ADATA Premier Pro 256GB SSD ($105): This 256 GB solid-state drive comes in at only $0.41/GB with an $80 instant savings and a mail-in rebate of $15. An SSD is one of our most recommended upgrades to a system due to decreased load times of games and operating systems and improved performance once in games. We just published a great breakdown on SSD architecture; if you haven't yet seen it, I strongly recommend checking it out.
Crucial MX100 256GB SSD ($110): This SSD is fresh on the market. Crucial only recently announced the MX100 as a successor to its M500. The SSD uses brand new 16nm MLC NAND, as we wrote about here, and ships in 256GB capacities for cheap. This one is so new that we haven't even tested it yet, so if you're trying to be cutting-edge, this is the best bet.
Intel Core i7-4790 ($295): If you are wanting to grab the newest i7 CPU, use the promotional code “EMCPDPE22” to drop it down $20. CPUs don't often get major discounts in price, especially when it is a brand new release, so it's worth grabbing when there are any savings to be had. If you want the K variant, not available until 6/25, you can pre-order it for $335 after $10 discount and receive a $5 gift card.
Gigabyte GA-Z97X-SLI Intel Z97 ($110): Pair the i7-4790 above with this next-gen motherboard. This motherboard has all the newest technology that Intel is able to provide for the consumer. In addition to a $20 rebate card, this motherboard will also get you a GIGABYTE Gaming Mouse for free. If you missed our articles on the release of the Z97 chipset and want to see the new features that come with the newest Intel offerings, check out this chipset comparison and this Z97 motherboard round-up.
Pick of the Week
Antec Eleven Hundred V2 ($60): Use promo code “EMCPDPD37” at checkout and an MIR to drop the already-discounted price on this from $140 down to only $60. This full-size ATX case features 2x120 mm fans on top and 1x120mm on the rear, and has space for an additional 7 fans. There is also ample room to run cables behind the mobo tray.
- Scott "Abibiliboop" Griffin.