So, you’re in the market for a new gaming computer. Where are you going to get it? Every store is different, and even though they are selling pretty much the same products, the prices can vary greatly. What you need to do is research, and plenty of it. First, research exactly what you are looking for in a gaming computer. Then, research the various companies that sell what you want.
Find the retailers that have the best deals on the best products. This may take a bit of time, which is not ideal for many gamers who want to play now, but it is the best thing to do in the long run if you want a computer that is going to last for more than a few months. Today we are going to take a look at some of the best places to buy gaming pcs.
Internet Vs Retail Stores
First of all, you need to decide whether or not you want to shop at a regular retail store, or if you just want to save time by making your purchase online. There are all kinds of great online deals for gaming computers. The problem is, you can’t actually look at them in person. You have to trust the online retailer that you are going to get exactly what you order and pay for.
If you are a die-hard when it comes to shopping online, go for it. But, we do recommend that you go to a few stores first and look at the various systems that are available. It is never really a good idea to buy anything sight unseen, especially if you are new to gaming and computers. Once you have seen what is out there, then you can decide exactly what you want and need, and go online to find what you are looking for, and hopefully at a better price.
These days, more and more people are shopping for pretty much everything online, even their groceries. So, it only makes sense that gamers are looking to the Internet for their next gaming PC. But, this isn’t always the best way to go. As we mentioned in the previous paragraph, you will not be able to see anything in person. But, once you know exactly what you want, online shopping may just be the best way to go, because you can often get the best prices. After all, there aren’t any salespeople looking to earn a commission, and the companies get to cut out the middle man.
If you do most of your shopping online, chances are that you have dealt with Amazon.com at one time or another. There is a huge selection of computers, software, and more, and you can often get much better deals than you would be able to find at retail stores.
Some people claim that they have found some pretty excellent deals on gaming computers on eBay. Of course, there is the case of buyer beware when it comes to eBay shopping. If you are going to go this route, try to stick with eBay stores rather than individual sellers. If you are looking for something that works well but is cheap, don’t forget to check out refurbished computers. Sometimes these can actually be better than something brand new.
If you have decided that you want to shop at retail stores for your next gaming PC, there are many to choose from. Many people will recommend against going to stores such as Walmart, but they actually do tend to have a good selection of computers, and relatively low prices. They just don’t tend to have staff who knows what they are talking about. Here are a few of our favorite retail stores for buying gaming computers.
One of the first places many people think of when buying computers and software is Best Buy. They often have some pretty terrific deals, and you can get excellent service if you have any issues with anything you purchase.
Local Computer/Electronics Stores
While you are likely going to spend more money at one of these stores, many people do prefer to deal with local computer experts when buying new gaming PC’s. This is because they know exactly what you need, even when you don’t. Yes, the computers will cost more, but you will end up bringing home that you can automatically start playing on without having to install anything.
Don’t discount want ads when it comes to buying a computer. It isn’t always necessary to have something that is brand new, and you can get some pretty great deals on used items, including gaming computers. Of course, there is truth in that saying that you get what you pay for. If someone is selling a gaming computer for $100, you can be pretty sure that it is going to be a piece of junk. What you need to do is look it over in person. If you are not computer savvy, bring someone along who is. You can get great deals from classified ads, buy and sell pages on Facebook, etc. as long as you know what you are looking for.
Here is another way to get second-hand gaming computers at low prices. The great thing is, pawn shops usually won’t accept any items that aren’t in top working condition, so you know you are going to get a computer that works. There are even a lot of pawn shops that have employees who specialize in computers, and they make sure that all computers sold in the stores are in proper working condition before anyone buys them. Of course, you also need to test it out yourself before taking it home, as items from these stores are usually sold as is/where is, and there is no warranty.
There is no one perfect place to buy a gaming computer. As we said in the introduction, you really do need to do your research before you begin shopping. The more you know about what you are going to need, the easier it is going to be to find what you need, and to get the best deal.