Deal of the week: Solid-state storage, budget audio, and Corsair cooling

Hot on the heels of early previews of OCZ's next-gen Vertex 3 solid-state drive, Newegg has slashed the price of the existing Vertex 2. The 120GB drive usually sells for $270, but it's now available for $230. There's an additional $15 discount if you use the promo code OCZ22415, and a mail-in rebate knocks another $20 off the price. Add it all up, and the SSD ends up costing $195 with free shipping.

We're no fans of mail-in rebates, but $10 off Asus' Xonar DG sound card is also too good to ignore. That rebate brings the price of our favorite budget sound card down to an incredibly affordable $20. At that price, and even at the regular $30, the DG is exceptionally good value for anyone with a halfway-decent set of analog speakers or headphones.

On the gaming front, Amazon has knocked $10 off the price of StarCraft II, bringing the title down to an even $50. That might not seem like a huge discount in the realm of Steam sales, but it's a decent deal on a game that's still quite new.

If you reside north of the border, you'll be pleased to know that NCIX is offering the same Xonar DG rebate for Canadians. The rebate is only valid through Monday, so you'll need to act quickly. While browsing NCIX's weekly sale page, I also noticed that the site has a pretty sweet deal on Corsair's A70 CPU cooler. Normally priced at $65, the twin-fan air tower is currently selling for only $25. At that price, it's a steal.

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