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The best Black Friday PC deals 2018

Need a new computer? Then you won't want to miss these big Black Friday discounts on pre-built and custom desktop PCs.

Whether you're after a blazingly fast PC to elevate your gaming or an efficient all-round system on a budget, this year's Black Friday deals have plenty to offer. You've got manufacturers like Dell and Lenovo slashing the sticker price of their own branded systems, not to mention online retailers like Newegg and eBay selling custom-built rigs as cheap (or sometimes even cheaper) than the cost of purchasing and assembling the components yourself.

We've collected our top picks from across all Black Friday PC deals in the table below:

Product Retailer Original price Discounted price Discount Buy it
Inspiron AMD Gaming Desktop (Ryzen 5 1400, 8GB RAM, 4GB RX 570, 128GB SSD) Dell $1,699.00 $899.00 47.09% Go to site
Lenovo Legion C530 Gaming PC (i7-8700, 16GB RAM, 6GB GTX 1060, 128GB SSD) Lenovo $2,399.00 $1,799.00 25.01% Go to site
Lenovo Legion T530 Gaming PC (i5-8400, 16GB RAM, 6GB GTX 1060, 128GB SSD) Lenovo $1,999.00 $1,549.00 22.51% Go to site
Dell XPS 8930 Gaming PC (i7-8700, 16GB RAM, 8GB GTX 1070, 256GB SSD) eBay $2,249.00 $1799.20 with code PEPPY 20.00% Go to site
Dell Inspiron Gaming PC (i7-8700. 16GB RAM, 6GB GTX 1060, 128GB SSD) eBay $1,899.00 $1519.20 with code PEPPY 20.00% Go to site
Dell Inspiron Gaming PC (i5-8400, 8GB RAM, 6GB GTX 1060, 128GB SSD) eBay $1,399.00 $1119.20 with code PEPPY 20.00% Go to site
Intel Core i7-8700, 8GB RAM, 6GB GTX 1060, 120GB SSD Gaming PC eBay $1,649.00 $1319.20 with code PEPPY 20.00% Go to site
AMD Ryzen 5 2400G, 8GB RAM, Vega 11 graphics, 120GB SSD Gaming PC eBay $789.00 $631.20 with code PEPPY 20.00% Go to site
Acer Aspire TC-780 desktop (i7-7700, 8GB RAM, 1TB HDD, 2GB GT 720) Harvey Norman $1,246.25 $997.00 20.00% Go to site
MSI Nightblade MI3 Gaming desktop (i5-8400, 8GB RAM, 4GB GTX 1050 Ti, 128GB SSD) Harvey Norman $1,372.50 $1,098.00 20.00% Go to site
Acer Predator G3-710 gaming desktop (i7-7700, 16GB RAM, 6GB GTX 1060, 128GB SSD) Harvey Norman $1,997.50 $1,598.00 20.00% Go to site
Acer Aspire TC-230 desktop (AMD A6, 8GB RAM, Radeon R5 310, 1TB HDD) The Good Guys $848.75 $679 20.00% Go to site
Asus ROG GR8 mini gaming desktop (i7-7700, 16GB RAM, 6GB GTX 1060, 256GB SSD) Bing Lee $1,599.00 $1279.20 20.00% Go to site
Medion Erazer X67011 gaming PC (i7-8700, 16GB RAM, 6GB GTX 1060, 256GB SSD) Bing Lee $1,649.00 $1319.20 20.00% Go to site
XPS Tower (i7-8700, 16GB RAM, 4GB GTX 1050 Ti, 2TB HDD) Dell $1,799.01 $1,529.01 15.01% Go to site
Inspiron 5680 Gaming Desktop (i7-8700, 16GB RAM, 8GB GTX 1070, 256GB SSD) Dell $2,499.00 $2,124.00 15.01% Go to site
iBUYPOWER Gaming Desktop (i7-8700, 16GB RAM, 8GB GTX 1070 Ti, 240GB SSD) Newegg $2,382.60 $2,138.40 10.25% Go to site
Inspiron 3470 Desktop (i5-8400,8GB RAM, 2TB HDD) Dell $848.99 $763.99 10.01% Go to site

What to consider when buying a PC on Black Friday

Processor: Intel or AMD?

Intel has traditionally led the desktop PC processor market, especially where gaming is concerned. The latest i3, i5 and i7 processors certainly live up to this, delivering plenty of power at a variety of price points. AMD has stepped up its game recently, however, releasing its Ryzen processor line to much critical and commercial success.

Choosing between the brands can be tough, though there are a few general guidelines to help you make up your mind. AMD's Ryzen chips are typically better at multi-core processing, a fact that helps them outperform many Intel CPUs in the latest games. Meanwhile, Intel's processors are usually cheaper and more power-efficient, with higher single-core performance than similarly-priced Ryzen chips.

Graphics card

There's a lot to consider when choosing a suitable graphics card for your new PC. First you need to decide whether you want an Nvidia card or an AMD card, then you have to determine the clock speeds, memory bandwidth and RAM necessary to deliver the kind of performance you're after. To make matters even more confusing, you've got dozens of third-party hardware manufacturers creating their own variants of Nvidia and AMD's graphics cards, tweaking components and adjusting pricing such that your options can seem practically endless.

To demystify this complex process, you'll want to check out our guide to comparing graphics card. It will help you narrow down the kind of graphics card best suited for your needs and budget.


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Matt Sayer

Matt is a writer covering the latest tech, telco and video game news at finder.com.au. In his downtime from helping Aussies make informed decisions on their broadband, mobile phone, and streaming video plans, he likes exploring rich video game worlds and kicking back with a good book.

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