If you're reading this from a high-end PC built with speedy parts sporting fancy features, thank a gamer (heck, you probably are a gamer). The PC gaming community is partially responsible for motivating component makers to push out increasingly powerful and feature-rich products -- you don't need DDR3-3000 support to run Microsoft Office, after all. The downside to this is that manufacturers often place a premium on products designed for gamers. That's why you should check out today's top deal for an MSI Z87-GD65 Gaming Motherboard for $168 with free shipping (normally $188; additional $15 mail-in-rebate). It's marked down in price but loaded up with features like high-frequency RAM support, Killer E2200 game networking, high-end components, and the list goes on. Plus, it looks snazzy to boot.
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Haswell has a tendency to dominate the headlines, but Intel isn't the only way to go, especially if you're looking to build a system on the cheap. Need proof? Check out today's top deal for an AMD A10-5800K Trinity Quad-Core Desktop APU for $110 with free shipping (normally $130; use coupon code: [EMCWVWX53]). This chip comes clocked at 3.8GHz (4.2GHz Turbo), as integrated Radeon HD 7660D graphics, a 4MB of L2 cache.
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Building your NAS (Network Attached Storage) box isn't as difficult as you might thing. It's basically like building a regular PC -- see our How-To guide from a few years back -- but if you're still weary, there are a number of pre-built NAS boxes in the wild. Whether your build or buy pre-built, what you stuff your NAS box with is up to you. One options that's definitely worth consideration is today's top deal, a Western Digital Red 4TB Internal NAS Hard Drive for $180 with free shipping (normally $220; use coupon code: [EMCWVWX49]). This drive spins at 7200 RPM, has 64MB of cache, special firmware designed for NAS applicatoins, and other NAS friendly features, including a longer warranty period (3 years).
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Remember thinking that a 56K modem was fast? The Internet has grown up since then, and so has our home networking needs. Instead of plaything LAN Frisbee with MP3 files, today we toss around gigabytes of data and stream high definition movies from room to room. The good news is you don't have to rob you children of their college funds to keep up with the times. Upgrading to 802.11ac on the cheap is as easy as taking advantage of today's top deal for a D-Link DIR-850L Wireless AC1200 Dual Band Gigabit Cloud Router for $70 with free shipping (normally $130; use coupon code: [EMCWVXP57]). This router serves speeds of up to 300Mbps on the 2.4GHz band and up to 867Mbps on the 5GHz band, has a cloud management feature, and is backwards compatible so you can still surf the net while shopping a wireless AC adapter.
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You had the foresight to pick out a case with a side window so you could show off your parts and epic cable management skills, now you need components worth gawking at. A solid foundation that's both sexy and well equipped is featured as today's top deal -- Gigabyte G1.Sniper Z87 motherboard for $160 with free shipping (normally $190; use coupon code: [EMCWVXR34]). This is a high-end board decked out with gold plated audio hardware, Killer E2200 networking, and a host of other features.
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If you're new to the DIY PC scene, congratulations, you got to skip right over the era of expensive parts. Need an example? In 2006, the going rate for 1GB kit (2x512MB) of performance DDR2-1066 RAM was around $250. Egads, right? This hobby is much more accessible now, as evidenced by today's top deal for an 8GB kit (2x4GB) of G.Skill Ripjaws DDR3-1600 for $50 with free shipping (normally $75). At that rate, you might as well pick up two kits. These modules come timed at 9-9-9-24 and sport custom heatspreaders.
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Have you heard the story about Forgetful Fred? The poor sap married Ingrid the Impatient, a terrible match for his forgetfulness. They were both computer enthusiasts, so when Black Friday and Cyber Monday came around, they went into a clicking frenzy and stocked up on parts left and right. When the parts arrived, Fred realized he had forgotten to order a power supply, and being the impatient type, Ingrid encouraged him to use a generic PSU they had lying around in the basement. "Hey, this thing's light as a feather!," Fred bragged. Had he done his research (or remembered what happened the last time he chose a cheap PSU), he would have known that weight is sometimes an indication of quality, and lighter PSUs tend to be junk. "Just install it already," Ingrid demanded. Fred did as she said and together they pieced the rest of the system. As Fred went to flip a coin to see who would have the honor of turning it on, Ingrid the Impatient flipped the switch and to both their horror, there was a loud pop followed by a billow of smoke. Not only the did the PSU go belly up, so did the motherboard and CPU. Don't follow in Fred or Ingrid footsteps. The PSU is every bit as important as any other component, and if you're looking for a good one, check out today's top deal for an Antec TruePower Classic Series 750W Power Supply for $90 with free shipping (normally $140; additional $30 mail-in-rebate). Antec's PSU is 80 Plus Gold certified, and lest something does go wrong, it's backed by a 5-year warranty.
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Now that you've finally retired that Yugo that made funny noises and wouldn't go past third gear, it's time to look at other ways of speeding up your daily routine. Next on the list? Tear out that mechanical hard drive that's making a clicking sound and give it the Old Yeller treatment (back up whatever data you can). Of course, you'll need to replace it with something, and that something could be today's top deal for a Mushkin Enhanced Chronos 240GB SATA III SSD for $138 with free shipping (normally $165). This is a blazing fast drive rated for up to 560MB/s read and up to 525MB/s write performance, along with up to 90,000 IOPS of 4k random write performance. It also comes with a 2.5-inch to 3.5-inch adapter, in case you need it.
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How much RAM do you really need? The answer depends on a number of factors, though you can safely assume you'll need more than 640K. It never hurts to go big, especially when you can do so without robbing a bank. Such is the opportunity presented by today's top deal for a G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB DDR3-1333 Memory Kit for $105 with free shipping (normally $140). These are tightly timed modules (9-9-9-24) with unique looking heatsinks. Need even more? Go hog wild and pick up two kits!
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What's that you say, you're not building a $16,000 Dream Machine or a rig that rivals the Large Pixel Collider with four GeForce Titan graphics cards stuffed inside? Fair enough, we can't blame you for going the sensible route when nagging little things like a mortage and sending the kids to college eat away at the budget. And if you're not building a monster-sized system, then you probably don't need to overspend on a PSU with enough wattage to light up the state of Texas. Still with us? Then check out today's top deal for a Corsair HX Series HX750 750W Power Supply for $105 with free shipping (normally $170 - use coupon code [EMCWWWL23]; additional $20 mail-in-rebate). That might still be more PSU than you need, but for the price, it's hard to beat the feature-set consisting of modular cables, 80 Plus Gold certification, and Haswell support.
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