ALL things tech tend to feature during Black Friday, and gaming PCs are no different.
Indeed, this is the perfect time of the year to go in search of gaming PC deals, as this when you’ll always find the very best price drops on these specialised devices.
*Remember, just because an item is in the sale, it doesn’t mean you can’t find the same product, or similar, elsewhere. Always shop around to make sure you’re getting the best price.
Dedicated gamers look for PCs with high-spec video cards and CPUs that deliver the extra levels of performance that they need for those long hours of gameplay.
It probably comes as no surprise that these high-performance machines will cost more than the average workhouse PC – which is why it’s such a wise idea to wait until Black Friday, when you’ll find an array of them on sale.
But – as with all products in the Black Friday sales – gaming PCs are not created equally, and it can be hard to figure out whether you’re getting a genuine bargain or not.
That’s why we’ve put together this article, where’ll be listing only the genuinely decent price drops and offers on gaming PCs this Black Friday.
When is Black Friday 2021?
If you don’t yet have the date marked, Black Friday 2021 is November 26. It’s the always the fourth Friday in November, as it follows Thanksgiving (always the fourth Thursday).
Cyber Monday is always three days after, as deals continue beyond the weekend, and Black Friday’s gaming PC offers usually continue as well.
When is Cyber Monday 2021?
Cyber Monday follows Black Friday, landing on Monday, November 29 this year.
Typically, retailers keep sales going from Black Friday through the weekend and Cyber Monday.
You may even find further deals and discounts announced for Cyber Monday itself.
What to expect from gaming PC retailers in the Black Friday 2021 sales
There are a lot of respected brands, retailers and PC builders who usually take part in Black Friday.
Larger names like Dell, HP, and retailers including Ebuyer and Currys PC World are widely known.
But there also specialist UK system builders who participate in Black Friday and might offer more flexible builds this November.
Gaming PC setups can be personal, so it is worth shopping around to compare specification, prices, design and any added extras.
We’ll bring you the latest information on all the 2021 details as soon as we can – so keep checking back!
But we’d definitely recommend looking at:
For pre-built systems from known retailers.
For specialist PC builders with added flexibility on personal needs.
For brand’s own online stores and offers.
How much does a decent Gaming PC cost?
It really depends on what you mean by ‘decent’.
A gaming PC, without monitor and accessories, capable of running games at 1080p full HD resolution, can cost from £700 – like Gladiator PC’s ‘SEVEN’ system.
That price ensures you get a good amount of RAM (16 or 32GB), reliable processor and a pretty capable graphics card like NVidia’s GTX 1660 6GB.
A decent Gaming PC capable of 4K Ultra HD gaming will usually cost upwards of £1,200. Again that’s without accessories or a monitor.
What Black Friday gaming PC offers were there last year?
The best deals in 2020 included:
- Razer Blade Pro 17 Core i7, gaming laptop, 1,599.98 (save £699.94), at Ebuyer – buy here
- AlphaSync Ryzen 7 Super Gaming Desktop PC, £949.98 (save £150), at Ebuyer
- Spectra Gaming PC -Intel Core i5 9400F, at OverclockersUK – buy here
Black Friday retailer offers included:
Alienware Gaming PC deals
Dell offered 15 per cent off of Alienware desktop and laptop systems in 2020.
That was a smart saving on systems like the New G5 Gaming Desktop, usually £899, but down to £764 with the offer.
- Gaming PC sales at Dell – shop here
Overclockers Gaming PC deals
Overclockers had £150 off its Enigma Enthusiast system in 2020[/caption]
- Shop Overclockers gaming PC deals – here
Looking for something a bit more…illuminating? System builder overclockers kicked off its Black Friday deals on PCs and laptops early in 2020 – with discounts on everything from an AMD Ryzen to an Intel Core-powered gaming setup.
Last year, the Enigma Enthusiast was a great deal on offer: an eight-core Ryzen 7 3700X and Nvidia RTX 2070 Super graphics card, with a £150 saving down to £1,349.99.
Currys Gaming PC Deals
Currys launched some early Black Friday deals in 2020, and may well do the same again this year.
You’ll find the latest promotions here.
A decent 1080p gaming PC should cost around £700+[/caption]
What should I avoid buying on Black Friday 2021?
Firstly, anything which seems too good to be true from an unknown seller.
Be sure to check all of a Gaming PC’s specifications, and reviews for each part where possible. Or just reviews of the system you are interested in.
Check that what you are buying is capable of what you need it for, but also keep an eye on older components being used as they will need replacing soonest.
Reputable builders are willing to talk through the components used and provide good advice on why they have chosen them (and what the PC can realistically offer).
Will gaming laptops be cheaper on Black Friday 2021?
Based on last year’s offers, almost certainly.
Retailers including Currys, Amazon, and specialist system builders should have offers available.
You can find select links on this page and also on our Black Friday laptops page.
Will SSDs be cheaper on Black Friday 2021?
Yes, we believe so. SSDs were cheaper than usual in Early Black Friday deals in 2020.
Last year, we saw discounts from recognised brands like Samsung, Corsair, Crucial and Kingston.
Will Gaming Monitors be cheaper on Black Friday 2021?
We would expect the same thing this year, with offers added throughout November and right up to Cyber Monday.
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What to look out for in Black Friday Gaming PC deals
Recent component releases have made this Black Friday an interesting time to buy a gaming PC.
Nvidia’s release of its RTX 30 series graphics cards, and the new AMD Radeon range, add extra options for PC builders to consider.
Meanwhile, Intel’s new desktop and laptop processors were met with a new release from rival AMD in October 2020.
What this means for Black Friday gaming PCs is: new creations, possibly with discounts, but mainly strong value on slightly older but highly capable PCs.
Any gaming PC which can run games in 4K Ultra HD can be considered truly high-spec, but will usually cost well over £1,000.
Expect to pay £700+ for a gaming PC which can offer Full HD 1080p gaming.
Monitors and accessories may not be included in all prices, so make sure to check before ordering.
Our tips for finding the best deals this Black Friday and Cyber Monday
IT might be tempting to dive in and snap up LOADS of items on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but here’s how you can guarantee you’re getting a good deal.
PREPARE Research the items you want to buy and find out the cheapest price. Websites like PriceSpy, PriceHistory and CamelCamelCamel will give you historical data on prices so you can see how much you should pay.
GET FOLLOWING Follow your favourite shops on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and sign up to its deals newsletter to get the latest on any offers. We post the best deals in our Sun Money FB group too.
CHECK FOR CODES Take a look at The Sun Vouchers, and see if you can get extra savings with discount codes.
Is Black Friday a good time to build a PC?
If you want to build a PC then you’ll need components, and getting good deals isn’t easy.
Black Friday could be a good time to get them, but it’s best to know what you want so you can track pricing ahead of the sale.
As with other technology items, older models will offer the best value, and newly released parts (graphics cards, or processors) could be tricky to find for much less than the RRP.
Are graphics cards cheaper on Black Friday?
Potentially, although the best deals will see high demand – particularly on high-end older generation models like the Nvidia RTX 2070 or 2080.
Be aware of the usual pricing before the sales, and if you find a good discount it might be wise to take advantage.
A quick comparison with another well known online store or retailer can often show whether something is a good deal or not.
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