As stated in our content over the last few weeks, cryptocurrency mining has made the GPU market tough to recommend anything in the low to mid-level market given current prices. Flash-based storage is also at high prices, making it a difficult time to build a PC. That being said, we still managed to find some decent deals on PSUs, cases, and peripherals to help offset the current high costs of other components.
Over the last few months, we’ve talked numerous times about the high prices of flash-based storage devices, specifically SSDs and DDR4 RAM. Newegg currently has a “Spotlight Special” sale on SSDs and Memory, and while the prices are not historically low, they are a slight break from the current overpriced market we find ourselves in. All products listed should be available at this price until Monday, July 24th.
This week has been another slow one in the hardware sales department, as we seem to say every week that flash-based storage and GPUs continue to stay high in price. Upgrading or building a new PC is difficult right now; however, this week we found some decent prices on a 16GB kit of DDR4 from G.SKILL and a 120GB SSD from Kingston. With the GPU cryptocurrency mining craze still going on, mid- to low-end cards are all but sold-out and overpriced for gaming, but the GTX 1080 however can still be found for at or just under $500 in some cases. This week also provided us with a slight discount on the new Corsair K63 keyboard with Cherry MX red switches.
Discounts on hardware are going to be hard to find with continually rising DDR4 prices and GPU shortages due to cryptocurrency mining, something we talked about in our latest Ask GN video and our How Manufacturers Feel About Mining video. As a result of these issues, hardware sales for flash-based storage and memory (and GPUs) have been difficult to come by.
This week, we found some good discounts on two gaming mice -- one from Corsair and the other from Logitech -- alongside the Western Digital Blue 1TB drives, a 620W PSU from Seasonic on Newegg, and GTX 1080s (still an option for those looking to build or upgrade a system).
With AMD’s upcoming Threadripper line of CPUs, prices on the existing Ryzen R7 and R5 chips have seen significant price cuts. The R5 1600X has been dropped down below its launch price, which, coupled with our Editor’s Choice Award in our initial review, makes for an attractive foundation for a mid-range PC. We also found a slight discount on an X370 motherboard from MSI, a kit of DDR4 RAM, and a 500W PSU from EVGA.
Since the launch of the RX 580 and RX 570, prices from both AMD and nVidia have been cut for low to mid-range graphics cards. If you are in the market for a graphics card around $200, we found a pair of good deals on an EVGA GTX 1060 as well as an ASUS RX 580. Right now is a good time to buy HDDs as well, with flash-based storage prices being higher than normal; if that’s of interest, we found a Seagate 2TB HDD on discount for a fair price. Even with the high flash-based memory prices, we did manage to find a 16GB kit of DDR4-3200 memory from G.SKILL on Newegg this week. We also managed to find the AMD Ryzen 1700 CPU on sale for its lowest price to date.
This week’s hardware sales include a pair of 1050 Tis from EVGA and Gigabyte, an ASUS RX 580, and a discounted EVGA 500W PSU. As we get closer to Computex and the inevitable Vega launch from AMD, we should see more discounts in hardware prices.
This week’s hardware sales are scarce, but there are still some worthy ones. We found a fair price on an MSI GTX 1080 and an MSI RX 580 card, with some supporting deals on a pair of mechanical keyboards from Logitech and G.SKILL, if that is of interest.
Some of this week's best deals are not on sale for a special price, but are just well-spec’d hardware at a viable price. This week we have a pair of lower watt power supplies from EVGA and SeaSonic on sale at Newegg, along with the GTX 1070 Mini from Zotac with a small price reduction, making it one of the most affordable GTX 1070s on the market. We also managed to find a Crucial M.2 SSD slightly discounted, and the Thermaltake Contac Silent CPU cooler.
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