine, RDNA 2 and Zen 3. Now we know RDNA 3 and Zen 4 are expected later this year, but you probably won’t find too many deals on those chips. From the beginning. I personally don’t blame you for waiting to see how those chips perform, at least on the graphics side, AMD could really be upping their game, but if you don’t want to wait and save a bit of money, this is a solid option.
However, a PC is more than just a GPU and a CPU stuck together. There’s also a 1TB SSD in this machine and 16GB of DDR4 RAM. Perhaps best of all, unlike the newer Alienware models we’ve seen, it’s my understanding that most of the parts in the R10 Ryzen Edition are standard spec. It doesn’t seem like the easiest machine to use, but at least there’s an upgrade path beyond Dell tech support if you need it. Although you will get that support if you need it.
This is just a deal I saw at Best Buy. There are another 1,000 or more products on sale in their Parents & Graduates sale (opens in a new tab) over the next few days, so it might be worth taking a look if you’re looking for an update in the marketplace.
Jacob has now been fired for repeated violations of the ‘parents and graduates’ embargo – Ed.