Graphics cards have been a real pain to purchase for the past few years. Whether it’s the global pandemic, chip shortage, crypto mining craze, or all of the above, it’s PC gamers who have paid the price (quite literally if buying from scalpers). Even Black Friday hasn’t done much so far to lend a helping hand, but HP may have a way for you to get hold of a GPU.
The HP OMEN 30L is a brilliant PC. We reviewed it favorably and it’s all standard parts, unlike some system builders out there (looking at you, Dell). The best part is it’s on sale right now, and inside you have a choice of RTX 30-series GPU, including the best graphics card.
HP OMEN 30L (RTX 3060)
This is the lowest model we’d choose with an Intel Core i5-11400 CPU, RTX 3060 GPU, 256GB SSD, and 8GB of DDR4-3200 RAM. You can configure it yourself to have up to an Intel Core i7, 64GB of RAM, 3070 Ti, and a 2TB SSD.
HP OMEN 30L (RTX 3080)
The next stage up takes us to the RTX 3080 GPU, bumping our CPU up to an Intel Core i7-10700K with 8GB of DDR4-3200 RAM, and a 256GB SSD. You can bump all this up to an RTX 3090, Intel Core i9, 64GB of RAM, and a 2TB SSD.
HP OMEN 30L (RTX 3080 Ti)
This is where things get really interesting for the 30L. For this price, you can get an 11th Gen Core i7 CPU, RTX 3080 Ti, 32GB of RAM, 2TB HDD, and a 512GB SSD. If you want a PC that will last for years to come, this is it.
There is an HP OMEN 30L that has a 2060 SUPER, but we wouldn’t recommend it as it’s just $100 less than the RTX 3060 configuration and the latter is a far superior GPU. The RTX 3060 is a beastly graphics card that can punch way above its weight and even run games comfortably at 1440p.
The RTX 3080 and above are reserved for those who want the best of the best. When looking at the price of GPUs at retailers and classified sites, you can easily spend upwards of $1,000 on an RTX 3060 alone, without any additional parts.
By purchasing a pre-built PC (and we’re monitoring the best Black Friday pre-built gaming PC deals) and either using it as your main gaming rig or extracting the GPU and selling the rest of the parts, you can save considerably. But if you don’t fancy forking out for an entire system, we are monitoring the best Black Friday PC parts deals, so be sure to keep tabs on that hub just in case a GPU deal happens to come online.
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