This was largely a video-focused content piece, but we’re providing the show notes below.
The biggest sale weekend of the year is coming up, and we’re not very good salesmen. What we’re going to do is highlight a couple of actually good sales, tell you what’s wrong with them, and then let you decide if the good outweighs the bad. We’ll be pulling a couple components from each major category. We’ll put timestamps on the left in the video with the respective categories. We have a GTX 1080 Ti also coming out today.
Before getting started, one of our current advertisers (iFixit) also has a few promos and sales going. They did not sponsor this content (but are an active advertiser), though we figured we’d point you over there for tool purchases for things we actually use daily.
With the US Thanksgiving holiday right around the corner, sales and discounts have begun making it almost affordable to build a PC again after months of high prices. One component that has seen huge price increases over 2017 has been DRAM, with little respite over the months. We found some deals on DDR4 RAM this week, so if you are in the market for a new kit or an upgrade, this is good news. Additionally, if you are someone looking for a CPU to go with a new kit of RAM, consider checking out the recent AMD CPU sale article or the Best CPUs of 2017 article for more.
In the calm before the global celebration of consumerism, it would seem that the entire range of AMD processors has gone on sale – or most of it, anyway. Several of these have tempted us for internal machines, at this point. The Threadripper 1950X has been available as low as $800 (from the usual $1000) price-point, the R7 CPUs are cut into R5 prices -- $260 for the 1700X is now common, and R5 CPUs have also been dropping in price. The timing is excellent, too, as we just posted our Best CPUs of 2017 Awards, which include several of these sale items.
We haven’t done a hardware sales post in a while, primarily thanks to parabolic RAM and SSD prices, but spotted a few items for this weekend. Of those, an ASUS MG28UQ 4K display comes down to $290 after Newegg’s promo codes, and is probably the most interesting item. We may end up grabbing one of these for the office – another 4K display for GPU testing would be beneficial. Aside from that one, which is really just GN’s shopping, there’s also the AMD R5 1600 – in our Editor’s Choice CPU series – and a GTX 1080.
Current GPU and flash-based memory/storage pricing has left those looking to build a system or upgrade an existing one in a tough spot. Prices on the midrange GPU market have started to compete with the higher SKUs, and flash-based memory (SSDs and DRAM) have been and continue to be high. That being said, this week we’ve looked at other hardware to help offset the above average costs for the aforementioned components.
This week, some decent hardware and peripheral sales are ongoing and may help if looking to upgrade your current system or gaming setup. We found discounted prices on a 450W PSU from EVGA, the H100i V2 CLC from Corsair, a GTX 1080 from Gigabyte, the HTC Vive’s new discounted price, and a 120GB SSD from ADATA.
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.
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