Deals of the week: a Core i7-6700K for $314.99 and more
It's Friday, gerbils, and you know what that means. That's right, you've survived another week, and your reward is a basket of PC hardware deals gleaned from the various online retailers we survey. Have a look.
- First up, we have Intel's Core i7-6700K, still holding strong at $314.99 from last week's deals post. This price may be the new normal for the processor, since Newegg's sale pricing on the chip has ended. Still, it's hard to go wrong with this four-core, eight-thread Skylake CPU with an unlocked multiplier at this price.
- Another return visit this week is G.Skill's Trident Z series DDR4 memory. This time, it's the Trident Z 16GB DDR4-3000 RAM kit on offer for $74.99. This is the very kit we used in our Breadbox build a few months back. This kit stood out as one of the more aesthetically pleasing memory kits we've had the pleasure of using recently.
- Asus' X99-A motherboard is $189.99 on Newegg right now. This is a board that we've recommended in our System Guide for ages, and at prices as high as $249.99. Of course, these days you can find newer X99 boards, but it's still pretty hard to find a high-quality X99 board for under 200 bucks. One caveat of this—and other—older X99 boards is that they may not have out-of-the-box support for Intel's new Broadwell-E chips. Lucky for us, this board supports Asus' nifty BIOS Flashback utility. That feature lets Broadwell-E owners update the board's UEFI with just a flash drive, a power supply, and a push of the magic button.
- I know what you're thinking. With all of these components to choose from, how will you decide on the core of a new system? Don't worry, Newegg's got you covered there, too. In a rare move for our deals-of-the-week, we're bringing in a combo discount. Newegg has an Intel Core i7-6700K, a slick G.Skill Trident Z 16GB DDR4-3400 kit, and the Gigabyte Z170X-Gaming 7 motherboard all together for $549.99 after a $64.98 discount. That motherboard is Gigabyte's slightly-less-halo version of the Z170X-Gaming G1 board we reviewed a while back. The Gaming 7 is chock full of features: dual NICs, two M.2 slots, a USB Type-C connector, and more. Since the Core i7-6700K is already a good deal, this combo is like getting a high-end Z170 motherboard for a midrange Z170 price.
- Just about every week, we feature at least one storage deal. This week, we're featuring an extra-special SSD. Intel's 750 Series 400GB SSD is $299.99 on the 'Egg right now. That's still pretty pricey for flash storage these days, but this is no ordinary SSD. This 750 Series drive uses four lanes of PCIe 3.0 and the NVMe protocol to achieve dizzying throughput and random I/O rates. Intel specs the drive for up to 2200MB/s of sequential reads, 900MB/s of sequential writes, a blistering 430k IOPS of random reads, and 230k IOPS of random writes. Before you pull out your credit card, though, keep in mind that if your motherboard doesn't have a U.2 slot, you'll need an adapter for an M.2 slot. That extra drives up the price of this package by about 10%.
- Last but not least, Asus' 28" MG28UQ monitor is $429.99 at Newegg right now. This 4K TN display is equipped with AMD's FreeSync variable-refresh-rate tech. While we haven't had our hands on this particular display, we are pretty fond of some of Asus' other high-end monitors, and they're a regular feature in our deals-of-the-week posts and our peripheral staff picks.
There's a chance you're looking for a deal on something we didn't feature here. 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, Rakuten, Walmart, 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.