A new computer can be a major investment. Some can cost up to $4,000+! Laptops have a shorter lifespan compared to desktop computers, but both still tend to slow or become outdated after 3 to 5 years. Since you don’t want to be investing thousands of dollars into a new workstation PC or gaming computer every few years, it’s important to make an informed decision. Fortunately, taking a few precautionary steps will help avoid buyer’s remorse and save money in the long run.

Here are five ways to save money on a new gaming PC.

1. Identify what you need.

Do you want a high end gaming computer that can also handle downloading music and movies? Or do you need a CAD workstation PC for your architect career? Make a list of what you’re planning to use the computer for and then research your options. For simple browsing and basic tasks, almost any machine will do.

2. Upgrade your current computer.

It’s possible that you may not need a new computer after all. If you have a desktop computer, you may be able to update it with new parts. For instance, a slow gaming computer can benefit from more RAM or Video card. A laptop with thousands of family photos and videos can be freed up with an external hard drive. Remember, every Velocity Micro PC comes with a Lifetime Upgrade Plan!

3. Buy at the right time.

Some times of the year are better than others to buy a new gaming workstation PC. Typically, you have the best chance of scoring a deal during the late summer/early fall when college students are returning to school and chipmakers start releasing new processors.

4. Skip the computer stores.

It’s tempting to go to an electronics store to browse computers, but you won’t save any money shopping this way. Instead, shop online and look outside the box when it comes to brands (like ours!). Not only are online prices often cheaper, but also you won’t be pressured by salespeople to buy any one particular system.

5. Buy an older model.

Newer versions of computers tend to be faster and more efficient, but that doesn’t mean that a slightly older gaming computer won’t be sufficient for your needs. Check out the last generation models and determine if they will fill your expectations.

It’s not always easy to save money on electronics, but knowing what you need and when to buy can help bring the cost down and leave you happier with your investment.

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