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Black Friday PC gaming deals UK: the best deals on PCs, components and peripherals

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The Best Black Friday deals

Black Friday is over, people, so all the best current discounts can be found in our constantly curated Cyber Monday PC gaming deals page

Whether you're in the market for a whole gaming PC or laptop, a few components to upgrade your current setup, or a new screen or headset, you'll find a bargain out there waiting for you. There are deals for every budget too.

There are still great deals on some big brand gear, with the Razer Blade 15 reduced to £1,299.97 at Box, the HP Omen 25L with an RTX 3070 for £1,499 at Box, and the budget version of one of our favourite headsets, the Razer BlackShark V2 X is down to £35.99 at Amazon.

As expected we haven't seen any reasonable deals on graphics cards. While the likes of the RTX 3080 and RX 6800 XT are the best graphics cards upgrades we've seen in a long, long time, lack of availability means that these don't need price cuts to sell out. Plenty of gaming PCs built around such cards are out there though, and there are some healthy deals to be had if you're quick. 

We're also deploying the full bot-powered might of our price comparison engine, to check for the best deals on the key PC gaming product categories every hour of every day.

Where are the best Black Friday PC gaming deals?

Black Friday Top Deals Today

£1,600

Asus ROG Strix G15DK | RTX 3070 | Ryzen 7 5800X | 16GB RAM | 256GB SSSD + 2TB HDD | £1,600 £1,499 at Currys (save £101)
There haven't been many RTX 3070 gaming rigs hitting this price over this dealsy weekend, and those that have are generally wrapping older hardware around it. I'll grant you, the 256GB SSD boot drive is a pain, and will mean a vast majority of your gaming library would be shunted onto the 2TB HDD data drive, but everything else, from the 16-thread Ryzen 5800X, 16GB RAM, and RTX 3070 are top-quality. And hey, replacing the SSD is an easy upgrade down the line.

PC Specialist Cypher GTi | Nvidia GTX 1660 Super | Intel Core i5 11400F | 1TB SSD | 16GB RAM | £1,199

PC Specialist Cypher GTi | Nvidia GTX 1660 Super | Intel Core i5 11400F | 1TB SSD | 16GB RAM | £1,199 £979 at Very (save £220)
Decent gaming PCs for under £1,000 are rare in these silicon-starved days, but this deal means that you get a well-thought-out system for exactly that. The 1660 Super may lack ray tracing and DLSS goodness, but it performs well at 1080p, and the 11th Gen Core i5 won't hold you back either. The rest of the spec is spot on, and it's all encased in an attractive chassis with room for further expansion.  

Razer Blade 15 | 15.6-inch | Intel Core i7 10750H | Nvidia RTX 3060 | 16GB  RAM | 512GB SSD | £1,599.97

Razer Blade 15 | 15.6-inch | Intel Core i7 10750H | Nvidia RTX 3060 | 16GB  RAM | 512GB SSD | £1,599.97 £1,299.97 at Box (save £300)
This is far from the cheapest RTX 3060-powered gaming laptop on this list, but I wanted to point it out as it's a Razer Blade 15, our favourite gaming laptop and an incredibly popular design, too. The specs could be a little more generous in terms of storage space, but at least you've got a great processor beneath the hood working alongside that capable Ampere GPU. And all inside Razer's lovely chassis. 

Asus TUF Dash F15

Asus TUF Dash F15 | 15.6-inch | Core i7 11370H | RTX 3060 | 8GB RAM | 512GB SSD | £1,099 £899 at Very (save £200)
Sporting Intel's 11th Gen ultraportable gaming CPU, the Dash F15 pairs a decent processor with a very good gaming GPU, and all for an affordable price. With a 144Hz screen and speedy SSD, this is a great sub-£1,000 gaming laptop.

Medion Erazer P25 | 15.6-inch | Ryzen 5 5600H | RTX 3060 | 16GB RAM | 512GB SSD | £995.95

Medion Erazer P25 | 15.6-inch | Ryzen 5 5600H | RTX 3060 | 16GB RAM | 512GB SSD | £995.95 £879.95 at Overclockers (save £116)
There are many RTX 3050 machines at this price, and a lot of RTX 3060 laptops for around £1,500, which makes this Medion machine a bit of a bargain. Especially when you factor in the mighty AMD CPU and the 16GB of DDR4-3200 memory. The 512GB SSD isn't bad either.

Corsair T3 Rush

Corsair T3 Rush | 4D armrests | memory foam | 120kg | £249.99 £199.98 at Amazon (save £50.01)
One of our favourite gaming chairs here, and all three style options are down to the discounted price right now on Amazon. For that price, you get memory foam goodness and soft, breathable fabric for your botty.

LG 27GN800-B | 27-inch | 1440p | IPS | £519.97

LG 27GN800-B | 27-inch | 1440p | IPS | £519.97 £279.97 at Laptops Direct (save £240)
Given the name, Laptops Direct is probably not your first port of call for monitor deals, but this 27-inch LG is a great price right now. Even if the 'saving' looks a trifle generous compared to the level it's been retailing for... But with a 144Hz refresh rate, a genuine LG IPS panel, and a 1ms response time, this will make for a great gaming monitor.

WD_Black SN850 | 1TB | PCIe 4.0 | 7,000MB/s read | 5,300MB/s write| £153.99

WD_Black SN850 | 1TB | PCIe 4.0 | 7,000MB/s read | 5,300MB/s write| £153.99 £119.98 at Amazon (save £34.01)
The first-gen PCIe 4.0 drives are seeing some decent discounts now that faster drives, based on the Phison E18 controller, have released. Just a few months ago this was the price of a 1TB PCIe 3.0 SSD, but now you can get twice the speed for the same price. Though do make sure you have a motherboard and CPU capable of running a PCIe 4.0 SSD first.

Razer BlackShark V2

Razer BlackShark V2 X | Wired | 240g | £59.99 £35.99 at Amazon (save £24)
This is the budget spin of one of our favourite gaming headsets with a pretty nifty discount. It may not have the freedom of a wireless headset but these are comfy, cans at a great price. And the sound will not disappoint, especially at that price.

LG 55NANO866PA | 55-inch | NanoCell | 4K | £799

LG 55NANO866PA | 55-inch | NanoCell | 4K | £799 £699 at John Lewis (save £100)
This is one of the most affordable 120Hz 4K TVs you can get your hands on right now, making it a great option if you've got a next-gen console. It supports low-latency mode and variable refresh rate for gaming too. You also get free earbuds when buying from John Lewis right now.

Black Friday Gaming PC deals

£1,600

Asus ROG Strix G15DK | RTX 3070 | Ryzen 7 5800X | 16GB RAM | 256GB SSSD + 2TB HDD | £1,600 £1,499 at Currys (save £101)
There haven't been many RTX 3070 gaming rigs hitting this price over this dealsy weekend, and those that have are generally wrapping older hardware around it. I'll grant you, the 256GB SSD boot drive is a pain, and will mean a vast majority of your gaming library would be shunted onto the 2TB HDD data drive, but everything else, from the 16-thread Ryzen 5800X, 16GB RAM, and RTX 3070 are top-quality. And hey, replacing the SSD is an easy upgrade down the line.

Infinity X125 | Nvidia RTX 3060 Ti | Intel Core i5 12600KF | 16GB RAM | 1TB WD Blue SSD | £1,609.20 at CyberPower

Infinity X125 | Nvidia RTX 3060 Ti | Intel Core i5 12600KF | 16GB RAM | 1TB WD Blue SSD | £1,609.20 at CyberPower
It's not on sale, but if you're looking ahead to the future with Intel Alder Lake, here's a PC with our current favourite CPU for just over a grand and a half. You can select a higher-spec GPU, although the RTX 3060 Ti gets you blistering frame rates at 1080p at the top settings. You get 16GB of RAM and it's dual-channel, so more than enough for gaming. Plus it's topped with a nice, high capacity WD Blue PCIe SSD.

3XS Vengeance | Nvidia RTX 3070 | Intel Core i7 11700K | 16GB RAM | 1TB SSD | £2,599.99

3XS Vengeance | Nvidia RTX 3070 | Intel Core i7 11700K | 16GB RAM | 1TB SSD | £2,599.99 £2,399.99 at Scan (save £200)
Scan has built a great reputation for building quality machines over the years, and while this 3070 system is on the pricier side, it will surely serve you well. Along with that powerful GPU you have a powerful Intel CPU, 16GB of RAM, and a speedy 1TB SSD. That chassis is a seriously impressive piece of work as well.

PC Specialist Cypher GTi | Nvidia GTX 1660 Super | Intel Core i5 11400F | 1TB SSD | 16GB RAM | £1,199

PC Specialist Cypher GTi | Nvidia GTX 1660 Super | Intel Core i5 11400F | 1TB SSD | 16GB RAM | £1,199 £979 at Very (save £220)
Decent gaming PCs for under £1,000 are rare in these silicon-starved days, but this deal means that you get a well-thought-out system for exactly that. The 1660 Super may lack ray tracing and DLSS goodness, but it performs well at 1080p, and the 11th Gen Core i5 won't hold you back either. The rest of the spec is spot on, and it's all encased in an attractive chassis with room for further expansion.  

Black Friday Gaming Laptop deals

| 32GB RAM | 1TB SSD | £2,999.97

Asus ROG Flow X13 | 13.4-inch | GTX 1650 + RTX 3080 Dock | Ryzen 9 5980HS | 32GB RAM | 1TB SSD | £2,999.97 £2,399.97 at Box (save £600)
Asus' X13 is one ultra-desirable bit of kit, mixing the portability of a 13-inch touchscreen notebook with the gaming power of an external RTX 3080 GPU. Mix in 32GB RAM, a 1TB SSD, and AMD's might octa-core Ryzen 9 CPU, you have a notebook for all occasions. And one with a hefty discount, too.

Alienware M15 R6

Alienware M15 R6 | 15.6-inch | Nvidia RTX 3080 | Intel Core i7 11800H | 16GB RAM | 1TB SSD | £2,449 £1,999 at Dell UK (save £450)
This is one of the few RTX 3080 laptops I've seen under £2,000 so far, and it's a good mix of specs for high-end gaming. That includes a 360Hz 1080p display, which will really make the most of Nvidia's top mobile GPU in most games.

Acer Nitro 5

Acer Nitro 5 (2021) | 17.3-inch | Nvidia RTX 3070 | AMD Ryzen 7 5800H | 16GB RAM | 1TB SSD | £1,499.99 £1,299.97 at Box (save £200)
This is a great price for an RTX 3070 gaming laptop. It is surprisingly well-to-do in other aspects, too. The RAM is a decent 16GB, there's a 1TB SSD for all your games and OS, and the CPU at its heart is one of AMD's latest and greatest. The screen, while 1080p, is buttery smooth at 165Hz, so you can really make the most of that RTX 3070's power with this one, too.

Intel Core i7 11800H | 16GB RAM | 512GB SSD | £1,399.99

MSI Katana GF66 | 15.6-inch | Nvidia RTX 3070 | Intel Core i7 11800H | 16GB RAM | 512GB SSD | £1,399.99 £1,229.95 at Overclockers (save £170)
This is an impressive spec for the money; any time you can bag an RTX 3070-powered gaming laptop for under £1,250 you're doing well. Throw in a high-refresh panel, a full 16GB of memory and a workable 512GB SSD and this is a system that will last you years.

Intel Core i7 10750H | 16GB  RAM | 512GB SSD | £1,599.97

Razer Blade 15 | 15.6-inch | Nvidia RTX 3060 | Intel Core i7 10750H | 16GB  RAM | 512GB SSD | £1,599.97 £1,299.97 at Box (save £300)
This is far from the cheapest RTX 3060-powered gaming laptop on this list, but I wanted to point it out as it's a Razer Blade 15, our favourite gaming laptop and an incredibly popular design, too. The specs could be a little more generous in terms of storage space, but at least you've got a great processor beneath the hood working alongside that capable Ampere GPU. And all inside Razer's lovely chassis. 

AMD Ryzen 7 5800H | 16GB RAM | 512GB SSD | £1,149.97

Victus by HP 16 | 16.1-inch | Nvidia RTX 3060 | AMD Ryzen 7 5800H | 16GB RAM | 512GB SSD | £1,149.97 £949.97 at Box (save £200)
While familiar in specs, the HP Victus has a unique style and screen size, despite maintaining a smaller chassis. It's generally pretty smart, too, and that specs list offers a heady mix of GPU and CPU grunt with the right amount of RAM for us gamers.

Asus TUF Dash F15

Asus TUF Dash F15 | 15.6-inch | Nvidia RTX 3060 | Intel Core i7 11370H | 8GB RAM | 512GB SSD | £1,099 £899 at Very (save £200)
Sporting Intel's 11th Gen ultraportable gaming CPU, the Dash F15 pairs a decent processor with a very good gaming GPU, and all for an affordable price. With a 144Hz screen and speedy SSD, this is a great sub-£1,000 gaming laptop.

Medion Erazer P25 | 15.6-inch | Nvidia RTX 3060 | AMD Ryzen 5 5600H | 16GB RAM | 512GB SSD | £995.95

Medion Erazer P25 | 15.6-inch | Nvidia RTX 3060 | AMD Ryzen 5 5600H | 16GB RAM | 512GB SSD | £995.95 £879.95 at Overclockers (save £116)
There are many RTX 3050 machines at this price, and a lot of RTX 3060 laptops for around £1,500, which makes this Medion machine a bit of a bargain. Especially when you factor in the mighty AMD CPU and the 16GB of DDR4-3200 memory. The 512GB SSD isn't bad either.

Asus TUF Gaming F17 (2021)

Asus TUF Gaming F15 FX506 | 15.6-inch | Nvidia RTX 3050 | Intel Core i5 11400H | 8GB RAM | 512GB SSD | £879 £699.99 at Ebuyer (save £180)
Fitted with an Ampere generation GPU, this laptop is able to offer the benefits of an RTX 30-series card, such as DLSS, on a tighter budget. One way it's hit that is by slimming the RAM down to 8GB, though this can be upgraded after the fact. The 512GB SSD is plenty big enough for a handful of games with your OS too.

M1 SoC | 8-core CPU | 7-core GPU | 16GB RAM | 512GB SSD | £1,529

Apple MacBook Air | 13-inch | M1 SoC | 8-core CPU | 7-core GPU | 16GB RAM | 512GB SSD | £1,529 £1,399 at Very (save £200)
Look, oranges aren't the only fruit, and nor is x86 the only processor design worth a damn. Love them or hate them, Apple has created a fantastic slice of silicon with the M1 chip and it makes for an outstanding productivity notebook, even in this slight MacBook Air form factor. It's pretty rubbish for gaming though.

HP Omen 15 | 15.6-inch | Nvidia RTX 3070 | AMD Ryzen 7 5800H | 16GB RAM | 512GB SSD | £1,499.97

HP Omen 15 | 15.6-inch | Nvidia RTX 3070 | AMD Ryzen 7 5800H | 16GB RAM | 512GB SSD | £1,499.97 £1,399.97 at Box (save £100)
This Black Friday there are some decent RTX 3070 gaming laptops around with impressive discounts on them if you look hard enough. This HP Omen machine pairs Nvidia's powerful GPU with AMD's excellent Ryzen 7 5800H eight-core, 16-thread CPU, and comes in under £1,400. The 165Hz 1080p screen is another bright spot in this quality notebook.

Black Friday Gaming Chair deals

Noblechairs Epic

Noblechairs Epic | 4D armrests | 120kg | £329.99 £284.99 at Overclockers (save £45)
The snazzy, and asymmetric looking Copper Edition of this top-tier gaming chair is on offer right now. For that money you get  fantastic build quality in the form of a sturdy, understated gaming chair which we gave an... epic score of 91 in our review.

Andaseat Fnatic Edition

AndaSeat Fnatic Edition | 4D armrests | 150kg | £449.99 £359.99 at AndaSeat (save £90)
AndaSeat worked with Fnatic on the design of this chair, which obviously means you'll play like a pro when you sit in it. Or maybe not. The reality is that this is a quality chair covered in scratch- and stain-resistant DuraXtra leather and featuring a sturdy aluminium base. You get an XL lumbar pillow to make sure you're comfy too.

Corsair T3 Rush

Corsair T3 Rush | 4D armrests | memory foam | 120kg | £249.99 £199.98 at Amazon (save £50.01)
One of our favourite gaming chairs here, and all three style options are down to the discounted price right now on Amazon. For that price, you get memory foam goodness and soft, breathable fabric for your botty.

Razer Iskur

Razer Iskur | 4D armrests | built-in lumbar support | 136kg | £349.98 £279.99 at Ebuyer (save £69.99)
A premium chair from a trusted manufacturer, what more can you ask for. With built-in lumbar support, sturdy, adjustable armrests,  and a gorgeous snakey aesthetic, it's worth a look for that price.

Black Friday Gaming Monitor deals

Acer Predator XB253QGX

Acer Predator X35 | 35-inch | 3440 x 1440p | IPS | £1,351.99 £1,117.49 at Box (save £234)
This swanky version of the Acer Predator—one of our favourite gaming monitors ever—maybe a refurb but that's a great price. Not only do you get an extra-wide curved screen, but one that comes with a 180Hz refresh rate and G-Sync Ultra for smooth frames, too. And that's topped with a 2ms response time, and it even sports built-in speakers.

Acer Predator XB253QGX

Acer Predator XB253Q | 24.5-inch | 1080p | IPS | £299 £199 at Box (save £100)
Another one for the competitive gamers out there. With a 2ms response and smooth 144Hz refresh, along with G-Sync compatibility, this is one worth checking out for those packing an Nvidia GPU. It's a toned-down version of one of our favourite monitors ever. Oh, and it comes with built-in speakers, which is nice. 

LG 27GN800-B | 27-inch | 1440p | IPS | £519.97

LG 27GN800-B | 27-inch | 1440p | IPS | £519.97 £279.97 at Laptops Direct (save £240)
Given the name, Laptops Direct is probably not your first port of call for monitor deals, but this 27-inch LG is a great price right now. Even if the 'saving' looks a trifle generous compared to the level it's been retailing for... But with a 144Hz refresh rate, a genuine LG IPS panel, and a 1ms response time, this will make for a great gaming monitor.

LG 27GL850-B

LG 27GN850 | 27-inch | 1440p | IPS | £344.99 £299.99 at Amazon (save £45)
This one comes darn close to the one at the top of our best gaming monitors list, its just the 1440p version essentially. With 144Hz refresh and a 1ms grey-to-grey response, it's got your back in gaming. And G-Sync compatibility can mean less screen tear for those packing an Nvidia GeForce GPU as well. Nice.

Black Friday SSD deals

Western Digital Black SN850 NVMe SSD

WD_Black SN850 | 1TB | PCIe 4.0 | 7,000MB/s read | 5,300MB/s write| £153.99 £119.98 at Amazon (save £34.01)
The first-gen PCIe 4.0 drives are seeing some decent discounts now that faster drives, based on the Phison E18 controller, have been released. Just a few months ago this was the price of a 1TB PCIe 3.0 SSD, but now you can get twice the speed for the same price. Though do make sure you have a motherboard and CPU capable of running a PCIe 4.0 SSD first.

Samsung 980 1TB

Samsung 980 | 1TB | PCIe 3.0 | 3,500MB/s read | 3,000MB/s write | £116.99 £107 at Amazon (save £9.99)
This is the benchmark for Black Friday SSD deals this year; a 1TB NVMe SSD for a cool £100. And it's a modern drive too, offering decent performance despite its DRAM-less design. It's worth making sure any budget drive you look at has the rated speeds that the Samsung and the WD_Black drives sport, because there are slower drives available for a similar price.

Samsung 970 Evo Plus

Samsung 970 EVO Plus | 2TB | PCIe 3.0 | 3,500MB/s read | 3,300MB/s write | £439.79 £229.97 at Amazon (save £209.82)
The Samsung vs. WD battle for SSD supremacy has one winner: us. The constant attempts to beat the other manufacturer has led to some outstanding drives, and the 970 EVO Plus is about as fast as PCIe 3.0 SSDs get.  And this is a great price for a speedy 2TB drive.

Crucial MX500 | 2TB | SATA | 560MB/s read | 510MB/s write | $161.83

Crucial MX500 | 2TB | SATA | 560MB/s read | 510MB/s write | $161.83 $133.95 at Amazon (save $27.88)
The Crucial MX500 has been a mainstay of our best SSD for gaming buying guide for years, thanks to it offering great value for money while always being a consistent performer. The saving it's enjoying here only makes it an even better buy. Go on, banish those HDDs from your system.

Samsung 870 QVO

Samsung 870 QVO | 2TB | SATA | 560MB/s read | 530MB/s write | £185.99 £149.79 at Amazon (save £36.20)
A quick look at the read/write performance and it's clear that SATA SSDs aren't a patch on their PCIe-based brethren. But if you don't have a spare socket for one on your motherboard, then that doesn't matter a whole lot. In which case a SATA drive is a great option for offering a chunk of extra space. The 870 QVO has been cheaper than this, but it's still one of the cheaper 2TB options out there.

Black Friday Gaming Headset deals

Razer BlackShark V2 X | Wired | 240g | £59.99

Razer BlackShark V2 X | Wired | 240g | £59.99 £35.99 at Amazon (save £24)
This esports-focused version of the BlackShark V2 gaming headset comes with a fixed mic and weighs less. But it uses the same impressive Triforce drivers which make the standard BlackShark V2 sound so good.

Razer Nari Ultimate | Wireless | 432g | £199.99

Razer Nari Ultimate | Wireless | 432g | £199.99 £79.98 at Amazon (save £120.01)
I'll be honest, the haptic audio feedback built into the Nari does not float my boat, but that doesn't mean this isn't still a quality wireless gaming headset. And given that the wireless premium usually pushes headset prices well over £100, that makes the Nari Ultimate great value right now.

HyperX Cloud Alpha | Wired | 336g | £89.99

HyperX Cloud Alpha | Wired | 336g | £89.99 £44.99 at Amazon (save £45)
The venerable Cloud Alpha may be getting on a bit now, but that doesn't stop it from being one of the best, and best-sounding gaming headsets of all time. The smart driver design has been recently aped by Razer's impressive BlackShark V2 range, and sounds as close as you can get to an expansive open back design in noise-isolating closed back headset.

SteelSeries Arctis Pro | Wired | 426g | £179.99

SteelSeries Arctis Pro | Wired | 426g | £179.99 £132.95 at Amazon (save £47)
The outstanding Arctis Pro briefly dropped lower than this, but this is still a solid deal on a set of seriously hi-res gaming headphones. The 10–40,000Hz response of these cans makes them ultra-clear for gaming, and deliver great depth for music too.

Black Friday TV deals

LG 55NANO866PA | 55-inch | NanoCell | 4K | £799

LG 55NANO866PA | 55-inch | NanoCell | 4K | £799 £699 at John Lewis (save £100)
This is one of the most affordable 120Hz 4K TVs you can get your hands on right now, making it a great option if you've got a next-gen console. It supports low-latency mode and variable refresh rate for gaming too. You also get free earbuds when buying from John Lewis right now.

LG OLED55C16LA | 55-inch | OLED | 4K | £1,699

LG OLED55C16LA | 55-inch | OLED | 4K | £1,699 £1,199 at Box (save £500)
Not a terrible deal here with this 2021 model OLED LG TV. OLED tech gives you stark contrasting blacks and, gaming-wise, the 120Hz refresh rate is great. Support for HDMI 2.1 means you can plug your consoles into it as well as your PC. It's also G-Sync compatible and has a 40W built-in speaker, to boot.

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What deals can I expect on Black Friday 2021?

Obviously, Black Friday deals on graphics cards are off the table for another year. I mean, being able to buy one for anything near MSRP would be a start. But you can find the latest GPU silicon in either a pre-built gaming PC or a new gaming laptop, and there are plenty of deals on that front. Intel has just released Alder Lake CPUs too, which has meant some price cuts on 11th-Gen PCs too.

Along with the news that there will be new Ryzen CPUs early next year, last-gen Intel and AMD processors are a bit cheaper too, in order to clear older stock from the inventory of retailers. With an imminent price correction on memory expected soon, there are plenty of component deals, as well. 

The arrival of DDR5 could help explain why DDR4 kits are so much more affordable, and there seems to have been a glut of great SSDs deals. It's a great time to up your system's memory and storage basically.

Screens are another regularly discounted commodity around Black Friday, and this year is no different. This means both the best gaming monitors and the best TVs for gaming have enjoyed some tasty deals, too.

And there are always gaming mice and keyboards deals over Black Friday too, so they're worth taking a look at. It's a great time of year to treat your butt to a quality gaming chair as well, which are enjoying some healthy price cuts this time of year.

What should I avoid buying on Black Friday 2021?

Anything you don't need. It's distressingly easy to be duped into dropping cash on something just because there's a hefty discount attached to it… even though you have absolutely no use for it. 

If you're considering making a purchase around Black Friday, have a plan of attack. That probably sounds needlessly aggressive, but you need to know what you actually want to buy first or you'll end up with no end of crap. Cheap crap, maybe, but crap nonetheless. 

Do some research on the products you'd like to pick up in the sales (we offer detailed hardware buying guides), and maybe some alternatives in case those don't pop up. Set yourself a strict budget too. 

Products like graphics cards and processors have obvious tiers (though the different companies work damned hard to make product names as confusing as possible), and SSDs have rated speeds, but for peripherals, it's tougher to tell from the specs whether they're worth the money. Checking for reviews, from such luminaries as ourselves, should guide you on your way, and checking price trackers such as CamelCamelCamel will let you know if a deal's more than just skin deep.

Are there any Black Friday tips and tricks?

If you haven't already used it up during a credit card splurge around Amazon Prime Day, then you ought to take the opportunity to sign up for a free 30-day trial of Amazon Prime. That will get you early access to the Lightning Deals, and help you grab some of Jeff's best deals of the day. It will also net you free shipping on a host of products and speedy delivery too, and at the very worst it'll be handy when it comes to bagging some last-minute Christmas gifts for that aunt you always forget about.

Dave James

Dave has been gaming since the days of Zaxxon and Lady Bug on the Colecovision, and code books for the Commodore Vic 20 (Death Race 2000!). He built his first gaming PC at the tender age of 16, and finally finished bug-fixing the Cyrix-based system around a year later. When he dropped it out of the window. He first started writing for Official PlayStation Magazine and Xbox World many decades ago, then moved onto PC Format full-time, then PC Gamer, TechRadar, and T3 among others. Now he's back, writing about the nightmarish graphics card market, CPUs with more cores than sense, gaming laptops hotter than the sun, and SSDs more capacious than a Cybertruck.