Best anti-Prime Day PC gaming deals 2022: all the deals, none of the Amazon

Amazon Prime Day 2022 is characteristically awash with sales on PC gaming hardware. But what if you don’t have the Amazon Prime subscription required to partake of them – or if you just don’t like Amazon? Cheap new peripherals/monitors/SSDs/other gubbins can still be yours, as plenty of other retailers are running sales this week to give Prime Day some healthy competition. In some cases they’ll even have the same kit as Amazon but at a matching or even better prices. Thus, this list, which gathers together all of the best anti-Prime Day deals I’ve found.

Since Prime Day technically lasts for two days, July 12th and July 13th, I’ll also be highlighting ten of the choicest deals for each day at the top of this page. Further down you’ll find your guide to many more anti-Prime Day deals on PC gaming hardware of all types, and here’s a little anti-Prime Day FAQ as well.

Today’s best anti-Prime Day PC gaming deals

SanDisk Ultra 512GB microSD – $47 from B&H Photo Video (was $93)

LG UltraGear 27GP850 – £279 from Curries (was £379)

27in, 2560×1440, 165Hz, IPS panel, AMD Freesync Premium

Logitech G203 Lightsync – £15 from Laptops Direct (was £23)

Logitech G502 Hero – $33 from Best Buy (was $50)

HyperX Cloud Alpha Wireless – £119 From Currys (was £189)

PNY GeForce RTX 3060 XLR8 Revel Epic-X – $390 from GameStop (was $680)

AMD Ryzen 5 5500 – £113 from Ebuyer (was £155)

Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2x8GB) – £60 from Ebuyer (was £63)

Asus TUF Dash F15 – $900 from Best Buy (was $1200)

15.6in, 1920×1080, IPS display, Intel Core i7-11370H, 16GB RAM, GTX 3060, 512GB SSD, 2kg

The best anti Prime Day PC gaming deals

The Kingston Fury Renegade SSD resting on top of a motherboard.

Best SSD and storage deals

It’s always nice to see the WD Blue SN570 with a few coins shaved off. It’s arguably the best SSD for gaming overall in terms of sheer value, and while there are faster PCIe 4.0 SSDs, the SN570’s PCIe 3.0 interface makes it more widely compatible with motherboards and CPUs. Also: I’ve found some deals on the SanDisk Ultra, one of the best microSD cards for the Steam Deck.

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The Asus ROG Swift PG32UQX gaming monitor on a desk, running Dying Light 2.

Best gaming monitor deals

There are a few monitors here that make that golden combination of sharp 1440p resolution, high refresh rate and variable refresh rate support. But I wouldn’t blame you for having your head turned by the Asus ROG Swift PG32UQX – yes, it’s expensive even with £100 off, but its HDR-boosting Mini LED backlighting makes it one of the best gaming monitors around.

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LG UltraGear 27GP850 – £279 from Curries (was £379)

27in, 2560×1440, 165Hz, IPS panel, AMD Freesync Premium

Asus ROG Swift PG32UQX – £3199 from Currys (was £3299)

32in, 3840×2160, 144Hz, IPS panel, Nvidia G-Sync Ultimate

Dell S2721DGFA – £299 from Dell (was £379)

27in, 2560×1440, 165Hz, IPS panel, AMD Premium Pro

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MSI Optix AG321CQR – $270 from Newegg (was $360)

31.5in, 2560×1440, 165Hz, VA panel, AMD Freesync Premium

Samsung Odyssey G5 – $300 from Newegg (was $370)

31.5in, 2560×1440, 165Hz, VA panel, AMD Freesync Premium

Samsung CRG9 – $900 from Newegg (was $1200)

49in, 5120×1440, 165Hz, QLED panel, AMD Freesync

A photo of the Razer Basilisk V3 gaming mouse.

Best gaming mouse deals

I’ll keep looking for a more diverse mix of mice, but there’s some excellent low-cost models here already. The Logitech G203 Lightsync has long been one of the RPS hivemind’s favorite cheap gaming mice and the HyperX Pulsefire Haste is beautifully light in the hand.

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The HyperX Alloy Origins 65 on a desk.

Best gaming keyboard deals

Lucky US readers can still get the Roccat Vulcan 120, king of the best gaming keyboard, at nearly half price from Best Buy. Here in the UK, meanwhile, we’ve got a diverse mix of budget, mechanical, full-size and compact options, including a Corsair bundle that throws in a Harpoon RGB Pro mouse.

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The Razer Kraken V3 Pro gaming headset propped up against a monitor.

Best gaming headset deals

These headset deals cover the usual suspects, though it’s a pleasant surprise to see the HyperX Cloud Alpha Wireless get such a deep price cut so soon after launch. I’ve actually been using this as my main headset since May, and given I haven’t to charge it once, I’d say HyperX’s claim of a 300-hour battery life isn’t far off reality.

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The Zotac GeForce RTX 3090 Ti AMP Extreme Holo graphics card sat on top of a PC case.

Best graphics card deals

Even the very best graphics cards have finally been dropping in price, though we’re still not quite back to full normalcy. Nevertheless, some retailers are using Prime Day to give their GPU stock a little nudge back down towards affordable levels.

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An Intel Core i9-12900KS CPU being held between a finger and thumb.

Best CPU deals

If Amazon has a weakness on Prime Day, it’s CPUs: rival retailers seem much better at slashing prices on the latest processors. That’s not to say there are absolutely loads to choose from, but hey, anything that makes the Intel Core i9-12900KS less expensive is a good thing in my mind.

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Two sticks of DDR4 RAM being installed in a motherboard.

Best RAM deals

Look outside Amazon and you’ll find nice deals on DDR4 and DDR5 RAM alike. Remember to check which type your motherboard supports, as DDR5 slots on a mobo aren’t compatible with DDR4 (and vice-versa).

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The Lenovo Legion 5 gaming laptop, partially closed and viewed from the rear.

Best gaming laptop deals

UK dwellers can save on a potent, RTX 3070-equipped Lenovo Legion 5, while those in the US can take a couple of hundred off the Razer Blade Stealth: one of the thinnest gaming laptops that you can buy.

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Asus TUF Gaming F17 – £1000 from Ebuyer (was £1300)

17.3in, 1920×1080, IPS display, Intel Core i7-11800H, 16GB RAM, RTX 3060, 1TB SSD, 2.6kg

Lenovo Legion 5 – £1099 from Currys (was £1399)

15.6in, 1920×1080, IPS display, AMD Ryzen 7 5800H, 16GB RAM, RTX 3070, 512GB SSD, 2.4kg

MSI Vector GP66 – £2039 from Ebuyer (was £2300)

15.6in, 2560×1440, IPS display, Intel Core i7-12700H, 16GB RAM, RTX 3080, 1TB SSD, 2.4kg

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Asus TUF Dash F15 – $900 from Best Buy (was $1200)

15.6in, 1920×1080, IPS display, Intel Core i7-11370H, 16GB RAM, GTX 3060, 512GB SSD, 2kg

Razer Blade Stealth – $1800 from Best Buy (was $2000)

13.3in, 1920×1080, OLED display, Intel Core i7-1165G7, 16GB RAM, GTX 1650 Max-Q, 512GB SSD, 1.5kg

Razer Blade 14 – $2400 from Best Buy (was $2800)

14in, 2560×1440, IPS display, AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX, 16GB RAM, RTX 3080, 1TB SSD, 1.8kg

What is Prime Day and why does it need an “anti”?

Prime Day is Amazon’s annual deals bonanza. Not unlike Black Friday, but specific to Amazon, it’s a time when all manner of products – including PC gaming hardware – see some deep discounts. That typically makes it a good time to freshen up your PC’s components or peripherals, should you be so inclined.

The problems are twofold: one, Amazon’s Prime Day deals are only available to those with an Amazon Prime subscription (or are using the 30-day free trial). Two, not everyone will want to shop at Amazon specifically, especially not when there are alternatives available. Deals run by rival retailers – often in direct competition to Prime Day – can offer these alternatives, hence them being good anti-Prime Day deals for those who’d rather spend their money someplace else.

When is Prime Day 2022?

Basically, July 12th and 13th. Yes, that’s it two days. The non-Amazon deals listed above may begin earlier or end later, but since the idea behind many of them will be to challenge Prime Day directly, it stands to reason that their best prices will land on the same two-day period.

I won’t need a Prime account for any of these deals, right?


Do anti-Prime Day deals always match Amazon deals?

You can expect Amazon to have lower prices on certain items, as well as some that might not be on sale from other retailers at all. That said, it goes both ways, and sometimes non-Amazon sellers will have exclusive hardware deals, or will match Amazon’s Prime Day price on a given product. If you’re really lucky, the non-Amazon price may even be lower.

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