Deal of the week: Cases, Phenoms, and laptops


— 4:49 PM on September 5, 2008

We featured an Antec power supply in our previous deal post. Now, how about a matching case? Newegg is selling Antec's P180 tower enclosure for only $69.99 with free shipping—a whopping $65 discount over the regular price, more if you count the typical cost of shipping a case.

We like to recommend the newer Antec P182 in our system guides, but the cheapest you'll find that case on our price search engine is $124.95 before shipping. The P182 does have better cable management than the P180, but if you're willing to live with slightly messier case innards (or the odd power cable extension), the P180 looks like a far better deal for almost half the price. Update: Judging by the photos on Newegg, the P180 now has the same cable management perks as the P182.

We should also mention AMD's Phenom X4 9850 and 9950 Black Edition processors, whose prices have just taken a nose dive. Newegg sells the 2.5GHz Phenom X4 9850 for $174 shipped, while the 2.6GHz 9950 costs $179 shipped. The 9950 may be a better deal for folks with newer Socket AM2+ motherboards, but its higher thermal envelope can also cause compatibility problems with older mobos. For that reason, the 9850 looks like the better upgrade for owners of older AMD-based PCs. Both the 9850 and 9950 have unlocked upper multipliers, too.

Last, but not least, Dell is currently running a promotion whereby folks who purchase XPS M1330, XPS M1530, and Studio 15 laptops can get an Inspiron Mini 9 netbook for only an extra $99. That offer will expire on September 8 at 6:00 AM CT.

   
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