Deals of the week: cheap mobos and a GTX 950

Just the other day I was sitting at the corner of 79th and 1st, minding my own business, when somebody accuses me of doing shady deals. Must have been the trenchcoat that tipped'em off or something. Except I'm not selling drugs. I am doing some deals, but they aren't in any way shady. In fact, come over here, see what I have to show you.

  • All the talk about graphics cards these days is about Pascal and Polaris, but that doesn't mean older cards are going down without a fight. One of our long-time favorites is the GTX 950. Newegg is selling the Asus GTX 950 Mini 2GB for $119.99 with a free game. That's a nice price on its own, but if you take advantage of a $30 rebate card, you can bring it down to the mere pittance of $89.99.


  • Gaming monitors tend to be quite expensive. Or do they? The Acer XG270HU display is on sale at Newegg for $379.99. That's a 27", 2560×1440 monitor with a maximum refresh rate of 144Hz and FreeSync support. This monitor is just the ticket for smooth visuals if you game on an AMD card.


  • You may be on the market for a nice motherboard instead. We've got you covered. The Asus X99-A/USB 3.1 is a mobo for Intel LGA 2011-v3 CPUs with two USB 3.1 ports, an M.2 PCIe x4 slot, an Intel Gigabit Ethernet adapter, and SLI support. It can be yours for $189.99 at Newegg.


  • Only own a "mere" LGA 1151 CPU? That's fine, too. Take a look at the MSI Z170A SLI. This here mobo is based off the Intel Z170 chipset with an M.2 PCIe x4 slot, Intel an Ethernet adapter, and a USB 3.1 Type-C 10Gbps port. Grab it at Newegg for $97.99. There's a $10 rebate card available, too.


  • Perhaps you upgraded your motherboard by clicking one of the deals above. Now let's take a look at the RAM for it. Newegg is offering G.Skill's Ripjaws V 16GB 3200 MT/s set (with two 8GB DIMMs) for a scant $76.99. Grab'em while they're hot.


  • Keeping with the "full build" theme, it's time to pick out a case. Few fit the bill better than Fractal Design's Define S enclosure, a much-loved bit of kit here at TR HQ. Newegg is selling it for $59.99, which is an absolute steal.


  • Please don't tell me you don't have backups. Okay, you don't. Let's fix that. Seagate's 8TB USB 3.0 external hard drive is selling at Newegg for $179.99 with promo code ESCENGL38. If 8TB isn't enough for you, buddy, you have a hoarding problem.


  • Last but not least, here's what in your truly's opinion is the best USB thumb drive you can get your hands on. The Corsair 64GB Survivor Stealth thumb drive is on sale at Newegg for only $19.99 after promo code ESCENGL45. I kid you not, I still have and use the 4GB version that TR sent me back when I was but a lowly gerbil. These drives are waterproof and nigh-on indestructible.

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 and Das Keyboard's shop.

That's all for today, folks. If you found any good deals that we may have missed, please let us know in the comments section below.

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    • VincentHanna
    • 3 years ago

    I couldn’t get ESCENGL38 to work with the External drive.

    • Voldenuit
    • 3 years ago

    Can we get in the habit of posting Freesync Ranges for monitors whenever we can (since manufacturers like to hide this detail)?

    In the case of the XG270HU, [url=<]it's 40-144 Hz[/url<], which is a pretty good range and eligible for LFC. Just don't want ppl to get burned on 48-75 Hz Freesync monitors.

      • DPete27
      • 3 years ago

      Might as well save [url=<]AMD's FreeSync monitor compilation[/url<] to your favorites.

        • BurntMyBacon
        • 3 years ago

        That’s a useful site and certainly enough information to protect the consumer who knows about it. However, I think if the vast majority of reputable reviewers were diligent about posting these specs in an easy to find manor and vocal about the implications every time a FreeSync monitor hits the site, the manufacturers just might make it a point to design usable ranges into the monitors.

      • Chrispy_
      • 3 years ago

      I haven’t used that many different Freesync monitors (four, to be exact) but all of them have been underclockable, meaning that I can lower the minimum range and make them eligible for LFC regardless.

      30-75Hz works on the 48-75Hz and 40-75Hz screens I’ve encountered. I run mine at 30-80Hz when it came as a 40-75Hz model.

      LFC is important since Freesync with LFC is better than G-Sync and Freesync without LFC is inferior to G-Sync.

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