Intel 530 SSD 180GB ($170): SSDs have officially fallen below $1/GB. Intel's 530 Series SSD ships in at a mid-range 180GB -- a nice zone between 120GB and 240GB options -- making its asking price $170. For a reliable, high-endurance SSD that nearly maxes out the SATA interface (as nearly all SSDs do at this point), it's a good buy for a mid-range system.
AMD 7850K + BF4 + 8GB RAM ($290): You should pass on this one if you don't want Battlefield 4, since the coupon isn't entirely free. If you're hoping to play BF4 on an APU-powered PC, definitely look into this 7850K APU + 8GB RAM combo, as it includes BF4 and some misc. merch with it.
ASUS Xonar Sound Card ($80): If you want a dedicated sound card for a high-end speaker system setup, ASUS' Xonar card will get you started with all the essential outputs and audio cleaning qualities. The card supports up to 7.1 channel audio and is a low-profile PCI-e x1 expansion device, so it will fit in nearly all machines.
Pick of the Week
Azza Solano 1000 Gaming Case ($80): After a $10 instant promo code (EMCPWHG27) and rebate, Azza's full-tower enclosure ships at an affordable $80 for decent cable management options and cooling performance. If you like the look of this one -- it almost vaguely resembles the structure of the Antec 900 -- then it's a good buy for a budget or mid-range system.
- Steve "Lelldorianx" Burke.