Deal of the week: Discounted Radeons, SSDs, and a mechanical keyboard

Earlier this week, AMD trimmed mid-range Radeon prices, providing plenty of fooder for this week’s deals post. For the most part, the discounts have already impacted online listings. Newegg has five different Radeon HD 7850 2GB cards for $210, and four more are selling for $220. This XFX Core Edition looks like it might be the best deal of the bunch. Along with lifetime warranty coverage, the card comes with a $20 rebate that knocks the effective price down to $200. The Core Edition’s cooler has only one fan; if you’re looking for a dual-fan unit, check out this Sapphire variant, which costs $210.

Only a couple of the Radeon HD 7870 GHz Editions listed on Newegg have dropped down to that card’s new $250 MSRP. These Diamond and Sapphire offerings both hit that price and appear to stick to AMD’s reference design, complete with its blower-style cooler. Feeling more ambitious? Try this hot-clocked Gigabyte version, which cranks the GPU clock up by 10%, adds a custom cooler with three fans, and costs $240 after a $20 rebate.

A couple of Radeon HD 7950 cards have slipped below the new $319 asking price. HIS and PowerColor both have 7950s selling for $300 each. Neither of those cards offers explicit support for AMD’s new clock-boosting mojo, but this $320 PowerColor model does.

As usual, there are plenty of good SSD deals to be had. The most tempting may be OCZ’s Agility 4 128GB, which is down to $70 on Amazon after a $20 rebate. Want more storage? Newegg is selling a 256GB Kingston SSDNow V200 for only $160, no rebates required. For a fast desktop rig, I’d still be tempted to drop an extra $39 on the Samsung 830 Series 256GB. The 830 Series is the fastest SSD we’ve tested, and it’s currently on sale for $199.

And now, for something completely different. If you’ve been put off by the high cost of mechanical keyboards, check out Rosewill’s RK-9000BR, which features Cherry MX brown switches and is 30 bucks off at only $80. As GodsMadClown points out in the forums, adding coupon code EMCNBHG53 at checkout brings the cost down to just $68. That’s a heck of a deal for a keyboard with our favorite Cherry MX switches.

North of the border, NCIX’s second back-to-school sale has some pretty sweet deals. Corsair’s Vengeance K60 keyboard is $60 after a $20 rebate, and the Kingston SSDNow V200 128GB costs only $75. There are discounted Radeons, too, including a PowerColor 7850 2GB for only $180 after a $20 rebate. The card is cheaper than any of the 7850s at Newegg, and it also includes a copy of DiRT Showdown. Unfortunately, these discounts are all limited to NCIX’s Canadian site.

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    • brucethemoose
    • 7 years ago

    A few months ago, I thought my 128gb M4 I got from a shell shocker sale for $180 was an amazing deal.

      • travbrad
      • 7 years ago

      Yep it’s amazing how fast the SSD prices are dropping. They have basically dropped 50% (or more) in price since the start of 2012. They are getting in to “no-brainer” territory when building/upgrading a PC, unless you are really penny pinching.

      I can’t remember the last time any piece of PC hardware dropped in price this quickly. It’s almost like there is a real competitive marketplace for SSDs or something (as opposed to the duopoly/oligopoly in most PC hardware). 🙂

      • l33t-g4m3r
      • 7 years ago

      What a coincidink, that’s what I paid for my chronos deluxe 240.

    • Anomymous Gerbil
    • 7 years ago

    What happens when AMD/NVIDIA discounts flow through to retail so quickly? Do AMD/NVIDIA give rebates to the distributors/retailers for stock sold at the new lower price which was bought at (presumably higher) wholesale prices?

    • ULYXX
    • 7 years ago

    Awww.. Agility 4. 🙁 if it was Vertex 4 i would have ALMOST considered that.

      • Duck
      • 7 years ago

      Almost… Ha.

      • Airmantharp
      • 7 years ago

      Because the difference would be so noticeable on the desktop?

      Personally I wouldn’t want either; neither is tuned for desktop use.

        • ULYXX
        • 7 years ago

        The Vertex 4 has a standard 5 year warranty + Synchronous, and the Agility 4 has 3 year + asynchronous. It just has two pros over the Agility, but i see what you mean if it would be noticeable with out a benchmark saying its faster than the other.

    • indeego
    • 7 years ago

    As of today I ordered my last Newegg piece of equipment. They continually would flag my work account orders as suspicious, deny them, and I would receive [b<]no notification of this denial[/b<]. I've had this account 7+ years. The address hasn't changed in 7 years. My CC details all match up fine, and I order the same type of equipment regularly, to one address, under my company's business, never changing any details. They don't notify me that the order failed to process, they first say transaction approved, and then I must go and verify later it really approved within my Newegg account. It is this lack of notification that really pisses me off. The lack of communication from Newegg is the last straw. Some of the stuff I order is time sensitive, and this case was one of them, delaying server parts by a day. No notification at all on a failed transaction. My bank says the only way to prevent it is to call my bank up each time and tell them the expected amount and vendor: Newegg, and it'll be preapproved. I'm nowhere near credit limit, and I have no idea why I am continually flagged. Lost customer. I don't ever see this when ordering through Amazon or other vendors.

      • highlandr
      • 7 years ago

      The rumor is that Newegg got burned last year over some bad Discover card transactions, which may be why you’re getting denied. I swore off of them for a while because they wouldn’t take Discover, but it looks like they’re back again.

      Maybe they’ve increased their own CC security which is affecting you?

        • indeego
        • 7 years ago

        I understand and respect CC security, And a one-off event like this I would value as a customer. But I am a high-paying customer with no history of fraud, no change in what I am buying (i.e. if I started to buy flat screen televisions instead of computer parts,) no CC # changes, no address changes, no name changes. Well below my credit limit. .e. an ideal customer. They have scared me away, someone who spends tens of thousands a year. It’s not just that though, it’s a complete lack of communication on their end. To a valued customer. Other vendors don’t treat me this way, so I’m bailing. Can you blame me? I’m not calling my bank before every transaction, I charge between 15-50 things on this card a month without issue, including from airports in cities I’ve never been to.

          • JustAnEngineer
          • 7 years ago

          I’ve had similar experiences. That’s one of the reasons that I’ve been buying more hardware from Amazon lately.

            • travbrad
            • 7 years ago

            I haven’t had any bad experiences with Newegg, but I do always use Paypal rather than entering my CC info to yet another website.

            I am finding myself buying more and more parts from Amazon though. Amazon is often cheaper than Newegg these days, and their shipping is just as fast if not faster than Newegg for me (Newegg used to have much faster shipping in my experience).

            • Airmantharp
            • 7 years ago

            Yup- I wound up creating a second account with them as my first is still ‘locked’. I don’t even remember or care why it’s still locked anymore as I aggressively cross-shop Amazon with my Prime Student benefits.

      • l33t-g4m3r
      • 7 years ago

      I’ve had steam do the same thing with their damn verification process. Just randomly stops me from buying games and asks for a secondary verification. Really? That’s annoying. Shut up and take my money dammnit. Needless to say I’ve turned off their “security” “feature”, which IMO is not real security, and only serves to lock you down even more than you already are. Hackers aren’t going to hack an individual steam user, they’re going to hack valve instead and steal all their customer’s credit card numbers. GOG’s given me problems too. Won’t even charge my card after they did some security changes early on, and so I use paypal. Shit’s out of hand.

        • MadManOriginal
        • 7 years ago

        Valve has probably read your anti-Valve DRM rants and decided they’d rather not do business with you.

          • l33t-g4m3r
          • 7 years ago

          They why are they still taking my money smarty pants? You know the thing about free speech being the law, is that it’s you know, the LAW. Anyway, I have two accounts, one for my other pc, and the verification happens on my second one. Probably because I’m using the same card for both. Also, if Valve ever did “decide” to not do “business” with me, I’d be calling a lawyer damn quick. Needless to say, I haven’t had any issues on that front.

      • MadManOriginal
      • 7 years ago

      Are you buying stuff for work on a personal account?

        • indeego
        • 7 years ago

        No, a business card/account. This same card/account/Bank is tied to other employees where I work and they have no issues spending $10K+ monthly for various expenses.

    • jdaven
    • 7 years ago

    Amazon has the Dell U2412M (24″, IPS LED, 1920×1200) monitor for $270. Lowest I’ve seen it.

    [url<]http://www.amazon.com/Dell-UltraSharp-U2412M-LED-Monitor/dp/B005JN9310/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1345831862&sr=8-1&keywords=U2412M[/url<] That combined with the $210 Sapphire 7850 2GB dual fan is going to make my games look beautiful.

      • Goty
      • 7 years ago

      Damnit, I’m saving up for a different irresponsible financial decision, stop tempting me with these!

      • anotherengineer
      • 7 years ago

      I think I would prefer this
      [url<]http://accessories.ap.dell.com/sna/productdetail.aspx?c=au&cs=audhs1&l=en&s=dhs&sku=210-40773&redirect=1[/url<] since it does not use PWM brightness controlled back-lighting [url<]http://www.tftcentral.co.uk/reviews/dell_u2713hm.htm[/url<] However it does not mention anything about the level of the AG coating

        • Parallax
        • 7 years ago

        From the article: “Readers will be pleased to hear though that the AG coating is actually nice and light and is not the usual grainy and aggressive solution you would normally find on an IPS panel.”

        That said, I’d still want to see it in person since the U2711 coating was REALLY bad.

      • BobbinThreadbare
      • 7 years ago

      I bought that for $310 about 3 months ago. I don’t regret it because it looks way better than my TN screens, but the black levels are awful.

        • JustAnEngineer
        • 7 years ago

        For any LCD with grayish blacks, the most effective and cheapest solution is to turn on a light in the room. Once your eyes adjust, the blacks will look dark enough.

    • jibkat
    • 7 years ago

    If you want keyboards, 60bucks after rebate for the corsair k60 [url<]http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=64130&vpn=CH-9000004-NA&manufacture=Corsair&promoid=1088[/url<]

      • albundy
      • 7 years ago

      newegg has the same for $52 with free shipping after applying promo code EMCNBHG53 and mailing a $20 rebate.

    • Jakubgt
    • 7 years ago

    Just picked up a second Agility 4 SSD off Newegg. One heck of an upgrade from a conventional hard drive.

    • fictionfree
    • 7 years ago

    Too bad the Rosewill keyboard can’t be shipped to NY – never seen that message before . . .

      • DancinJack
      • 7 years ago

      I’m sure JBI will chime in here. He was fairly angry that he couldn’t get one shipped to IL.

        • derFunkenstein
        • 7 years ago

        It continues to be true, as I put the Rosewill keyboard in my cart just to find out, no shipping to my location.

          • superjawes
          • 7 years ago

          I don’t need a keyboard, but I have friends and family in Indiana I could ship to if needed…just a suggestion if anyone really wants one of these and has that as an option.

          Other neighboring states could probably work as well, but I don’t know zip codes to check myself.

            • derFunkenstein
            • 7 years ago

            Buying through Amazon doesn’t seem to be an issue.

            [url<]http://www.amazon.com/Rosewill-Mechanical-Keyboard-RK-9000BR-Cherry/dp/B005QW1THA/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1345841934&sr=8-5&keywords=rosewill+keyboard[/url<]

      • HisDivineOrder
      • 7 years ago

      Can’t be shipped to NY, IL, or NC. Thank e-waste laws. I mean, do they really think that keyboard makers are going to do anything except exclude these states?

        • travbrad
        • 7 years ago

        It’s a good thing Illinois is so concerned about the environment. That must be why half of their power is generated with coal.

          • Duck
          • 7 years ago

          The green movement is usually to blame for these sort of things because they are so afraid of nuclear power and protest against it. People don’t want to go without power so they build coal stations instead.

            • riviera74
            • 7 years ago

            This is despite the fact that coal generates less power than nuclear. The real issue with the greenies is that they are ultimately Luddites who want to repeal the Industrial Revolution if you follow their logic to its natural conclusion.

            • Duck
            • 7 years ago

            They are not luddites. I’m sure they mean well, but they are misguided and stupid.

            • Bauxite
            • 7 years ago

            Coal also puts more radioactivity in the environment than the sum of all nuclear plant disasters. When you move and burn X billion tons of rock yearly, the few atoms of non stable elements per ton that come along for the ride add up.

            Concrete production and use is not innocent in this either, but the nuclear fearmongers won’t hear it.

            • travbrad
            • 7 years ago

            The other half of Illinois’ power is nuclear, so that doesn’t seem to be the case in that particular state. I think it’s just another case of policy hypocrisy which is so common.

            I do agree the “green movement” needs to be more pragmatic about energy production though. Nuclear power is a much cleaner form of energy than coal, and it CAN be done relatively safely and cheaply.

            I do understand the concerns about nuclear power to some extent though. When you watch how incompetent/corrupt a lot of our government and regulatory bodies are, it’s easy to lose faith in them actually enforcing safety when building/maintaining nuclear power plants in a safe manner.

    • tay
    • 7 years ago

    I just picked up the CM Storm because I NEED tenkeyless keyboards. The Storm with Cherry MX browns is $75 shipped which isn’t a much worse deal.

    I used the same coupon code on the CM Storm MX brown.

    • GodsMadClown
    • 7 years ago

    That ‘EMCNBHG53’ promo code expires on 8/24 or sooner “based on fund availability”, whatever that means.

      • MadManOriginal
      • 7 years ago

      I think it means that if funds are no longer available, the promo code expires.

      😀

      (To be serious though…it simply means Newegg aollcates a certain dollar amount toward a promo code, once that dollar amount is used up the code expires.)

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