There’s so many technology deals worth mentioning today that some can get washed out. MSI Notebooks are some of the best on the planet and very rarely go on offer. This year, however, multiple retailers have different models on offer with savings of up to £200! Here is a quick Top 5 round-up:
1. MSI GE72 Apache from AmazonUK for £1099. This is available with Amazon Prime for next day delivery also.
Black Friday is finally upon us and retailers have started to slash prices on a number of items just before the holiday period. SCAN is the latest company to offer heavy discounts on computer hardware, and it’s certainly one of the best sales I’ve seen in recent memory! Some of the highlights include a Corsair K65 RGB keyboard for £79.99, EVGA GTX 980Ti Hybrid costing £499.99 with game voucher and huge selection of CPUs at cheap prices! Another bargain is the HyperX Cloud Gaming Headset for £39.99 which features exceptional audio and rivals products twice the price.
The EVGA GTX 980Ti FTW is also £100 off and on sale for £449.99. This makes it the cheapest 980Ti to date and it’s a factor overclocked model with a sturdy backplate. If you’re looking for a high-end GPU, I doubt any deal is going to come close to this. On another note, the Corsair H110i GT is another unbelievable deal and on sale for £69.98. The closed-loop-cooler comes with a 5 year warranty, luxurious tubing finish and superb temperatures. It’s one of my favourite products from Corsair in the past few years and a wonderful hassle-free choice for overclocking purposes. It also looks incredible and features an RGB LED block.
Is it just me or is Black Friday turning into Black Weekend? I’m pretty sure last year retailers only held deals on the actual day and some into the weekend for Cyber Monday. Most places that offer deals either have a small selection of products for an epic 50% off or a huge selection for a much smaller discount. Overclockers UK take that typical process and have thrown it out of the window with this years Black Friday deals by not only having the typical Weekly deals (which is one of the largest ever for OcUK), but also have some outstanding deals for the Black Friday event itself.
The deals don’t end there, you can kit out your computer with new RAM, a new seat to keep those gaming adventures comfortable or annihilate the competition with multiple NVIDIA GTX 980Ti offers. The deals will stay active until December 1st or until stocks last, but at these prices I’d get in there quick. Now where did I put my wallet?
Black Friday has become a phenomenon throughout the world as shoppers desperately try to pickup items at heavily discounted prices. That’s only the theory though, as some retailers increase the RRP base price to make the discount rate higher. Although, this isn’t always the case and there are usually some bargains if you keep a close eye on HotUKDeals. While it’s not officially Black Friday just yet, stores like Amazon have already launched flash sales. Today, Microsoft unveiled their Xbox Black Friday digital sale which features discounts on a number of major releases. Sadly, the prices are terrible and you can easily acquire any of the discounted games from third party sellers at lower prices.
Microsoft has discounted quite a few titles but I’ve decided to focus on the major releases. Firstly, Grand Theft Auto V used has been as cheap as £17.51 and you can cheekily buy it using a VPN from Xbox’s Columbia store for £20.48. If you desperately want a retail copy which can be resold, eBay prices are still significantly lower than the £32.99. Fifa 16 is available via digital download from VideoGameBox for £23.13 and retail editions aren’t that much more expensive than Microsoft’s Black Friday price. Finally, Forza 6 recently sold for £27.99 although this has now increased.
To summarize, the Xbox One Black Friday sale is very disappointing and easily beaten by major retailers. Additionally, these are digital games with zero resale value. As a result, they should be at least £10 cheaper than the retail equivalents. Yes, I’ve included some digital games in the pricing comparison but this was simply to show the cheapest price on the market. In all honesty, you could probably buy retail copies cheaper, or around the same price and sell the games after competition.
Black Friday deals are already cropping up on a lot of retail websites, most likely to avoid the one-day carnage that we’ve come to expect. Overclockers UK are the latest to join the party, launching what they’re calling their best Black Friday yet!
“This Weekly Only offers will be running tomorrow morning (Wednesday) as per normal. Any deals that are on This Week Only will NOT be further discounted for Black Friday, so customers can order in confidence and do not need to wait.”
Basically, if the deal looks great, snap it up while you can, but be on the lookout as there are plenty of deals to be found and it’s the perfect time of year to upgrade your system with discounts on all these great products.
“Black Friday will be starting early, the offers will start Thursday morning around 9AM so customers can receive and enjoy the hardware on Black Friday. Black Friday will end on Tuesday morning, or when stock runs out, whichever comes sooner. – Cyber Monday is the Black Friday deals, however on Monday we will be running a great Today Only deal.”
Expect demand on these products to be high, when they’re gone they are gone, so it may be worth sitting down with your credit card in hand and think of how to say sorry to your SO when they see your bank statement.
Purchasing any used electrical item from smartphones to CPUs involves a high degree of risk unless the product includes an original proof-of-purchase. As a result, when looking for expensive graphics cards on eBay or premium mechanical keyboards, you have to take into account the lack of consumer protection. It’s quite baffling that the selling price is usually so close to a new retail sample which often contains a 2-5 year warranty. Throughout Europe, new goods legally have to come with a 2-year warranty, but there’s some confusion if this applies to used items.
Thankfully, there are some retail stores in the UK which provide guarantees on pre-owned hardware. However, the duration varies quite dramatically and some chains do not disclosure this information in a clear way. Recently, CEX announced they will provide a 24 month warranty on all used items as standard. This is a fantastic scheme and offers piece of mind on used products. Personally, I would probably pay the extra compared to eBay to have that extra year of cover. This enhanced protection encourages consumers to spend money on higher ticket items such as a used Intel Core i7-4770K. The savings are impressive and the warranty period buying used is only reduced by one year in this particular case.
While I’ve not always had the best experience with CEX, I have to applaud this consumer-friendly move. Hopefully, this will force the company to enforce greatly improved testing, and make sure traded-in products meet the standards.
Do you care about the warranty period when buying components?
Nobody likes paying more than they have to for things, that much is especially true for a lot of gamers, as we all know that retail launch prices of games tend to be quite expensive. Of course, we’ve got a huge range of sites out there offering deals and discounts on a virtually daily basis, so we’ve had a dig around the web for you to find you some of the best PC gaming deals around!
From indie gaming classics and newcomers to blockbuster AAA games that have come down in price, an MMORPG epic and even a new release! We’ve got a few great details going around at the moment and I’m sure there are many more still to be found. Remember, don’t spend too much of your money, because there’s often a Steam Sale towards the end of this month or at the start of November!
What games are you hoping to see discounted soon? Let us know in the comments and we’ll keep our eyes out for a deal!
Humble Indie Bundle 15 – Pay What You Want
Starting things off, we’ve got the ever popular Humble Bundle, offering up a nice collection of Indie games from $1 for the first four, or pay over the average of $7.20 to unlock even more! It’s certainly worth beating the average, as this will get you ten games, including the excellent Skullgirls + DLC, Planetary Annihilation and Xenonauts.
Some of the Aliens games have received noticeably better receptions than others, but for the most part they’re absolutely fantastic fun to play, especially if you’re a fan of the movies. So what better way to start off your collection of Aliens games, than with a big bundle that crams in Aliens Vs Predator, Aliens: Colonial Marines and a massive bundle of DLC to boot! That’s a huge saving and a whole lot of gaming to keep you busy for a few weeks.
Get ready to unleash one of the biggest MMORPG games of the year, with Elder Scrolls Online! Certainly one fans of the Elder Scrolls series won’t want to miss out on and also one of the most enjoyable MMO’s of recent years too. What’s even better is that you can pick the game up at a bargain price right now, making your adventures in Tamriel all that more affordable. As an added bonus, the game no longer has a mandatory subscription.
This War of Mine is a unique and very gripping survival sim, but changing from the usual soldier of death armed to the teeth, you take the role of civilians, struggling to survive in a besieged city, with no food, medicine and, of course, constant danger from the surrounding enemies. It’s a unique tale and one that certainly stand out from the crowd. Of course, you’ve little excuses to be missing out now, now at these prices! As an added bonus, the DLC is currently £0.79.
Dragon Age: Inquisition – Game of the Year Edition – £49.99
EA and their Original platform are not the best when it comes to deals, that much we’ve all known for some time. However, despite their slightly elevated launch prices the latest game on the Origin platform is a good deal. The Game of the Year edition of Dragon Age: Inquisition packs every bit of DLC, add-on content, deluxe edition chests, new weapons and so much more, making it the best version of Dragon Age: Inquisition to date, and also the easiest path to take for those who have yet to play the latest game in the series.
UK electrical retailers Currys and PC World (both owned by Dixons Retail) will be participating in the American “phenomenon” of the Black Friday sales.
“The Black Friday shopping deal phenomenon began in the US. It’s always the Friday after Thanksgiving Day and is seen as the kickoff for the shopping season leading up to Christmas. Shops open early and there are big savings online and in-store in time-limited deals – it’s the perfect time to get your Christmas shopping started. It’s also followed by Cyber Monday, another day of big online discounts.”
The thing is, Thanksgiving isn’t celebrated in the UK, so why do the retailers feel the need to push this “phenomenon” upon us?
Let’s just hope we don’t see the same scenes as last year when Asda decided to join in with Black Friday –
Besides all of that, some of you may well find some great deals on tech next week, that’s if you can get past the hordes of parents fighting over incredibly cheap PS4s.
We all know of 20th Century Fox right? The famous intro with the spotlights and big 3D text, you know the one. Anyway, Fox recently wanted to purchase Time Warner but it seems now they have changed there mind and damaged Time Warner in the process. The decision to back out of the deal was made by Fox on Tuesday and since the announcement, share prices for Time Warner have dropped by 11%, oh dear indeed.
The whole thing came around in June earlier this year when Fox offered a higher price per share then the current bidder at the time. The current bid was $85 per share and Fox said that they wouldn’t pay more than $90 $95 per share, meaning they would willingly go higher than $85. The news of Fox offering a deal sent the Time Warner shares up above the current $85 value, which was good until Fox backed out. Fox did offer a $6 billion share buyback program to calm the disappointed shareholders down, which was a nice thought but pretty irrelevant now. Since Fox have made offers to Time Warner, offered a $6 billion buy back program and backed out of the deal completely, their shares have actually risen in value by 7%. Makes you wonder, was this all a plan by Fox to get an edge over Time Warner in the stock market or just an unfortunate result of a scrapped deal?
Thanks to Tweaktown for supplying us with this information.
Steam Autumn sale has started and is available until next Tuesday. The sale features 9 big titles at the top of the page with promo discounts, titles that will shuffle daily with even better price drops. The ultra-popular Terraria can be snatched for as low as £1.49, Sleeping Dogs has its price off-guard at £3.99, dragonborn fans can roam the Skyrim realm for as low as £3.74 and even prices are afraid of Outlast, having its tag at £5.09.
There are other deals as well, Portal series for example is priced at £4.49, Crysis enthusiasts can have the whole collection for £9.99. Borderland 2 GOTY is also a decent deal, having the game and all 9 expansion packs at £26.79, or if you prefer a more strategic experience, Company of Heroes 2 can be bought half-priced at £14.99.
It’s worth mentioning that Valve has followed-up to the autumn sale with the winter seasonal sale a month later, and that tends to be what most would consider the most worthwhile of the year. If a game you want hasn’t been out for too long and isn’t on sale during this sale, it might very well be in the next one.
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