ASUS Maximus VI Hero ROG ($195): After explaining the differences between ASUS' ROG lineup this past week, it looks like ASUS' ROG Hero motherboard -- its entry-level enthusiast option -- is presently available for $195. This board is targeted at gamers who'd like the option to play around with overclocking, but perhaps aren't dedicated to pushing their CPU to the absolute limit of its potential. The board hosts a Z87 chipset and is compatible with the 4770K we've listed below.
Kingston V300 120GB SSD ($70): We tweeted yesterday that
AMD FX-9370 4.4GHz CPU ($250): This isn't the best deal we've ever seen on this particular CPU (it was ~$200 during Black Friday sales), but it's not bad. AMD's FX-9370 is a great option for enthusiast overclockers who see pushing frequency as a fun Saturday activity. It runs exceedingly hot at 220W, but can be cooled well with a liquid solution. You'll need an AM3+ motherboard compatible with 220W loads, like ASRock's 990FX Extreme9.
Deal of the Week
Intel i7-4770K Haswell CPU ($320): Use code EMCPWGP22 at checkout to get $20 off of this CPU. Intel's 4770K isn't recommended for "regular" gaming (get the 4670K for that), but is a good choice for anyone performing core-intensive tasks -- rendering, streaming, and encoding are examples of this.
That's all for this week! Check back next weekend for more hardware sales.
- Steve "Lelldorianx" Burke.