MSI GTX 970 4GB ($305): The GTX 970 is among the most popular graphics cards currently on market, and it's primarily because of its price. Along with AMD's ~$300 options, GPUs in this price range are capable of playing effectively all current, major games at 1080/high or near-max; the 970 and 390 are also capable players of 1440p games, though there are occasional settings sacrifices. MSI's GTX 970 Gaming 4G, clocked stock at 1140MHz, is now on sale for $305 after MIR and instant discounts.
HyperX Fury 8GB DDR4 ($30): This kit was on sale a week or two ago for $39, an already low price, but now has an attached promo code (0223SMTCLL90) for $8.50 off, bringing it close to $30. It's a single stick of DDR4, but even buying two sticks (16GB), you'd come out ahead of most pre-packaged 2x8GB kits. Note that this kit is just 2133MHz, making it one of the slower options available for DDR4, but should step-up at least one speed rung without issue.
Samsung 850 EVO 500GB ($170): The price knock-down of SSDs continues to trend. 2.5” SSDs are still the most common for desktops, though PCIe, NVMe, and M.2 SSDs are beginning to trickle through the web. Samsung's budget-friendly 850 EVO offers 500GB of storage with 3D VNAND – more limited in its longevity than MLC NAND – that'll suit most “gaming” builds well.
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- Steve “Lelldorianx” Burke.