Howdy, gerbils! Bruno is away again, so I’ll again put on my +1 Hat of Bargain Hunting and see what we can come up with. Many retailers came out of the woodwork to present deals to compete with Amazon Prime Day. As a result, there’s plenty to choose from.
- There have been some excellent deals on RAM lately, but I don’t think we’ve seen one quite so sweet. Right now, you can get G.Skill’s Aegis 32 GB (2 x 16GB) DDR4-3000 kit at Newegg for $112.99. This CL16 memory has 16-18-18-38 timings and eschews big fancy heatsinks for an understated look. If you don’t need quite so much memory in your pocket, G.Skill’s Aegis 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 kit is just $52.99, also at Newegg.
- We all know that AMD’s Zen 2-based Ryzen 3000 family is the new hotness in town, but retailers are slashing prices on previous-generation Zen+ processors. Bargain hungers who just need MOAR COARS can get them from AMD’s Ryzen 7 2700 processor with eight cores and 16 threads of creamy multi-threaded goodness fed by 16 MB of L3 cache, which is down to $149.99 at Newegg. Its max boost speed of 4.1 GHz still fits in a tiny 65-watt TDP, and the CPU comes with a bundled Wraith Spire LED-equipped cooler. The e-tailer also has a bundle for the Ryzen 7 2700 and Asus’ TUF B450M-Plus Gaming, which is a very capable micro-ATX board that boasts an M.2 slot, four DIMM slots, and USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C connectivity. A simple BIOS update will get you Zen 2 support, too. The combo is $204.98 at Newegg, effectively netting you the motherboard for $55, or 45% off. Add that to the 16 GB RAM kit above and you’ve got the heart of a pretty powerful system for under $300.
- If you’re going to take that shiny new Ryzen 7 2700 and overclock the ever-loving crap out of it, you might want a little more cooling power at your disposal. Cooler Master’s Hyper 212 Black Edition has you covered. I personally have this cooler with a 120-millimeter PWM fan in my PC and it does a great job keeping my Performance Maximizer-boosted Core i5-9600K under control. The Hyper 212 Black Edition boasts compatibility with just about every modern socket, including AM4, LGA 1151, and LGA 2011v3. Amazon will hook you up for just $24.99, which is 37% off the regular price tag.
- If you’re looking for a compact ATX midtower, look no further than Corsair’s Carbide 175R RGB Tempered Glass Mid-Tower ATX Gaming Case. This enclosure packs a ton of hardware into just 17.72″ x 8.27″ x 16.46″. A bottom shroud hides all your loose cables and the power supply, and the case tucks a 2.5″ SSD behind the motherboard. It has USB 3.0 connectivity and an iCue-compatible RGB on the front. There’s room for six 120-millimeter fans, too. You can pick Corsair’s little guy up from Newegg for $54.99. Don’t forget to file the $15 mail-in rebate to bring the total cost down to $39.99.
- Affordable mass storage is back, baby! Western Digital’s 10TB Elements Desktop USB 3.0 External Hard Drive can hold all your media and backup files. Pick one up at either B&H Photo or Newegg for $159.49.
- Logitech’s G703 Lightspeed wireless gaming mouse has been popping up in deals lately. Its no-nonsense shape and five-button plus clickable wheel layout is straightforward, and a pair of RGB LEDs give the clicker a touch of flare. Its sensor purportedly handles movements at up to 12,000 DPI. Pick it up at either Best Buy or Newegg for $49.99, 50% off the regular price.
See what I mean? There’s a ton out there, and I didn’t even get to the Prime Day deals. If you’re a Prime member, don’t forget that Amazon has a ton of sales going on, including all of House Bezos’s Kindles, Fires, and other hardware. I’m eyeing this Sandisk Ultra 256 GB micro SD card for $30 on Amazon’s site, myself. It’s a Prime member exclusive, but a month-long trial is free.
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, Rakuten, Walmart, and Sam’s Club. For more specific needs, you can also shop with our links at Das Keyboard’s shop.