Just last week AMD's Ryzen 9 3900X dropped to $420, down from its $499 MSRP. Now, it looks like Microcenter has the best tech deal on the chip at just $399. However, this is with in-store pick-ups only, so the catch is that you'll have to live near a Micro Center, which has just 25 locations across the U.S.
If you do though, the fun doesn't end there. Micro Center is also offering an additional $20 off if you purchase the 3900X with "a compatible eligible motherboard."
AMD Ryzen 9 3900X: was $499, now $399 @ Micro Center
With 12 cores and 24 threads, the AMD Ryzen 9 3900X is a beast of a CPU, now coming in at a more reasonable price than ever. If the 3950X is still too expensive for you at $750 for 16 cores, the 3900X offers much higher performance per dollar.
The AMD Ryzen 9 3900X comes with 12 Zen 2 cores and 24 threads, punching in at a base clock of 3.8 GHz. It'll boost notably higher at up to 4.6 GHz on its best cores. This is a great CPU for gaming with ample headroom, but also has the punch needed for highly threaded workloads, such as video editing, as we determined in our AMD Ryzen 9 3900X review.
I picked up a 3900X, Asrock X570m Pro4, 32GB DDR4-3600 CL16 RAM, and Noctua NH U12s (the Wraith Prism wasn't cooling the 3900X well enough for me). Everything has been running great! I love how I no longer notice when Windows decides to do some stupid thing in the background.
I wish Frys could try and copy Microcenters model. Frys could downsize their stores, or rent out over half their current buildings as warehouse space if they had too. Make themselves relevant again. But something tells me they won't.
Don't get me wrong, I still enjoy this chip so much - I have more horsepower than I know what to do with sometimes, but that price drop kind gave me a little stab in the heart since it's so sudden.
We all have this kind of stories.
I bought 64GB of high end DDR4 during it's peak. north of 1000$CAD
i also bought the intel 660p 1TB SSD at launch. now it's like 2-3 times cheaper
it always sucks to be an early adopter. Just wait for the dust to settle down and grab the good deals. For exemple the ryzen 1600AF / 2600 is quite a good deal now at 140$CAD.
oh and second hand market too. I just got an high end monitor from 10 years ago. samsung 245BW, 1920x1200 goodness. 60$ haha
or samsung odyssey+ VR HMD , at 250-300$CAD on second hand market, etc
Add that to helpful when needed (and very friendly to non-geek customers) and happy to leave you alone when not sales people, a wide array of selection on true geek items (maker kit, Pi, components, etc) and more non-geek items (Apple kit, TVs, consumer networking, laptops).
Winning formula for me.