Im so happy you wrote me back! I live in the US. Its hard to say if i want one now or black friday. If there was a deal out there like the original one you posted, i would be super happy with that. I just dont ever shop for laptops so i dont know what to expect on black friday, price or availability-wise. I guess what im trying to say is im open to what you recommend. Im ready to get one now but can wait if i need to. Again, thanks so much for the help.
@Backseat_Yeti If you're looking for a gaming laptop, even at the entry level, Black Friday is your best bet, but it's not guaranteed that there will be anything for $500. I remember last year, I saw one gaming laptop sold by Best Buy drop to $450 for a day or two, but everything else was more like $550 and above. And aside from one sold out model on Walmart, I'm not seeing any gaming laptops for $550 and under right now. That doesn't mean there won't be any, just that you can't count on it.
Black Friday sales have already started, somehow, so it's worth keeping an eye out for deals now. But I'd think that the deals would get more numerous, if not better, as we get closer to the actual Black Friday.
Anyway, aside from that, your other options are to get a refurbished gaming laptop from somewhere like Amazon, or to take your chances with Ebay. For the former, this is a good example of what you can often, but not always, find:
For $550, you'd get a recent model (maybe a year old, maybe less) that should run all current Sims 4 packs together on ultra graphics settings, and that's sold by the Acer Recertified Store. However, I think it's unlikely that the price will drop much at any point soon.
As for Ebay, there are lots of cheap options, and there's lots of risk. If you want to go in that direction, I'll try to find something, but it's such a mess and moves so quickly, there's not much point in shopping there until you know you're ready to buy and aren't waiting for something better.
Thanks. The laptop you linked seems like it should work out great. Also, i feel way more informed on what to look out for and how to find what i need. I really appreciate the help!
@Backseat_Yeti In case you want another option, I just saw this one, which was out of stock last night but is apparently back already:
It's also $550 and has a slightly slower (but still more than fine) processor, and otherwise the same specs. And it's new.