Deal of the week: A 60GB SSD for $125 shipped and a Steam sale

We’ve got a fresh solid-state storage deal this week, although if you’re not crazy about flash memory, we also see Valve is running a juicy Halloween sale at the Steam store.

Our solid-state deal is Corsair’s Force 60GB, which Newegg now has on sale for $124.99 with free shipping—or $114.99 after a mail-in rebate. That’s got to be the lowest price tag we’ve ever seen on a SandForce-based SSD with that capacity. (You might recall us featuring 60GB SandForce drives in deal posts when they dipped to $139.99 and then to $129.99 earlier this month.)

Valve’s Halloween Steam sale should sate those who have a little less cash kicking around. I see a generous helping of quality titles priced anywhere from $4.99 to $14.99, including a couple of bundles. Here are some highlights:

  • Aliens vs. Predator for $9.99
  • Amnesia: The Dark Descent for $13.39
  • BioShock for $4.99
  • Dead Space for $9.99
  • Left 4 Dead Bundle for $14.99
  • Plants vs. Zombies for $4.99
  • S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Prypiat and Shadow of Chernobyl for $9.99
  • Team Fortress 2 for $9.99

You can view the full list of deals by heading to the sale page on Steampowered.com. Valve says the sale will continue through November 1.

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    • FroBozz_Inc
    • 9 years ago

    Doh! Steam Sale OVER! I was all over that L4D combo. *sigh*

    • WillBach
    • 9 years ago

    Yay, Steam sales!

    • Bensam123
    • 9 years ago

    Definitely pick up TF2 if you don’t have it!

    Also finally bought LF4D2. $10 is what I pay for expansion packs… or the second part of a game. Still disappointing how little they developed the game. None of the maps make sense if you think about them semi-realistically and the guns are just stupid.

    Fully automatic SPAS-12s, SCAR-Ls that shoot three round bursts, and M16’s that are fully auto. The developers didn’t think about or seemingly care about what they made and it shows… but what can you do?

      • bthylafh
      • 9 years ago

      I know, right? It’s like they cared more about making a /[

        • Bensam123
        • 9 years ago

        If it was fun they would’ve realized people like mowing down hordes of zombies with semi-realistic weapons in open sprawling environments that don’t funnel you down certain paths and have monster closets.

        Not fast moving ninja zombies or specials. It’s all about numbers and impending doom.

        They don’t understand the zombie genre at all.

        Their director is a PoS too… dynamically changes the environment my ass. I’ve seen more ‘different’ paths in custom CS maps and all it does is randomize specials and drops. It doesn’t change anything.

      • paulWTAMU
      • 9 years ago

      Oh noes, my zombie game does accurately reflect what a zombie apocalypse would be like!
      Fun game and for what I paid I cant’ complain.

        • Bensam123
        • 9 years ago

        It’s not about accurately representing the zombie apocalypse as much as making it semi-believable. Immersion is a huge part of any game and does directly relate to fun. It is especially prevelent when the something, story, play, movie, or other artistic creation is set TODAY or relatively close to it. That is why authors avoid using settings that are right now, it makes them a lot harder to believe if it differs.

        Read my reply above if you want my take on fun.

    • DrCR
    • 9 years ago

    I’m still a little reluctant to go SSD because of the wear factor — I once tried running my Lenny-based NAS from an ADATA 8GB ###x compact flash card — it died in about a month, though it I should have set it up with ramdisks.

    I’m confident early adopters / the early majority aren’t killing their SSDs in a month, but just because I’ve experienced wearing out flash-based storage, well, I guess you’d say I’m gun shy when I can get a lot more storage from the WD Scorpio route.

      • TechNut
      • 9 years ago

      Ahh, pretty common issue with consumer grade SD/CF cards I’m afraid. You need to find a SD/CF card that has been approved for enterprise use. HP sells them, but they are not cheap. They are typically double to triple the price of the generics, but, the memory has been tested to HP’s standard and not the manufactuer. Cheap price SD/CF = low quality memory cells = faster burnout.

        • DrCR
        • 9 years ago

        Yeah, serves me right for not setting up ramdisks.

      • indeego
      • 9 years ago

      I’ve had a few Intel SSD’s almost a year now in a business setting and they still don’t show Media Wearout Indicator showing any significant drop:
      §[<http://i.imgur.com/Z58EG.png<]§ Anything can happen, of course, but at this rate the drives will last >60 years. We are seeing 3x-4x reads for every write across our desktop and laptop linesg{<.<}g

        • DrCR
        • 9 years ago

        Sweet. I’ll just have to wait for better capacity/price ratios then. My MBP is my podcast-device, and some of the video podcats weight in at 300MB-500MB a pop, so the 32-64GB route is just a no-go. Hum, maybe I could setup a bash script to move listened-to, video podcasts to my NAS….

          • indeego
          • 9 years ago

          And I just found an OCZ Agility install with pretty much zero power off hours, it’s at “87% health” according to Crystal Disk. Been in use for one year nowg{<.<}g

            • DrCR
            • 9 years ago

            Thanks for the update. I’ll remember to go Intel.

          • stdRaichu
          • 9 years ago

          I updated by backup box (debian squeeze) with a 32GB OCZ Onyx I picked up for about £50 a couple of months back. Not as fast as the agility, but for an almost entirely read-only purpose it’s still bitchin’ fast. The last of my machines to not have an SSD as the boot drive!

          I also once tried the route of getting my server to boot off a CF card, but the thing also broke within months. Been rocking along with debian on a 30GB vertex in my HTPC since the thing came out though.

      • OneArmedScissor
      • 9 years ago

      Well…good luck finding an 8GB SSD with TLC memory and a controller with no wear leveling. That’s like putting a lawn mower engine in a race car. :p

    • phez
    • 9 years ago

    $125 for 60gb

    :rolleyes:

      • Thresher
      • 9 years ago

      I hear you. I know they are fast, but capacity has its own benefits.

      • Arag0n
      • 9 years ago

      I’m still waitting for 120Gb at least at sub-100$ price. I know that I shouldn’t have to install anything beside windows and other key programs in the main disk, but the free space it’s a future-reliable-proof disk.

      It’s a bad idea to have a SSD almost full from the reliability point of view.

        • OneArmedScissor
        • 9 years ago

        Because you’re going to be writing 60GB+ of what, exactly, to an application/OS drive once a day?

          • Arag0n
          • 9 years ago

          No, not really. But you will be installing the OS that its arround 15Gb, the files for the memory managment that are arround 8Gb with a 4Gb memory system and some key-programs that you don’t want to keep in the DATA disc like could be your office suite, visual studio for programming and matlab, plus one or two games of choice. With all that, it’s easy to have arround 50Gb used in the OS disk, so I’m not going to have an SSD with just 5-10Gb free as main disk.

          I think it’s not healthy for the system to be running into a main SSD that it’s free space it’s under the 25% mark or 15Gb.

          So for a 120Gb i would try to have at least 30Gb free.

            • stdRaichu
            • 9 years ago

            I sort of agree with most points, but IMHO you can easily shrink down what you recall to your “memory management” files. My windows’ page file is shrunk down to 256MB – there’s no need to have one any bigger than that on any machine with >2GB of RAM. Even so, page files can be moved to other less expensive discs.

            Unfortunately, you can’t move hiberfil.sys… but if it’s a desktop computer I would just disable hibernation and rely on sleep instead.

    • Voldenuit
    • 9 years ago

    Picked up Dead Space and Amnesia. Yes, cheaper on impulse, but steam is a good way to centralize my games collection.

    Passed on AvP because of reviews panning the campaign mode. The original Rebellion game was still the best, IMO.

    • Kurotetsu
    • 9 years ago

    EA Store is also having a sale on Mass Effect 1 & 2 (for $10 each), Bad Company 2 and Dead Space:

    §[<http://eastore.ea.com/store/ea/html/pbPage.holiday-1?easid=EAStore-HolidaySale1_herobanner_BuyNow&resid=es0BrAoBAlgAABfIB-gAAAAb&rests=1288402054492<]§ The Games of Windows site is selling FEAR 2 for $5: §[<http://www.microsoft.com/games/en-us/GAMES/Pages/fear2projectorigin.aspx<]§ (Both stolen from [H]ard|Forum)

      • glacius555
      • 9 years ago

      Thank you soo much! I bought Mass Effect 2 deluxe version and FEAR 2 🙂

      • lethal
      • 9 years ago

      that ME2 deal looks sooo tempting. Due to regional pricing, steam’s ME2 price is still 49.99$ outside NA… but I don’t want to manage another digital store client =(.

        • Palek
        • 9 years ago

        Right there with you. I will not go near another digital store, Steam all the way. No good reason, just sheer laziness.

      • Chrispy_
      • 9 years ago

      Thanks for the heads-up.

      I missed Ghostbusters when it was a new release and it was half-price yesterday. I also took the opportunity to buy Bioshock. Owning it on the PC with GTX460’s, a keyboard and a mouse will make for a more pleasant gaming experience than replaying it on my xbox. At £3.49, I couldn’t go wrong!

    • odizzido
    • 9 years ago

    Amnesia is actually on sale on impulse for less.

    • insulin_junkie72
    • 9 years ago

    >>> That’s got to be the lowest price tag we’ve ever seen on a SandForce-based SSD with that capacity

    FWIW, the A-Data M599 64GB has been floating between $111-$115 on NewEgg for a bit now.

    (Almost pulled the trigger on one last week, before deciding a $55 Samsung 1TB, and then a $50ish AR 32GB OCZ Onyx would be better for my situation, not being real concerned about pure speed)

    • bdwilcox
    • 9 years ago

    Amnesia looks intriguing…anyone have a personal take?

      • no51
      • 9 years ago

      There’s a demo. Too creepy for my tastes.

      • dashbarron
      • 9 years ago

      Played the demo, seen the gameplay. It is incredibly creepy, and it must be played in a dark room with good speakers or headphones. The sound is what makes the game, and if you’re looking for a good fright and a puzzle game, it is definitely worth having. The story is interesting, though a bit confusing and the ending is kind of a bummer, imo.

      • paulWTAMU
      • 9 years ago

      for 13 bucks I’m trying it out. I’ll post in Gaming forum after I beat it.

      • Meadows
      • 9 years ago

      Yes. It’s the single best horror game I’ve played ever.

    • Disco
    • 9 years ago

    I posted this also in the graphics card poll. Here’s another deal some people might be interested in.

    If anyone is interested (I would be if I didn’t have a 5850), there is a great deal on a Powercolor 6870 from NCIX. only $239 CAD ($220 US?) and free express shipping. That’s $100 cheaper than I paid for my 5850 6 months ago!

    §[<http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=56239&vpn=AX6870%201GBD5%2DM2DH&manufacture=PowerColor&promoid=1101<]§ Enjoy

    • flip-mode
    • 9 years ago

    I’m thinking of either Dead Space or AvP. Any advice?

      • Ryu Connor
      • 9 years ago

      I really enjoyed Dead Space.

      It does have a technical quirk. The vsync option provided by the in game menu locks the game to 30 fps. You have to disable it in the menu and force it on with your video card drivers.

        • toyota
        • 9 years ago

        well technically its half your refresh rate but most people have 60hz monitors so they are capped at 30. but yeah just turn off the in game vsync and force it on through your cards control panel. Dead Space is a great game but you need to be all alone and in the dark with a good set of headphones or surround to get the full experience.

        I just picked up Alien v Predator but haven’t started the single player yet. surprisingly it plays just fine on an 8600gt 256mb at 1280×720 with DX9 medium settings. 1920×1080 with DX9 maxed is much better looking though so I sure am glad that is not my main card. lol

        • flip-mode
        • 9 years ago

        Thanks Ryu.

      • lethal
      • 9 years ago

      Dead space is a great game, but lazy porting means you have to fiddle around with D3Doverrider (it comes bundled with rivatuner) in order to remove the hideous mouse lag. Once you do that, you’re ready to play.

        • flip-mode
        • 9 years ago

        Nice advice, thanks.

      • flip-mode
      • 9 years ago

      I grabbed Dead Space.

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