Deal of the week: Game pre-orders, PSUs, and notebook RAM

Let’s start this week’s post with a few game pre-order deals. We’re all excited about some of the releases coming this year, and Amazon is running a sale on a selection of ’em. You can pre-order digital downloads of Mass Effect 3 for $53.99, Syndicate for $53.99, and The Darkness II for $42.49, among others.

On the hardware side of things, Newegg currently lets you take 15% off all Corsair power supplies using the promo code "CorsairPSUJan12." For example, you can get the 80 Plus Bronze-rated HX650 for $93.49 with free shipping once you enter the code on the checkout page—and there’s a $20 mail-in rebate up for grabs on top of that.

If power supplies aren’t up your alley, how about a memory upgrade for your laptop? Newegg sells an 8GB kit of Patriot DDR3-1333 SO-DIMMs for a scant $33.99 with free shipping.

Up here in the great white north, NCIX has a New Year’s Bash sale event in progress. Notable deals include Kingston’s SSDNow V200 64GB solid-state drive, which you can get for $84.99 CAD, and OCZ’s Agility 3 120GB SSD, which is available for $129.99 CAD after a $30 mail-in rebate.

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    • willyolio
    • 8 years ago

    another interesting thing about the NCIX sale is the 230GB Revodrive:
    [url<]http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=60773&vpn=OCZSSDPX-1RVD0230&manufacture=OCZ%20Technology&promoid=1297[/url<] PCIe SSD is at $1/gig, but only after rebate. i'm going to wait a bit until it gets to $1/gig without a rebate though for my next gaming rig, partly for speed and partly just because there'll be fewer cables to manage.

    • lilbuddhaman
    • 8 years ago

    Won’t buy a single player game “new” or “preorder” ever again. Guaranteed to be 50% off within 3 months.

      • willyolio
      • 8 years ago

      6 months, max… thanks to Steam summer/winter sales

      • Draphius
      • 8 years ago

      srsly so many games have been cut in half within a month or 2 of release that i will never preorder again either. plus the stupid preorder gimmicks have pissed me off to no end

      • indeego
      • 8 years ago

      And then 12 months after you get all DLC+game fully patched at 10% of the original price.

      • MadManOriginal
      • 8 years ago

      I hope you didn’t just make this discovery, or if you did that you’re young.

        • timaeus
        • 8 years ago

        While price dropping has been around for a long time, the main reason I’ve moved to waiting for games is the relatively recent phenomena of DLC. If I want the full game, and I pre-order, then I end up having to pay ~2x the full price once all DLC and expansions are accounted for. Or I can wait a year, and get the full game (all DLC and patches) for less than the original price, as sir indeego pointed out.

    • quarantined
    • 8 years ago

    I though I’d pull a smooth one and save myself a few bucks by buying a Rosewill HDD docking station a few years ago. The power button got stuck so that it’s always on and I have to unplug it to power it down. Never bothered to try taking it apart and fixing it. Overall it still works though.

    I had some Dynex CD-Rs and about 50% of them were duds. I’ve never had such shoddy CD-Rs with any other brand.

    So yeah, I definitely feels there’s a gamble involved with generic house brands. Don’t even get me started on Walmart’s ‘Great Value’ generic food brand. Ugh.

    • Yeats
    • 8 years ago

    There’s too much broad-brushstrokes going on here WRT to Rosewill. Some of their stuff is quite good. I’ve had 2 Rosewill 750w PSU’s in service for 4 years. JonnyGURU gave the model an excellent review: [url<]http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=Story&reid=60.[/url<] I have 2 Rosewill external HDD enclosures all running well, 1 eSATA and 1 USB 3.0, never a hitch, well built and keeps drives at a comfy temperature. Anandtech really likes the Rosewill Thor case: [url<]http://www.anandtech.com/show/4648/rosewill-thor-v2-the-god-of-cooling-and-silence/1[/url<] The Rosewill-branded doodads and thingamajigs are generally just as good as any others, and usually cheaper. In short, there are some very fine items available under the Rosewill brand, but because of the amount of junky things Rosewill markets, you don't trust them almost blindly like you would Corsair.

      • guardianl
      • 8 years ago

      I advocate for picking “cheaper” brands, but house brands generally aren’t a good choice. Here’s why.

      House brands (like Rosewill, Dynex etc.) outsource all of their production. And not just production – design, QA, packaging etc. Each product comes through varying levels of QA etc. You never know what you are really getting, or who produced it.

      In contrast, cheaper brands like Biostar make most of their own products in-house. So at the very least, you know they went through the same QA dept. etc.

      The value of a brand to a company is the name recognition. To a consumer, it’s knowing the products are made by the same people behind each product. Brands like Rosewill effectively kill the value of the brand to the consumer, because they aren’t made by the same people.

        • Yeats
        • 8 years ago

        Actually, if you do your research, you often can find the oem for a particular house brand item. The 2 Rosewill PSU’s I linked are ATNG, whose products range from meh to quality, server PSU’s. And if an item has a competitive warranty and comes from a reputable source/reseller, then I’m sold.

        I had a Rosewill 550w PSU die a couple years ago after 2.5 yrs of service. The turnaround time from the day I shipped it to Newegg via Priority Mail from NJ to CA and got a brand-new (not refurb) replacement was 8 business days.

        Anyway, I also mostly covered your point when I said, “In short, there are some very fine items available under the Rosewill brand, but because of the amount of junky things Rosewill markets, you don’t trust them almost blindly like you would Corsair.”

    • flip-mode
    • 8 years ago

    I recently spent $120 on a PSU so hopefully it will serve me well until I’m 90. Seasonic X-series 560 fully modular with fan that turns off completely at low load. Boss, yes; twice the amount I’ve ever spent before, yes; worth it, I hope.

    Never sent in for the $15 rebate. Ugh.

      • Airmantharp
      • 8 years ago

      If my PSU isn’t Corsair, it’s Seasonic- hell, if it’s Corsair, it’s probably also Seasonic.

        • thanatos355
        • 8 years ago

        Same here. I’m just not willing to cheap out on my PSU. I’ll step down on my cpu before I cut corners on the power supply.

      • Draphius
      • 8 years ago

      i just got my ax 1200 installed and hopefully its the last power supply i buy for a few years. id only consider buying corsair or seasonic. i may end up getting that new seasonic 1000w platinum rated one if i step up to 3way or 4way sli

    • ew
    • 8 years ago

    Newegg has a new serries of house brand 80 Plus Gold PSUs which look nice. The 650W version is also $90 but there is no rebate. [url<]http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817182071[/url<] The 450W one is only $60. [url<]http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817182066[/url<]

      • ImSpartacus
      • 8 years ago

      Omfg, Newegg owns Rosewill?!

      head = asploded

        • ew
        • 8 years ago

        Rosewill is to Newegg as Kirkland is to Costco.

          • StuG
          • 8 years ago

          Can we get proof of this? I have a hard time believing that.

          EDIT:

          Wikipedia agrees with you:

          [url<]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Newegg[/url<] I just for some reason have a hard time still swallowing that news. The crap that Rosewill puts on the market sometimes makes me dislike Newegg a bit more now.

            • derFunkenstein
            • 8 years ago

            It’s the exact same stuff that you see under the Rocketfish/Dynex names at Best Buy and a ton of other house brands. It’s disappointing, but it’s everywhere. Once you learn a particular reseller’s codeword for “generic” (in this case, Rosewill) you can avoid it.

            • quasi_accurate
            • 8 years ago

            Why would you want to? House brand doesn’t automatically equate bad product. Rosewill makes some decent stuff actually. In fact, my Rosewill RK-9000 is pretty fantastically solid.

            • derFunkenstein
            • 8 years ago

            I haven’t had good experience with their PSUs (which were included with 2 cases) or their drive bay media reader. An “oh-fer” performance just immediately takes them off my list. They might have something good but I haven’t foudn it yet.

            • ew
            • 8 years ago

            I’ve purchased a few odd and ends under the Rosewill brand. No problems except for a heatsink/fan which had a terrible finish on the copper heat spreader. It is working though so not a big deal.

            • StuG
            • 8 years ago

            I have heard that their latest mechanical keyboards aren’t bad, they look like rebranded ABS’s to me.

            • FuturePastNow
            • 8 years ago

            HardwareSecrets, which does the best PSU reviews I’ve found, has tested several Rosewill power supplies over the years and found they vary from “not very good” to “very good.” Rosewill sources its products from many different manufacturers so it’s likely their quality is pretty inconsistent, and you can bet cases get bundled with the cheapest PSUs they can get. A few Rosewill reviews:

            [url<]http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/Rosewill-RD600N-2SB-SL-BK-Power-Supply-Review/558/10[/url<] [url<]http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/Rosewill-Green-Series-630-W-RG630-S12-Power-Supply-Review/881/10[/url<] [url<]http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/Rosewill-Libertas-800-W-Power-Supply-Review/1056/10[/url<] [url<]http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/Rosewill-HIVE-650-W-Power-Supply-Review/1460/11[/url<] They've also tested a few Best Buy Rocketfish and Dynex PSUs, too. Conclusions: not great but not likely to burn your house down, either. [url<]http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/Rocketfish-550-W-Power-Supply-Review/748/9[/url<] [url<]http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/Rocketfish-700-W-Power-Supply-Review/556/10[/url<] [url<]http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/Dynex-400-W-Power-Supply-Review/557/10[/url<]

            • ImSpartacus
            • 8 years ago

            Yeah, that was proof enough for me. I didn’t post it because I figured it was common knowledge.

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