Deal of the week: A boatload of fresh hardware and games

After the post-holiday lull, hardware deals seem to be increasing in frequency again. We’ve gathered a nice number of them this week.

For starters, Newegg has Sapphire’s Radeon HD 6850 (with a bundled copy of DiRT 3) on sale for $119.99 after a mail-in rebate. The card is actually listed for $149.99, but you can slice $15 off with the promo code SAP127, and that mail-in rebate will take care of another $15. Shipping is free.

Also in the almost-too-good-to-be-true category, Corsair’s CX430 V2 power supply can be nabbed for $16.99 after a mail-in rebate. That’s $44.99 minus $8 if you enter the coupon code "EMCNJHD22" on the checkout page, and minus another $20 once you eventually get that rebate check in the mail. Newegg is also shipping this item free of charge. Considering the CX430 is an 80 Plus-certified unit with a relatively meaty 12V rail and a three-year warranty, $17 is a downright steal.

Now that hard drive prices are on the decline, pulling the trigger on a mass-storage drive seems like a reasonable proposition again. Newegg is offering both Western Digital’s 2TB Caviar Green and Seagate’s 2TB Barracuda Green for $129.99 before shipping—still a ways from pre-flood prices, but reasonable for sure.

If games are more up your alley, you’ll be happy to know that Amazon is still letting folks pre-order upcoming PC blockbusters at a discount. The retailer offers Mass Effect 3 for $53.99, Syndicate for $53.99, and The Darkness II for $42.49.

Meanwhile, north of the border, NCIX is celebrating the Chinese New Year with a special sale. Hot deals include a 1.5TB Western Digital Caviar Green drive selling for $89.99, a 120GB OCZ Vertex 3 solid-state drive available for $149.99 after a mail-in rebate, and an 8GB kit of Corsair Vengeance DDR3-1333 memory (complete with funky heatsinks) retailing for $44.99.

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    • Deanjo
    • 8 years ago

    Gettin hungry for a bit of shortbread!

    • Bensam123
    • 8 years ago

    Look at the reviews on the CX430 before pulling the trigger. They match up to about a $25 PSU.

      • just brew it!
      • 8 years ago

      The jonnyGuru review was actually quite positive. They basically say it has no competition in its price range, and gave it an overall 9 out of 10 score.

        • MadManOriginal
        • 8 years ago

        For $16 it’s a no brainer for ‘basic’ systems…I guess that’s why they call it the ‘builder’ series. Should run any mid-range CPU/mid-range GPU computer perfectly well.

    • AlexGP
    • 8 years ago

    I only find Mass Effect 3 interesting, given the face that I loved 1, I liked 2 and read the books.

    Although I HATE EA games with a passion, I`ll buy it, but maybe after a price drop.

      • TurtlePerson2
      • 8 years ago

      ME games have a reputation for price dropping quickly. My guess is that it will $25 by the Steam 4th of July sale and $15 by the Christmas sale.

    • ronch
    • 8 years ago

    Too much… Technology…

    • cegras
    • 8 years ago

    The 6850 is so, so tempting. I’ve seen it on sale for that price before. But I can’t bring myself to buy it when the new midrange is just around the corner.

      • alwayssts
      • 8 years ago

      I know the feeling, I had to grit my teeth when I bought a 6870 a month or so ago for $140 knowing the 7800 series was coming so soon.

      That’s the thing though…the ‘endless waiting/around the corner’ argument aside, these cards have been so cheap and perform decent-enough that if you need something now to game happily for a few months, they shouldn’t give you any huge buyer’s remorse…especially if you are going to re-sell it. Cape Verde isn’t going to light the world on fire versus Barts, and it will take nvidia releasing their line and prices settling before Pitcairn probably becomes the value alternative price/performance wise (like barts is to gf114).

      • lilbuddhaman
      • 8 years ago

      Mid series refreshes! The 6950 was the sweet spot for performance/price in the 6xxx series, even if you didn’t softmod it to a 6970.

    • alphacheez
    • 8 years ago

    In the past I seem to remember you guys putting the before rebate prices more prominently then saying how much the rebate would take off. I prefer that method since I’d had such bad luck with rebates in the past.

    jonnyguru review for the Corsair CX430 V2 ($37 before rebate):
    [url<]http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=Story&reid=239[/url<] Seems to have good performance even though the soldering on it was sloppy.

    • LiquidSpace
    • 8 years ago

    [quote<] If games are more up your alley, you'll be happy to know that Amazon is still letting folks pre-order upcoming PC blockbusters at a discount. The retailer offers Mass Effect 3 for $53.99, Syndicate for $53.99, and The Darkness II for $42.49. [/quote<] these are bunch of awful games and a total waste of money.

      • I.S.T.
      • 8 years ago

      I enjoyed the demo for The Darkness II. *shrug*

      • Airmantharp
      • 8 years ago

      Incredible game or not, Mass Effect III will be a good game- and if production values stay the same, and I expect them to increase, I know that I’ll enjoy it.

      It’ll distract me from BF3 for a time anyway.

        • LiquidSpace
        • 8 years ago
          • Geistbar
          • 8 years ago

          Homophobic and racist much? I might agree with your premise re: preordering these games, but wow have you defending your opinion in a way I can not respect.

            • LiquidSpace
            • 8 years ago
            • BoBzeBuilder
            • 8 years ago

            I predict a ban in your near future. Adios.

            • LiquidSpace
            • 8 years ago
            • sweatshopking
            • 8 years ago

            time to ban, boys, LS is probably crossing the line. keeping him at this point is just silly.

            • LiquidSpace
            • 8 years ago

            deleted

            • Damage
            • 8 years ago

            LiquidSpace has earned himself a one-month ban for potty mouth. Next time, it’s permanent. Clean it up.

            • NeelyCam
            • 8 years ago

            Drinking and posting is bad for your social life.

            • Deanjo
            • 8 years ago

            I guess every community has its village idiot.

            • lilbuddhaman
            • 8 years ago

            I recently deleted (well deactivated) my facebook account for fear of this very reason.

            • UberGerbil
            • 8 years ago

            Thanks Damage. I know this is one of the least-enjoyable parts of the job, but we appreciate you running a tight ship. Strong fences make for better neighbors, and the rare but real use of the ban-hammer makes for a better TR community.

          • NeelyCam
          • 8 years ago

          This is what happens when driving **** cars on mountain roads with insufficient railing.

            • UberGerbil
            • 8 years ago

            I think it’s more like what happens when babies get dropped on their heads. Anyway, he’s gone now and the air is fresher already.

        • Airmantharp
        • 8 years ago

        Well, I really didn’t like LiquidSpace much; horrible posts absent reasoning with the grammar and spelling of a 12-year old or drunk;

        but heck, I do want to know what he had to say to earn those down-votes!

      • burntham77
      • 8 years ago

      Really? Funny that you can make those judgements on games that are not out yet. Are you from the future?

    • BobbinThreadbare
    • 8 years ago

    [quote<]If games are more up your alley, you'll be happy to know that Amazon is still letting folks pre-order upcoming PC blockbusters at a discount. The retailer offers Mass Effect 3 for $53.99, Syndicate for $53.99[/quote<] These hardly seem deal of the week worthy to me, but what do I know.

      • ew
      • 8 years ago

      Especially since at least Syndicate is going to be a $10 discount game 8 weeks after launch.

        • I.S.T.
        • 8 years ago

        Doubtful, even DNF took more than 2 months to get down to 20 bucks, and we all know how bad it was…

      • Geistbar
      • 8 years ago

      I remember when all new games cost $50.. a pre-order discount that doesn’t even reach the price of most PC exclusives starting price seems pretty poor to me. Though if you’re buying the game anyway, saving $6 is still better than not saving $6.

      • burntham77
      • 8 years ago

      Yeah, they’re really kind of not deals. I’ll wait for a Steam/Origin sale.

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