Greetings, folks! I've started doing a little home improvement—well, paying for it, anyway. The first project was getting a new kitchen exhaust fan and under-cupboard lighting shining on the countertop. Both implementations are a swimming success, but there's a major catch: the better lights now quite handily illustrate how some of the appliances and assorted bits of kit need a good scrub. Alas, house work is never really done, is it? Never mind that anyhow, here are some sweet, juicy PC hardware deals.
- It's safe to say that today is RAM day. The chip factories over in Taiwan must be working overtime, seeing as a lot of DIMM makers have discounted wares right now. Starting with the higher speed grade, we have the G.Skill Ripjaws V 16-GB kit at a honkin' fast 3600 MT/s. These should be a top choice for speedy rigs, and the asking price is just $111.99 from Newegg.
- If you need a set of memory sticks that's both capacious and fast, take a look at the Team T-Force Dark 32-GB kit clocked at 3200 MT/s. The heat spreaders are a little on the garish side, but hey, it's a whole thirty-two gigabytes of fast RAM for only $199.99 at Newegg. For folks whose primary keywords for joy are "big" and "cheap," there's the Team T-Force Vulcan 32-GB kit with 2400 MT/s DIMMs at a price of $159.99 at Newegg with the cart code EMCTVTY29.
- Adata has a couple interesting options, too. The first is the Adata XPG Gammix 16-GB set with 3000 MT/s DIMMs and sleek silver-colored heatsinks. This kit is going for only $84.99 at Rakuten with the checkout code AD15. If you've gone the RGB LED lighting route, then you'll want to take a slight detour and inspect the Adata XPG Spectrix 16-GB kit at 3000 MT/s that's clad in multicolor lights and goes for $93.49 at Rakuten with the checkout code AD16.
- Next up, a combo set with two pieces for an affordable-but-meaty rig. The Ryzen 5 2400G is our top choice for a budget CPU with competent integrated graphics thanks to its Vega 11 IGP and four Zen+ cores and eight threads clocked at up to 3.9 GHz. This chip will slot right into an Asus Prime B450M-A/CSM board that's got all the basics covered, including a PCIe x4 M.2 slot. Newegg will hand you both items for just $199.98, or $30 off the individual items' price.
- 'Tis the season for building, and graphics card choices are aplenty now. The top pick of the day is the Zotac GeForce GTX 1060 6 GB with GDDR5X memory. This card has an overbuilt two-fan cooler and a nominal boost clock of 1708 MHz that'll almost certainly climb higher in actual usage thanks to Pascal's smarts. You can pick it up for $199.99 at Newegg, and the e-tailer will bundle it with an HDMI-to-VGA adapter and a Fortnite gift card.
- We're perfecting proceedings with a pair of potent, powerful, pleasant portables. The first one is the Lenovo IdeaPad 720S. This 13.3" machine has a quality metal chassis, a 1920×1080 display, and a large trackpad. Inside, you'll find a Ryzen 5 2500U processor, 8 GB of RAM, and a 512-GB NVMe solid-state drive. The price tag on it at Rakuten reads a silly-low $624.99 if you use the checkout code LEN110. Dayum.
- Fold-over convertibles are quite handy, as is the case with the Lenovo Flex 5. This 15.6" machine has a 1920×1080 display which is a little on the low-res side, but it more than makes up for it with a big Core i7-8550U processor coupled with 16 GB of RAM and a 512-GB NVMe SSD. This all makes for one powerful convertible, and the best part is that all you need to take it home from Rakuten is $759.99 and the checkout code LEN140.
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