Deals of the week: a GTX 980 for $465 and more
Ladies and gentlemen! Welcome to the greatest show in the Sol system! Stand in awe as I conjure arcane interstellar magic and twist your notions of reality into a spiral galaxy. Watch as I reduce these price stickers to a fraction of their original size. Observe: the conjuring of the deals!
- We recently published a new edition of our intergalactically-famous System Guide, and given today's deals, we think it's time to put most of a powerful new PC in your shopping cart. Newegg is offering the MSI GeForce GTX 980 Gaming 4G for only $464.99, well under the usual $500 price tag for GTX 980s. This card has three modes for its boost clocks: 1140MHz in the Silent mode, 1190MHz in Gaming mode, and 1216MHz with the OC setting. A sweet enough deal, and made sweeter still by the $30 mail-in rebate on tap.
- Continuing with the "new build" theme, it's time to take care of the processor. The Intel Core i5-6600K CPU is the centerpiece of the Sweeter Spot build in our guide, and Newegg is offering it for $234.99 after promo code EMCETGG22.
- You'll need a motherboard to go with that CPU and graphics card, and the MSI Z170A Gaming M3 should fit the bill quite nicely. This motherboard packs two USB 3.1 10Gbps ports, a PCIe x4 M.2 slot, and an enhanced audio suite. It can be yours for $119.99 from Newegg. If the price isn't good enough, MSI offers a $10 mail-in rebate, too.
- You can't really make a computer work without some storage, right? No worries, we got you covered. The Mushkin ECO3 480GB SSD is on offer at Newegg for a mere $97.99. This SSD can read at up to 560MB/s and write as fast as 515MB/s. We would have been happy to get a 240GB SSD for around this price until recently.
- If you have an enormous Steam library that won't fit on the SSD above, we can fix that, and then some. Newegg is offering the Toshiba X300 5TB hard drive for only $144.99 after promo code ESCETGG39. That's right, under 150 bucks for a whole five terabytes of storage spinning at 7,200 RPM.
- A new system doesn't deserve to be hooked up to a smudgy ten-year-old monitor. Asus' PB258Q is a 25" monitor with an AH-IPS panel and a 2560x1440 resolution. The company claims this screen can cover 100% of the sRGB color gamut. A 350 cd/m² maximum brightness and a 5ms response time round out the specs. You may be thinking a near-professional-grade monitor would be expensive, but Newegg is offering it for a mere $269.99. Get it while supplies last.
- It's possible that you have a VR headset on order, and you might be itching to explore the galaxies in Elite: Dangerous or perhaps bring down some planes in War Thunder. Both tasks are made so much better with a HOTAS set. The big daddy of them all is the Thrustmaster Warthog HOTAS, which Newegg is offering for $299.99. That's an insane price for a joystick and throttle system that's more or less straight out of an A-10.
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My friends, the show is over, but the mysteries of the space aren't. If you've mastered the art of deal discovery yourself, please share your findings with us in the comments section below.