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Postby Stupify » Mon Apr 28, 2008 10:29 am

I am creating this thread to help forum members get in on good deals other members might have found. I hope posters can post information on the deal like:
1. product
2. price
3. mail-in-rebate (price before or after MIR)
4. location of where it is available
5. if the seller is not a big name a short description would be good too.

Anyone can post on this thread as long as they have at least 10 posts, otherwise they can choose to pm me to post it here.
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Postby Stupify » Mon Apr 28, 2008 10:31 am

I will start off by mentioning:
http://www.infonec.com/site/main.php?mo ... il&id=8616
OCZ DDR Value 1024M PC3200 CL3 (OCZ4001024V3) $30.
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Postby Celt » Mon Apr 28, 2008 2:01 pm

Only members with significant post counts can post here, as strictly speaking this bends the terms and conditions of membership here, however we will allow it or members in good standing, as we can trust their intentions. Anyone abusing this thread will be banned. Permanently.
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Postby STBTechAL655 » Mon Apr 28, 2008 4:43 pm

Edit: price of the ECS 8800GTS jumped from 169.99 to 249.99 after MIR, no longer a hot deal; removed link.



1. EVGA 384-P3-N853-AR GeForce 8800GS Superclocked 384MB
2. $129.99
3. $30 MIR
4. Newegg

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6814130333

Edit: prices are listed before MIR; corrected one of the links
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Postby Hammer_Time » Mon Apr 28, 2008 7:20 pm

We have to be careful we do not appear to be "promoting" or "favouring" one company over another, but as long as everyone keeps their sanity in this thread it should be okay.

I like to buy from either www.canadacomputers.com ( locations in Toronto, Waterloo, Hamilton etc , southwestern Ontario ) cuz its 5 minute walk down the street and they usually have what I need in stock, else if I find it a lot cheaper online prefer to buy from www.ncix.com , Canadian version of course ( they have a US site, as they started in USA of course ). They will usually price-match too, which is really good... and shipping is average priced, not the cheapest but not the worst either. They tend to have some of the best prices on average, but not always.. depends on the item and timing of course. Next to ncix.com I find www.newegg.com to be very close in terms of pricing and service/shipping/reputation etc. Yes, they do sometimes have better deals than ncix.com but I find that the exception, not the norm.
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Postby Hammer_Time » Tue Apr 29, 2008 5:37 am

Done, hope Sauron and Celt don't beat me to death for deleting their last spammer comment posts here. Agreed, lets keep it clean from now on, on topic only. Cheers.

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Postby deewss » Tue Apr 29, 2008 5:52 pm

Western Digital WDE1U5000N 500GB Hard Drive $92 [Removed]
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Postby Cow187 » Wed Apr 30, 2008 6:24 pm

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Postby Celt » Thu May 01, 2008 12:52 am

And one the UK and ROI folks should always check . . .

http://www.scan.co.uk/todayonly/
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Postby Stupify » Fri May 02, 2008 4:22 am

Canada
Anitec.ca

Samsung SpinPoint F1 1TB (1000GB) - SATA 3Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM - $179.95 + $15S&H for Toronto

or better yet:
Direct Canada
Samsung Spinpoint F1 Series HD103UJ 1TB SATA2 7200RPM 8.9MS 32MB 3.5IN Hard Drive OEM 3YR MFR Wrnty
$178.99 + $10 S&H for Toronto

Also keep in mind you are only paying one of the two taxes outside of BC.
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Postby Hammer_Time » Fri May 02, 2008 6:49 am

I would like to point out that while the Samsung Spinpoint F1 32MB cache SATA drives are the fastest 7200rpm drives on the market right now ( overall performance , and not counting the expensive 10,000 rpm Raptor/VelociRaptor drives of course ), they are having higher than average failure rates, many are reporting RMA's around the web:

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/24446 ... takes-bang

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I purchased the Samsung F1 1TB OEM model from Newegg for $280 USD. Using HUTIL from Samsung, it reports that the Maintenance Cylinder is bad. I've RMA'd and gotten a 2nd one with the same problem.

Multiple people have reported to have 2-3 drives with this issue. Nobody has reported having a passing HUTIL test yet. Anybody here have one that passes the Self Test (does not Erase data)?

I only ran HUTIL because my first drive had issues formating that would result in BSOD but once formated, it appeared to run fine. The 2nd drive formated normally without problems but also has the error in HUTIL.

I know that it is normal for HDDs to have some surface defects and these are normally reallocated to the Maintenance Cylinder. The question is, if this drive does not have one, or at least not a functional one, what happens? Does the cluster/sector get marked as bad, data moved, and you just lose space? Or are you liable to have the OS try to write on the bad sector(s) again?

I worry because this I do plan to fill the drive with at least 700 GB of data right off the bat. Samsung hasn't gotten back to me by email & their phone support knew absolutely nothing about the product or HDDs in general. At this point, I'm 98% positive if I RMA for a replacement, it will have the same problem with the M.C. So it's either let it slide or get a Seagate - though, even discounting the speed difference, on paper, I like everything about the Samsung better.

Both drives report Reads of 90-96 MB/sec in HDTach 3.0.4.0 in both Short & Long Test though in case anybody was wondering.


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When this review first came out I was all ready to buy the 1 TB Samsung. But now seeing all the many problems posted by users at Newegg has me scared. I wish the author of the article would comment on the errors that are being reported when users run Samsung's own software utility. Was this same utility run on the test sample? Thanks.


I used to recommend this drive till I heard about all these "defective" F1 drives out there, so if you plan to buy this drive, be forewarned, the chances of it failing are much higher than say, Seagate or other brand drives right now.
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Postby Stupify » Wed May 14, 2008 7:02 am

http://www.infonec.com/site/main.php?mo ... &id=351624
SAMSUNG 750GB 7200RPM SATA II 32MB CACHE (HD753LJ) $108.99
Toronto, Canada, no MIR.
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Postby Hammer_Time » Wed May 14, 2008 7:16 am

Didnt you read my post above? No wonder the drive is so CHEAP these days, Samsung can hardly give them away cuz a lot of them are failing!!

Please stop posting "deals" on this crap drive, it has known and provable problems!! :fist: I wouldn't bother to say this if the drive did not have a failure rate that is MUCH higher than average! You want people to hate you for recommending this cheap drive then when it fails on them taking all their data with it??!!

http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php? ... re=Hitachi

Hitachi 750GB 32MB cache, just as fast as the Samsung Spinpoint F1, or very very close in the benches, and rock solid reliable... for $146 Cdn right now:

http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php? ... re=Hitachi
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Postby Stupify » Wed May 14, 2008 7:21 am

Hammer_Time wrote:Didnt you read my post above? No wonder the drive is so CHEAP these days, Samsung can hardly give them away cuz a lot of them are failing!!

Please stop posting "deals" on this crap drive, it has known and provable problems!! :fist:
actually many of the 750GB can be had for close to $120. so 12$ cheaper doesn't make it that absurdly cheap if they were so failure prone. Not that I am challenging your failure claim but instead saying that maybe they are just not giving enough discount to match the failure rate...
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Postby Hammer_Time » Wed May 14, 2008 7:23 am

Okay, but would you trust one of these drives in your system , as your primary OS drive that is???

Here is a nice quiet , cool, fairly fast, reliable drive for $115 :

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6822136218

Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD6400AAKS 640GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM $114.99

Fast, quiet drive

Reviewed By: DrAtomic on 5/12/2008
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This user purchased this item from Newegg.com

Pros: Very quiet, pretty fast, and cooler than other drives. Used in an SFF so noise was a primary concern, but the speed was a pleasant surprise. Had a single platter version (320GB) and was pleased, moving to two platters is no disappointment.

Cons: Not as fast as my Raptor, but then again it’s a lot quieter and much cooler.

Other Thoughts: Great drive for a desktop where noise is a concern. Would definitely buy again.


Of course newegg only ships to the United States...

But ncix.com sells it for same price Cdn!! 8)

http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php? ... gital%20WD

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Postby Stupify » Wed May 14, 2008 10:07 am

better price:
http://www.canadacomputers.com/index.ph ... HD.443.877
Western Digital Caviar (WD6400AAKS) 640GB SATAII 7200RPM 16MB Buffer (OEM) Promotional Cash Price: $104.99 reg: $106.99
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Postby Stickfigure » Wed May 14, 2008 10:50 am

Hi All.

I don't mean to spam or go off topic but I'm looking for a lcd monitor.

It's a LG 19" L196WTQ (19" wide. 5000:1 contrast ratio. 2ms) The best price I've found is $205 which was on Amazon.com. I do live in South Africa but I will be coming over to North America in June and July so I will be hoping to buy then.

Any help will be much appreciated :D
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Postby Hammer_Time » Wed May 14, 2008 10:56 am

Hehe, yes indeed Stupes, a better price from the store down the street from me! :wink: 8)

Stickfigure - no probs, you are not "off topic" since this thread is for ANY computer component "hot deals" not just hard drives...

How about this 20" LCD?

http://canadacomputers.com/index.php?do ... cid=MT.258

$240 Cdn right now, not bad for a 20" Widescreen. Samsung is quite good too in its price range ( monitors, not hard drives!! :wink: ).

But the LG 19" Widescreen is nice too, and $40 cheaper:

http://canadacomputers.com/index.php?do ... cid=MT.983

$200 right now, not bad at all.. best price I have seen here yet on it. I know its not the "Q" model with 5000:1 contrast ratio, but its 3000:1 contrast ratio is still pretty good ( they are all fudged by the manufacture anyhow, true ratio more like 800 or 1000:1 at best etc. ) and the price is right. This site does not list the "Q" model you are interested in, but check it out. Myself I would go for the Sammie 20" for $240 linked above, but that is just me...

If you are coming over to N.A. in June or July they might even be slightly cheaper then too, not sure though.
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Postby Stickfigure » Wed May 14, 2008 11:05 am

Once again, thanks for the info and links Hammer :D

I will definitely keep myself updated on the prices :)
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Postby Stupify » Thu May 15, 2008 6:26 am

Stupify wrote:better price:
http://www.canadacomputers.com/index.ph ... HD.443.877
Western Digital Caviar (WD6400AAKS) 640GB SATAII 7200RPM 16MB Buffer (OEM) Promotional Cash Price: $104.99 reg: $106.99


INFONEC has got this price beat too...:
http://www.infonec.com/site/main.php?mo ... &id=353679
Western Digital HD WD6400AAKS 3.5" 640GB SATA 3G 7200rpm 16MB Bare Drive RoHS (WD6400AAKS) $89.99

I am starting to find Infonec having better prices than more and more. Lucky for me coz they are pissing distance away from my workplace :)
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