Deal of the week: A Bay Trail netbook for $161, free case fans, and more

— 11:24 AM on May 1, 2015

The only thing more difficult than coming up with a fresh intro for our weekly deals posts is doing it the morning after a podcast recording session. So, without further ado, here are the deals I spotted while combing the web this morning.

  • Netbooks are great for basic portable computing, especially when they're this cheap. The Microsoft Store is selling Asus' 11.6" EeeBook X205 for only $179 all in. Students and teachers also qualify for a 10% education discount that drops the price to only $161, which is a steal given the machine's quad-core Bay Trail processor, full-fat Windows install, and 12-hour claimed battery life. The rest of the specs are fairly tame, but you still get multiple USB ports, expandable storage, Micro HDMI output, and the usual wireless flavors.
  • DDR4 memory remains pricer than its predecessor, but Newegg is helping to mitigate the damage by discounting Corsair's Vengeance LPX DDR4-2400 kit. The 4 x 4GB combo is only $149.99 after promo code EMCASAK65, making it notably cheaper than comparable options. I've been using similar Vengeance LPX modules in my Haswell-E test rig, and I particularly like how the standard-height heat spreaders leave plenty of room for oversized CPU coolers.
  • Case fans aren't that exciting, but these ones are free. Tiger Direct is offering Power Up! 120-mm fans for $9.99 alongside a $10 mail-in rebate that reduces the effective price to zero. These four-pin spinners are fairly basic, but they have loads of positive user reviews, and it's hard to argue with the price. This deal ends today, though, and it's limited to three fans (and rebates) per person.
  • Although deep discounts on high-end Radeons are few and far between these days, Newegg has Sapphire's Tri-X OC R9 290X on sale for $269.99 after promo code EMCASAK23 and a $20 mail-in rebate. The hot-clocked card sits behind a massive custom cooler with three fans, and Sapphire helpfully throws an HDMI cable into the box. Not bad given the alternatives.
  • Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor is easily one of my favorite games of the past several years. The gameplay is engaging, the graphics are gorgeous, and the combat is a symphony of beautifully brutal violence. So, I'm happy to report that Bundle Stars has packaged the Steam version with a bunch of DLC for just $29.99. A lot of the DLC is fluff, to be honest, but the core game is so good that it's worth 30 bucks even on its own.

This list is by no means exhaustive, so feel free to add any good discounts you see to the comments below.

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