Deal of the week: Black Friday, Black Schmiday


— 4:59 PM on November 16, 2012

We're only a week from Black Friday, but by the look of things, retailers aren't saving their best deals for next week. Today's highlights include:

  • XFX's Radeon HD 7850 1GB Core Edition, which is available with free shipping and a free copy of Far Cry 3 for just $149.99 after a $20 mail-in rebate at Newegg. If you read our recent review of the competition from Nvidia, you'll see why this is such a nice deal.
  • Seagate's 1TB Barracuda 7,200-RPM hard drive, which Newegg inexplicably offers for only $49.99 with free shipping right now. That's less than five cents a gig for a full-speed drive with a 6Gbps Serial ATA interface and a generous 32MB cache—definitely not bad.
  • Intel's Core i5-2500K processor, which Microcenter offers in-store for $99.99, about half the usual price. Sure, this is a previous-gen Sandy Bridge chip, but it's got a fully unlocked upper multiplier, and it's still pretty darn fast. Just look at our latest scatter plots, which show the 2500K barely trailing Intel's new, Ivy Bridge-based Core i5-3470.
  • Borderlands 2, which is on sale at Newegg for $39.99 with free shipping, or 20 bucks down from the Steam price. We're talking about a game that's barely two months old here, so that's a pretty solid discount.

Oh, and we should also note that some Samsung's 830 Series solid-state drives are still available. The 128GB model is in stock for $109.99 at Newegg, and the 256GB version costs $190.03 at Amazon, although that e-tailer says new stock isn't coming in until November 23. These drives are being phased out in favor of the 840 Series and its more expensive Pro sibling, so they won't be around for long.

Up in the Great Frozen North, NCIX has kicked off its Pre-Holiday Sale Event. Deals there include a 3TB Seagate Barracuda 7,200-RPM hard drive for $129.99 CAD, a 256GB OCZ Agility 4 SSD for $149.99 CAD, and an XFX Radeon HD 7870 Core Edition for $189.99 CAD after a $20 mail-in rebate—among many others.

   
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