Deal of the week: A Bay Trail netbook for only $150

Another week, another lame introductory sentence for our bulleted list of sweet PC hardware deals.

  • Forget Chromebooks. Staples is selling Asus' 11.6" X205TA netbook for only $149.99 right now. The Win8.1 system has a quad-core Bay Trail processor, a 1366x768 display, 2GB of RAM, and 32GB of storage. Wireless options abound, there's a Micro SD slot onboard, and you even get a couple of USB ports. Pretty incredible considering the price tag. (Thanks Slickdeals.)
  • Discounted memory is in vogue these days, and Newegg has a nice deal on a couple of G.Skill Ripjaws X Series DDR3-1600 kits. The 2 x 4GB combo is down to only $59.99 with promo code EMCANNA67, while the 2 x 8GB one is just $106.24 with promo code EMCANNA22. The timings are tighter on the smaller kit—9-9-9-24 vs 10-10-10-30—but both operate at a standard 1.5V. Watch out for those taller heat spreaders, though.
  • The deals on Radeon R9 290 and 290X cards have mostly dried up, but there are still some bargains out there. TigerDirect has an XFX 290 for just $239.99 after a $30 mail-in rebate, while Newegg offers a PowerColor 290X for $289.99 after a similar $30 rebate. Both cards have custom coolers and reasonably positive user reviews. And 4GB of RAM. Ahem.
  • Intel's 730 Series 240GB is slashed to $119.99 at Newegg right now. Plenty of budget SSDs are cheaper, I know, but they don't have the 730 Series' datacenter DNA, robust power-loss protection, and five-year warranty. The drive is rated for 50GB of writes per day over that five-year period, giving it higher endurance than most SSDs, as well.

Those are the deals that caught my eye this morning. Feel free to add anything I missed in the comments below.

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