Deals of the week: discounted Skylake CPUs and cheap SSDs

— 12:33 PM on June 3, 2016

Good day, ladies and gerbils (or is it gerbils and gentlemen?) Its Friday, and that means hardware deals are on tap, just like every Friday since time immemorial. Take a look.

  • First up, we have a lovely couple of SSDs. The heavyweight of the pair is a Mushkin Enhanced ECO3 480GB. If you feel like that's a name you've read before, it may be because we featured it in last week's deals, too. Newegg has dropped the promo-code requirement this time around, and upped the price a couple bucks putting the drive at an even $99. Even with the tiny price bump, this budget SSD is still a great deal if you need a big chunk of fast storage.
  • On the tiny side of SSDs, we have an Adata SP550 120GB for the similarly-diminutive price of $34.99 at Newegg, provided you show up with promo code ESCEJEH24. This may not be the biggest or the fastest SSD on the market, but if you're looking for a cheap entry-level SSD for an OS drive, this might be just the ticket.
  • Keeping with our pairs theme, we've got a two processors on the list today. The heavy hitter is Intel's Skylake Core i7-6700, which Newegg has for $296.99 with promo code EMCEKEH22. This is the locked-multiplier version of Intel's top-end Skylake, the ever-famous i7-6700K. While you won't be able to overclock it, it comes with four cores with Hyper-Threading, and 3.4GHz base and 4.0GHz turbo clocks. Those characteristics make it an extremely respectable CPU at stock speeds.
  • The smaller in the pair of CPUs is Intel's Core i5-6600, which can be had for $219.99 with promo code EMCEKEG23. This CPU is a lot like the i7-6700 we just talked about, except it doesn't have Hyper-Threading and turbo frequency drops by 100MHz to 3.9GHz. While not quite as mighty as the i7-6700, this CPU is $80 cheaper, a worthy deal if you don't need all eight logical threads.
  • So, we don't tend to recommend 8GB memory kits since DDR3 and DDR4 memory is so cheap these days, but GSkill has its 8GB Ripjaws V DDR4 2400 up for $29.99 on the 'Egg right now. This is a kit with decent timings at a respectable frequency, for an undeniably good price if you don't feel the need for a bigger pile of RAM.
  • In our last System Guide back in April, we recommended the Corsair Carbide 400C for our Sweeter Spot build. Newegg has now dropped the price on this svelte and spacious case to $79.99, making it an even easier recommendation. If you've got the gumption, there's even an additional $20 mail-in rebate thrown in, which could bring the final price down to $59.99.

There's a chance you're looking for something we haven't covered. If that's the case, you can help The Tech Report by using the following referral links when you're out shopping: not only do we have a partnership with Newegg, but we also work with Best Buy, Adorama, RakutenWalmart, and Sam's Club. For more specific needs, you can also shop with our links at the Microsoft Store, the HP Store, and Das Keyboard's shop.

That's all for this week, folks. If we missed a great deal somewhere, be sure to share it with other TR readers in the comments.

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