1TB and 2TB hard drives still cost more than they did prior to last year’s Thailand floods, but oddly enough, 3TB models seem to be cheaper than before—especially if you catch them on sale. Seagate’s 3TB 7,200-RPM Barracuda is a good example. Newegg normally sells the drive for $179.99, but it’s letting customers nab the ‘cuda for $149.99 right now. Keep in mind this isn’t a "green" drive; it has a full 7,200-RPM spindle speed, 64MB of cache, and 6Gbps Serial ATA connectivity.
Bargains abound among SSDs, as usual. Samsung’s speedy 830 Series 128GB solid-state drive is on sale for $99.99, and Corsair’s Force Series GT 120GB drive is available for $89.99 after a $30 mail-in rebate. Free shipping, too. Both offerings take advantage of 6Gbps SATA speeds with peak read rates well over 500MB/s. The Corsair drive has the highest peak write speeds of the two, at 515MB/s.
If you’re more interested in gaming than storage, then you may find XFX’s Radeon HD 7770 Core Edition enticing. Newegg has it on sale for $104.99 after a $20 mail-in rebate until next Thursday. The card comes with a free copy of DiRT Showdown and is a very solid budget performer. You can peruse our benchmarks here.
Of course, this deal post wouldn’t be complete without a nod to those shockingly cheap IPS monitors from Korea, which we reviewed last week. You can normally find them only on eBay, but Micro Center currently has a 27", 2560×1440 model on offer right here in the U.S. for $399.99. Our intrepid Editor in Chief bought one, and he says he’s happy with it. You can use the store selector drop-down at the top of the product page to check availability for your local Microcenter store.
Finally, as always, we’ve got something for our Canadian pals. NCIX’s Olympics-themed High Performance Sale Event is in full swing, with items on sale including Western Digital’s 3TB Caviar Green hard drive for $149.99 CAD and OCZ’s Agility 3 360GB solid-state drive for $199.99 CAD after a $20 mail-in rebate. There are plenty of other deals listed, too.