Deals of the week: a spiffy mobo, fast graphics cards, and more


— 10:48 AM on February 3, 2017

Welcome to today's edition of TR's Compute Cooking Show. First, we need to start with a good motherboard. Then, we liberally sprinkle as much RAM on it as we can. Then we add that meaty shader protein, in the form of graphics cards. On the sides, a couple of nice hard drives for extra flavor. Finally, for gravy, a dash or two of studio-grade audio. Overclock until perfection, and serve to a party of one. We've sourced the best ingredients for you from the local internet, and here they are.

  • Let's kick things off with a bang. Everyone loves a speedy graphics card, and our choice on that front today is the Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1070. This card has a dual-fan setup and a 1746MHz boost clock, or 1771MHz if you engage its OC mode. Nvidia's throwing in a free copy of For Honor or Ghost Recon: Wildlands for good measure, too. Not too long ago this type of card would run you over $400, but you can get this model today at Newegg for $375.99.
     
  • Fans of the red team have a good deal on offer, too. The MSI Radeon RX 480 Armor 4GB OC packs two large fans, a 1291MHz boost clock, and a beefy dual-slot heatsink. Once again, we're talking about a card that was recently much more expensive than the $184.99 that Newegg's asking for it right this moment. There's a $10 rebate card on tap to bring the price down even further, too.
     
  • Need a motherboard to slot one of those cards into? How about the fancy new Asus ROG Strix Z270E Gaming? This board offers two metal-reinforced PCIe x16 slots, dual M.2 sockets, and an Intel Gigabit Ethernet adapter. There are also Type-A and Type-C USB 3.1 ports, and built-in 2x2 802.11ac Wi-Fi. The audio section is powered by a Realtek S1220A codec and comes with two headphone amplifiers. Oh, and lest we forget, there are fancy RGB LEDs, too. Grab this board for $179.99 at Newegg with promo code EMCRCRC22. Our overlord Jeff Kampman has his very board at his place right now, and he can't say enough good things about it.
     
  • After the massive rise in RAM prices, it's nice to see some deals going around. And on fast DIMMs, no less. The G.Skill Ripjaws V 16GB set with two 8GB DIMMs clocked at 3200 MT/s is going for only $99.99 at Newegg. If your need for both speed and capacity demand more, you're good too. The G.Skill TridentZ 32GB set comprises two 16GB DIMMs clocked at 3200 MT/s, and is currently selling for $209.99 at Newegg.
     
  • Let's move away from gigabytes and onto terabytes. Plenty of those, at that. The Western Digital Black 5TB is a speedy hard drive with a 7,200 RPM speed and a beefy 128MB of cache. This puppy is just the ticked for storing an enormous Steam library, and can be yours for $189.99 at Newegg if you use promo code EMCRCRD29.
     
  • Need even more storage? Sure thing! How about the Seagate Desktop HDD 8TB? This drive should have enough room for all your pictures of gerbils, cheese, and RGB LEDs, and packs a 256MB cache to ensure fast access. Grab this huge chunk of storage from Newegg for $239.99 with promo code EMCRCRD68.
     
  • Finally, there's something to tickle your auris interna. Focusrite's Scarlett range of audio interfaces are among the best entry and mid-range choices out there, and Adorama is running a sale on a couple models. The Scarlett 2i2 comes with two front inputs, in both line and instrument flavors. It supports 96KHz 24-bit recording and playback, and there are individual headphone and monitor volume controls. This interface is a fine choice for both the studio and as high-quality soundcard for your PC. Meanwhile, its bigger brother the Scarlett 6i6 adds extra pairs of inputs and outputs, along with MIDI and SPDIF connectivity. Grab the Scarlett 2i2 for $99.99 or the Scarlett 6i6 for $139.99 at Adorama. In either case, there's a $10 mail-in rebate available.

That's it for today, folks! If you found any sweet online deals that we missed, please share them with your gerbil brethren in the comments section below.

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