Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 ST3000DM001 3TB ($100): This 3TB drive is enough storage to fit almost any needs, from an HTPC to a video rendering system. The extra storage comes at the great price of $100 after instant savings and stacking checkout code “EMCPEWG55.”
CORSAIR RM Series RM1000 1000W ($160): For systems that need a large amount of juice, this 1000W 80+ Gold PSU is worth looking into. It is fully modular to help keep your system looking clean and has the ability to shut off the fan during low to medium loads (which should be most of the time with a normal build) to aid in reducing noise. The promo code EMCPEWD29 takes $10 extra off the already $60 discounted price. Add in a $20 rebate card to drop the price to $160.
PNY Optima 240GB SSD ($90): Solid-state drives are one of our favorite things to recommend for an instant improvement to performance. They decrease load times for operating systems and games as well as in-game cell loading, and overall just give a more “punchy” feeling in everyday use. At only $0.375/GB, this 240GB SSD should be an easy addition for anyone wanting to bolster a budget build or improve a system that doesn't already have an SSD.
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SAPPHIRE Radeon R9 280 3GB ($190): The R9 280 is able to play almost any game with high to max settings on a single 1080p monitor. One of the only major downsides with the R9 280 is that the fans can be noisy when at full load given the high thermal output of the GPU, but manufacturer designs have mitigated that slightly. By using promo code “EMCPEWG62” at checkout to get an additional 9% discount with the $20 MIR, the final price comes in at $190. This easily makes the R9 280 the best GPU in the sub-$200 price-range.
- Scott “Abibiliboop” Griffin.