PCs might not have the same universal love they once had, but for many they remain the best way of owning a computer. Whether you want a gaming rig, all-in-one or a traditional tower the Black Friday sales are a perfect time to grab big discounts.
Since they're usually expensive at full price, PCs often have some of the deepest discounts around. And with a constant churn of new components you can always find massive savings by opting for hardware that's a year or two old - but often still plenty powerful.
As a rule of thumb, if you see the right product within your budget then make sure you don't miss out as prices can change quickly or stock run out.
Best PC deals
We've gathered up the best PC deals that are available right now.
1. Dell Inspiron 27 7000
Now: £699 (£250 off)
This powerful All-in-One from Dell has a whopping £250 off but you'll have to be quick as there is limited stock available at this price.
2. 3XS Core 1650 Bundle
Now: £919 (£100 off + deals)
This complete gaming bundle has a PC, monitor, keyboard, mouse and headset for a very reasonable price.
Use codes 'BFHALFMICROSOFT' and 'BFGAMEPASS' to get Microsoft 365 or Xbox Game Pass for half price.
3. Apple Mac mini, M1, 8-Core CPU / 8-Core GPU, 512GB
Now: £829.97 (£69.03 off)
Amazon has almost £70 off the M1 Mac mini with 512GB storage - that's the £899 model.
There is also money off the 256GB model.
4. HP 22-df0009na
Now: £449 (£50 off)
This HP All in One provides a compact computer for an affordable price. It's got a 21.5in screen, Intel Pentium processor and a 128GB SSD. Great value for basic daily work.
5. Dell Inspiron Small Desktop
Now: £349 (£80 off)
If you need a cheap and compact PC for the home or small office then this Core i3-powered Dell is now under £350.
6. AWOW AL34 Micro PC
Now: £169.99 (£50 off)
If you need a tiny PC, perhaps to plug into a TV, this model is very cheap and comes with an Intel Atom, 128GB SSD and Windows 10 Pro.
7. Acer Revo RN96 Desktop PC
Now: £349 (£80 off)
If you need a compact and cheap desktop PC then check out this model from Acer. It's got an 11th-gen Intel Core i3 and 256GB of storage.
There's also £50 off a higher spec model with double the storage and memory.
8. Acer ConceptD CT300-51A
Now: £1,499 (£200 off)
The Acer ConceptD CT300-51A provides everything most people need from a desktop PC. It combines a capable Intel Core i5 processor with 16GB of RAM and an Nvidia Quadro P2200 discrete GPU. There's also a 1TB SSD.
9. Lenovo V35s
From: Laptops Direct
Now: £449.97 (£50 off)
This is a really powerful PC for the price coming with an AMD Ryzen 5 chip, Radeon Vega 8 graphics, 16GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD.
10. Acer Aspire C24
Now: £999 (£100 off)
If you need a powerful all-in-one PC for under a grand then this Acer Aspire C24 has an Intel 11th-gen Core i5 and Nvidia MX450 graphics card, plus a huge 1TB SSD.
PC deals 2021: What to look for
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.
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):
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.
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, Asus, HP, Lenovo, Logitech and many more. See all tech student deals here.
Should I wait for Black Friday?
Black Friday arrives on Friday 26 November this year, followed by Cyber Monday on 29 November. We've been busy rounding up the best Black Friday deals across all sorts of tech, with some massive savings around this year.