Deal of the week: A $199 netbook and a $90 graphics card

We have a couple of deals for you today. As part of its Mardi Gras sale, Newegg is currently offering a Radeon HD 4830 512MB graphics card from Sapphire for just $89.99 with free shipping. The e-tailer even throws a $10 mail-in rebate into the mix, so you could walk away with this card for just 80 bucks (assuming you eventually get that rebate check, of course).

As we’ve said a number of times before, the Radeon HD 4830 is a surprisingly potent offering that should happily run recent games at 1680×1050 with most of the eye candy enabled. That makes it a great upgrade if you’re feeling that recession pinch but still want to catch up on the holiday season’s new releases.

Speaking of low-cost hardware, we’ve also noticed that Dell is also running a sale on its Inspiron Mini 9 netbooks, offering the Linux-powered variant for just $199. That system isn’t particularly well-endowed—you get a 4GB solid-state drive, 512MB of RAM, 802.11g Wi-Fi, and a four-cell battery—but $200 is still ridiculously cheap for a 9″ netbook from a major manufacturer. The upgrade to 1GB of RAM is only an extra $25, too.

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    • Farting Bob
    • 11 years ago

    Buying a card for its folding ability seems very pointless to me. I buy a graphics card to do gaming, in the future i’ll use it for other practical reasons. What i wont do is spend potentially hundreds of dollars just to increase my ranking in a table and wast electricity by running my power hungry GPU at 100% all day.

    • farmpuma
    • 11 years ago

    Whoa! I just had a folding revelation! This 4830 has twice the number of stream processing units as the 3850 reference, sooo in theory I could be cranking out 3,000 points per day on the work units my 9600 GSO chokes out at 1,678 points per day. Not bad for eighty bucks and a little paperwork! And those GeForce choking work units are about 75% of the current mix.

    Ninja edit – While the 4830 has 20% fewer stream processing units than the 4850, I think I can live with it for fifty-five bucks less, plus probably less electricity used and less heat generated (until I crank it up a bit).

    edit too – Changed the “at half the price” in the Ninja edit as the 4850 version of this card is only $55 more after rebate. There is also a PowerColor (ick) 4850 for only $50 more after rebate. I ignored anything that didn’t have free shipping. Added “(until I crank it up a bit)”

    edit 11PM PST, 28 feb 09 – Well, once again I thought about it to long and now it’s out of stock. Maybe they will do a similar deal on the 4850 when its HDMI version ships.

      • willmore
      • 11 years ago

      Funny, at stock clocks, my 9600GSO gets 2k3 to 3k5 PPD and will overclock from 550 to 700 quite happily for a nice boost. Not bad for a card I got for $37 (thanks TechReport Deal of the week!).

      • PRIME1
      • 11 years ago
      • farmpuma
      • 11 years ago

      Don’t get me wrong, I’m quite pleased with my $50 9600 GSO. Even with an old driver which won’t let me over-clock, it will do 2850 points per day on the 353 point work units. And the driver update will be happening as soon as I can borrow a broadband connection. But, I hear there will most likely be more of the larger work units like the 511 pointers which are reported to run much faster on an ATI card. Just trying to hedge my bets.

    • TheBob!
    • 11 years ago

    I dropped my Aspire one and killed the hard drive and have been running fedora off a USB drive. Still does everything I need. I use it for browsing on the couch 😛 For $199 the small hard drive is hardly a loss if its a second rig.

    • stryker47
    • 11 years ago

    For those interested in the netbook, I found this link on another site pointing to a $199 model. Not sure if they’ll let it pass, but I figured I’d share…

    §[<http://configure.us.dell.com/dellstore/config.aspx?cs=19&dgvcode=ss&c=US&l=EN&vw=list&oc=DNDOXZ1&dgc=CJ&cid=24471&lid=566643&acd=10495476-1909457-<]§

    • clone
    • 11 years ago

    will have to check to see how much 4830’s are selling for at Newegg in Canada for $100 I’ll buy 2…. fricken great price.

    • mbutrovich
    • 11 years ago

    $199 for a netbook that runs OS X flawlessly is tempting.

    • bthylafh
    • 11 years ago

    Dell seems to be having problems with this item. Earlier the link to Dell’s store didn’t work, and now they’ve got it back at $249.

    • Fighterpilot
    • 11 years ago

    #5 Flip-mode suggests that you spend $199 on a GTX260. I seem to have an obsession with that card. I keep posting about it in threads that have nothing to do with it.]l <Prime1> unloved NVidia shill.
    Fixed that for you.

    • ordskiweicz
    • 11 years ago

    Dell has a small business 2408 for $499, free shipping, but sales tax – 523. Not bad.

    • Scrotos
    • 11 years ago

    If I had the spare money, I’d get this as a spare system.

    • PRIME1
    • 11 years ago

    Flip-mode suggests that you spend $199 on a GTX260. He seems to have an obsession with that card. Keeps posting about it in threads that have nothing to do with it.

    Must be a really good card, especially at that price.

      • BoBzeBuilder
      • 11 years ago

      flip-mode is on point.

        • ew
        • 11 years ago

        Wow. I actually laughed out loudz.

      • ssidbroadcast
      • 11 years ago

      I didn’t know flip-mode had his own emissary…

        • MadManOriginal
        • 11 years ago

        The power of flip-mode compels you!

      • Fighterpilot
      • 11 years ago

      #5 Flip mode is indeed on point and Prime1 you need a doctor.

      • SecretMaster
      • 11 years ago

      I’m Flip-Mode and I approve this message.

    • strikeleader
    • 11 years ago

    Dead link…must have sold out…Dell that is

      • ssidbroadcast
      • 11 years ago

      Yeah Dell is such a sell out!

        • Scrotos
        • 11 years ago

        Once they signed with that label, it’s like they completely forgot their fans!

          • My Johnson
          • 11 years ago

          And all their previous albums are out of print!

    • Usacomp2k3
    • 11 years ago

    That SSD might be upgradeable down the road, right? If I had a spare $225, my wife would have a new machine.

      • SomeOtherGeek
      • 11 years ago

      I was thinking the exact same thing… But then 150 bucks more gets a nice shuttle… Ahhhh!! Decisions, decisions! Why don’t I have a million dollars to buy every piece of computer hardware?

      • bthylafh
      • 11 years ago

      If only the keyboard was better.

      • TurtlePerson2
      • 11 years ago

      If your wife knows Linux then it’d be great. Otherwise it’d probably be better to spend a bit more and get a slightly nicer netbook.

        • Usacomp2k3
        • 11 years ago

        For general browser stuff, it doesn’t matter much at all. That’s what a netbook is for, right?
        The question about throwing another drive in there was precisely so I could throw Windows on there.

          • ludi
          • 11 years ago

          $225 + 2.5 HDD + XP license >= brand new MSI Wind 120GB XP from Amazon at $329 with Super Saver shipping, and IMO the Wind has a superior keyboard layout.

          Not worth it unless you’ve already got the HDD and license collecting dust.

            • Usacomp2k3
            • 11 years ago

            I’ve got a couple licenses gathering dust actually. Plus, I can always use it as a remote desktop thin-client for anything that linux can’t handle:
            §[<http://www.rdesktop.org/<]§

            • MadManOriginal
            • 11 years ago

            Did you mean Dell <= Wind? Your post makes it sound as if the Wind is a better buy but you wrote Dell >= Wind

            • UberGerbil
            • 11 years ago

            He meant total cost, not quality (or feature/performance or whatever).

            Darn predicates without units.

            • MadManOriginal
            • 11 years ago

            Ah, that makes sense at least. It does seem like he favors the Wind anyway…’superior keyboard layout.’

            • ludi
            • 11 years ago

            Yeah, I meant total cost. But if he’s got a license and/or HDD lying around the math changes back in favor of the Dell. Except for that tiny shift key located on the wrong side of the uparrow, that is.

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