Deal of the week: An unlocked FX quad for $90, Bay Trail convertible for $230, and more
This week's deals post is brought to you by the letter A, because it fits with our first item—and because I've run out of other clever ways to introduce our weekly run-down of discounted PC hardware.
- TigerDirect is selling AMD's FX-8310 processor for only $89.99 after a $25 mail-in rebate. This 95W Vishera variant has quad cores, eight threads, and an unlocked multiplier for easy overclocking. It's an OEM chip that ships without a heatsink, so you'll have to add one of your own. Aftermarket cooling is probably a good idea for anyone who wants to take this budget overclocker for a spin.
- Asus' next-gen Bay Trail convertible is nearly upon us, and it looks like retailers are making room by clearing out old stock. The original Transformer Book T100 is available at TigerDirect for just $229.99 without any rebates or other strings attached. That's a heck of a deal on a Windows 8.1 convertible with a quad-core CPU, 10" IPS display, and detachable keyboard dock. The 32GB storage capacity and 2GB memory footprint aren't ideal, but the system has a Micro SD slot for storage expansion. And, hey, it's $230.
- Memory prices are still higher than they used to be, but Newegg has a nice deal on G.Skill's Ripjaws X Series DDR3-1600 RAM: 2 x 8GB kits are down to $119.99. Similar DDR3-1866 kits can be had for $3 more. However, that combo's 10-11-10-30 timings are looser than the 9-9-9-24 latencies of its DDR3-1600 counterpart. For those with tighter budgets, 2 x 4GB DDR3-1866 kits with 9-10-9-28 timings are only $64.99. Mind the taller heat spreaders, though.
- The discounted SSD du jour is SanDisk's Ultra II 960GB, which Newegg has marked down to $369.99, or $0.38/GB. Much like Samsung's 840 EVO, the Ultra II combines TLC main storage with an SLC cache. It has decent specs and three-year warranty coverage. Another intriguing contender in this price range is Mushkin's Enhanced Reactor 1TB, which uses MLC NAND and costs only $10 more.
Those are the deals that caught my eye this morning, but I'm still recovering from last night's podcast, so I might have missed something. Feel free to add any good deals you spot to the comments below.