Since retailers have already started their Memorial Day PC gaming deals (opens in a new tab), we start our coverage early to keep you up to date with the best prices. We sometimes find that the best deals come and go early, especially when it comes to gaming PCs, and that might be the case with this RTX 3080 gaming PC I spotted at Best Buy.
It’s an Asus ROG branded gaming PC with an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 10GB (opens in a new tab) and Intel Core i7 11700KF for $1,600 at Best Buy (opens in a new tab). Yes, basically the price you would have been forced to pay if you had wanted to buy an RTX 3080 on its own just six months ago. That’s the kind of price we’d like to see RTX 3080 PCs start at, but sadly that’s still not the case, even though GPUs are much easier to find today.
That’s not a bad price for a 4K-capable gaming PC, though. The GPU is the star of the show, with 8,704 CUDA cores and 10GB of GDDR6X memory. Along with that, Intel’s Core i7 11700KF is a fast eight-core, 16-thread processor capable of keeping up with high frame rates and delivering fast productivity performance. It would have been nice to see Intel’s 12th Gen make its way into this machine, but it’s more than enough for our gaming needs.
There’s 16GB of DDR4 RAM in this machine, and while it’s not specified whether it’s single or dual channel, I’m keeping my fingers crossed for the latter. I would suspect that is the case here as well.
The SSD is rather small at 512GB. It will fit your OS and at least a few games depending on your game choice (maybe a single CoD (opens in a new tab)). At least there’s 2TB of hard drive to expand that, although a hard drive is much slower when it comes to load times. This is probably where you would want to upgrade that PC later in life. Either that or the CPU cooler.
The exact CPU cooler is not specified, but I assume it is an Intel stock number. You may want to replace it with a more capable cooler at some point if this is the case, but these can be found at low prices.