Deal of the week: Cheap SSD boot drives and a couple of sales

Word is that that solid-state drives won't break the $1/GB barrier until the second half of next year. That may be so, but you can already get close enough with a keen eye and a little patience.

Case in point: Newegg currently lets you grab OCZ's 60GB Vertex 2 solid-state drive for $104.99 shipped (discounted from the regular quoted price of $159.99), and you can get that down to just $89.99 thanks to a mail-in rebate. Provided you get that rebate check in the mail eventually, that works out to about $1.50 a gigabyte. Not so bad, eh?

For folks who'd like something a little newer and potentially quicker (see our review), Newegg also has the 64GB Crucial m4 on sale for $114.99 shipped, down from the usual $149.99. Just enter the coupon code "HARDOCPX511C" on the checkout page to enjoy the reduced price.

If solid-state drives don't float your boat, Newegg has a number of other fresh bargains on its deals for smart builders page. Among them: a coupon code ("EMCKEJG72") that takes 15% off the price of all Blu-ray readers.

Up in the Great White North, NCIX is also running a great sale (this one's dubbed the "Time2Upgrade sale event"). Here, you can snag a 2TB Caviar Green hard drive for $69.99 CAD, a Radeon HD 6870 1GB for $165.39 CAD after a $20 mail-in rebate, and that same 60GB Vertex 2 SSD for $99.99 CAD after rebate, among others.

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