We know it's hard, but the time has come to finally retire that beloved Barton rig that's served you so well. We too remember the feeling of popping in an Athlon XP 2500+ and effortlessly overclocking it to 3200+ speeds, but like Old Yeller, you know what the right thing to do is. So, what comes next? If you're willing to jump fences, we suggest giving Haswell a hearty handshake. It's easy to get started -- just click through to today's top deal for an Intel Core i5 4570 Haswell chip for $190 with free shipping (normally $200 - use coupon code EMCWXVL33). This quad-core part comes clocked at 3.2GHz with 6MB of L3 cache.
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Gaming laptops are notorious for being chunky and heavy, which kind of defeats the whole purporse of portability. Can a thin and light laptop with powerful hardware truly exist? To answer that question, you need only look at today's top deal for an MSI GS70 2OD-229US 17.3-inch Gaming Laptop for $1,550 with free shipping (Free LG 24EN33TW-B Black 23.6-inch LED monitor with first 100 pre-orders). Though it's around the size of an Ultrabook, it boasts some impressive specs, such as a Core i7 4700HQ processor, 12GB of RAM, 128GB SSD + 500GB HDD, and GeForce GTX 765M graphics.
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Every new build faces what's becoming an age-old question: More storage or faster performance? Well, you can have your cake and eat it, too, because what good is a cake if you're not going to devour it? But we digress. The point is, if you're tasked with the same question, then perhaps you'll find the answer in today's top deal for a Seagate 2TB 3.5-inch Desktop Solid State Hybrid Drive for $120 with free shipping (normally $140 - use coupon code EMCWXWR23). This HDD offers 2TB of storage space (7200 RPM) paired with 8GB of MLC NAND flash memory to speed up everyday chores.
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There's nothing wrong with showing up fashionably late to the Haswell party, and if you're ready to take the plunge into 4th Generation Core processor territory, there are lots of motherboards to choose from. One of them is the topic of today's top deal, an ASRock Z87 Extreme4 mobo for $145 with free shipping (Free 4GB G.Skill DDR3-1866 with purchase, limited offer). One of the unique features of this board is that it's waterproof thanks to a special lyaer of Conformal Coating, so if you plan to water cool, you'll have a bit of peace of mind that a leak won't be the end of the world.
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The death of the mechanical hard drive has been greatly exaggerated. Don't get us wrong, we're big fans of solid state drives just like every other power user, but for the price, HDDs still offer the best bang for your buck when mass storage is the name of the game. Underscoring that point is today's top deal for a Toshiba 3TB Internal Hard Drive for $110 with free shipping (normally $120 - use coupon code AFNJ2657). This isn't a slow spinning drive, either. It features a 7200 RPM spindle speed, 64MB of cache, and a SATA 6Gbps interface.
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All it takes is for one cloud outage or data breach to serve as a reminder why local backups are still relevant. The problem is, most laptops these days don't ship with an optical drive, so if you're sitting on stacks of unused discs, you might as stock up on drinks and use them coasters. Alternately, have a look at today's top deal for an LG USB 2.0 External Super Multi DVD Rewriter (GE24NU40) for $40 with free shippping (normally $60 - use coupon code 0924CLRNCE299; additional $7 mail-in-rebate). This drive can sit vertically or horizontally and it supports LightScribe, too.
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Former Maximum PC editor David Murphy proved it's possible to build a functioning PC inside a cardboard box. That's still one way to cheap out on a home brewed system. Another, more sturdy way to house your components without breaking the bank is by taking advantage of today's top deal for a Lian Li PC-7B Plus II Black Aluminum Case for $72 with free shipping (normally $90 - use coupon code LLC20DSEPT13). This mid-tower chassis features four external 5.25-inch drive bays, five 3.5-inch bays (two external and three internal), and two 120mm fans.
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It's said that patience is a virtue, and if you patiently awaited the arrival of Intel's Ivy Bridge-E line, pat yourself on the back and then check out today's top deal for an Intel Core i7 4820K Ivy Bridge-E CPU for $330 with free shipping. This is a quad-core chip clocked at 3.7GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) with 10MB of L3 cache.
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SMR is key to Seagate's plans to ship 20TB hard drives in 2020.
Seagate on Monday announced it has shipped over 1 million hard disk drives (HDDs) using shingled magnetic recording (SMR) technology. According to Seagate, SMR technology will play a critical role in developing hard drives of ever-increasing capacity with improved areal density, which is the amount of data that can be stored on a single disk, and is the first step to reaching a 20TB HDD within the next 7 years.
Hopefully if you're reading this, you're able to relax with family and friends today, enjoying one of the last remaining days of summer. In honor of Labor Day, we're posting several Labor Day deals, including today's top deal for an NZXT Hale92 V2 1200W Power Supply for $230 with free shipping (normally $250 - use coupon code LABORDAY49). This is a fully modular PSU that's 80 Plus Gold certified.
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