Early deals of the week: a hopped-up GTX 970 for $280 and more

— 9:17 AM on October 29, 2015

Happy Friday Thursday, gerbils. Yes, we're bringing you this week's best deals a day early, because some of them are on a clock and too good to ignore. Let's get right to it.

  • Newegg has EVGA's GeForce GTX 970 SSC graphics card for $279.99—no codes or rebates necessary. This isn't any base-model GTX 970, either. The SSC designation means it's factory-overclocked to 1190MHz base and 1342MHz boost speeds. That price is good through 11:59 PM PT tonight.
  • Newegg also has Corsair's Vengeance LPX DDR4-2400 16GB memory kit on sale for $89.99. These DIMMs run at slightly faster speeds than the Corsair DDR4 16GB kit we selected for our System Guide, and they're less expensive right now, too. Other DDR4-2400 16GB kits at this price point have looser timings. If you need memory for a Skylake build, these look like a good step up over plain-Jane DDR4-2133 RAM.
  • Need a decent-sized chunk of solid-state storage for cheap? Newegg is selling SanDisk's Ultra II 480GB SSD for $129.99 with promo code ESCKANX24. That makes it one of the cheapest 500GB-class SSDs available right now. The 960GB Ultra II proved a solid performer in our review, so this 480GB version seems like a good bet for the price.
  • If the GTX 970 above is too rich for your blood, Newegg has EVGA's GeForce GTX 960 FTW 4GB graphics card for $189.99—just $10 more than the cheapest 2GB 960s. The extra RAM versus lesser 960s could provide a small dose of future-proofing, and this card's factory-bumped 1304MHz base and 1367MHz boost clocks aren't anything to scoff at, either.
  • Looking for a PSU upgrade? Newegg has SeaSonic's SS-660XP2 660W PSU on sale for $99.99 after promo code EMCKANW23. This 80+ Platinum-certified unit is the PSU that powers my personal PC, and I can attest that its fully-modular design and semi-fanless operation are well worth the price of admission. SeaSonic is offering an additional $20 mail-in rebate on top of this deal, which could bring the grand total down even further. Like the GTX 970 deal above, this discount turns into a pumpkin at 11:59 PM PT this evening.

Those are the best deals we could find this week. If we missed a frighteningly good discount somewhere, be sure to share with other gerbils in the comments.

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