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Our top pick for a budget PC is even more affordable thanks to Black Friday

Pre-built PCs are a great way to get your hands on a system without sinking time into a build project, though the courtesy usually comes at a higher price. However, Acer’s TC-895 — our top pick for best budget PC less than $500 — breaks the trend by offering up not only a PC, but also a keyboard and mouse for a low price. And thanks to advance Black Friday sales at Amazon, the pre-built Acer is down to just $365 for a short time.

Thanks to the low price and relatively robust hardware found inside, Acer’s TC-895 (and its predecessors) have long been our top pick for a budget pre-built PC. It comes in a black tower case with an optical drive and plenty of ports, including on the front USB-A, USB-C, an SD card reader, and two 3.5mm audio jack. The back has HDMI, more USB-A, and audio out for further connectivity. There’s no dedicated graphics card here, but at this price it’s hard to expect that level of hardware.

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The $365 configuration does include a 10th Gen Intel Core i3-10100 processor (CPU), 8GB of DDR4-2666MHz RAM, and a speedy 512GB M.2 PCIe NVMe solid-state drive (SSD) for fast transfer speeds. The Core i3 CPU will handle most productivity work, but for a solid boost to performance you can step things up to a Core i5-10400 six-core chip. The Core i5 model is also discounted with an $80 price cut that brings the total cost down to $450. That’s still a great deal, and both options come with an included keyboard and mouse.

That means all you have to do is add one of our picks for best computer monitor to get going. This is a great PC to have around the house to help with school or office work, and it’s really never been more affordable thanks to this Black Friday sale. Don’t wait too long, as this sale only lasts through the day.

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This post was written by Cale Hunt and was first posted to WindowsCentral

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