Deals of the week: a Core i7-6700K for $314.99 and more

It's Friday, gerbils, and you know what that means. That's right, you've survived another week, and your reward is a basket of PC hardware deals gleaned from the various online retailers we survey. Have a look.

  • First up, we have Intel's Core i7-6700K, still holding strong at $314.99 from last week's deals post. This price may be the new normal for the processor, since Newegg's sale pricing on the chip has ended. Still, it's hard to go wrong with this four-core, eight-thread Skylake CPU with an unlocked multiplier at this price.

     

  • Another return visit this week is G.Skill's Trident Z series DDR4 memory. This time, it's the Trident Z 16GB DDR4-3000 RAM kit on offer for $74.99. This is the very kit we used in our Breadbox build a few months back. This kit stood out as one of the more aesthetically pleasing memory kits we've had the pleasure of using recently.

     

  • Asus' X99-A motherboard is $189.99 on Newegg right now. This is a board that we've recommended in our System Guide for ages, and at prices as high as $249.99. Of course, these days you can find newer X99 boards, but it's still pretty hard to find a high-quality X99 board for under 200 bucks. One caveat of this—and other—older X99 boards is that they may not have out-of-the-box support for Intel's new Broadwell-E chips. Lucky for us, this board supports Asus' nifty BIOS Flashback utility. That feature lets Broadwell-E owners update the board's UEFI with just a flash drive, a power supply, and a push of the magic button.

     

  • I know what you're thinking. With all of these components to choose from, how will you decide on the core of a new system? Don't worry, Newegg's got you covered there, too. In a rare move for our deals-of-the-week, we're bringing in a combo discount. Newegg has an Intel Core i7-6700K, a slick G.Skill Trident Z 16GB DDR4-3400 kit, and the Gigabyte Z170X-Gaming 7 motherboard all together for $549.99 after a $64.98 discount. That motherboard is Gigabyte's slightly-less-halo version of the Z170X-Gaming G1 board we reviewed a while back. The Gaming 7 is chock full of features: dual NICs, two M.2 slots, a USB Type-C connector, and more. Since the Core i7-6700K is already a good deal, this combo is like getting a high-end Z170 motherboard for a midrange Z170 price.

     

  • Just about every week, we feature at least one storage deal. This week, we're featuring an extra-special SSD. Intel's 750 Series 400GB SSD is $299.99 on the 'Egg right now. That's still pretty pricey for flash storage these days, but this is no ordinary SSD. This 750 Series drive uses four lanes of PCIe 3.0 and the NVMe protocol to achieve dizzying throughput and random I/O rates. Intel specs the drive for up to 2200MB/s of sequential reads, 900MB/s of sequential writes, a blistering 430k IOPS of random reads, and 230k IOPS of random writes. Before you pull out your credit card, though, keep in mind that if your motherboard doesn't have a U.2 slot, you'll need an adapter for an M.2 slot. That extra drives up the price of this package by about 10%.

     

  • Last but not least, Asus' 28" MG28UQ monitor is $429.99 at Newegg right now. This 4K TN display is equipped with AMD's FreeSync variable-refresh-rate tech. While we haven't had our hands on this particular display, we are pretty fond of some of Asus' other high-end monitors, and they're a regular feature in our deals-of-the-week posts and our peripheral staff picks.

There's a chance you're looking for a deal on something we didn't feature here. If that's the case, you can help The Tech Report by using the following referral links when you're out shopping: not only do we have a partnership with Newegg, but we also work with Best Buy, Adorama, RakutenWalmart, and Sam's Club. For more specific needs, you can also shop with our links at the Microsoft Store, the HP Store, and Das Keyboard's shop.

That's all for this week, folks. If we missed a great deal somewhere, be sure to share it with other TR readers in the comments.

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    • gmskking
    • 3 years ago

    Might as well wait for 7700k at that price.

      • Airmantharp
      • 3 years ago

      That’s what I’m thinking. I don’t know when it will be worth upgrading, but it isn’t today.

      • PrincipalSkinner
      • 3 years ago

      Why do you think it will be priced lower that $350?

      • flip-mode
      • 3 years ago

      That’s the thing with Intel chips for a long time now – you may as well buy them the day they come out because any price drops will come a long time afterwards and they are small price drops. Then the next chip comes out a few months after you waited to buy the last one for a $20 savings.

    • chischis
    • 3 years ago

    Probably too much to ask but I’m hoping that – now Skylake is more widely available – there might eventually be price drops on the i7-4790k…

      • HappySOB
      • 3 years ago

      Why is the 4790k still the same price as 6700k?

    • PrincipalSkinner
    • 3 years ago

    Still overpriced.

      • Krogoth
      • 3 years ago

      Still a better deal most of the current Socket 2011 line-up. It is the best deal if you need plenty of PCIe lanes and SMT.

    • tootercomputer
    • 3 years ago

    I own the 6700K, and have it OCed to 4.610 GHz on air, running at 1.38 vcore. Very pleased with the chip. Very stable. If you’re on the fence, get it. A very good chip.

      • sweatshopking
      • 3 years ago

      I have a 4790k. Im not upgrading AND YOU CAN’T MAKE ME

        • Deanjo
        • 3 years ago

        Thought you were selling your desktop. No [s<]takers[/s<] suckers on your insanely high asking price?

      • The Egg
      • 3 years ago

      Meh. Microcenter currently has it for $289, plus another $30 off a motherboard, making it effectively $259.

        • chubbyhorse
        • 3 years ago

        For what it’s worth; not everyone can drive across the country to go to Microcenter.
        A good deal nonetheless and thanks for sharing for those who can.

          • The Egg
          • 3 years ago

          I understand, but if you’re in the market and going to be driving near one for any reason, you can get a substantial savings. If you wanted to get fancy, you could have a friend/familymember near a MC buy and ship one to you, and then reimburse them.

          [url=http://www.microcenter.com/product/451883/Core_i7-6700K_40GHz_LGA_1151_Boxed_Processor<]$289 Microcenter link[/url<], additional $30 off with motherboard bundle.

        • Acidicheartburn
        • 3 years ago

        You really can’t beat Microcenter for CPU prices, as long as they have what you want.

          • tootercomputer
          • 3 years ago

          I’ve purchased from Newegg a lot since 2002. I have purchased elsewhere, too, but for computer hardware purchases (except for monitors which I like to see first hand before I buy), I almost always choose Newegg as I have never ever had a single problem RMAing if necessary, and this really reduces the stress of purchasing say $800 worth of hardware at a given time from an on-line source. Even if the price is a bit higher, which it is at times, Newegg has always back their products in my expeirence. In contrast, have found returning stuff to Amazon to be a total pain. And while I’m thinking of it, I have never had a problem returning stuff to Best Buy, and their prices have become much more competitive now.

            • dragontamer5788
            • 3 years ago

            Microcenter has good RMA procedure. I know, I’ve returned my current build when things didn’t work and got a new Mobo that did have things work.

            Its more convenient to be able to finish a build in the same day, rather than returning things by mail and waiting… waiting… waiting…

        • anotherengineer
        • 3 years ago

        Newegg has it for $135 off here in Canada too!!

        Now it’s only $415+$6+13% so about $476!!

        • Airmantharp
        • 3 years ago

        Y’all made me look, but this 2500k just keeps ticking and ticking…

          • tootercomputer
          • 3 years ago

          Ha, yeah, so does mine; I have it on our “family” system (the 6700K is for my home office and replaced an i7 Lynfield that still ticks along pretty well OCed to 3.6GHHz). The 2500k was a monster OCer, and they did the heat cover right back then. Mine is OCed to 4.5GHz, and it never gets much above 65C on a Hyper 212+.

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