If you're looking for a new PC, upgrades to your existing rig, or just a few new accessories to complete your desk, there are plenty of great deals to be had, particularly right now as we approach Christmas.

Given they have a pretty high price in the first place, PCs tend to be a great bet for special offers, and with components constantly getting updated, there's always a steady stream of last-year's-models to pick up at discounted rates.

That's just as true for components like graphics cards and CPUs, and while you should expect smaller discounts on accessories like mice and keyboards, there are still savings to be had.

Best PC deals right now

Black Friday itself may be over, but the deals are still in full flow in the run up to Christmas

We've gathered up the best PC deals that are live right now - and you can head to our deals site to find more of our curated picks.

1. AMD Zenith Gaming PC

From: Overclockers

Was: £1,699.99

Now: £1,399.99  (17% off)

This Zenith Gaming PC powered by AMD is outstanding value at its current price.

Featuring a Ryzen 7 2700x processor, 16GB of 3200Mhz RAM and an RX Vega 56 Graphics Card this machine will handle modern gaming comfortably while also being an extremely capable multi-media machine for any video editors out there.

The deal on Overclockers allows you to customise your exact order while still keeping this fantastic price for Black Friday.

2. AMD Citizen Gaming PC

From: Overclockers

Was: £949.99

Now: £799.99  (15% off)

The Citizen Gaming PC is powered by AMD hardware and is a great lower priced option PC for gaming.

Sporting a Ryzen 2600 CPU, 16GB of 3000Mhz memory and an RX 590 Graphics Card this build will punch well above its weight and is a fantastic deal.

Plus, you'll get three games - Resident Evil 2, The Division 2 and Devil May Cry 5.

3. MSI GE63 Raider 8RE Gaming Laptop

From: Ebuyer

Was: £1,566.99

Now: £1,229.99  £267.00 off

The MSI GE63 Raider is a powerful gaming laptop with the power to match most desktops.

An i7-8750H, 16GB of RAM and an NVIDIA GTX 1060 with a 256GB SSD and 1TB HDD makes this an impressive set up at a fantastic deal price.

4. MSI Infinite A 8RC 296UK Gaming PC

From: Currys PC World

Was: £999.99

Now: £899  (£100 off)

In addition to getting more than £100 off this gaming PC with 2TB hard drive, when you buy from Currys PC World you'll also get games thrown in, including PUBG and CS:GO.

5. HP Omen 880 Gaming PC

From: Currys PC World

Was: £1,349

Now: £1,199  (£150 off)

Get £150 off this Intel Core i7-8700 PC with 16GB RAM, 2TB HDD and 256GB SSD, as well as NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070.

6. Dell Desktop Deals

From: Dell

Now: Up to £403 off

Worth taking advantage of if you're in need of a new PC. You can also get up to £500 off a OptiPlex 7050 Small Form Factor from Dell.

7. Apple 21.5in iMac, 2.3GHz dual-core, 1TB HD (2017) [KRCS]

From: KRCS

Was: £1049.00

Now: £986.06  (£62.94 off)

Wiit this discount you can get an iMac for less than £1000. Although this is the non-Retina display iMac, with a dual-processor, so not the most powerful of iMacs.

8. WD My Passport 4TB Portable Hard Drive

From: Amazon

Was: £149.99

Now: £87  (£62 off)

Back up or store up to 4TB of files, films, photos, or games with this slick portable hard drive. It will need reformatting for MacOS, but it's still a good per GB deal.

9. Dell Full HD 23.6in LED Monitor

From: Currys PC World

Was: £119.99

Now: £89.99  (£30 off)

This Dell Full HD monitor could be just what you need to give your PC a boost. It has £30 off at Currys PC World right now.

10. Logitech G403 Wired Gaming Mouse

From: Amazon

Was: £59.99

Now: £39.99  (£20 off)

PC deals 2018: What to look for

The most important thing to remember is that you don't need the absolute latest processor and graphics card - even for a serious gaming rig - as manufacturers will do everything they can to convince you to upgrade every year. Instead, look out for PCs and components from a few months or even a year ago - they should still cope handily with even fairly demanding tasks.

More than with most things, it's worth making sure you know how much a given component or PC setup is worth - retailers love to advertise reductions that aren't quite as good as they appear, by quoting the initial RRP rather than a product's most recent price. Plan what components you want - and how much they cost normally - and you can make sure you don't get fooled by dodgy "discounts".

The biggest discounts are on pre-built desktops and all-in-one computers (think iMacs, where the computer and the screen are built into the same unit). If you're happy to build your own, or upgrade your existing setup, keep an eye on component sites though.

Since accessories like mice, keyboards and speakers tend to have lower RRPs, you can't expect discounts to be as steep, but you could still find a few good savings, especially on older stock - you don't mind having last year's mouse, right?

In some cases sales run through to the end of the month, or even beyond into the Christmas season.

Where to find PC bargains

Where you want to go depends a lot on what you're looking for. If you want to buy a pre-built computer or just some simple accessories, then some of the standard electronics retailers are the best bet:

If you're looking to pick up components though, you'd be better off looking at the following (some of which sell pre-built PCs too, for what it's worth):

Amazon has some of the biggest bargains, but so have other retailers, including Currys and Argos.

If you find that you’re missing out on Amazon’s Lightning deals, which run for just a few hours and offer limited stock, we'd recommend signing up for Amazon's 30 day free trial of Prime, which will get you access to deals 30 minutes before everyone else. Plus, you'll get free next-day delivery with the Prime trial, as well as access to Prime Instant Video and more.

Sign up for Prime.

PC deals for students

Another great resource to help you snag deals is Tech Advisor's Student Beans page. The Tech and Mobile section can help you save up to 25% from big brands such as Apple (10% off for students), Asus, HP, Lenovo, Logitech and many more. See all tech student deals here.