Gaming computers are notoriously expensive, but there are plenty of things that you can do if you want a decent machine on the cheap. You might not get all the latest specs, but you should be able to get something that will allow you to run most AAA games on good settings. You do have to know where to look and understand how computer manufacturers price their machines. Nothing is done by accident in this business, and, once you understand retailers’ and manufacturers’ pricing strategies, you can use this knowledge to your advantage. Let’s take a look at how you can find the best deals on gaming computers.
Follow the Price of GPUs
Graphic cards have skyrocketed in price and some gamers look at the price of GPUs like they do the stock market. The price increase is partly due to the demand of gamers, but also because of crypto mining. If you keep an eye on the prices of GPUs but also of cryptocurrency, you could time your purchase and wait for a dip.
GPU prices are starting to go down at the moment for the first time in years and it’s partly because the price of bitcoin and other cryptos is way down. So now could be a good time to start looking at cards and machines. You also need to start watching the price of GPUs so you can time future purchases and upgrades.
Buy at the Right Time of the Year
Prices for laptops and PCs are lower at certain times of the year. August and the start of spring, for instance, are two of the best times to buy gaming computers.
August is back to school time and you’ll see tons of specials during that time. Spring is the beginning of the second quarter which is when many companies will release new computers which will push the price of older PCs way down. Cyber Monday and Black Friday are two other great times to find a deal on desktops and laptops.
Buy Straight from the Manufacturer
If you want a particular brand of machine and you want to get the best price for it, then we suggest you buy it directly from the manufacturer. Look for any loyalty program or newsletter they may have and sign up for it. Many of the manufacturers will not only give you a discount just for signing up but may have specials only for the people on their newsletter.
Some manufacturers also have online flash sales, and, if you are signed up for their newsletter, you’ll be among the first people to know.
If you’ve been looking for a Lenovo Nvidia gaming computer, for instance, then you should check out Lenovo’s rewards program. They offer 9% back on purchases and you’ll be eligible the minute you sign up, so give it a look today.
These are only a few ways that you could get a great deal on your next gaming computer. Take the time to shop around and plan your purchase correctly and you should have no trouble finding a great machine on the cheap.