Bargain basement: a GTX 1660 card and an Intel 660p 1 TB SSD for $290 and more

Greetings, folks! After half a dozen sessions with a physical therapist and a few chiropractor adjustments, my back and shoulder have seen massive improvements. This whole deal left me with two big pieces of advice for those who, like me, have work patterns that require a long time sitting down or doing repetitive motions. The first one is: stretch, stretch, stretch. The importance of those exercises can't be understated, especially as time moves on and you're not 18 and stop being able to heal with a night's rest and a beer. The second bit of advice is also simple: if you feel that something's not quite kosher with your back or limbs, don't hold on for very long in hopes that it'll improve—chances are you're just making a bad situation worse. Anyway, here are today's PC hardware deals. It's a good crop, if I may say so.

  • Today we kick off the proceedings with a combo deal. The Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1660 OC 6 GB is one of the top budget graphics cards of the moment, more than good enough for speedy 1920×1080 gaming with high detail levels. The model on hand has a generously sized cooler with two large fans, a protective backplate, and a 1830 MHz core clock. Meanwhile, the Intel 660p 1 TB NVMe SSD is probably our favorite affordable drive of the moment thanks to its low pricing coupled with 1800 MB/s sequential read and write speeds. Newegg will sell you both these items for only $289.99, or $40 off their regular combined price. That's a fantastic deal for upgrades or new builds both.

  • Since we're on the topic of affordable PCIe storage, let's look at the HP EX900 512 GB NVMe solid-state drive. This byte gumstick is good for pushing up to 2100 MB/s on sequential reads and 1500 MB/s on writes, while random I/O figures ring in at 120K read IOPS and 108K write IOPS. This drive is selling for just $57.99 at Newegg—a price that even boring slow SATA drives have a hard time matching.

  • Over at the Dell aisle, we have two machines with the same price but two unique slants. Folks looking for a high-end portable work machine will undoubtedly want the Dell XPS 15 9570 (dycwb1647h). This quality-built laptop comes with an Intel Core i7-8750H processor, 16 GB of dual-channel RAM, and a speedy 512 GB NVMe solid-state drive. A Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti handles pixel-pushing duties and will handle games with aplomb. The wide-gamut display has a 1920×1080 resolution and 400 cd/m² maximum brightness. This machine just oozes quality, and it can be yours for $1410.99 at Rakuten.

  • If gaming is more your thing, then you probably prefer the Alienware M15 (dkcwm1502hmp). This sleek and stylish gaming laptop has similar equipment to the XPS above: an Intel Core i7-8750H processor and 16 GB of dual-channel RAM, but storage duties are handled by a 256 GB NVMe solid-state drive coupled with a 1 TB SSHD. There's extra graphics horsepower under the hood, too, in the form of a Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 6 GB graphics card. There's a Thunderbolt 3 port and RGB LED lighting on the keyboard, and the asking price is $1410.99 at Rakuten.

  • Finally, something to handily ease your home Wi-Fi woes: the Google OnHub AC1900 Wi-Fi router. This unassuming jug can sprout an 802.11ac Wi-Fi signal at up to 1900 Mb/s aggregate speed. The exact version on hand is manufactured by TP-Link and comes with 13 total antennas in a circular pattern for wide-ranging coverage. Good hardware is only part of the story for any router, and the OnHub's software is a cut above most offerings, allowing for easy setup and monitoring of your home network. There's also IFTTT support, band steering, and Bluetooth Smart. This radio wave emanator can be had at Newegg Flash for a stupid-low $64.99 with the cart code NEFPBL71 while stocks last.

That's all for today, folks! There's a chance you're looking for something we haven't covered. If that's the case, you can help The Tech Report by using the following referral links when you're out shopping: not only do we have a partnership with Newegg and Amazon, but we also work with Best Buy, Adorama, RakutenWalmart, and Sam's Club. For more specific needs, you can also shop with our links at Das Keyboard's shop.

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    • DancinJack
    • 7 months ago

    BLAH SOMEONE SELL ME A BRAND NEW HGST HE10 FOR 150 BUCKS. I’LL PAY REAL AMERICAN DOLLARS. OR FRANCS. EITHER OR MY FRENS. HELP A GUY OUT.

      • JustAnEngineer
      • 7 months ago

      I shucked a white label 5400 rpm He10 out of a WD MyBook external drive.

    • smilingcrow
    • 7 months ago

    Is TR treading water or on life support?
    I don’t see it lasting much longer which is a shame as it used to be good.

      • shaq_mobile
      • 7 months ago

      Seems like most written publications are on life support. I wish TR would publish YouTube videos to get more traction… Or something. I’m not sure what needs to change. It makes me sad though. Been coming here since I was a wee shaqlet.

        • the
        • 7 months ago

        The podcast had some traction and it would have been an easy shoe-in for a You Tube upload.

        • Srsly_Bro
        • 7 months ago

        Just post articles daily and let us argue. YouTube is a bit late. I know several people who just watch YouTube videos on your to overclock or do PC things that shouldn’t be done over video format but are done regardless. You have to reach the dorks who struggle with reading too.

      • ronch
      • 7 months ago

      Now that you’ve mentioned it, yeah, it does seem like most ‘articles’ here are ‘Bargain Basement’ articles that point to external websites that peddle something to readers earn the site commissions. Not a bad thing but the dearth of reviews is becoming noticeable.

      • drfish
      • 7 months ago

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    • shaq_mobile
    • 7 months ago

    Wow a budget card for $300! Exciting times.

      • Chrispy_
      • 7 months ago

      To be fair, the SSD is worth $110 even when it’s heavily discounted in flash sales, so that would put the card at more like $180.

      Even at $180 it’s not exactly the bargain of the century, barely matching the performance/$ of stuff that’s not on sale.

        • shaq_mobile
        • 7 months ago

        Yeah I was mostly just being a snarky turd about the GPU pricing situation. 🙂

          • Chrispy_
          • 7 months ago

          Yeah, I don’t care about Navi, personally, but we (as consumers) needs some frickin’ progress at the $200 sweet spot.

          Vega’s tech hasn’t trickled down due to HBM2 costs/availability and Turing is only competing with Nvidia’s own product stack which – thanks to no supply of 1000-series cards – is climbing back up in price.

          Even if desktop GPUs are in decline thanks to the switch to consoles and mobile, PC gaming is not dead enough to neglect the $100-200 market.

    • DreamingReal
    • 7 months ago

    Isn’t a Google wifi hub like putting the fox in charge of the hen house?

    It may be a terrific piece of network equipment, but I’d lay awake at night wondering if my entire home network had been properly indexed for Google searches yet.

      • NovusBogus
      • 7 months ago

      If you’re even remotely concerned about privacy and/or security, then you’re not really the target market for Google/Amazon/etc. network devices. Just sayin’.

      • Peldor
      • 7 months ago

      Information wants to be free.

        • deruberhanyok
        • 7 months ago

        Can’t stop the signal, Pel.

          • derFunkenstein
          • 7 months ago

          +3 Mr. Universe reference.

    • Chrispy_
    • 7 months ago

    Relative to normal pricing, that Alienware is a steal but I still can’t help but feel ripped off when they’re asking for more than $1400 for a GTX 1060 laptop.

    Walmart, Dell Direct, Acer Direct have regularly had 1060 laptops on sale for $799 over the last two years. Hell, I bought one 18 months ago and enjoyed using it for a year before ebaying it and downsizing to a Rzyen Ultraportable. Is it 2017 again?!

      • JustAnEngineer
      • 7 months ago

      14nm Skylake microarchitecture has been Intel’s “state of the art” since the second half of 2015.

        • sweatshopking
        • 7 months ago

        we all look forward to the day when AMD can compete with intel from 4 years ago.

          • Chrispy_
          • 7 months ago

          Welcome to March 2017. Truly the future!

      • robliz2Q
      • 7 months ago

      Did those $800 laptops have dual disks and an NVME drive? I suspect not.
      Similarly are they built to deal with the heat issues, caused by running modern games?
      Even the keyboards need to stand up to hammering on WASD and so on, in a laptop they’re the most painful part to swap out when keys are dead.
      If the Alienware “Gaming” label means a thing, then the component quality is a notch above mainstream and carries a premium.

        • Chrispy_
        • 7 months ago

        Yep. I know the dell I bought was £800, with a 128GB Samsung NVMe and 1TB of rust. This was Cyber Monday, 2017. I could have traded the 1060 for a 1050Ti and doubled my RAM and SSD size, but I did that myself anyway and took the 1060.

        And yes, both the Acer and Dell are well-reviewed budget gaming laptops with heavy-duty cooling and decent keyboard quality. Alienware is a premium brand and whilst you get a nicer chassis, it’s not as if the Dell or Acer models were singled out as flimsy or poorly-cooled in any of the reviews; Quite the opposite, in fact.

        With Alienware, you’re mostly paying around a 50% premium for the packaging and branding. If you’re okay with that, then great – no need to defend it – but please stop pretending that Alienware are competitive on spec, especially now that RTX and power-efficient Turing chips are offering more performance in the same form factor, so even the discount on this 1060 model doesn’t make it an appealing performance/$ prospect.

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