Deals of the week: fast memory, an AM4 motherboard, and more

Howdy, gerbils. Bruno is still trekking across the United States right now, so you're stuck with me this week. I have to keep this short, but don't worry: the deals are as good as ever.

  • HGST's Deskstar NAS 8TB hard drive is $249.99 on Newegg with promo code EMCRHCB63. Deskstar NAS drives have a reputation for reliability and high performance, and our research suggests this is one of the lowest prices ever on this particular capacity. What's not to like?

     

  • G.Skill's Trident Z DIMMs are a mainstay of TR's test rigs, and Newegg has a Trident Z 16GB (2x8GB) DDR4-3200 kit with white accents and 16-18-18-38 timings for $129.99 today. This is the cheapest 16GB kit of DDR4-3200 RAM on Newegg right now, and it'll make any build about 100% classier. If white isn't your thing, Newegg also has a red kit with two-tone heatspreaders for $135.99.

     

  • We're not usually big on mail-in rebates, but this one is too good to ignore. Gigabyte's AB350-Gaming 3 motherboard is $99.99 at Newegg with promo code EMCRHCB23, but the real deal is the $20 mail-in rebate on top of that. For the money, you get a fully-featured Socket AM4 mobo with USB 3.1 Gen2 ports, a single M.2 slot, overclocking support, and the all-important RGB LEDs. About the only thing this board is missing is a USB Type-C port, but I haven't missed it when this board has been on my test bench. Throw the Ryzen CPU of your choice in this baby and enjoy.

     

  • Best Buy has Sennheiser's HD558 headphones on sale for $69.98 right now. These cans are popular as "entry-level high-end" headphones, and a long history of sterling reviews from owners and reviewers alike show it's for good reason. If you need high-quality headphones on the cheap, these could be just the ticket.

     

  • Been tempted to strap on an Apple Watch? Best Buy is running some deep discounts on a variety of Apple Watch Series 2 styles. We won't run through every size, color, and band combo on offer here, but basic 38mm Series 2 styles start at $299 (down from $369), while 42mm Watches start at $329 (down from $399).

     

  • Oculus' Summer of Rift promotion is still going on, and that means you can still pick up an Oculus Rift and its Touch controllers for $399 from Best Buy. That bundle includes seven games and experiences: EVE Valkyrie, Lucky's Tale, Medium, Toybox, Quill, Dead and Buried, Dragon Front, and Robo Recall. If you've been holding off on getting into VR, this bundle is well worth it.

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    • Renko
    • 2 years ago

    Ah one more thing about the AB350. Check what BIOS it is shipping with. If it is not the latest BIOS released in June then memory can be an issue. My dual rank Trident Z 16GB modules didn’t run at 3000 (2933 for Ryzen) until that update.

    • Renko
    • 2 years ago

    The Gigabyte AB350 Gaming 3 at $79.99 with MIR is a steal but I had to switch out from that board to an X370 board due to VRM overheating issues. If you run at stock you’ll be fine. If you have a tower cooler, you might be fine. If you have an AIO liquid cooler or closed loop without the vrms taken into account you likely won’t be fine.

    I bought it when Ryzen came out for my 1700X. It had no issues doing 4.0GHz at 1.35V until the ambient temperature started rising in my apartment with spring turning into summer. I don’t have air conditioning and ambient temperature near 30C is pretty darn warm so I’m not flat out saying buyer beware or anything like that.

    My vrms were hitting 105C with that overclock. I backed it down to stock speed/voltage but the board wasn’t stable anymore. During any load the usb and display ports would shutoff. Presumably the CPU also to prevent damage.

    Anyway I switched to an ASRock X370 with a better power delivery system and heatsinks on the vrms (I am aware of the opinions associated with vrm heatsinks) however I have not had a single issue in the same ambient temperatures at 1.38V at 4GHz.

    Also before I switched out the board I bought a new PSU to rule that out.

    Just food for thought. 🙂

    • firewired
    • 2 years ago

    For Canadians looking to build a Ryzen system, newegg.ca has the R7 1700 on sale this weekend for $350 CAD with free shipping.

    Given the currency exchange rate for CAD to USD at the moment this qualifies as a good deal in my opinion. I bought one.

    Have not chosen a motherboard yet, some research and reading to do first. Leaning toward the ASUS ROG STRIX X370-F Gaming.

    It will be a month or more until all the parts for the build are acquired. Graphics card prices are still far too inflated to buy one until the mining freaks calm down.

      • JustAnEngineer
      • 2 years ago

      I usually don’t have the patience to acquire the components of a new PC build [url=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rWHniL8MyMM<]one piece at a time[/url<]. A decade ago, when technology vendors were in tight competition, you could usually plan on whatever technology you purchased getting better, faster and cheaper every few months. It therefore made sense to delay purchasing components until you were ready to assemble them all.

        • firewired
        • 2 years ago

        I agree regarding thoughts about the long long ago compared to the here and now, but the product market as it sits right now is unlikely to change significantly in the next few months.

        The only parts I have yet to purchase is a motherboard and a graphics card.

        I will likely pickup an AM4 motherboard in the next two weeks after a lot of research is done, which is generally a wise idea for any purchase, but particularly so given AM4’s known teething problems.

        The graphics card purchase will probably wait longer, but this is not a primary machine – it will be a tinkering project, maybe becoming a primary machine sometime in the future.

          • JustAnEngineer
          • 2 years ago

          Buy the motherboard and build the new PC with the graphics card from your existing PC. Let the old PC use integrated graphics or an old graphics card until the time is right to buy a new one.

    • kuraegomon
    • 2 years ago

    I have a pair of HD558s. I paid $200 for them. They’re a really good value at $70.

      • blahsaysblah
      • 2 years ago

      Can you self repair the ear pads? When i see those types, i just see a hidden super fast auto self destruct…

        • JustAnEngineer
        • 2 years ago

        [url<]https://www.amazon.com/Genuine-Replacement-Cushions-SENNHEISER-Headphones/dp/B002STGF6O/[/url<] I've replaced the [url=https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/116359-REG/Sennheiser_033166_HD430_03_Ear_Cushions.html<]pads[/url<] on my venerable Sennheiser HD430 set several times. They were top of the line a few decades ago, but they've been relegated to use on the PC for gaming.

      • Thresher
      • 2 years ago

      I have a pair of 598s. I’d say they were good headphones, but they tend to be very bright and can be a challenge. The 558s are very similar.

      Honestly, I like a little more bass, but not like basshead bass. Something with a bit more of a tight punch. Basshead headphones tend to be sloppy and suck for jazz or anything else with an acoustic drumset.

      I have a set of Sony MDR-1As that I love, but for $70, the 558s are going to be hard to beat.

    • The Egg
    • 2 years ago

    That’s a really good price on those Sennheiser 558’s

      • albundy
      • 2 years ago

      agreed. a really nice pair of cans for that pricepoint.

      edit: i take that back. i misread them as 598’s.

      • EzioAs
      • 2 years ago

      If only Best Buy ships internationally…

      …but I’m guessing with the shipping prices then, it won’t really be much of a deal.

    • derFunkenstein
    • 2 years ago

    [quote<]Been tempted to strap on an Apple Watch? Best Buy is running some deep discounts on a variety of Apple Watch Series 2 styles. We won't run through every size, color, and band combo on offer here, but basic 38mm Series 2 styles start at $299 (down from $369), while 42mm Watches start at $329 (down from $399).[/quote<] They had this deal at Mother's Day, and I got the 38mm model for my wife. She's in love and finds the "smart" features to be convenient (especially remote shutter on the camera so she can set it up and then get in the shot), but I'm still not sold on smartwatches.

      • UberGerbil
      • 2 years ago

      I was sitting on the subway the other day and the guy across the aisle had an iPhone, an iPad (which he was using on his knees with a keyboard) and an Apple Watch. He didn’t seem to notice, but about half the time he moved his arm the watch would come on briefly and then dim again. I wondered if he was happy with the battery life, or had any idea why it was worse than it should be.

        • derFunkenstein
        • 2 years ago

        My wife reports being happy with battery life. She charges it at night because she said moving in her sleep wakes the display, which in turn wakes her. She puts it on after her shower every morning and it’s always around 40-45% when we go to bed, around 16 hours of use (7am to 11pm).

          • JustAnEngineer
          • 2 years ago

          I usually charge my Vivosmart HR for the few minutes that I’m in the shower in the morning. It’ll go a week without charging.

        • Thresher
        • 2 years ago

        I’ve had no problems with battery life, but you do need to charge it once a day. That’s kind of a drawback if you want to use the sleep measurement features.

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