Bargain Basement: 32 GB of RAM for $113 and more

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 BuyAdoramaRakutenWalmart, and Sam’s Club. For more specific needs, you can also shop with our links at Das Keyboard’s shop.

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10TB Elements Desktop was that yesterday only? $299 @ BHphoto

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I’m looking to put together a Ryzen system so I checked out the G.Skill RAM recommendation. Especially since a Ryzen deal is right below it. Before pulling the trigger I checked the reviews and apparently this RAM was not designed for AMD CPU’s as per the manufacturer’s response. WTAF? What is this? 1990’s? I’ve been out of the PC building game for a while but thought those days were behind us? Can you make sure to put warning on such deals that it may not be compatible with some systems? I’d never suspect that is something I’d have to look… Read more »

Waco
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I have the same sticks on mine. RAM is RAM is RAM, and many many AMD boards will read XMP profiles and they work just fine.

Waco
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*to be more clear, I have these sticks on my 3900X system running the XMP profile.

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QVL is merely a list of SKUs that QA tested on that platform and it managed to at least POST and load itself into OS without a hassle at rated clockspeed/timing/voltage.

As long as you get half-decent DIMMs and aren’t trying for hardcore overclocking/tweaking. You shouldn’t have too many issues unless you got a extremely picky motherboard/memory controller at the helm.

It is a bit of a different story on server/workstation tier stuff where ECC, ranking, chipkiller, LR-DIMM can make all of the difference between rock-solid stability and hair-pulling frustration of trial and error.

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Thanks for all the replies! Certainly shed some light on it for me. My overclocking days are far behind as there really is not too much need for it nowadays. So it sounds like it should be safe. Thank you for allaying my concerns.

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The 32GB Crucial 3200 kit from a Funkified deals post last week is working perfectly for me in two different Asus X370 boards, both with Ryzen 5 1600.

Waco
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I have to vouch for the G.Skill Aegis memory being pretty great for the price. I picked up 4×8 GB of the same model earlier this year and the lack of stupid heatspreaders and RGB makes it an immediate win on top of the rock-solid stability running XMP.

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Newegg also has the 8TB Red’s for $157. No shucking of the external needed.

Sweatshopking
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2700x is cheaper on Amazon today than the 2700 on Amazon or newegg

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bwcbiz

Newegg has sold out of the Ryzen 2700, so now it comes up at >$200 from their 3rd-party “Marketplace” vendors.

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I don’t know if anyone is aware but you’re missing out on the affiliate program for The Tech Report.

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