If you’re looking for a new PC, upgrades to your existing rig, or just a few new accessories to complete your desk, there are plenty of great deals to be had.
Given they have a pretty high price in the first place, PCs tend to be a great bet for special offers, and with components constantly getting updated, there’s always a steady stream of last-year’s-models to pick up at discounted rates.
That’s just as true for components like graphics cards and CPUs, and while you should expect smaller discounts on accessories like mice and keyboards, there are still savings to be had.
Best PC deals
We’ve gathered up the best PC deals that are available right now. Things are scarcer than usual with the coronavirus pandemic, but things are returning to normal slowly, and there are still great deals to be had from online retailers like Currys and Overclockers UK.
1. Hoplite Gaming PC
From: Overclockers UK
Now: £1,199.99 (£150 off)
If you’re more of an AMD fan, this AMD-infused Hoplite gaming PC is now available for less than £1200 after a £150 price drop. Sporting an AMD Ryzen 7 3700X, 16GB of RAM, a GTX 1650 StormX and a 250GB SSD, there’s more than enough here to power a great gaming experience.
2. Kinetic ZX Gaming PC
Now: £1,349.99 (£350 off)
If you want to splash out on a decent gaming desktop with more room to upgrade in the future, the Kinetic ZX is a solid option. With £350 off, you’ll get an Intel Core i7 processor alongside 16GB of RAM, a GTX 1660 Super, a 250GB SSD and a 1TB HDD and more internal LEDs than you can shake a stick at.
3. HP Pavilion 24in All-in-One
From: Currys PC World
Now: £679 (£220 off)
Currys PC World has hacked £220 off the 23.8in HP Pavilion All-in-One computer – not bad for a computer with an AMD Ryzen 5 4600H, 8GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD.
4. Gigabyte GeForce RTX 2060 OC
Now: £289.99 (£40 off)
If you’re looking to upgrade your GPU and experience the realistic ray-tracing tech of modern games, this overclocked RTX 2060 has £40 off right now.
5. HP S01-aF1005na Desktop PC
From: Currys PC World
Now: £249 (£100 off)
If you’re simply looking for an entry-level desktop PC to browse the web, this budget option from HP may be suitable. It’s only £249 with its £100 discount, although it’s worth bearing in mind that it doesn’t come with a display, keyboard or mouse – you’ll have to pick those up separately.
PC deals 2020: What to look for
The most important thing to remember is that you don’t need the absolute latest processor and graphics card – even for a serious gaming rig – as manufacturers will do everything they can to convince you to upgrade every year. Instead, look out for PCs and components from a few months or even a year ago – they should still cope handily with even fairly demanding tasks.
More than with most things, it’s worth making sure you know how much a given component or PC setup is worth – retailers love to advertise reductions that aren’t quite as good as they appear, by quoting the initial RRP rather than a product’s most recent price. Plan what components you want – and how much they cost normally – and you can make sure you don’t get fooled by dodgy “discounts”.
The biggest discounts are on pre-built desktops and all-in-one computers (think iMacs, where the computer and the screen are built into the same unit). If you’re happy to build your own, or upgrade your existing setup, keep an eye on component sites though.
Since accessories like mice, keyboards and speakers tend to have lower RRPs, you can’t expect discounts to be as steep, but you could still find a few good savings, especially on older stock – you don’t mind having last year’s mouse, right?
Where to find PC bargains
Where you want to go depends a lot on what you’re looking for. If you want to buy a pre-built computer or just some simple accessories, then some of the standard electronics retailers are the best bet:
If you’re looking to pick up components though, you’d be better off looking at the following (some of which sell pre-built PCs too, for what it’s worth):
Amazon has some of the biggest bargains but other retailers offer tempting deals too, including Currys and Argos.
If you find that you’re missing out on Amazon’s Lightning deals, which run for just a few hours and offer limited stock, we’d recommend signing up for Amazon’s 30-day free trial of Prime, which will get you access to deals 30 minutes before everyone else. Plus, you’ll get free next-day delivery with the Prime trial, as well as access to Prime Instant Video and more.
Sign up for Prime.
PC deals for students
Another great resource to help you snag deals is Tech Advisor’s Student Beans page. The Tech and Mobile section can help you save up to 25% from big brands such as Apple (10% off for students), Asus, HP, Lenovo, Logitech and many more. See all tech student deals here.
When is Black Friday 2020 – should you wait for a better deal?
Black Friday will take place on Friday 27 November, immediately followed by Cyber Monday on 30 November. Traditionally the biggest sales event of the year, it may yet throw up some even greater tech deals – but with so much uncertainty around finance and retail, and no guarantees regarding what discounts we will see, we advise you not to wait: if you see a deal you like, on a product you need, and you can afford the outlay, buy it today.