At last, gerbils. 'Tis Friday, and you know what that means. The cream of the crop, the bee's knees, the sweetest juice from the landscape of online PC hardware stores, distilled down to its essence here. Today's edition is jam-packed with high-powered hardware and peripherals, so get your racing helmet on. Let's hit the road.
- We're kicking this off with the biggest items (literally)—a pair of AOC gaming monitors. The first one we have is the AOC AG271QX. This TN display has a 2560x1440 resolution and a speedy 144Hz refresh rate. To top off the main specs, there's FreeSync support on tap, making this display a great entry into high-speed, variable-refresh-rate gaming. The AG271QX also offers a fully-adjustable stand with an integrated headphone holder, built-in speakers, and a "low input lag" mode. You can grab one at Newegg for $439.99 after promo code EMCRBCR33.
- The second monitor on display is similar... but different. The AOC AG271QG also has a 2560x1440 resolution, but its refresh rate is a whopping 165Hz. The display has a VA panel with a quoted 4ms response time. That panel should offer excellent color reproduction, and if the "G" in the model name didn't give it away, this monitor has support for G-Sync variable refresh rate tech. Aside from that, the AG271QG offers the same adjustable stand and speakers as its FreeSync brother. Newegg is selling it for $619.99 if you use promo code EMCRBCR34.
- Now, we have the graphics cards to power those fine displays. Let's start from the bottom. The MSI RX 480 8GB Armor is a fine example of the breed, with its two big Torx fans and a boost clock speed of 1291 MHz. Newegg is running a deal on this card, and you can get one for only $219.99. There's an additional $20 on offer by way of a rebate card.
- The Gigabyte GTX 1070 G1 Gaming is a triple-fanned beast with a boost clock of 1882MHz in its OC mode and RGB LED lighting. We're big fans of Gigabyte's Windforce 3X cooler atop this card, too. You can grab this puppy from Newegg for only $399.99, an excellent deal for a GTX 1070 of this caliber.
- There's no kill like overkill, and few things fit that description more than the EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 FTW. This card has two pretty-large fans atop it, a metal backplate, and RGB LED lighting. The GPU can hit a boost clock of 1860MHz, but judging from my own experiences with it, it'll often go way farther than that on its own. It's a speedy thing, no doubt about it, and Newegg will sell you one for $609.99. There's a $20 rebate card on offer to sweeten the deal further.
- RAM prices may have risen sharply, but G.Skill is apparently resisting that change as much as it can. The G.Skill Ripjaws V 32GB DDR4 kit, with two 16GB DIMMs clocked at 2400 MT/s, is just the ticket for a system with gobs of RAM to spare for anything you care to throw at it. Pick up this kit for $159.99 at Newegg.
- Last but certainly not least, we have a nice chassis for the system you're certainly surely going to build with some of the parts above. The Corsair Carbide 600C is a sleek-looking case with an "inverted ATX" design with the power supply resting in the top section. The exterior is made of good ol' steel, and the acrylic side panel is actually a door. Needless to say, the case is gorgeous. Corsair includes three AF140L fans in it, and if you choose to go the liquid-cooling route, the 600C can take in a 280-mm radiator at the front and a 360-mm unit on the bottom. Newegg will happily sell you this case for $129.99 with an extra free fan. As if that deal wasn't sweet enough on its own, there's a $20 rebate card available.
That's it for today, folks! If you found any sweet online deals that we missed, please share them with your gerbil brethren in the comments section below.
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