Black Friday gaming PC deals 2019: what to expect for computers, laptops, and components – GamesRadar

Black Friday's gaming PC offers will once again be very popular as we enter the annual shopping-crazed period. Every year, prices drop and 2019 will be no different for desktop computers and laptops. Naturally as scores of newer components and gear comes out with each year - much like the 20-series Super graphics cards that launched this summer - it means that gaming PC builds with the now-slightly-older bits of tech come down in price. And these are still great builds, which will offer superb bang for buck: be they starter-level PCs to get into gaming, or premium builds that'll have you future proofed for years to come.

So, around Black Friday, everyone will be looking to shift their stocks of the slightly 'older' gear and those gaming computers and laptops built around them to concentrate on the very latest stuff at the front line of their sales. This means you'll be able to get some cracking deals on one of the best gaming PCs complete with some premium hardware that's only just behind the true peak of what's available now.

You'll see big Black Friday game deals being thrown around by the mega retailers like Amazon, Walmart, Newegg and Best Buy.  All will look to beat off the competition by making deeper slashes than the others and probably even look to throw in free games with some components too. Whatever happens, you will undoubtedly benefit, getting what you need for less... and hopefully a bit more.

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When will the Black Friday gaming PC offers start?

As years go by and craze gets bigger, you'll start to see some retailers try to coax you in earlier and earlier in the autumn - particularly in November itself. Be vigilant against deals which might be starting to appear in early November too as while these can look too good to be true, the prices won't really start to be slashed until Black Friday itself, and over the weekend and into

Importantly, Black Friday doesn't start properly until November 29, but we'd expect to start seeing all things gaming PC start to come down to lure people in during the two weeks preceding that. It is our train of thought - and our own practice in reality - that one should start being really beady eyed and ready to pounce from about mid-November. If you see something amazing from this point, then you're pretty safe to just pull the trigger. Keep in mind that there will also be plenty of other stuff on offer in November, like Black Friday TV deals, so it might be best to spread your spending a little to get everything you want.

What is a good Black Friday gaming PC price?

Well, this isn't quite as straight forward as you may think it is. But in most respects, it's down to you, what you need and want and what you're willing to consider. Given that prices on desktops and laptops will fluctuate wildly throughout Black Friday deals period due to each change in component altering pricing, its best to take a more holistic approach rather than having eyes only for a magic number.

Think about a budget and not necessarily a few red-line must haves. Even if you're holding out for a gaming PC with an RTX 2080 graphics card in it, there's no reason to be instantly dismissive of a machine that has a slightly less stratospheric graphics card - particularly if it makes up for it in other areas.

The best thing about a majority of gaming computers is that you can always (hopefully) upgrade bits and pieces as and when Therefore you can widen your net comfortably and be quite accommodating. And always be prepared to be surprised: a build or configuration, or a brand or model may come about that you weren't expecting. Team that with a bit of research between retailers and you'll be laughing.

Black Friday gaming PC deals 2019: what to expect for computers, laptops, and components - GamesRadar

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What else will Black Friday bring for PC gamers?

You will find a massive range of other deals joining the Black Friday gaming PC sales. In fact, you'll find computing specials on almost every other piece of tech, peripheral and component you can imagine. It is that time of year after all. While most people who want one now own an actual PlayStation 4 console, there's an endless world of accessories and extras that will enhance your play even further. So, what can you expect?

1. Monitors

Likely to outlast many other bits of hardware, and offering you great versatility, gaming monitors will definitely be among the best Black Friday gaming PC deals this year. The aforementioned versatility is great as, perhaps contrary to their reputation and some opinion, they are not just for PC gaming. The top gaming monitors are also some of the best panels for playing console games on too - after all they are built and honed for gaming. You might miss out on a few of the PC specific benefits but if you have a desk-bound gaming setup - or if you do both console and PC gaming in the same place - then a designated gaming monitor is a great acquisition. Be it G-Sync or FreeSync; 4K and HDR or Full HD; 60Hz and incredible picture detail or 144+Hz refresh rate and smooth as a very-smooth smooth thing, there will be loads of cracking monitors among this years Black Friday gaming PC deals.

2. Headsets

Gaming headsets have come on leaps and bounds in recent years, with each new 'generation' offering more and more features and performance and experience enhancements. They are also one of the most prolifically discounted peripherals which is great news for this years Black Friday gaming PC deals. Basically, if you're thinking about a gaming headset as an alternative to a sound system to increase immersion, or you want to upgrade to something with better audio and mic qualities, we would strongly recommend you wait for the Black Friday gaming PC deals and don't buy one now. There are often some banging deals on quality headsets like the Razer Kraken or HyperX Cloud series cans so you'll definitely save a whole lot if you wait. Even those real premium sets that are near the $200 mark come right down during Black Friday.

3. Graphics cards

The engine room of any good gaming PC, you'll want to keep your eyes peeled for graphics card deals this Black Friday. Particularly with a new-ish range being launched this summer in the shape of the 'Super' series as this means the normal 20-series cards are likely to be in line for some swinging reductions as retailers look to be shot of their (only slightly) older stock. The key thing here is that the regular 20-series cards are still seriously good and will have you gaming on high settings for a while to come. They are also ones to keep your eye on during the Black Friday gaming PC deals as they are components that won't require you to do a full rebuild. They can (hopefully) be slotted in neatly and tidily, offering one of the easiest hardware upgrades going.

Black Friday gaming PC deals: what's available now?

If you really can't wait and you want to nab a new gaming PC right now (which you can upgrade during Black Friday), then there are some discounts to be had. The prices will look scary at first glance, but once you interrogate the specifics of each deal, the components of the build, and take into consideration warrantees and the convenience of getting a pre-built, then there is genuine value to be had.

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