Deal of the week: Games, memory, and solid-state storage

As hard drive prices continue to ramp up, solid-state drives are about as cheap as they’ve ever been. The price war among vendors of SandForce-based drives certainly hasn’t hurt. Right now, Newegg sells a 60GB OCZ Agility 3 solid-state drive for $106.99 with free shipping—and you can slice $20 off of that with a mail-in rebate. That could leave you with a blazing-fast SSD boot drive for just $86.99, which is a steal. Our recent look at the new firmware for these SandForce SF-2281-based offerings proved encouraging, as well.

Memory is still awfully affordable, too. One of today’s Shell Shocker deals at Newegg involves a 16GB kit of DDR3-1600 memory from GeIL, which is on sale for $74.99 (down from the usual $99.99). We’re talking about four 4GB modules rated for operation at 1600MHz here, and they’re covered by both fancy heat spreaders and a lifetime warranty.

Amazon still has a number of downloadable games on sale, too. You can grab Driver: San Francisco for $39.99, Battlefield 3 for $50.99 (hey, the game has great multiplayer), and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 for $59.99 with a $10-off coupon for another game download.

Up in Canada, NCIX is running one of its usual sales. This time, it’s the Spectacular November Sale Event. You can nab a 16GB kit of Corsair Vengeance DDR3-1600 RAM for $94.99 CAD and HP’s excellent Pavilion dm1 ultraportable for $399.99 CAD ($100 off the usual price), among other bargains.

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    • shank15217
    • 8 years ago

    Yes! 16GB of memory for the masses, I love progress!

      • ImSpartacus
      • 8 years ago

      I’d rather see progress in SSD pricing. [i<]That's[/i<] where we need to see progress.

    • canmnanone
    • 8 years ago

    whats up with all these MIR?? i hate them very much and wish companies would just give us the discounts that we deserve. then they will find a way to make sure that your MIR is disapprove so that they dont have to send you the money. i dont buy products with MIR anymore as it a hassle to prepare them. id rather wait for other similar products that dont have MIR to purchase.

      • Irascible
      • 8 years ago

      “give us the discounts that we deserve” Hmm. :/

      • MadManOriginal
      • 8 years ago

      It’s your fault if you suck at MIRs. I have a 100% MIR rate over many years and probably near 100 MIRs.

      • cynan
      • 8 years ago

      While I agree “deserve” has nothing to do with it – a retailer has every right to stipulate the price and terms (as long as they are legal) of a sale and the only right of the consumer is to either accept or decline – I wholeheartedly agree that MIRs are a PITA that we are all better off without.

      The trouble of filling out forms, mailing costs, etc aside, the premise of MIR is one of deceit. The biggest reason why manufacturers offer MIRs instead of having retailers discount products directly is because not every sale eligible for a rebate will be fulfilled. Whether due to laziness or error on behalf of the consumer, error on behalf of the firm contracted to process the MIRs, or any other reason, MIRs will always be the better deal for the manufacturer. Added to this is the bonus that even if they do have to pay out, they don’t have to do so immediately.

      Personally, I’ve probably filled out at least a dozen MIRs over the past few years and I’m lucky if I saw 75% come back.

      If it’s a large rebate, then it’s worth fighting for, but how little does one’s time have to be worth to spend it on the phone arguing or resubmitting rebate forms if the first gets lost, etc, so that you can get your $5 or $10 check on some $80 ram kit or some such…

      In summary, MIR are shady, difficult to guarantee, and in general, should die a horrible, painful death.

    • Aussienerd
    • 8 years ago

    I lol at ” (hey, the game has great multiplayer)”, as I just finished reading your intervention piece and the comments.

    • Bensam123
    • 8 years ago

    Still not as good as the 120GB Agility 3 for $125 w/ MIR around the 23-27th last week.

    • willmore
    • 8 years ago

    32G Patruit Torx 2 for $34.99 (MIR)
    [url<]http://www.frys.com/product/6799815?site=sa:adpages%20page:6[/url<] 180G Corsair Force 3 for $189 (MIR) [url<]http://www.frys.com/product/6827336?site=sa:adpages%20page:6[/url<]

      • paulWTAMU
      • 8 years ago

      that 180 is a killer deal. I’d love to JBOD 2 of them if I had the money right. Damn house repairs 🙁

    • jjj
    • 8 years ago

    OCZ Solid 3 120GB 117$ after MIR [url<]http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=61049&vpn=SLD3-25SAT3-120G&manufacture=OCZ%20Technology&promoid=1287[/url<]

      • destroy.all.monsters
      • 8 years ago

      With prices like these SSDs might soon reach a parity with (the rising cost of) hard drives.

      Ok maybe not but the gap is really shrinking.

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