Amazon's Prime Day is right finally here. Set to run for two days, it's one of the biggest shopping events of the year. Computer accessories are always going on sale, and the summer is a great time to shop because a lot of new models get announced.

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Graphics Cards

With all new graphics card generations announced last year, the big savings are in the slightly older generations. These are still some of the best cards you can buy today, but you'll save hundreds if you're patient.

Portable or internal: Hard Drives

There are so many different variations of hard drives that it's hard to narrow it down. Internal desktop hard drives, that you would put in a PC you're building or upgrading, usually run really cheap. You can get some ultra durable, ultra-fast drives like the Seagate IronWolf 4TB drive, which has dropped to its all-time low of $99.99.

External hard drives that feature a lot of space but aren't designed for portability are on sale as well. Western Digital and Seagate are the big names to look for here, as well. For example, the WD My Book is down to $114 from its list price of $250. It only just went on sale at the end of May, too. In the realm of portable external hard drives, the Seagate Backup Plus 2TB is down to $52 (was $70) and the WD My Passport has dropped to $65 (was $80).

Solid State Drives will are always worth keeping an eye on for Prime Day. The new hotness in SSDs are the M.2 form factor SSDs with NVMe tech for super fast read/write speeds. One of the more affordable options is the Samsung 970 Evo series, which features a 500GB model for just $89.99 (was $150). Whether you just want 250GB to speed up your operating system's loading times, or a full 1TB to install all your games on, the 970 Evo series has plenty of options discounted for Prime Day.

External solid state drives are becoming more affordable each year, too. These have an advantage over regular portable hard drives because they last longer and still have the same super-fast speeds (if not faster). The best portable SSDs we've seen deals on include the Samsung T5 for $80 (was $130) and the SanDisk Extreme for $90 (was $170).

Storage and Speed

Hard Drives

The best SSDs around right now are NVMe M.2 internal solid state drives. The Samsung 970 Evo series is one of the best aound, and it's even more affordable on Prime Day.

Wired or Wireless: Mice

Mice is sort of a... large category. Ask yourself what you need a new mouse for. Is it for general use? Gaming? MMO gaming? Travel? Should it be wired or wireless? Generally, you'll get a more stable, responsive connection with a wired mouse, but wireless mice are so good these days the only way you'd notice the difference is if you're an extreme gamer. Plus, you could get a wireless gaming mouse built for gamers like the Corsair IronClaw Wireless or Logitech G903.

Two of the best mice around for general use and traveling are the Logitech Anywhere MX 2 and the MX Master 2S. Both mice are on sale with some deep discount for Prime Day.

Logitech is the king of wireless mice, but there are others you can turn to. The Razer DeathAdder is a very popular mouse, and it comes in several iterations. Fo Prime Day, the one you want to check out is the DeathAdder Elite, which has seen a big price cut from $45 to $35.

Find the Cursor

Mice

Finding the right mouse is a matter of personal preference. You need one that fits comfortably in your hand. One that has the right number of buttons. For Prime Day, the Razer DeathAdder Elite and Logitech MX Master 2S are probably your best bets for solid mice at just the right price.

The Best of the Worst: Laser Printers

Let's not beat around the bush about it: printers suck. There are so few printers out there that really make anyone think "Wow, this is awesome." If a printer is on your shopping list, however, there are a few on sale that are worth looking at. The HP LaserJet Pro M281fdw is down to $279.99 an includes just about every featureyou could want, including super-fast printing but also scanning, copying, and more. If you don't need color, the Canon imageCLASS D570 Monochrome Laser Printer is down to $126.77 for Prime members.

All in One

Laser Printers

Laser printers aren't the sexiest things in the world, but they're much faster than their inkjet cousins. Prime Day isn't a bonanza for printer sales this year, but there are certainly some worth checking out.

To 4K or Not To 4K: Monitors

Again, there are way too many monitors out there with way too many features to narrow down quickly. If all you want is great picture quality, and maybe an extra guarantee against dead pixels, go for Dell's S Series 32-inch monitor. It certainly isn't flashy, but it's a solid deal for $219.99 (was 299.99).

If you want a 4K monitor, the LG 27UD68-W 27-Inch 4K display is quite a looker. Prime Day has brought its price down to $299.99 (was $489.99), which is a good price for a stylish 4K monitor with FreeSync on board.

Maybe this year is the year you upgrade to a USB-C monitor? If you're working with a new laptop that primarily uses USB-C it might be what you're looking for. The Dell U3818DW 38-inch monitor monitor is a beastly wide-screen display, and its priced at $789.99 for Prime Day (was $1,069.99).

Time for a New Display

Monitors

A new monitor is not a simple choice. You need to decide for yourself what tech you want, what features you need, and how much money you want to spend. Luckily, there's a wide range from super inexpensive to crazy overpriced you can choose from.

Sound Quality: Computer Speakers

This is a category even I will be keeping an eye on throughout Prime Day. If you're doing the same, there are some good deals to be had. For a bare bones set of speakers with Bluetooth on board, the Logitech MX Sound 2.0 is down to $49.99 (was $62.29). For something a little more substantial in the bass department, Ineo's wooden 2.1 system comes with its own control box and a subwoofer for $63.98 (was $99.99).

For the gamers out there, the Razer Nommo Chroma is the speaker setup du jour for $109.99 (was $149.99). For your money, you'll get a pair of fiberglass-backed speakers that can work in concert with the rest of your Chroma lighting setup.

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Computer Speakers

There is no end to the options when it comes to speakers. Plenty of companies make awesome speakers with excellent features like Bluetooth streaming. Logitech's MX Sound 2.0 will probably be a god fit for most, but there are certainly some more colorful options out there if that's your thing.

How to get the Best Deals on Computer Parts

Whether you need a new monitor, a new graphics card, a new mouse, or whatever else, there are thousands of possible computer accessories you might be interested in out there. And almost all of them will go on sale or drop in price at some point, with plenty of those deals coming on Prime Day. The real question isn't "How can I get the best deals?" but rather "How can I sort through the things I don't want?" The solution to that problem is on you. You need to decide exactly what you're looking for, how much money you want to spend, and what sort of price drop you're looking for.

As an example, I'm a computer junky. I build my own and regularly upgrade it. I know I'm looking for a new graphics card, a new NVMe M.2 SSD, and new monitors. With that in mind, I set a price point for each one. I don't want to spend more than $400 on a graphics card, and I don't want to spend more than $200 on an SSD. The monitors need to be fit for work as well as play with a 1440p resolution and a 144 Hz refresh rate. I can eliminate features like a curved screen because I plan to use them in a dual monitor setup. And I want monitors with VESA mounting on the back so I can suspend them on a flexible arm mount.

Having that sort of information for yourself is what's really going to help you shop even before the big day.

AMD or Nvidia: Graphics Cards

Cryptocurrency broke the graphics card market in late 2017 and early 2018. The demand was far more than the supply and prices skyrocketed. That was unfortunate, but the industry has recovered quite a bit since then. Demand is still high, especially for top-end stuff. However, with Nvidia's new 20xx series, the top-end is well beyond what most people would want in a consumer PC anyway.

Graphics cards are a bit tricky to track for Prime Day because the deals come and go fast, but the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti is worth watching. It's considered now a "previous generation" card, but you'd be set for years if you had one of those. Many models are also going for around $800 less than they were around this time last year. And the lower-end of Nvidia's new series, like the GeForce RTX 2060, are actually quite affordable if you can find them.

AMD's cards have also gotten very affordable. In fact, if you're absolutely looking for deals, turn your eyes toward AMD. Even with some more expensive versions like the PowerColor Radeon RX 64 out there, AMD"s previous generation cards aren't nearly as bad. Plus, AMD regularly has cool bundles that include several modern video games with the card you buy. Some current affordable options include the Sapphire Radeon RX 580 for $184.99 or the Sapphire Radeon RX 590 for just $215.99.

Going for power: Processors

Your CPU is the heart of your PC, so it's a pretty vitl component to get just right. For Prime Day, there's little in the way of processor deals to be had just yet. However, there is one that stands out, particularly if you're an AMD fan.

The AMD Ryzen 7 2700X is considered a last-generation chip now that the compny's new 3000 Series Ryzen processors are in the wild, but it's still a solid performer. And at $199.99 (was $248.29), it's not a hard sell. For your money, that'll secure you a Ryzen chip with a boost clock of 4.3 GHz, 8 cores, and 16 threads — all unlocked.

We haven't seen any major Prime Day deals from Intel's side of the aisle just yet, but you'll want to keep your eyes on processors like the Intel Core i7-9700K and Intel Core i5-9400 if you lean towards team blue.

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