Deal of the week: The Pentium AE for $55, cheap SSDs, and more

This week's deals post runneth over with discounted goodness. Behold:

  • The Pentium G3258 Anniversary Edition CPU is already a sweet deal at its usual asking price, but TigerDirect has the chip discounted to only $54.99 with coupon code SIO139297. (Thanks Slickdeals!) That's an incredible deal for a Haswell duallie we overclocked to 4.8GHz. If your pockets are a little deeper, consider the Devil's Canyon-based Core i5-4690K, which TigerDirect has slashed to $209.97 without any coupon codes, rebates, or other strings attached. This quad-core chip is much more capable than the Pentium, and it has an overclocking-friendly unlocked multiplier, too.
  • Intel's 730 Series SSD is basically an enterprise-class drive dressed up for desktops. It's usually way too expensive to be worth considering, but promo code IDF730 knocks 25% off the asking price at Newegg right now, bringing the 240GB down to $142.42 and the 480GB to $284.99. Even though plenty of other SSDs still cost less per gig, they can't match the 730 Series' datacenter pedigree, longer warranty, and higher endurance rating. Kudos to the HardForum for catching this one.
  • If you want the lowest cost per gig, PNY's Optima SSD is hard to beat. Newegg has the 480GB version down to $164.99, or $0.34/GB, after promo code EMCPAWH223 and a $20 mail-in rebate. The Optima doesn't have the best reputation, but it's not the only SSD on sale this week. TigerDirect is selling the SanDisk Ultra II 240GB for $99.99 after coupon code QTF139450 and the Intel 530 Series 240GB for $129.99 with coupon code PXC139552. The Optima and Ultra II have three-year warranties, while the 530 Series is covered for five years.
  • We like the wide viewing angles offered by IPS displays, and a couple of 'em are on sale at Newegg right now. Asus' VN248H-P monitor can be had for just $134.99 after promo code EMCPAPA52 and a $20 rebate, while Dell's P2314H is available for $154.99 with promo code EMCPAWH43. The Asus is listed as a 23.8-incher, while the Dell measures 23". Both have 1080p resolutions and multiple digital inputs. Only the Dell offers a DisplayPort jack and the ability rotate to a portrait orientation, though.
  • Last, but not least, we have Fractal Design's Define R4 enclosure. This low-noise mid-tower is on sale for $79.99 at Newegg with promo code EMCPAWH96. The case looks great, has enough room inside for a well-equipped desktop, and is endorsed by scores of glowing user reviews. We were also impressed with its predecessor, the Define R3, when we reviewed it a few years ago.

That's all for this week. As always, feel free to add any deals we've missed to the comments below.

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