Deal of the week: Black Friday, Black Schmiday

We’re only a week from Black Friday, but by the look of things, retailers aren’t saving their best deals for next week. Today’s highlights include:

  • XFX’s Radeon HD 7850 1GB Core Edition, which is available with free shipping and a free copy of Far Cry 3 for just $149.99 after a $20 mail-in rebate at Newegg. If you read our recent review of the competition from Nvidia, you’ll see why this is such a nice deal.
  • Seagate’s 1TB Barracuda 7,200-RPM hard drive, which Newegg inexplicably offers for only $49.99 with free shipping right now. That’s less than five cents a gig for a full-speed drive with a 6Gbps Serial ATA interface and a generous 32MB cache—definitely not bad.
  • Intel’s Core i5-2500K processor, which Microcenter offers in-store for $99.99, about half the usual price. Sure, this is a previous-gen Sandy Bridge chip, but it’s got a fully unlocked upper multiplier, and it’s still pretty darn fast. Just look at our latest scatter plots, which show the 2500K barely trailing Intel’s new, Ivy Bridge-based Core i5-3470.
  • Borderlands 2, which is on sale at Newegg for $39.99 with free shipping, or 20 bucks down from the Steam price. We’re talking about a game that’s barely two months old here, so that’s a pretty solid discount.

Oh, and we should also note that some Samsung’s 830 Series solid-state drives are still available. The 128GB model is in stock for $109.99 at Newegg, and the 256GB version costs $190.03 at Amazon, although that e-tailer says new stock isn’t coming in until November 23. These drives are being phased out in favor of the 840 Series and its more expensive Pro sibling, so they won’t be around for long.

Up in the Great Frozen North, NCIX has kicked off its Pre-Holiday Sale Event. Deals there include a 3TB Seagate Barracuda 7,200-RPM hard drive for $129.99 CAD, a 256GB OCZ Agility 4 SSD for $149.99 CAD, and an XFX Radeon HD 7870 Core Edition for $189.99 CAD after a $20 mail-in rebate—among many others.

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    • danazar
    • 7 years ago

    I got two of those Seagate 1TB drives a while back. One of them immediately had click-of-death type symptoms and refused to format properly. I RMA’d it and got another drive. Then one of the two (I’m not sure if it’s the other original one I bought, or the replacement) died a few weeks later. It abruptly stopped showing up as a drive and making click-of-death type noises. It was just past the RMA period so I couldn’t return it to Newegg at that point.

    I didn’t bother going through the Seagate warranty return process, because the only thing they would’ve done was give me another drive. I don’t trust these things, they’re horrible POSes, and it’ll be years before I trust Seagate again now.

      • NeelyCam
      • 7 years ago

      I know where you’re coming from. I had similar experiences with DeathStars, and Seagates were also dying on me more often than I preferred. I switched to WD for the longest time, but looking at the ratings for WD greens, a lot of drives were being reported bad.

      I have two questions:

      1) Are there [i<]any[/i<] HDD manufacturers out there that sell reliable HDDs anymore? 2) Who are these people that write 5star reviews on Newegg? What's the motivation for them to write a 5* review? Can I trust [i<]any[/i<] positive reviews on Newegg anymore? To me, time and lack of hassle is progressively more important than money, and if there was a sure, reliable way for me to buy stuff that's guaranteed to work without issues, I would do it and happily pay a premium. If someone can launch a product review website that is reliable, I'd happily pay for it. And no - Consumer Reports isn't it - they don't know tech to save their collective lives. You great minds or techwebsphere: divine this portal for me, and you shall be rich

      • just brew it!
      • 7 years ago

      Are you sure the ones you got weren’t .11 series drives? Those were indeed horrid.

      • The Dark One
      • 7 years ago

      Oof, I’m still smarting at the price difference between these things and the Caviar Black I ended up buying, but I’ve never had a problem with a Seagate drive before. In fact, the old drive I was planning on replacing was healthy (but full) ST3320620AS.

        • Airmantharp
        • 7 years ago

        The old ones were good- 7200.10 and prior, really. The 7200.11’s started an era of unreliability that few actually believe has ended. Many tears were shed when they acquired Samsung.

    • just brew it!
    • 7 years ago

    Jumped on the hard drive deal. Thought about getting 4 of them (pair of RAID-1s or a RAID0+1 for the new file server I want to build), but then I noticed it is limit 3 per customer, so I ended up ordering just 2.

      • MadManOriginal
      • 7 years ago

      You could always cheat and make another Newegg account.

        • NeelyCam
        • 7 years ago

        Cheating is evil

        EDIT: The downthumbs on this demonstrate the true moral decay of TR readers

    • Arclight
    • 7 years ago

    Dat 2500k, damn………alas i don’t live in the states. Man i never saw deals like that here, this is BS

    • Voldenuit
    • 7 years ago

    Just bought a 128GB crucial m4 msata ssd for the wife’s laptop for $99.99 from amazon. The best part was I had a $100 gift card from work so all I had to pay was $9.49 tax.

      • Arclight
      • 7 years ago

      That’s amazing……

      Edit can’t you get another 1 with the gift card?

        • Voldenuit
        • 7 years ago

        [quote<]Edit can't you get another 1 with the gift card?[/quote<] You mean get a different SSD? The m4 is a good choice for us, because of its ultra low idle and load power draw, and very decent (if no longer class leading) performance. There's also a relative dearth of options in the mSATA SSD space. There's the OCZ Nocti (OCZ + Sandforce = reliability headache) which is too risky for me to run in a work/school critical device, and then there are the Kingston (intel based) and Samsung SSDs which are 1.6-2.0x the price. Since the thinkpad mSATA slot is limited to SATA2 speeds anyway, I'm just looking to get better battery life and quicker boot + more responsive user experience rather than the absolute best disk performance. The crucial has been very strong in the first two categories and I've been using a plextor M3 (same controller, different firmware, different NAND) for nearly a year on the desktop with no hiccups, so the m4 was my first choice, especially at that price.

          • Arclight
          • 7 years ago

          Nope, sorry for the confusion, i meant “get a secound one”.

    • The Dark One
    • 7 years ago

    Oh sure, newegg, put a one-terabyte drive on for that price the week after I buy one!

    e: and for once, the price and free shipping stay in place when looking at the .ca version of their site.

      • NeelyCam
      • 7 years ago

      Yeah, I bought four for $70 each three weeks ago… grrrr

      Anyways, I’ll do rounds through various websites on BF for Samsung 830s, and if I find a good deal I’ll pull the trigger for a few

    • My Johnson
    • 7 years ago

    The Gigabyte [url=http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128519<]motherboard [/url<] with 8GB 1600 DDR3 DRAM deal looks really sweet. I already own this board and can attest that its high amperage USB ports are worth it. It also has 10 USB ports on the rear panel which is also pretty slick.

      • zdw
      • 7 years ago

      Interesting.

      Does it have ECC options in the BIOS?

        • just brew it!
        • 7 years ago

        Doubtful. Asus seems to be the only vendor that consistently includes ECC support on their AMD desktop mobos.

        Edit: With the free 8 GB of RAM thrown in, that’s still a pretty darned sweet deal!

    • TurtlePerson2
    • 7 years ago

    Not to brag, but that’s what I paid for BL2 before launch. If you haven’t played the game yet. Wait a few more months and you’ll pick it up for $20.

    • Bensam123
    • 7 years ago

    Egads, I would’ve impulse bought that 2500k, but you can only purchase them from store locations… There aren’t any microcenters in WI and I would waste about the entire discount in gas money going to another state to buy one.

      • willmore
      • 7 years ago

      I wonder if Fry’s will price match them.

        • destroy.all.monsters
        • 7 years ago

        They will if it’s in stock or available on the internet – at least the ones in California do (or did as of June which was the last time I was there).

        I believe it has to be within a certain number of miles for store locations but don’t quote me on it.

        • Bensam123
        • 7 years ago

        Price matching is ridiculously OP… A lot of people don’t use it and stores advertise it all the time for show, it’s a good way to get around limitations and stock fixing. IE they advertise a certain price, but only keep a certain number in stock.

        Best use of it I’ve found is when soda is on sale, instead of going to the store where the store is at you take the flyer to one that price matches, like Walmart, and then you can pick from everything like normal and none of its picked over.

    • Bensam123
    • 7 years ago

    Duplicate.

    • flip-mode
    • 7 years ago

    $100 for i5 2500K. Sheesh.

      • MadManOriginal
      • 7 years ago

      Microcenter, COME TO MY AREA PLZ

        • destroy.all.monsters
        • 7 years ago

        I’d like them to come back to my area. 😛

          • no51
          • 7 years ago

          I’ve got 2 :p

            • Bauxite
            • 7 years ago

            They just opened another here, I have 3.

      • UberGerbil
      • 7 years ago

      Yeah, that’s the first time I’ve seen it go below the $189 I paid for mine almost a year ago (NCIX’s US intro sale), and boy is that a long way below. But no MC near me so AFAIC it doesn’t count. 😉

        • travbrad
        • 7 years ago

        MC had the 2500K on sale for $150 a little over a year ago (when I bought mine). Probably the best bang-for-buck PC hardware purchase I ever made. With the lack of high-end competition from AMD this CPU could last 5-10 years before it starts to feel slow (especially at 4.6ghz)

        $100 is just ridiculous though for the amount of performance you get.

      • NeelyCam
      • 7 years ago

      Is this the first time an INTEL quadcore is less than $100?

        • Meadows
        • 7 years ago

        2012, the world’s about to end.

        • slaimus
        • 7 years ago

        No I bought my Core 2 Quad Q8300 for $89.99, strangely also from Microcenter.

      • Bauxite
      • 7 years ago

      3770k for $230 too

      • brucethemoose
      • 7 years ago

      Already out of stock.

      • AlumarX
      • 7 years ago

      I’m going to the USA tomorrow, but there are no Microcenters in Florida. Fuuuuuuu.

    • sunner
    • 7 years ago

    Cyril, thanx for the timely News.
    Whats the Ram on the XFX 7870?

    no51, I’m with you on that.
    Also, have you noticed how the Management at “BestBuy” and some other big Retail Stores are planning on taking away some of the worker’s Thanksgiving Holiday—-and making them come in to work?

      • alwayssts
      • 7 years ago

      All 7870s are 2GB.

      190AR is a pretty darn nice price as well. I really can’t see those dropping to beyond 180 w or w/o rebate any time before a price drop on 8850…if it launches at 200 in what might be several months from now.

      IOW, if you’re looking for one any time soon it’s not a bad choice…and fwiw, xfx is one of the few (powercolor being the other, which I purchased) that use a cooler that is aftermarket, still only dual-slot and the same length of the pcb. IOW, if you’re constrained to around 9.5”, or at least less than 10”, that’s another reason to consider this card.

    • no51
    • 7 years ago

    I’d like to call out Tiger Direct for their overuse of “Black Friday Sale” basically every month; it has killed the meaning for me.

      • Bensam123
      • 7 years ago

      Newegg has been doing that the entire month too. They don’t offer any real sales either, it’s just the same sales rebranded as ‘Black Friday’ sales.

        • no51
        • 7 years ago

        It’s one thing doing it during November, and it’s another doing it every month since (according to my inbox) March.

      • TurtlePerson2
      • 7 years ago

      I’d like to call out TigerDirect for everything. I have no idea why anyone buys anything from there. The prices are higher, the service is poorer, and the website layout is worse than Newegg. I just don’t get it.

        • Srsly_Bro
        • 7 years ago

        Tiger Directs layout is terrible. I refuse to pay more and spend more time looking for it. Newegg’s layout is much simpler.

        • just brew it!
        • 7 years ago

        The gap has narrowed though; they used to always be substantially more expensive than Newegg. That isn’t always the case any more; sometimes the prices are very close, or even the same.

        I occasionally hit their CompUSA outlet store (TigerDirect now owns CompUSA, for those of you who have been living under a rock) on my way home from work. If the item in question doesn’t have free shipping on Newegg it can be a wash price-wise. Instant gratification FTW!

          • BIF
          • 7 years ago

          CompUSA has zero parts for the enthusiast. Okay, one. They actually sell a GTX 680. But everything else is lame.

          But no enthusiast-level AMD graphic cards, no cards that can drive more than 4 monitors, no IPS monitors, lots of off-brand products, poor selections of cables and connectors, and not a single USB 3.0 cable in the entire damned store. And to make up for this, their name-brand prices are EXACTLY the same price or higher than the Best Buy down the street.

          There is little reason to shop at a CompUSA, except to remind myself why I don’t buy anything from TigerDirect either.

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