Since the tagline under our logo says "PC Hardware Explored," kicking off this deal post with a hardware deal seems prudent. And we've come across quite a nice one. Intel has cut the price of its 160GB X25-M solid-state drive, bringing the bare, OEM version to a cool $399.99 with free shipping. (The retail model, which has a three-year warranty, will set you back $30 more.)
The X25-M may not be the fastest SSD family around anymore, but at $400 for 160 gigs, it actually offers more capacity per dollar than all those newfangled SandForce and Crucial drives—all with still-excellent performance.
Now that the hardware's out of the way, any self-respecting PC gamer really ought to check out the latest Steam sale. Until July 4, Steam is offering eye-popping deal on a cornucopia of games from all genres. You can get the whole Valve catalog for $66.99, the THQ Complete Pack for $50, all PC Call of Duty games for 30 bucks, and boatloads of games for less than $10 each or less than $5 each... just to name a few. Some 24-hour deals also show up every day, like Aliens versus Predator shooter from 2000 on sale today for $1.25.
|1. GKey13 - $650||2. JohnC - $600||3. davidbowser - $501|
|4. cmpxchg - $500||5. DeadOfKnight - $400||6. danny e. - $375|
|7. the - $360||8. rbattle - $350||9. codinghorror - $326|
|10. Ryu Connor - $325|
|Samsung's 28'' display serves up single-tile 4K at 60Hz for $800||65|
|AMD posts another loss but beats Wall Street forecast||8|
|GlobalFoundries licenses Samsung process tech, grants AMD access to FinFETs||36|
|MSI shows next-gen Intel motherboards||32|
|Micro-bots are spooky cool, could be used in manufacturing||20|
|Nvidia GeForce 337.61 beta hotfix display driver released||13|
|AMD earnings previewed||31|
|Ars Technica reviews Windows Phone 8.1||51|
|Wait, we're giving away $1500 in PC hardware?||10|