Bad news: Microsoft has announced that its Windows 8 upgrade promotion will end on February 1. From then on, prices for Windows 8 and Windows 8 Pro upgrades will rise to $119.99 and $199.99, respectively. Ouch.
Luckily, it's not February 1 yet, and you can still grab a retail-boxed Win8 Pro upgrade for $69.99 shipped at Newegg. Microsoft will sell you the same software in downloadable form for $39.99, too. If you plan to upgrade to Windows 8 some time in the future, you'd be wise to take the plunge now... or at least get your purchase done early.
Anyway, enough about software; we have a couple of juicy hardware bargains for you all this week. Asus' VS247H-P monitor is a 23.6" TN specimen with a 1080p resolution, 300 cd/m² luminosity, and solid user reviews, and it's on sale for only $159.99 shipped after a $30 promo code (TSAXLAY38, good until January 21) at Newegg. There's also a $20 mail-in rebate in the mix, so if you play your cards right, this puppy will cost you only $139.99.
Next up is Seagate's Barracuda 7,200-RPM 2TB hard drive. Newegg currently offers it for $109.99 with free shipping, but this weekend, you'll be able to grab the drive for just $89.99 by entering the promo code "AFHDJAN19A" on the checkout page. The code isn't set to activate until Janaury 19, though, so hold your horses.
Meanwhile, over at Amazon, the Tantalizing THQ Medley is available for only $11.99. This downloadable game bundle includes copies of Homefront, Metro 2033, Red Faction Armageddon, Red Faction Guerrilla, S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl, and Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine. Not bad for just over 10 bucks. Oh, and Borderlands 2 is on sale for $39.99—that's $20 cheaper than on Steam.
As always, we direct our Canadian readers to NCIX's latest sale. In this case, that would be the Seasonal Savings event. Seagate's 2TB 7,200-RPM 'cuda is already available there for $89.99, and if you need a little extra capacity, you can nab WD's 3TB Caviar Green for $129.99. Other deals include Corsair's excellent Graphite Series 600T case, which is priced at just $129.99.
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