The sort of hardware one can pick up these days for really very little money never ceases to astound me. That said, we've recently observed an uptick in prices for PC components. The trend has been so widespread that we've even had to downgrade some of the builds in our latest system guide to keep them within budget.
Prices may be on the rise as a whole, but there are still deals to be found, even if the discounts are somewhat less than spectacular. Western Digital's 6Gbps Caviar Black 1TB has dropped in price by about $10 over the last few weeks and can now be had for $110. On the processor front, Intel's Core i3-530 has fallen to $100 at some online vendors—$13 less than the chip's official list price. Of course, if you're looking to drop Ben Franklin on a CPU, you might also want to consider AMD's quad-core Athlon II X4 630, which continues to offer phenomenal value at that price point.
If you're not in the market for some swanky new PC hardware, Newegg is also running a $15 discount on the OXO Good Grips Salad Spinner. I don't have any first-hand experience with this particular lettuce vortex, but the user reviews are quite positive. Yes, Newegg has customer reviews for salad spinners now. Go figure.
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