School is almost back in session, are you ready? Why not use the back-to-school shopping season as an excuse to build yourself a new rig? To help you along, check out today's top deal. It's for an Intel Core i7 3770 Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) quad-core desktop processor for $275 with free shipping (normally $290 - use coupon code EMCXNWP22). It's a fast chip, and if you're willing to participate in the dark art of overclocking, it can be even faster!
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While you're busy blowing your paycheck beefing up your games catalog courtesy of Steam's summer sale, don't forget to set aside a few funds for a GPU upgrade to play all those gnarly titles. It's not that difficult with today's top deal, which is for an Asus Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB graphics card for $211 with free shipping (normally $245 - use coupon code EMCXNWW33; additional $20 mail-in-rebate). It'll run anything available on Steam, though if you're truly worried about it, pick up a pair and crank through those games in a Crossfire configuration!
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The Xbox One costs $500 and isn't out yet. Sony's PlayStation 4 is $400 and it too isn't out yet. Blessed bed the PC gamer who need not wait for next gen visuals, nor does he or she have to spend a fortune to get them. To wit, today's top deal is for an Asus GTX660-DC20-2GD5 GeForce GTX 660 2GB graphics card for $189 with free shipping (normally $210 - use coupon code EMCNXL23; additional $20 mail-in-rebate). Compared to a standard GTX 660 GPU, this one is overclocked, 20 percent cooler, and 3X quieter.
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Even now that Haswell has landed, there's no shame in building a system around Ivy Bridge, especially if you can score some component deals along the way. To help get you started, take a gander at today's top deal for an Intel Core i5 3470 Ivy Bridge 3.2GHz (3.6GHz Turbo Boost) quad-core desktop processor for $180 with free shipping (normally $200 - use coupon code EMCXNXR22). This wily chip is fast, has 6MB of L3 cache, and may even satisfy your overclocking jones.
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You wouldn't bring a knife to a grenade fight, so why hop on the battlefield wielding a run-of-the-mill keyboard? You deserve better! Have a look at today's top deal for a Logitech G19 Black 104 Normal Keys USB Wired Standard Gaming Keyboard for $120 with free shipping (normally $200 - use coupon code EMCNXV35). It has a color LCD game panel, 12 fully programmable G-keys, and custom color backlighting.
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Looking for a place to store all those RAW vacation photos and videos that you keep meaning to edit? You'll get around to sorting through them all someday, but in the meantime, give your primary storage some breathing room by offloading files to an external hard drive. We'll make easy by pointing you to our today's top deal for a WD Elements 2TB Desktop External HDD for $80 with free shipping (normally $140 - use coupon code EMCXPVM52). Preformatted and plug-and-play capable means you need only plug it into a free USB port and you're good to go.
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Several months ago, the supreme high-end SSDs from Corsair and Samsung faced off in the Octagon known as the top of our desk area that holds drives being tested. In that blood-curdling battle (in which neither drive moved nor made a sound), the Samsung 840 Pro was victorious, vanquishing its opponent by a slim margin in a contest where zero trash talk was delivered by either storage device. This month, Round Two commences as the companies’ value-conscious SSDs clash like cars in a demolition derby by sitting quietly on a test bench while we perform benchmarks upon them. Neither of these drives is as fast as their top-tier brethren, but they are priced accordingly, and both are a damned-good value.
Note: This article originally appeared in the March 2013 issue of the magazine.
Building a new rig for the summer? Not a bad idea with all the new components and platforms that emerged in recent weeks. Just don't forget to set aside some coin for a new power supply. Better yet, take advantage of today's top deal for an OCZ Z Series 1000W Modula 80 Plus Gold High Performance PSU for $140. It ships free (normall $210 - use coupon code EMCXPWM43) and also has an additional $30 mail-in-rebate.
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