We're approaching the home stretch of summer and nearing the beginning of the back-to-school shopping season. If one of your goals was to build a new PC this summer, it's time to get hopping! It starts with a solid foundation, and if you need ideas, check out today's top deal for an Intel Core i5 4670K Haswell CPU for $220 with free shippiong (normally $235 - use coupon code: [EMCPCHE23]). This quad-core chip runs at 3.4GHz to 3.8GHz, has 6MB of L3 cache, and sports an unlocked multiplier.
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Three families of 14nm Broadwell parts are headed for mobile devices
See that over there? It's Intel's 5th Generation Core processor family, otherwise known as Broadwell, coming around the bend. There will be will three different variants for mobile, including the Y Series, U Series, and H Series, all of which will be built on a 14nm manufacturing process. You can expect the parts to start appearing in the fourth quarter of 2014, but do you know the difference between each line?
Get ready for an influx of $199 to $249 Windows laptops
A big reason why Chromebooks are selling so well is because they offer up basic functionality at dirt cheap prices. However, what would happen if Windows laptops could easily be found at the same price points? It's a question that will get answered within the next few months. That's because Intel, Microsoft, and notebook makers are collaborating on entry-level laptops that will sell for $199 to $249.
Affordable storage packed with advanced security features
Intel announced a new addition to its solid state drive (SSD) family, though it's not intended for home consumers. Instead, Intel's new SSD Pro 2500 Series is intended to bring security features and lower cost of ownership to businesses in need of the kind of "blazing fast" performance SSDs afford. They'll get that with SSD Pro 2500 family, which comes in capacities ranging from 120GB to 480GB.
Back in the day, just the thought of a 1TB solid state drive would send wallets into hiding. Luckily for the enthusiast community, NAND flash memory pricing fell off a cliff, and nowadays there's no reason to pay anywhere near $1 per gigabyte, let alone way over that amount like it used to be. Now that prices have settled considerably, you might find yourself in the market for a large capacity SSD. If so, check out today's top deal for a Samsung 840 Evo 2.5-inch 1TB MLC Internal Solid State Drive for $400 with free shipping (normally $470 - use coupon conde: [EMCPCHH232]). It's not just capacious, it's also fast -- up to 540MB/s sequential read and up to 520MB/s sequential write performance!
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It's a bit early to go shopping for Intel's Haswell-E parts, though that doesn't mean you can't start planning your back-to-school build, especially if you can find the prices of upcoming parts. While Haswell-E CPUs are expected to debut in September, at least one online retailer in the U.S. has gone and posted pricing information for three upcoming SKUs, all of which are available to pre-order.
Analysts can talk about the post PC era until they're blue in the face, Intel will continue to cash checks either way. Big ones, at that. Intel reported second-quarter revenue of $13.8 billion, up 8 percent for $12.8 billion in the same quarter a year ago. That translates into a $2.8 billion profit for the quarter, which is 40 percent higher than the $2 billion profit it recorded in Q2 2013.
Rome wasn't built in a day, but you can build a in PC well within that time and play Total War: Rome or Rome II on your new component empire. It all starts with a solid foundation, and if you're looking for one, check out today's top deal for an MSI Z87-GD65 Gaming Motherboard for $125 with free shipping (normally $150 - use coupon code: [EMCPCWE34]; additional $20 mail-in-rebate). This socket LGA 1150 board offers native support for USB 3.0 and SATA 6Gbps, and can run multiple graphics cards.
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Here's the thing -- if you develop emotional attachments to inanimate objects, you don't have to say goodbye to your hard drive. You really don't. Heck, you don't even have to hurt its feelings by forcing it into retirement. Give it a promotion and a new title, like Senior VP of Storage, and then use it store photos, videos, and the such. That clears the way to get an SSD for your OS, which will make your system fly like you always knew it was capable of. Need ideas? Check out today's top deal for a Samsung 840 Evo 500GB SSD for $230 with free shipping (normally $260 - use coupon code: [EMCPCWE23]). This speed drive brings sequential read/write speeds of up to 540Mbps/520Mbps to the daily grind.
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Imagine if Jack had traded his mother's cow for a chip instead of three magical beans. Not just any chip, mind you, but an 8-core chip carefully crafted on a 32nm manufacturing process. Had it been thrown out the window, it might have grown into a towering AMD system, and who knows where the story would have gone from there. Want to find out? Then consider today's top deal for an AMD FX-8320 Vishera 8-Core Processor for $150 with free shipping (normally $160 - use coupon code: [EMCPCWP26]). We don't recommend tossing it out the window, but it sure would go nicely with a socket AM3+ motherboard.
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