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When most people think about hot holiday sale items, they generally think about electronics. They often add the latest smartphones, drones, hover boards, or smart home tech to their shopping lists. Some shoppers, however, will be searching for those who want to upgrade their computers or even build their own PCs. Whether shoppers are looking for general users, artists, animators, or tech enthusiasts, there is always a PC part that will satisfy their friends or family.
Those who need a beating heart for their customized builds may want to invest in an ASUS Prime Z390 Motherboard. The Prime Z390 is equally ideal for content creators, scientists, and gamers. It's jam-packed with an abundance of features that are all geared towards consistent and efficient operation. Customization options are broad, as this motherboard supports multiple types of CPUs, memory cards, video cards, etc.
Since this bundle also comes with Intel Optane Memory H10 with Solid State Storage (32GB + 512GB), custom builders will have an excellent storage source at their fingertips. Pre-configured UEFI BIOS settings make setting up the Optane Memory and the SSD easy. Overclocking settings are also simple to configure thanks to Intel's AI overclocking software. The Z390 boasts a wide variety of ports for maximum connectivity options.
Some available ports are: 1 HDMI, 3 USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A, 1 USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C, USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A, 2 USB 2.0
- Optimized BIOS
- 4x288 Pin RAM Slots
- 128GB Maximum Memory
- 3 x 16 PCIe 3.0 Slots
- 8 Channel Realtek S1220A High Definition Audio
- Intel 1219-V LAN Chipset
- 6 x SATA 6GB/s Ports
Graphics cards are hot holiday gifts year after year because gamers and content creators alike are often trying to achieve the best graphics performance and efficiency possible. The ZOTAC NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 utilizes advances in GPU architecture and modern innovation to bring users a card that can handle today's games and image manipulation software with ease. It's VR-ready, so users will be able to plug in their VR headsets and enjoy the latest VR games. Ansel technology gives gamers the ability to capture in-game shots in 360 degrees.
Since graphics generation is hot work, the GTX 1060 comes with two robust and reliable cooling fans that provide efficient, even temperature control during all levels of gameplay or graphics work. And ZOTAC's Firestorm software gives users the means to tweak the performance of their graphics cards in a variety of ways.
- 6GB 192-Bit GDDR5X
- Core Clock 1506 MHz
- Boost Clock 1708 MHz
- 1 x DL-DVI-D
- 1 x HDMI 2.0b
- 3 x DisplayPort 1.4
- 1280 CUDA Cores
- PCI Express 3.0
Another strong, entry-level video card for holiday shoppers this year is the XFX Radeon RX 590. This graphics card uses award-winning technology to provide top-quality performance for users of all experience levels. XFX True Clock technology enables hardware-controlled clock-speed regulation for maximum overclocking functionality.
Radeon Chill Technology helps the system to provide more computing power when gamers need high-performance graphics and provides less during lower-intensity situations. And the included ReLive software gives users the ability to easily record, share, and stream their gaming activities.
- 8GB 256-Bit GDDR5
- Core Clock 1580 MHz
- 1 x DL-DVI-D
- 1 x HDMI 2.0b
- 3 x DisplayPort 1.4
- 2304 Stream Processors
- PCI Express 3.0
- ReLive Software
Those looking to check an internal solid-state drive off of their shopping list may want to consider buying the Intel 660p Series M.2 2280. The PCIe and QLC 3D NAND technology used in this SSD enables Intel to pack 1TB of storage space into a small footprint. Whether users want to replace existing drives with this one or to put an SSD in a custom build, the Intel 660p Series M.2 is an excellent choice that will enhance the speed and storage capabilities of their machines.
- PCI-Express 3.0 x4
- Read Speed Up to 1800MB/s
- Write Speed Up to 1800MB/s
- Random Read Speed Up to 150000 IOPS
- Random Write Speed Up to 220000 IOPS
For more on M.2 drives, read the guide on Newegg Insider.
Another solid entry in the internal solid-state drive category is the Crucial MX500. This SSD is supposed to be at least 45 times more efficient than a traditional hard drive; it's also more durable thanks to the lack of moving mechanical parts. Shoppers with people on their lists who are in the process of creating computers capable of dual booting may find this SSD to be the right tool for the job.
Its functionality is accelerated by Micron 3D NAND technology, and its 500GB of storage space provide ample room for users. Would-be hackers will find getting through the AES 256-bit hardware-based encryption to be difficult. Users won't have to worry about losing work progress due to power outages thanks to the Integrated Power Loss Immunity technology.
- Sequential Read / Write Speed Up to 560 / 510 MB/s*
- Random Reads / Writes Up to 95k / 90k IOPS*
- Micron 3D NAND Technology
- Highly Durable Design
- Compatible with Crucial Storage Executive Tool
- Includes Free Acronis True Image HD Software
- 5-Year Limited Warranty
Not everyone wants to install their solid-state drives internally; some prefer to use external SSDs like the Seagate One Touch SSD instead. The natural durability of the SSD combined with the streamlined portability of the Seagate One Touch make this drive an excellent option for gift recipients on the go. This portable SSD boasts transfer speeds of up to 400MB/s and 1TB of storage space. No reformatting is necessary when used with Windows and Mac. Shoppers in search of affordable, portable tech to buy for their friends and family members need to look no further than the Seagate One Touch SSD.
- 1TB Capacity
- Super Compact & Lightweight (2.19" X 2.95" X 0.39")
- Effortless Backups & File Synchronization
- 20cm USB 3.0 Cable Included
- 1-Year Mylio Create Plan
- 2-Month Adobe Creative Cloud Photography Membership
One low-cost yet high-impact PC component is the computer case. Shoppers can give the gift of function and style this holiday season with the BitFenix Neos. This computer case is a mix of metal mesh, steel plating, and rugged plastic; these elements combine to produce an elegant yet practical computer chassis. Its acrylic-windowed side panel gives builders the ability to show off the computing masterpieces that they have created.
This particular case is white and purple, but the case can also be bought in red and black, black and blue, and plain black. And the BitFenix Neos is about much more than style. It has two external 5.25" drive bays and three internal 3.5" drive bays that provide ample room for storage devices. It's compatible with graphics cards up to 30 cm long and contains seven PCI slots for expansion cards. This case comes with one 120mm fan and one LED fan for quality cooling. One USB 3.0 port, one USB 2.0 port, and one HD audio front port are also included.
- Steel / Plastic Framing
- ATX / Micro ATX Form Factor
- 1 USB 3.0 & 1 USB 2.0 Front Panel Ports
- Audio Input Front Ports
- 2 External 5.25" Drive Bays
- 3 Internal 3.5" Drive Bays
Whether or not the NUC is, as its acronym implies, the "next unit of computing," it is likely to be a desirable gift for those in search of a small computing unit that packs a punch. The Intel NUC has a footprint of roughly four square inches, but it contains an Intel Celeron Quad-core Processor and Windows 10. It also has an HDMI port that can support a 4K display at 60 fps, 7.1 channel audio, and INTEL HD 500 graphics, so it's capable of streaming media at a high level.
Those who are looking for more RAM or storage space in a computer can expand this unit with Dual-channel DDR3L or a 2.5" SSD or HDD. The NUC can be used for a wide variety of activities such as streaming media, digital signage, and as a PC replacement for businesses and schools that have many computers in relatively small spaces.
Regardless of whether or not the NUC is the PC of the future, it's a computing device that will meet the needs of many holiday shoppers today.
- Intel Celeron Processor J3455 (2M Cache, Up to 2.3 GHz)
- 2.01" x 4.53" x 4.37"
- 8GB DDR3L 1866 / 1600 RAM
- M.2 22 x 30 Expansion Slot
- Intel HD Graphics Up to 750 MHz
- 7.1 Channel Audio
- 10/100/1000Mbps LAN Speed
For a deeper look at what an Intel NUC PC can do for you, read, the guide on Newegg Insider.
All prices reflect the final price after savings.