Yeah, it’s a tough time to build a new PC or upgrade at the moment with graphics cards like the RX 580 and GTX 1060 pricing through the roof. In either an effort to soften the blow or, more likely, move some products it appears that Newegg is doing something a bit strange. They’re tossing in ‘free’ monitors and motherboards with graphics card purchases, which in all honesty makes the total package a bit easier to swallow provided you actually need one of the freebies. One could easily make the argument that they’re making so much off of the video cards and not moving the monitors, since miners don’t need them, that they’re trying to bolster their ‘units shipped’ numbers for investors and booking purposes. Either way, at least they’re throwing in something for the exorbitant prices.
Newegg Throwing in Monitors and Motherboards with GTX 1060 and RX 580 Graphics Cards
But what are they giving you? We’ll start by looking at the Gigabyte GTX 1060 Gaming 3GB at a mind-boggling $409.99. They’re tossing in a ‘free’ Gigabyte Z370 Aorus Gaming Wifi board valued at $179.99, currently on sale for $149.99, that would complement the video card rather nicely. If you were in the market for a middle of the road Z370 board then this could work out in your favor if you pretended that you’re buying both for the $409.99 essentially making the graphics card more along the lines of $260. Let’s be honest, $260 for a GTX 1060 3GB is rather appealing right now. But the catch is whether you need a motherboard or not. Decent deal for someone building a Coffee Lake system right now.
GTX 1060: Newegg Link
Radeon fans fear not! You can get your hands on a decent deal too, well not quite as easy to swallow but a few of the RX 580s are coming along with monitor package deals. These aren’t as appealing as the lower cost GTX 1060 since they’re coming in at the $500+ range. The PowerColor RED DEVIL RX 580 8GB is shipping for $539.99 paired up with a decent enough ASUS VN248H-P 24″ IPS monitor valued at $149.99. The Sapphire NITRO+ RX 580 4GB is paired up with a less impressive HP 27″ 1920×1080 panel with limited information valued at $169.99. Taking the same mentality as the GTX 1060, assuming you need and want the monitor, you could consider is getting the RED DEVIL for $390 and the NITRO+ for $330.
Radeon NITRO+ RX 580 4GB: Newegg Link
RED DEVIL RX 580 8GB: Newegg Link
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not advocating for this to become a norm and I would much rather see these cards come down in price rather than them package in parts that people likely will not be wanting or needing.
But, if we’re going to be stuck with these crazy high prices for the foreseeable future at least it’s good to see something being tossed in to soften the blow. I’m not too keen on the monitor bundles, but I can see how the motherboard bundle could help with offsetting some of the costs of building a new gaming computer. Now if only they’d toss in some ‘free’ memory I’d be a happy camper.