Deal of the week: A Radeon R9 290X for $233

Big-screen TVs seem to be the deal du jour ahead of Superbowl Sunday, but there are some nice bargains on PC hardware, too. Here's what caught my eye this morning:

  • AMD's Radeon R9 290X graphics card is discounted all over the place. The best deal I've seen (thanks to Slickdeals) is at NCIX, which is selling a PowerColor variant for just $232.99 after a $30 mail-in rebate. On top of that, new customers are eligible for a $20 gift card with coupon code NEWCUST20GCJAN. Canadians can also get in on the action, but the price after rebate is $269.99, because the Loonie is now worth only slightly more than Monopoly money.
  • Craving a massive hard drive? Seagate's Desktop HDD 6TB is marked down to $199.99 at Newegg's Ebay outlet. Don't ask me why the same drive is $30 more at And don't ask about the spindle speed, either, because it's not listed on Seagate's site. Odds are the platters spin at 5,900 RPM. (Thanks to the HardForum for this one.)
  • Today's SSD discounts include dueling contenders in the 240-256GB range. The cheaper of the two is the Crucial MX100 256GB, which is down to $89.99 at TigerDirect with coupon code HBB152131. Intel's 530 Series 240GB is a little pricier—$109.99 at Newegg with promo code EMCAKPA22—but it has a longer five-year warranty and better performance with demanding workloads. It's hard to go wrong either way, especially if you're upgrading from mechanical storage.
  • I gave Corsair's Obsidian Series 450D a TR Recommended award when the case cost $119.99, but it's a fair bit cheaper right now. Newegg has the mid-tower listed for just $89.99 after promo code EMCAKPA46 and a $10 mail-in rebate. That's a fantastic price given the 450D's solid performance, attractive exterior, and builder-friendly guts.

The list above is by no means exhaustive, so feel free to add any good deals you spot to the comments below.

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