If you're looking for a new PC, upgrades to your existing rig, or just a few new accessories to complete your desk, there's good odds you're scouring the best deals to try and pick everything up computer related at the lowest possible price.

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

Dell - Black Friday in July event

Dell is currently running its Black Friday in July event which runs until Tuesday July 17thEvery day at 8am, Dell is releasing a new discount code which you can apply at checkout. Keep in mind, the codes last for one day only, so you will have to act fast.

The Dell Black Friday in July deals are mostly on laptops, but you can save hundreds of pounds on PCs as well. Ranges on offer include XPS Towers, Inspiron Gaming PCs,and Inspiron Desktop PCs. Laptops on discount include Alienware, Inspiron (both 13in and 15in models), XPS (13in and 15in models) and more. See all Dell Black Friday in July deals here.

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.

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.

Best PC deals 2018

1. Dell Desktop Deals

From: Dell

Now: Up to £397 off

Worth taking advantage of if you're in need of a new PC. There are lots of deals to be had from Dell, including up to £397 off a OptiPlex 5050 Small Form Factor.

2. Dell 27in HDR-ready Monitor

From: Dell

Was: £469

Now: £266.67 (ex. VAT)  (£202 off)

Save over £200 on this 27in HDR-ready Dell monitor. Ends August 3rd.

3. Dell PC Workstation Sale

From: Dell

Now: Save up to £885

You can save up over £885 on a range of customisable workstations from Dell for small businesses. We don't know when this sale will end, so why not take advantage of it while it's here?

4. Apple 27in iMac, 3.8GHz, 2TB Storage

From: Amazon

Was: £2249

Now: £1919  (£330 off)

Get over £330 off this iMac!

5. HP 23.8in All-in-One PC

From: Currys PC World

Was: £689.99

Now: £599.99  (£90 off)

6. Dell UltraSharp 27 Monitor

From: Dell

Was: £563

Now: £334.98  (£228 off)

Hurry, ends August 3rd!

7. Dell PowerEdge Tower Server Deals

From: Dell

Now: Up to £1,242.14 off

Ends August 3rd.

8. Dell PowerEdge Rack Servers (for Enterprise)

From: Dell

Now: up to £1,606.45 off

Dell is offering up to 33% off its PowerEdge Rack servers. Please note prices are excluding VAT. Ends August 3rd.

9. HP Pavilion All-in-One PC, 8GB RAM, 1TB Storage

From: John Lewis

Was: £949.95

Now: £849.95  (£100 off)

Save on this HP Pavilion desktop PC as a part of John Lewis's massive clearance saleSee all John Lewis PC and laptop deals.