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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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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Not a caching or hybrid drive, but a separate SSD and HDD
Today WD is unveiling a slick 2.5" hard drive it calls the Black Squared Dual Drive. Unlike previous 2.5" drives which featured either a spinning hard drive or an SSD, or the two combined in a caching setup, this model features two separate volumes that coexist peacefully in one chassis. It's designed to be a high-performance drive for those with single-bay devices, such as a notebook, SFF rig, or AIO. If you fall into this category, and can squeeze your OS onto a 120GB volume, Christmas has indeed come early.
Storage is a bit like cash, in that it never hurts to have a little extra lying around. Also like cash, the more storage you have, the more ways you find to utilize it. Maybe you're tired of deciding which vacation photos get to stay and which get deleted because you're running out of room, or perhaps your SSD nearly full. There's the cloud, and be sure to say 'Hi' to the NSA while you're up there. Alternately, today's top deal is for a Western Digital Blue 1TB Hard Drive for $60 with free shippping (normally $100 -- use coupon code: [PREBLKFR83]). This bare drive sports a SATA 6Gbps interface, 7200 RPM spindle speed, and 64MB of cache.
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Ready to pull the plug on your ancient PC and start a new build using modern parts? You've picked a great time to do it. Don't worry if you're stuck on a strict budget, you can piece together a fast and capable system for not a lot of scratch. One path you can take starts with today's top deal for an Intel Core i3 3240 Dual-Core Processor for $107 with free shipping (normally $120 - use coupon code [EMCWWWR24]). This 22nm chip sports Intel's Ivy Bridge architecture, along with 3MB of L3 cache, Intel HD Graphics 2500, and a 3.4GHz core clockspeed.
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Fun fact: StarCraft II set a record for fastest-selling strategy game of all time by moving 1.5 million copies in two days. The number of copies sold would double to 3 million by the end of its first month of availability. The spawned an expansion pack and third-party periperhals, such as today's top deal for a Razer Spectre StarCraft II Heart of the Swarm Gaming Mouse for $25 with free shipping (normally $50 - use coupon code 1105GAMES31). What the Spectre briings to the tablet are button force adjustments, APM lighting system, 1000Hz ultrapolling, and a customized look.
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Helium filled hard drives will find homes in cloud data centers
HGST just made every home consumer a little bit jealous today by announcing that it's now shipping the 6TB Ultrastar He6 hard drive to massive scale-out data center environments. For the time being, you can't head over to your favorite online vendor or local electronics store and pick up a 6TB drive with helium inside, but perhaps this technology -- and the resulting capacities -- will trickle into home user territory. In the meantime, these drives will end up being utilized by companies like HP, Netflix, Huawei Unified Storage, CERN, Green Revolution Cooling, and Code42, all of which are working with Western Digital's subsidiary to qualify the drive.
There's no denying that onboard audio has come a long ways, but has that relegated discrete audio solutions to obsolescence? Blasphemy! A set of cheap speakers or janky headphones picked up on clearance won't take advantage of discrete audio, but that's what makes today's top deal so special. It's for a Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium HD Sound Card for $150 with free shipping with free Creative gaming headset with purcahse (limited offer on the headset). It's like pairing peanut butter with jelly, but beyond that, the X-Fi Titanium serves up 24-bit 192KHz audio, Dolby Digital encoding, and THX Trustudio effects.
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