Black Friday brings bounty of hardware discounts

Black Friday is upon us, and online retailers aren’t waiting for Cyber Monday to get in on the action. Newegg has a large collection of Black Friday deals, and we’ve singled out a few of the more interesting ones. As one might expect, there isn’t a hard drive in the bunch. There are, however, plenty of tantalizing discounts on solid-state alternatives to mechanical storage.

Let’s start with Corsair’s Force Series 9 SSD, whose 90GB variant is on sale for $130 before a mail-in rebate that’ll knock the drive down to an even $100. Not to be outdone, Intel’s slightly smaller 320 Series 80GB SSD has been slashed to $150. A mail-in rebate will drop the effective price down to just $80, and Newegg is throwing in a $10 gift card on top of that. OCZ’s Agility 3 is also on sale, with the 120GB version down to $120 after rebate. Need more storage? The 240GB flavor can be had for $300 after a $30 mail-in rebate.

I know, rebates are lame. But most of Newegg’s Black Friday deals include them in one form or another, usually after a hefty initial discount. If you don’t want to wait and hope for a cheque in the mail, Intel’s Core i5-2500K is 10% off without having to jump through any hoops. Rosewill’s RK-9000RE mechanical keyboard, which uses red Cherry switches, is selling for $50 off at just $80.

Perhaps you’ve been eying a system memory upgrade. Good news: there’s a 16GB Corsair Vengeance DDR3-1600 kit on sale for $90 before a $30 rebate. This HIS Radeon HD 6970 looks mighty tempting, too. In addition to $30 in instant savings, a $40 rebate brings the card down to $290. HIS throws in a free copy of Deus Ex: Human Revolution to sweeten the pot.

Thanksgiving was weeks ago in Canada, but that hasn’t stopped NCIX from running its own Black Friday sale. The Canadian e-tailer seems to have discounted more items than Newegg, and there are plenty of interesting deals to be had. Some of our favorites include Corsair’s Carbide 400R, which is only $75 before a $10 mail-in rebate. $20 for a 4GB of Corsair Vengeance memory is a pretty good deal, too. There are also discounts on several LCD monitors with IPS and MVA panels if you’re not enticed by all the cheap TN displays floating around today. For those who prefer their IPS screens in tablet form, Asus’ 16GB Eee Pad Transformer has been dropped to $350 without any rebate nonsense attached.

Neither the Transformer nor the LCDs are available through the Black Friday sale being put on by NCIX’s US operation. The Carbide and Vengeance DIMMs are still discounted in that sale, though, and they have interesting company. A 230GB OCZ RevoDrive PCIe SSD, for example, is half price at $250. You can also snag a Radeon HD 6870 for just $140 after rebate.

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    • jbrandmeyer
    • 8 years ago

    The mail-in rebate for Intel 320 series SSD’s is being run by Intel itself. Since it is a mfr rebate, you can effectively get the same deal at any retailer.

    • jbrandmeyer
    • 8 years ago

    I just picked up a Seasonic X-750 power supply for $110 at newegg. 80 Plus Gold, modular, with great reviews, and a low-noise variable-speed fan. It’s better than the current Sweeter Spot recommendation, at a lower price to boot.

    • Price0331
    • 8 years ago

    Totally picked up a intel i5 2500k for $150, and a Gigabyte Z68 MATX LGA 1155 main board for $50 at Microcenter. The black friday “Deals” on Newegg have both these items priced at $199 for the processor and $114 for the main board. Best thing was, I walked into Microcenter at 3 P.M., and everything I wanted was still available.

    Starting to think Newegg is riding on it’s name a bit these days, as the prices just don’t seem to be as competitive as they were a year ago.

    • JohnC
    • 8 years ago

    Most amusing “deal of the day”: Amazon’s Toshiba Thrive Android-based tablet, the regular price is $352, the “deal” price was supposed to be $199. I was watching that deal too (not because I really need one, just for fun of it). Guess what happened when the time counter “started” the sale? A couple seconds after (I have fast broadband connection and Amazon’s site doesn’t lag for me), the tablet went to “100% claimed” and the “waiting list” thingie went to “full” 🙂 Amazon obviously didn’t intended to sell more than 1 item for such price (for legal purposes, so no one would be able to blame them for “false advertising” or anything silly like this) and they mostly used such “deal” as a way to attract the customers in hopes that they will do more browsing and might even purchase some other item on site… Not a big deal for me, was just amusing to see Amazon’s “discussion” board (and SlickDeals forums) instantly light up with dozens of angry people 🙂

      • MadManOriginal
      • 8 years ago

      …and now we can also be amused in the TR comments by one angry person.

      • just brew it!
      • 8 years ago

      I would not be so quick to assume a “bait and switch” here. There are people who will sit on pages like that and click the “Add To Cart” button the instant the sale goes “live”. I work with a couple of people like that. If I know two of them personally, there must be thousands of them nation-wide. Certainly enough of them to cause a sale like this to sell out within seconds, even if there’s a fairly substantial number of units in stock.

      It’s the geek equivalent of the mob that camps out overnight in the WalMart parking lot, then rushes the door the second it is unlocked.

        • south side sammy
        • 8 years ago

        YEA, BUT IT’S THE GUY WITH THE PEPPER SPRAY THAT ALWAYS GETS THROUGH THE DOOR FIRST……….

        • Firestarter
        • 8 years ago

        A script that syncs with the countdown clock and/or polls it constantly, then fires a POST request as soon as it possibly can, that I would consider the real geek equivalent :p

        • lilbuddhaman
        • 8 years ago

        But they aren’t necc. good tablets…Why buy that when you can get a Nook Tablet (a popular one with modders) or a Kindle Fire (Amazon Prime hotness) or one of the now disconted Galaxy Tablets (and others).

          • just brew it!
          • 8 years ago

          [quote<]But they aren't necc. good tablets...[/quote<] Nobody (at least not here) is claiming that they are.

    • derFunkenstein
    • 8 years ago

    I’m going to have to hold out for Monday. The deals today aren’t really any better than the deals in the last 3-4 weeks, if you look around. Hopefully Cyber Monday has more interesting deals.

      • travbrad
      • 8 years ago

      Yeah I was checking out the newegg sales yesterday and they didn’t seem like very good deals. Most of them seemed to be about normal pricing, just with big mail-in rebates.

    • south side sammy
    • 8 years ago

    I haven’t purchased anything. I really haven’t seen any deals that would benefit me for what I MIGHT spend money on.

    TV’s, why did the price start dropping 6 month’s after I bought mine ? Now it’s 1/3 what I paid.

    I just don’t see the deals…… it’s like the markets getting dumped on with all the stuff that never sells….. is it just me ?

      • albundy
      • 8 years ago

      bingo! BF is a giant marketing scheme for stores to get rid of poor selling products. Good deals come to those that wait for the right opportunity.

    • Bensam123
    • 8 years ago

    None of the sales are that tantalizing (everyone is after TVs). Out of pure curiosity I put together a $100 HTPC without a hard drive (most people have one laying around). There is a mini-itx motherboard on sale for $15 on newegg. The most expensive part was the case at $35.

    • d0g_p00p
    • 8 years ago

    Picked up that 230GB RevoDrive and a Xeon E3-1245 for just over $500. Not bad.

    • sschaem
    • 8 years ago

    For the memory skip the rebate: 64$ : 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
    Quad channel kit for Intel X79 LGA 2011, XMP ready
    [url<]http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231497[/url<]

    • MadManOriginal
    • 8 years ago

    TigerDirect has the previous model (as far as I can tell, based on the interior surfaces being silver) HP dm1z for $300. It’s a bit of a stripper with 2GB of RAM and a 320GB HDD but still a good price on that laptop.

    Buy.com has an even cheaper, if not ‘as good as Intel’ SSD which also depends upon a huge rebate: a Kingston V200 60GB for net $60. At Newegg the 80GB, 120GB, and 160GB 320 series are all ~$1/GB after MIR.

      • Anarchist
      • 8 years ago

      I usually don’t bother with rebates … but in my limited experience with rebates kingston was by far the best not only in turn-around time but the fact that they send you a check instead of a debit card. Probably the worst, for me at least, is patriot … they still owe me rebates for some stuff I got few years back.

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