I feel really glad that I managed to not only snag an i7-4770K for $200 prior to Black Friday, but also an Asus ROG Maximus VI Hero for just $130 due to open-box discount + $30 combo discount...
Of course, I'm still envious of those Intel Retail Edge-qualified folks and their sub-$200 i7-4930Ks!
Yeah, you scored the best deal you can get on those parts outside of the retail edge deal.
The key to getting good deals is to already have of your parts planned out before November. Than you can be ready for deals when they pop up. I only started trying to research things on Thanksgiving, so I had to watch some deals fly by while I was still scrambling to figure which parts were out there and whether they were any good. If I had known things like "4770K for CPU", "GTX 770 for GPU", then I would have been ready to pounce on the deals as they came up instead of having try and google and research them in realtime and race against the clock as deals faded. I could have set up price/deal alerts on the parts I wanted and then just sat back and picked them off as they came up.
I wish I had seen those "Tom's Hardware: Best [PART] of November 2013" lists earlier. They made the research so much easier than just googling tons of things like "7870 vs 770", "8320 vs 4770k" etc. to try an flesh out a hierarchy of parts myself.
Anyways, I still managed to get nice deals on the majority of my parts, but I still need a CPU and motherboard - and unfortunately CPU prices are much colder now than they were a month or two ago. I've set up deal alerts on the 4770k, and I've contemplated waiting for one, but I'll probably just have to suck it up and bite the 4770k for 280 @ microcenter and then hope they drop it to 250 again within 15 days so I can get a post-sale price protection refund. I'm not sure when the next time Microcenter will be having a sale is. :\
Edited by chicolom - 12/31/13 at 1:13am