Bargain basement: a Ryzen 7 2700X and a mobo for $320 and much more

A fair day, good gerbils. While I'd like to think that I have a decent enough moral compass, I've been considering the infliction of bodily harm these past couple days. You see, my apartment building is glued to the next one over, and someone over there is apparently doing some serious remodeling. Given that I work remotely with a multiple-hour timezone difference, I usually sleep over the morning. The hammers started at 08:00. I'm becoming angry. You wouldn't like me when I'm angry. The only thing that soothes me right now is sweet PC hardware deals. Here's today's catch.

  • Our leading item is one heck of a combo pack. The AMD Ryzen 2700X is one of the best mid-range CPU choices of the moment, thanks to its eight Zen+ cores and sixteen threads, each capable of hitting 4.3 GHz. The chip will go nicely into the Gigabyte GA-AX370-Gaming 3 mobo, a straightforward but capable affair with metal jackets around the main PCIe slots, an M.2 PCIe x4 slot, and a souped-up Realtek ALC1220 audio codec. The folks at Newegg will sell you both pieces for $319.98, or $75 off the regular total.

  • You can link that awesome combo with this hyper combo for an ultra combo finish. The first item in this here pack is the Intel 660p 512 GB—probably the SSD of the moment, thanks to its combination of low price and good performance, capable of pushing 1500 MB/s in sequential reads and 1800 MB/s writing. That drive goes well with the G.Skill Aegis 16 GB kit with 3000 MT/s DIMMs, a no-frills set that just does its job. Newegg will box you both items for just $129.98, an amount that's $28 off the regular combined total and that would get you only the RAM kit just a few months back.

  • That processor above is pretty nice, but if you want something with even more grunt, we have yet another combo deal that could also go with the SSD-and-RAM pack. The Intel Core i9-9900K is a top-shelf CPU that's nigh on the best gaming chip around, and it's also a productivity beast. After all, eight cores and sixteen threads of Coffee Lake clocked at up to a sky-high 5 GHz pack some serious punch. Since that processor needs as suitable home, the Asus ROG Strix Z390-E motherboard should fit the bill. It's got sizable heatsinks sitting next to an integrated I/O shield, two M.2 slots, a high-end S1220A audio codec, Intel-powered Ethernet and Wi-Fi, USB Type-A and Type-C ports, and, naturally, RGB LED lighting. Grab both these high-end pieces of kit for $684.98 from Newegg, or $100 off what they'd cost separately.

  • How about an affordable gaming monitor that hits every note just right? The Acer ED242QR is a 24" display with a resolution of 1920×1080. That's as banal as banal comes, but there's more than meets the eye. The VA panel is curved and has a maximum refresh rate of 144 Hz. There's FreeSync adaptive refresh rate support on tap, and an input selection with DVI, HDMI, and DisplayPort connectors. The price? A mere $149.99 at Newegg with the cart code EMCTYTA35. That's insane.

  • Bigger is oftentimes better, and that may well be the case with the LG 34UC79-G display. It's a humoungous 34" display with a resolution of 2560×1080 and a 144 Hz refresh rate. As befits a good gaming monitor, there's FreeSync support on tap. As an added bonus, this display comes with a 1 ms motion blur reduction feature that'll certainly come in handy. The price is just $454.99 at Newegg.

  • The final bit of kit today is a powerful one. The Seasonic Focus Plus 550 W power supply is a quality box o' watts. It's got fully modular cabling, semi-passive cooling, and enough connectors for most any rig. The efficiency rating is 80+ Gold, and the price is $74.99 at Newegg. That's not bad, but the trick here is the $25 rebate card that can bring the endgame total to just $49.99.

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    • gmskking
    • 3 months ago

    July release date for Ryzen 3000 would be great. I hope there is a good selection of X570 motherboards at that time, but I am skeptical.

    • ronch
    • 3 months ago

    Maybe I’ll wait for Zen 2 so 2600X and 2700X prices would come down further. Yes maybe they’ll give 10% higher performance for about $30 more or so but something about the monolithic die makes me wanna get it over an MCM. Best thing to do is wait and see what Zen 2 brings to the table and what it’ll do to existing Ryzen prices before clicking the Buy button.

    • crabjokeman
    • 3 months ago

    I plan to build a Zen2 system later this year when funds are better, but I really want to grab that PSU now. Hmmmm.

      • ronch
      • 3 months ago

      I say buy it! BUY IT NOW!!!

    • Stateofstatic
    • 3 months ago

    How sad is it when your job has been reduced to the title: Virtual Sign Spinner

    ?

    • Ummagumma
    • 3 months ago

    I avoid any Newegg deals that involve rebates.

    In the past 15 years of buying stuff online and buying, on average, 1 product per year that involved a rebate, I have gotten back exactly:

    ZERO rebate dollars.

    Newegg’s sales seems to be resorting more and more to the sneaky approach of advertising something as a “sale item”, but then qualifying “the sale” aspect by saying the buyer has to apply for a rebate.

    A rebate the buyer will likely never see for some arcane reason from the rebate fulfillment house.

    So avoid Newegg “scam sales” that involve having to pursue a rebate to get the “sale price”.

    I think Newegg ought to be brought up on charges of fraud and/or deceptive marketing practices by the California State Attorney’s office and/or the FTC.

      • crabjokeman
      • 3 months ago

      I almost always get my rebates. Sometimes, I have to play hardball.

      1. Gather the rebate materials before you start playing with your new toy, so you don’t do something stupid like lose/discard the Packing List, or procrastinate until the postmark is too late.

      2. Take photographic evidence of everything together with the addressed envelope you’re using.

      3. If they try to deny it by saying you forgot something you know you included, attach your photographic evidence. Feel free to threaten legal action and use an aggressive tone. These rebate scammers don’t deserve any social pleasantries or Kid Gloves approaches.

        • ronch
        • 3 months ago

        I don’t live in the US but I’ve been hearing stories about the hassle of applying for rebates. Obviously they just want to make it difficult so that most folks would just forget about it, or lack some of the requirements later on.

        And the funny thing is, these rebates only seem to be common in the US and Canada. Do this in China and the government will put you in its crosshairs, quite literally.

          • Redocbew
          • 3 months ago

          The last time I bought something with a rebate it came in the form of a pre-paid Visa card in the amount of $10. It wasn’t a hassle really, but it was a little annoying. The annoying part being that the card got here six months after I bought the thing, and then I had a tiny credit card that I couldn’t really use towards anything costing more than $10.

          I think the whole attraction of rebates is that people think it’s “free money”, sort of like Amazon gift cards, or rewards points from a credit card.

            • Usacomp2k3
            • 3 months ago

            Its pretty common to have a retailer split a payment. “Can I pay $10 with this card and the balance with cash” or something like that.

            • Redocbew
            • 3 months ago

            Yeah, but that would require that I go to a physical store and talk with real people when I want to buy something. Who does that anymore?

            • Waco
            • 3 months ago

            Amazon will let you recharge your gift card balance with those cards. 🙂

      • Waco
      • 3 months ago

      I’ve never had any issues getting rebates from Newegg (or any other retailer for that matter). Perhaps you’re doing something wrong each time?

        • Usacomp2k3
        • 3 months ago

        I haven’t either.

    • willmore
    • 3 months ago

    I’m enjoying: [url<]https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIAC0F7SJ1839[/url<] I've been looking for something noisy and with tons of threads to act as a compile server and this hits the bill. Something newer and more power efficient might be nicer, but it has 12 good cores, 24 threads, 6 banks of DDR2/1333 (registered, ECC) totalling 24GiB. Not bad for $184 with free shipping. The box is huge. Almost 'let the kids play in it' huge.

      • Usacomp2k3
      • 3 months ago

      That’s a heck of a price!

      • Srsly_Bro
      • 3 months ago

      The kids must be really thin.

        • willmore
        • 3 months ago

        It comes in two huge slabs of self expanding foam packing material. The shipper did a really good job of packaging.

      • Freon
      • 3 months ago

      I wonder if a single 9400F setup would pay the difference in price via the power bill within a year or two. Unless 24GB is truly critical for some reason.

        • willmore
        • 3 months ago

        I’m thinking of using the built in baseboard control module to turn it on and off when needed to reduce idle power consumption. But, first, I need to get it off the chest freezer before my wife kills me. 🙂

      • Physicist59
      • 3 months ago

      Adding disks to that package is pretty cheap, as well.

        • willmore
        • 3 months ago

        The modules for doing that are pretty cheap. For now, I just stuffed an SSD into one of the bottom slots in the 2×3 array. I do need to see how to tell it to just JBOD things.

    • Krogoth
    • 3 months ago

    It looks like desktop Zen2 is coming out if 2700X and 2600X are going on clearance bundles/deals.

    That 2700X combo is a steal for its price point.

      • Srsly_Bro
      • 3 months ago

      June is the month according to the rumors. Navi is supposed to launch concurrently. We’ll see, bro.

        • Chrispy_
        • 3 months ago

        I would like for you to be right, but all indications are that Navi will be *announced* when Zen2 is launched.

        If you have read something that says otherwise, please link.

      • roqz
      • 3 months ago

      I’m waiting for Ryzen 3000 series to be released, to grab a 2700X at near $200 and upgrade my release day 1600X in a B350. Stretching it a little bit more, hopefully the 3000 series will also play nice with the B350… But I haven’t seen BIOS/AGESA upgrades on B350 for that, only in X370/X470.

      Either way, I will do a full system upgrade with Ryzen 4000 (7nm++), or Ryzen 5000 (5nm? 7nm++++/7nm#?).

        • Magic Hate Ball
        • 3 months ago

        There have been B350 boards of several manufacturers upgraded to the 0.0.7.2 AGESA for the new CPU compatibility already.

      • ronch
      • 3 months ago

      If it’s a steal then does it mean… buying it is a crime??

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