Deal of the week: A $400 Steam Machine, $80 Define R4, and more

— 10:38 AM on April 10, 2015

We have another batch of PC hardware deals for you today.

  • Alienware's "Steam Machine Ready" Alpha gaming rig normally costs more than current-gen consoles, but coupon code 1KHQR?2D3XRKWZ brings the base config down to $399.99, putting the system in PlayStation 4 territory. The entry-level Alpha squeezes a Core i3-4130T processor, GeForce GTX 860M+ graphics, 500GB hard drive, and 4GB of memory into a compact chassis that's actually smaller than the PS4. You also get a Windows 8.1 license, a wireless Xbox 360 controller, and the smugness that comes with being a part of the PC Master Race. Or something. (Thanks Slickdeals!)
  • Although Fractal Design's Define R4 has been succeeded by the Define R5, the old model is still a very nice case—and it's much cheaper than the new hotness. Newegg has R4 on sale for only $79.99 right now, $40 less than the equivalent R5. The discount is limited to the windowed "blackout" version of the R4, which is devoid of the white internal accents found in the standard flavors. The stealthy approach looks better, I think, especially if you don't have any matching white components.
  • Looking for cheap system memory? Check out these dueling deals on 2 x 8GB DDR3-1600 kits. Newegg has a Mushkin Enhanced Stealth combo for $99.99, while TigerDirect offers a comparable PNY XLR8 kit for the same price. Both sets of modules have standard-height heat spreaders, tight timings, and 1.5V voltage ratings.
  • Cheap IPS monitors are commonplace these days, and Newegg has a decent-looking one on sale. Asus' 24" VN248H-P monitor is down to $132.99 after promo code SPRGUPGRADE and a $20 mail-in rebate. This 1080p display has wide viewing angles, narrow bezels, and VESA-compatible mounting hardware. Inputs include dual MHL-infused HDMI ports and one old-school VGA.

Those are the deals that caught my eye this morning, but there are surely some other good discounts out there. Feel free to add any deals you find to the comments below.

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