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Current Live Black Friday Computer Deals

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1 Debenhams Blue Cross Sale: Up to 70% Off 10/10/2017 70% Visit Sale
2 Littlewoods Up to 50% Off Home and Electricals 20/09/2017 50% Visit Sale
3 Currys October Sale: Save Up to 50% 20/09/2017 50% Visit Sale
4 Game 2 for 40 GBP 19/09/2017 50% Visit Sale
5 Argos Bedroom Event: 25% Off Beds Bedding and Furniture 11/10/2017 25% Visit Sale
6 JD Williams Up to 40% Off Brands 09/10/2017 40% Visit Sale
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Black Friday Computer Deals Buying Guide

BLACK FRIDAY COMPUTER DEALS BUYING GUIDE 2017

This guide is to help decode the most confusing, important technical aspects you need to understand when browsing Black Friday computer deals. We will look at how much storage capacity is needed, how many gigabytes of RAM daily tasks require, how many gigahertz you should be shopping for in a processor, and the tiny pitfalls and things to look out for in each

PROCESSORS

Your computer’s processor is its “brain”, and it is the main reason a computer gets slow or “bogs down” later in its life. If you have ever experienced that, it is likely because you did not pay for a strong enough processor when initially buying your computer. The processor is also one of the components most likely to raise or lower the price of a computer. So how do you know how powerful a computer’s processor is? Processor speed is measured in gigahertz, abbreviated with an uppercase ‘GH’ and a lowercase ‘z’. The more gigahertz you see, the more powerful that computer’s processor is. Also, if you see dual-core or quad-core, you should multiply the gigahertz rating respectively by two or four. If you’re comparing a computer with a 3.2 gigahertz processor to a computer with a 1.6 gigahertz *quad-core* processor, the 1.6 gigahertz quad-core is roughly twice as capable as the other option.

If you’re a light-duty user, meaning you only use your computer for simple tasks like browsing the Internet, editing documents, checking email, etc… You don’t need to spend extra money for a powerful processor – the lighter duty models towards the bottom of the market should suit your needs just fine.

However, if you run several programs on your Black Friday computer at once or you only purchase a computer once every 7-10 years, you’ll want to purchase a mid-range processor that’s *slightly* more powerful. Otherwise you could be faced with a very slow, frustrating computer several years before you’re due to upgrade.

If you’re a heavy-duty user that does a lot of intense design work, video editing, 3D modelling, computer gaming, etc… you’ll want to buy a computer with a powerful processor. You’ll pay a lot more but, at the end of the day, that’s the only type of computer that’s going to suit your needs.

That probably leads you to the question – what makes for a heavy duty or a light duty processor? How do I know the difference? Simply compare the options currently on the market – if you see a 2.1 GHz processor, a 1.9 GHz dual-core processor, and a 2.5 GHz quad-core processor, one is a light, one is a medium, and one is a heavy-duty model.

RAM

The next most important Black Friday Computer feature to pay attention to is RAM. RAM, which stands for Random Access Memory, is your computer’s bandwidth. As the background processes and programs run on your computer, they utilize this bandwidth, which you only have a finite amount of. If your computer has a super-fast brain but not enough bandwidth for the programs you’re running, that can also bog down your machine. If you’re a light-duty user, buy at least 4GB, medium duty buy 8GB – and heavy duty users should buy 16GB. In today’s current technical climate, any more than 16GB doesn’t do much – the return on investment is almost nothing.

STORAGE SPACE

The third most important spec – storage space. This will either be indicated by the abbreviation HD or HDD for hard disk drives, or SSD for solid-state drives. Solid-state drives are rising in popularity because they’re significantly faster and more efficient than hard disks, but they’re also SIGNIFICANTLY more expensive. If you can afford a solid-state drive, it’s money well spent. If you can’t or do not want to, there is nothing wrong with the traditional hard disk drives. How much storage do you need? Light duty and medium duty users shouldn’t need more than 500 gigabytes to one terabyte of storage space. Most baseline models in today’s technical climate, come with at least that much, and that is all you should ever need. If you run out of space you can always purchase an easy-to-use external hard drive to handle the overflow. Even the heaviest duty users can make due with 500GB of storage if they use an external hard drive. If you don’t want to use an external hard drive and you work with HD video or other gigantic files, try to get at least 1-2 terabytes of internal storage.

BLACK FRIDAY COMPUTER TYPES

  • If portability isn’t important to you, then you’re probably shopping for a desktop or all-in-one computer. A traditional desktop has a tower that’s separate from the monitor and typically rests on the ground below, but an all-in-one sits on top of the desk in one piece, with all the hardware and components cleverly hidden behind the monitor on your desk. All-in-ones are typically regarded as more sleek and attractive, but beware of the drawbacks if you’re planning to buy one. They’re typically 20%-30% more expensive than a traditional desktop computer with the exact same amount of power and specs, and they’re difficult, if not impossible, to upgrade should you need more storage space or speed down the road. If you choose an all-in-one, choose carefully and know that you’re paying a substantial amount of money for that “sleek” design.

 

  • The exact same drawbacks for an all-in-one vs. a desktop apply to a traditional laptop vs. an ultrabook, tablet PC, or 2-in-1 model. You get a sleek design along with a little added portability, but you’ll pay substantially less for a traditional laptop with the exact same capabilities, and ultrabooks, tablet PCs, and 2-in-1s are all difficult or impossible to upgrade should you need to. Is the price increase worth it? It just depends on your personal preferences when weighing style and portability vs. practicality and value.