Deal of the week: a 7850 for $200, a 128GB SSD for $85, and more

We’ve got a trifecta of hardware deals for you all this week, starting with a nice discount on OCZ’s new 128GB Agility 4 solid-state drive.

Newegg says the drive previously sold for $134.99 but is now down to $94.99—and you can lop off an extra $10 using a mail-in rebate. That brings the total down to $84.99 with free shipping, or about 66 cents per gigabyte. The Agility 4 features a Marvell controller with Indilinx firmware, 6Gbps Serial ATA connectivity, and top read and write speeds of 420MB/s and 300MB/s, respectively. Faster drives do exist, but any reasonably speedy SSD is a huge improvement over a mechanical hard drive.

There’s certainly room for fast mechanical drives inside a modern PC, of course. Speaking of which, Newegg has a coupon code that lets you take $30 off the price of Western Digital’s 2TB Caviar Black hard drive. Just enter "EMCNCHD38" on the checkout page, and you’ll be able to buy the drive for $169.99 shipped. That’s not bad for a fast, high-capacity 7,200-RPM drive with a 64MB cache, 6Gbps SATA connectivity, and a five-year warranty.

There are deals to be found ouside the storage realm, too. XFX’s Radeon HD 7850 Core Edition is currently on sale for $199.99 after a mail-in rebate, and shipping is free. According to Camelegg, the card was selling for around $230 until just a couple of days ago, so that’s a solid deal for sure. Check out our review to see how the vanilla 7850 stacks up against the competition.

Oh, and folks eager to play Borderlands 2 can still pre-order the downloadable version of the game for $53.99 at Amazon (instead of the full $59.99).

North of the border, NCIX’s sale of the week is dubbed the Go-For-Gold Sale Event. I’m seeing a 2TB Western Digital Caviar Green hard drive on sale for $99.99 CAD, an 8GB kit of Kingston HyperX DDR3-1600 memory for $39.98 CAD, and an OCZ Agility 3 120GB solid-state drive for $88.99 CAD after a $10 mail-in rebate. There are rows upon rows of other deals to peruse, too.

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    • Kretschmer
    • 7 years ago

    Why does TR never caveat that card at half RAM? The same thing happened with the last system guide; it’s bizarre.

    It might not matter a ton at 1080P now, but you’re saving a pittance to gamble with future performance.

    • HisDivineOrder
    • 7 years ago

    [quote<]There are deals to be found ouside the storage realm, too. XFX's Radeon HD 7850 Core Edition is currently on sale for $199.99 after a mail-in rebate, and shipping is free. According to Camelegg, the card was selling for around $230 until just a couple of days ago, so that's a solid deal for sure. Check out our review to see how the vanilla 7850 stacks up against the competition.[/quote<] That's a 1 GB 7850 card. That was the first 7850 that I ever saw that was 1 GB, too.

    • Bensam123
    • 7 years ago

    I’m going to add to this I just purchased a Taipan, basically the Lachesis equivalent of the Ouroboros found on the TR news page like two days ago using a 15% off quick draw code.

    [url<]http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16826153099[/url<] 15% off all mice: EMCNCHD235 Not sure if that code will work even if people are signed up for the newsletter, but if you're interested in the new Razer mice and you're looking for a upgrade it's basically giving you a one year price on release day.

    • sweatshopking
    • 7 years ago

    This is a deal some of you weirdos can’t afford to miss. the price is right, and if you’re meadows (or another one of those crazies) IT’S WHAT YOU’VE BEEN WAITING FOR.

    [url<]http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=85112239[/url<]

      • derFunkenstein
      • 7 years ago

      Minus one because I clicked the link and my daughter saw it. “It’s my mommy’s little pony!!!!!!!!” (because my wife was the first to call it “my little pony”, my daughter now thinks that my wife owns the little pony) and I was not prepared to download it. I guess now I have to.

        • sweatshopking
        • 7 years ago

        Lol that’s hilarious

        • ludi
        • 7 years ago

        Ah, but think of it as an investment in many hours of peace and quiet.

          • destroy.all.monsters
          • 7 years ago

          He has a daughter – that never happens.

            • derFunkenstein
            • 7 years ago

            Tru dat

    • sweatshopking
    • 7 years ago

    looks like memory express will beat that price for the agility. their new price beating system is really impressive. just link the newegg one, and it updates to the cheaper price. I didn’t buy it, but it takes it happily to the “pay me now” section.

    I tried, 81$ for an agility 4 (even if you hate ocz, that’s not a bad price for non critical data) is a good deal, but the boss said not happening. maybe i should kill HER hard drive…

    • sschaem
    • 7 years ago

    This 7850 is $200, after rebate, but its also a 1GB model.

    I would seriously spend the extra 20$ and get this

    Better cooling, double the memory, no rebates.

    [url<]http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814129230[/url<] Edit: And seeing how the 3GB 7950 is now $300, for gaming I would skip the 7850.

      • Washer
      • 7 years ago

      I have been very happy with my HD7850. I have a Gigabyte model clocked at 975Mhz stock. The cooling setup had a slight rattle that was fixed with some well placed electrical tape. It is now silent or at least not audible over my HDs (by far my loudest components). Hits a price point I like and handles BF3 just great (meaning mix of High and Ultra at 1080P at a FPS I find acceptable).

      $100 is a steep step up to the HD7950, but also a steep performance upgrade. If someone wanted to spend $300 I’d say go for it but if your budget is $200 the HD7850 is a strong option.

      • alwayssts
      • 7 years ago

      TLDR: If 7850 works for you, a la it plays the games you like at 1080p in a fashion you are content with, it will do it just as well with 1gb.

      Have you read W1z’s take on the 7850 1gb?

      [url<]http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/Club_3D/HD_7850_RoyalQueen/28.html[/url<] The 7850 is one of those cards that is on the cusp of needing more than 1gb, but unless you can get it clocked past the point of a stock 7870 (7870 = 7850 at 1075mhz) there really is no practical reason to have 2GB, as the gpu will not have the horsepower to play a game with those requirements in an enjoyable fashion anyway. Considering bins, stock voltage on most, locked bioses via amd on 7850 precisely so it won't hit stock 7870 performance, and lack of voltage control on most...if I were going to buy a 7850 I wouldn't worry about it. That said...yeah...7950 is where the curve is atm. I really wish there was a nice short-pcb version, maybe with 1.5gb and/or even a 150w 1x6-pin option (yes, it's possible given actual power consumption...and even feasible with such a configuration). Realistic for marketing purposes...probably not...but with how the prices are trending and the competition incoming because of nvidia's new parts...you never know. The deals on 7850/7870 and 7950 are probably going to get pretty sweet regardless...the later two obviously enjoying the spotlight because they will be (comparably) cheap, overclock well, and give good 1080p performance for the foreseeable future.

      • Beelzebubba9
      • 7 years ago

      ….anyone else struggling to resist the siren song of a 7950?

      • l33t-g4m3r
      • 7 years ago

      Skip the 7850? More like skip the 7870 at that price!

      • ultima_trev
      • 7 years ago

      Cheapest 7950s on Newegg are around $330. Unless you mean NCIX is temporarily selling a PowerColor version for 300 +20 dollar MIR… which is on the Canadian website only. 🙁

        • sschaem
        • 7 years ago

        You need to do the rebate dance, but here you go, under $300 for a 7950 with 3GB/384bit GDDR5 and a good cooling solution (I dont like the models with an exhaust grill the size of a tic tac):

        [url<]http://www.amazon.com/HIS-Eyefinity-Mini-Displayport-Graphics-H795F3G2M/dp/B006O714G2[/url<]

    • Plazmodeus
    • 7 years ago

    I bought the HGST Deskstar 7k4000 (4tb) from NCIX last week for $209CDN + Tax. I already own a WD Caviar Black 2TB. The Hitatchi is MUCH faster than the WD and twice as big. That drive is now $219 at NCIX:

    [url<]http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=74459&vpn=0S03363&manufacture=HGST&promoid=1254[/url<]

      • mesyn191
      • 7 years ago

      Good price but I think that may be the 5 platter drive which if Newegg/word of mouth is anything to go by has a high failure rate.

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