Finding hardware deals amid the flow of new gadgets from CES isn't the easiest task in the world: most new goodies aren't available yet, and some just aren't very good deals. That's why we've stuck to oldies but goodies for our deal post this week.
Our first catch of the day is PowerColor's "factory overclocked" Radeon HD 4870 512MB, which Newegg sells for a surprisingly affordable $194.99. The card runs at 800MHz with 950MHz memory (up from the default 750/900MHz), and a mail-in rebate can slash its price down to just $180. If you'd rather sacrifice the "factory overclock" to save a few dollars overall, the same e-tailer also sells a stock-clocked Sapphire Radeon HD 4870 for $200 with free shipping—and that also has a $15 MIR.
Finally, Intel's Core 2 Duo E7400 is also available for $140 shipped, which sounds pretty good to us for a 45nm Core 2 clocked at 2.83GHz. This chip does have a slightly slower front-side bus and half the L2 cache of Core 2 Duo E8000-series CPUs, but performance should still be excellent—and the 45nm Wolfdale core should make overclocking a snap.