Deals of the week: nice mobos, cheap RAM, and more

These gerbilssss… theys conssstantly out on the prowl. Tricksy gerbilses. I knows what they wantses, my preciousss hardware. But I gives it not to them, no, my preciousss. I musst find distractions for them. I musst fish out tasty deals, let them have those instead. Rabid gerbilses, they never leaves me alone. Fine, heress dealss, goes away, gerbilsses!

  • We're going to kick things off with a two-hit combo pack. Newegg is running a deal on a set with an ASRock Fatal1ty AB350 Gaming K4 motherboard and an AMD Ryzen 5 1600X CPU. The mobo has two M.2 slots, a reinforced main PCIe slot, a Type-C USB port, and RGB LED lighting. Grab the combo for only $304.98. That's $50 off what the individual items cost, enough money to get you a real nice cooler for that 1600X.


  • Newegg is also running a promotion for 10% off a wide selection of RAM. Given that memory prices have been climbing sharply in the past few months, this offer is more than welcome. Note the promo code EMCRFBJ46, click here, and get something better than those that 2 GB DIMMs you have.


  • We'd like to highlight one particular deal from the set above. The G.Skill Ripjaws V 16GB DDR4 3200 MT/s set with two 8 GB DIMMs is selling for a scant $104.99 at Newegg with help of the promo code EMCSRFBJ4. Although this kit is currently showing as out of stock, if anyone's going to have more shipped in, it's going to be Newegg. Keep a close eye.


  • Gigabyte's Aorus GA-Z270X Gaming 5 motherboard is as fancy as they come. This mobo has metal-reinforced PCIe and DIMM slots, a beefed-up audio section with an ALC1220 codec and upgradeable op-amps, a dual-Ethernet setup with Killer and Intel controllers, and a Type-C USB 3.1 port. There's also multi-zone RGB LED lighting for those with a penchant for color coordination. Grab one of these from Newegg for $164.99. If you take advantage of the rebate card offer, you can cut another $20 off the price.


  • Prefer an Asus board? Right this way, ma'am. The Asus Prime Z270-A comes with an Intel Ethernet controller, a Realtek S1220A codec with DTS Connect support, Type-A and Type-C USB 3.1 ports, and a header for optional Thunderbolt connectivity. It can be yours for only $149.99 at Newegg, a sweet deal for a board of this caliber.


  • We have a repeat of a deal from last week, but for good reason. The Zotac GeForce GTX 1070 Mini graphics card has a dual-fan cooler with copper heatpipes, a nominal boost clock of 1708 MHz, and compact dimensions. How much, you say? Only $349.99 at Newegg.


  • And would a deals post be without storage deals? As good as empty, that's what. Although SSD prices have been on the rise thanks to NAND flash shortages, the 1TB drives are still generally good deals. The Western Digital Blue 1TB SATA SSD can hit sequential speeds of 545 MB/s for reads and 525 MB/s on writes. WD offers 3 years of warranty, and I can personally attest to the excellency of its support. The price is very inviting: $264.99 at Newegg if you use promo code EMCRFBJ34. Get'em while they're hot.


  • Humongous hard drives are pretty popular these days. Today's pick is the Toshiba N300 8TB hard drive with a 7200 RPM spindle speed and 128MB of cache. This is a NAS-oriented model, meaning it should handle multiple requests flawlessly and offer better reliability than standard offerings. Grab one from Newegg for $264.99 with promo code EMCRFBJ25. That works out to $33 per terabyte.

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    • Ragnar Dan
    • 2 years ago

    I paid $270 for my [url=<]HGST 8 TB drive[/url<] at Newegg. My good experience with the brand = give it a test. The price is back up to $300 now. There was a discount code but I think it also had a lower original price when I bought it.

    • yuhong
    • 2 years ago

    “Although this kit is currently showing as out of stock, if anyone’s going to have more shipped in, it’s going to be Newegg. ”
    It is now back in stock at $145. Given the DRAMeXchange prices and DDR4-3200, do you really think the $105 price would have lasted?

    • rahulahl
    • 2 years ago

    “EMCRFBJ25” is not valid for us Australians 🙁

    • ozzuneoj
    • 2 years ago

    So what’s the deal with reinforced PCI-E slots? Who decided that that was something to look for in a motherboard? I’ve never ever heard of a card or board having any kind of problems due to an insufficiently reinforced slot… then like last year boards started advertising these.

    Has anyone ever needed this?

      • K-L-Waster
      • 2 years ago

      As soon as one company offered it all the rest had to — otherwise you’d get forum comments about “careful with that one, a heavy GPU might break the PCI slots, they’re not reinforced.”

      It’s silly, but that’s product check box features for ya….

        • meerkt
        • 2 years ago

        The real question is, are there any reinforced slots with RGB LEDs?

          • UberGerbil
          • 2 years ago

          No, the real question is: where are the boards with the reinforced RGB LEDS?

      • demani
      • 2 years ago

      Sata ports are where I wish there was reinforcement-tiny solders on an end-wise mounted socket is just trouble, even if you aren’t actually messing with the jacks. The Sata blocks are much better, but they aren’t nearly as ubiquitous. I suppose Ram slots (at least the first time) might benefit.

      • Chrispy_
      • 2 years ago

      It’s stupid bling that serves no purpose whatsoever.

      If you look at the design of the “reinforced PCI-E slots”, there’s nothing that actually makes the slots stronger. People just see shiny metal and believe the marketing lies.

    • southrncomfortjm
    • 2 years ago

    Really bummed about the SSD prices lately. Those 1TB drives should really be sub $200 now for everything except the really high end stuff.

    Hopefully that NAND shortage ends soon and things get back to normal again.

      • rnalsation
      • 2 years ago


        • Waco
        • 2 years ago

        There’s a real shortage. I have machines I can’t get replacement parts for because there’s a 3 month backlog…

      • Stochastic
      • 2 years ago

      Yeah, I’m holding off until 2018 to build a new PC because of the high SSD and RAM prices.

      • anotherengineer
      • 2 years ago

      SSD prices……………have you seen ram prices!! Wow past 8 months, up up and away

        • southrncomfortjm
        • 2 years ago

        Haven’t paid too much attention to RAM prices since I’m only really interested in an SSD at the moment. I’m looking for a solid 1TB drive for game installs since games are now 60GB+… Shoot, Gears 4 ended up being 120GB+ somehow.

        I’ll be concerned about RAM prices when Coffee Lake comes out and I’m considering an upgrade.

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