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ASUS Xtreme Design Contest Update!

ASUS Xtreme Design Contest Update!

We just wanted to post a quick reminder to let you all know that the Asus Xtreme Design contest is still going strong! In fact, our friends from Asus recently posted an update with some information about some of the winners so far. At this point, Team HotHardware is looking strong.  Here's what the Asus update said...

For those of you joining in, we wanted to give you an update on whats been going on with Xtreme Design!

We reached out to Hothardware members and asked what they would do with Xtreme Design features on ASUS motherboards. We also asked what kind of Xtreme Design computer build they would make if we supplied parts from our sponsored partners: INTEL, NVIDIA, ANTEC, G.SKILL, RAZER, SAMSUNG!

We picked a total of 20 winners and 7 of them were from Hothardware!

Sfanatics
DUOplus
Ragafoo
Ottoyu34
Nelsoncp21
KLSi
Zads

 

 NelsonCP21's Creation...


DUOPlus's Xtreme Design...

These Xtreme Designers were given an Intel core i7 cpu, ASUS GTX260 powered by Nvidia, 4GB of G.Skill Trident series memory, Samsung 128GB SSD, Razer Lycosa keyboard and Deathadder mouse, and Antec Quattro 850Watt Power supply!

Stay tuned as we will pick a stage 2 winner to take their Xtreme Design and travel with us to LAS VEGAS! and show the world their Xtreme Design!



Show the world your Xtreme Design! 

ASUS has joined forces with Antec, Intel , G.Skill, Nvidia, Razer, Samsung and HOTHARDWARE to empower YOUR Xtreme ideas! Tell us what you would do if ASUS put “Xtreme Design Technology” In your hands!

Tell US:

  • How would you build your "Xtreme" System if you won the sponsored hardware.
  • What is your "Xtreme Design" system's goal.
  • How ASUS' "Xtreme Design" motherboard features help your system and daily life.
  • Anything else that convinces us to pick your idea from the participating forums below.

This contest has 3 Stages:


Stage I:
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Tell us what you would do with “Xtreme Design Technology!” Think about how ASUS’ Xtreme Design features can work for you. (Psst! Do your homework here: http://promos.asus.com/US/p55/index.htm )

2. Post your system project goals, anticipated challenges, diagrams, and sketches. Convince us you are capable of building your Xtreme Design! (Tip: Get some traction toward your idea by signing up on ASUS' official Facebook:

http://Facebook.com/ASUSOfficialPage/ )

3. Win some freaking awesome hardware to build your Xtreme Design, including an ASUS Xtreme Design motherboard, Intel Core i7 processor, Nvidia Graphics, Samsung SSD, Razer Keyboard+mouse, Antec power supply, and G.Skill Memory! ASUS will select up to twenty (20) of the most innovative proposals that can show off Xtreme Design in a real working scenario. Winners will be announced for “Stage I” on http://Facebook.com/ASUSOfficialPage Nov. 4th 2009.


Stage II:
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The competition thickens! Twenty (20) “Stage I” winners will receive their prizes provided by ASUS and sponsors of Xtreme Design contest and post about their experience for 30 days in any of our participating forums! Show everyone pictures and videos of your goodies! Talk about your build! Show us your process! Give us screen-grabs of performance and tell us how you feel about Xtreme Design. Let everyone know how these parts are working as you build toward your goal! Reached your personal goal? Try to exceed it! Do whatever it takes to win!

2. The Twenty (20) winners will have an ASUS P7P55D PREMIUM motherboard + the following sponsored products to start with. You are free to design/use your own case, thermal solution, additional GPU, additional storage, additional memory to enhance your Xtreme Design.

3. Five (5) of the most engaging posters will be selected for special brand-spanking new hardware upgrades Dec. 7th.


Stage III:

1. One (1) lucky Xtreme Design champion will get a free trip with their rig to show off at the ASUS booth during CES 2010! Jan. 7th.


OUR SPONSORS AND PRIZES!!

  

Intel has sponsored (20) Core i7 CPUs

The new Intel Core i7 Processor: Ultimate smart performance. This new processor features Intel Turbo Boost Technology and Intel Hyper-Threading Technology, which together activate full processing power exactly where and when you need it.


  

Antec has sponsored (20) Quattro 850 Watt PSU

Antec's TruePower Quattro is more compact than most competing power supplies of the same wattage, yet ideally suited for handling the most demanding system specs.


  

G.Skill has sponsored (20) TDS series Memory kits

The G.Skill DDR 2133 CL9 4GB TDS "Trident Series memory is especially suited for overclockers, and comes equipped with the turbulence cooling fan.


  

Nvidia has sponsored (20) ASUS GTX260 GPUs

Configure your PC with the Power of 3 and build your new Xtreme Design PC with the three essential pieces to get an experience to match your style.

Nvidia GPU + Intel Core i5/i7 + ASUS P55 Motherboard = The power of 3!


   

Razer has sponsored (20) Lycosa keyboards and Deathadder mice

Execute complex combat maneuvers with swift dexterity. Launch your assaults timed to perfection. Annihilate your enemies and reign supreme on the battlefield. You now have the tactical advantage on every terrain, and your enemies' fates are in your hands.


  

Samsung has sponsored (20) 128GB SSD drives

An extremely efficient SSD for PCs applications, Samsung's SSD features world-class sequential read and write performance.

Thanks to all of our Sponsors and GOOD LUCK!! SHOW US WHAT YOU'VE GOT!!

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Darn shame this isnt for AMD as well.

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It's on!

Good luck to all of you creative puppies out there!

You'll have some fun with this and win some cool stuff too!

HotHardware has done it again, it seems. Just like they said they would.

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I'm lost, is this an HH contest? or is this an ASUS contest for anyone in the general public, not associated with this site?  If this is for the HH community, when does stage one end and entries need to be in, also where do the entries get posted?

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Mental, this is an Asus contests sponsored specifically at HotHardware.com, for HH readers and participants only. There will be other sites involved but you can enter here and we'll be assisting in picking a winner for stage 1. Stage 1 winner selection is set for 11/4.

Post all your entries HERE in this thread! :D

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Thanks for clearing that up for everyone Dave.

I hope that every eligible HH user takes up the opportunity to enter such a great contest! Big Smile

The gear packages to build your Xtreme Design system are awesome!

Who wouldn't want a Core i7 CPU, an ASUS P55 Mobo, an ASUS nVidiaGTX260, an Antec Quattro PSU, some G.Skill Trident RAM, a Razer Deathadder and Lycosa and best of all a 128GB Samsung SSD to work with? And 20 people will get the opportunity to build a system with these....that's CRAZY! Surprise

If I were eligible for the contest I'd already be trying to think of some ideas and possibly posting some of them up by now. I have a CM Storm Scout case holding my old rig and I'd love to upgrade it from P4 to i7. It even has a 2.5" Drive bay converter ready for the Samsung SSD Wink As most of you know I've never actually built a complete rig from start to finish, the most I've ever done is transfer my old rig to a new case. I'd love to have a chance at getting the opportunity to build a rig (which would be a huge learning curve for me) by myself. (Sorry if it seems like I'm writing an entry, but I feel quite distraught that I'd love to enter a contest like this but my location doesn't allow me to Sad)

I cannot stress how great I think this opportunity is for all you HHers out there. Get thinking and get designing as your fingers are literally touching $1800 of great hardware to create a masterpiece with!

Thanks to Dave and Marco and ASUS for setting up this opportunity for HH Users so please guys don't let it pass you by!

PS: I hope ASUS decides to hold a contest like this in the Asia Pacific Region in the near future! Yes

 

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Those are some kick-ass components. I'd enter, but I don't think I have the time to build anything worthy at the moment. I really hope that the winner creates something unique and special.

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Folks, this contest is HUGE. I'll sum it up for you simply.

1 - Send in your ideas for an "Extreme System" based on Asus Xtreme Design features. (see link above) and post it here.

2 - Sign up on Asus' Facebook page and post a link to this thread on your idea.

3 - Get chosen and win some KILLER gear to build that system with and win a chance to go to CES and show your rig off in the Asus booth!

I'm confirming a few more things on this but start thinking now. You could win some pretty sweet stuff or more!

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Hmm... actually yes. I think that's a good idea! Let me see what we can do.

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eunoia:

Excellent!  I'll add this to the flow chart for my entry's purchasing and production schedule. 

 

Wait, maybe you're not clear on this.  You don't have to buy anything!  Just detail your ideas (pics, words, video whatever) and list in the forum.  If we/Asus pick you, Asus will send you the products to build it!

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Here we go!

My Xtreme Design is a personal arcade machine.  Ok maybe some of you think its a waste of money, but I dont!  I Love StreetFighter 4.  So here is my contraption!

 

I would build the custom case around the sponsored products!  I want the most out of my SF4! and this game actually requires quite a bit of power to run everything on High!
With the Core i7 + P7P55D Premium it should be the perfect setup to run this with max settings.  I haven't overclocked since the amd xp days so Im a bit rusty but there seems to be good reviews on the Turbo V Evo feature with Auto tuning.  I should get in the 4GHZ easy!.  This would be great for me because it will do the real time stress testing which really is relieving the stress for me.  I dont have to  brush up on my OC skills.  From the reviews on all the sponsored products, they seem to be badass and topnotch, so i will definitely appreciate these.  So here is the twist of what makes my system a Xtreme Design...  i probably dont need hybrid OS since ill use win7.  Ive been hearing a lot about phase wars on motherboards.  T probe seems to be a pretty smart idea. especially if im OCed and i have a SF4 tournament.  I dont want my Rig blowing out on me.

I will have a see through window to display the board, fan, and GPU to be shown.  I might use a riser card/ribbon to display the card nicer, but we shall see.  I hate messy wires so everything will be tucked underneath or behind it.  Maybe some clean white LED to show off the system.  On top of all this, I will setup the fighter sticks, and a 120HZ LCD with 3D vision!  SF4 in 3D would look dope.  The blue and red buttons will be power and powerLED.  2 USB ports at each corner for the glasses and maybe Xbox controllers or the razer keyboard and mouse for other games. Sound will be placed inside / behind the screen or i will make ports for them. I may even consider upgrading to 8GB of ram and SLI the GTX260.   Am i missing anything?  Any inputs would help!

 

Oh yea, and now that i think about it, since this will be in my living room, it will be placed in the corner and i can double it for my HTPC.   

Thanks ASUS + nvidia + intel +gskill + antec +samsung + razer +hothardware!  I havent seen a contest like this in.... I dont know when...

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Sfanatics threw down the gaunlet!  Come on now, get to it all!  Big Smile  Yes

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No Dave, his cabinet's going to play SF4, not Gauntlet.

lol (ducking and running).

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3vi1:

No Dave, his cabinet's going to play SF4, not Gauntlet.

lol (ducking and running).

Ohhhh... you're just a funny man there 3vil1!

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Now this freakin rocks. Man I still haven't even finshed my  project and I am suppose to come up with another and possibly build it within 30 days. I so want to join in the fun on this but I am kinda hesitant since I seriously doubt I would have the time to build it. Let me mull it over if I can come up with a good enough idea. then you know I can't resist something like this. So let me make sure I clear on this. This isn't just strictly a case modding project but more a creative way to use the new features on the ASUS board right? So if our project would include other hardware or electronics then we would be responsible for providing those for the build if we were chosen?

I am starting to hear Rocky music in the background guys. "getting strong now" I think I might really need to give some competiton here.

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Bring it!

It's a short cycle build on Stage 2... and dont forget about the holidays, so, dont make it tooo complicated, or at least more complicated than you think you can pull. I am scheduling my modding in 25 days time (as you will likely loose 4-5 days around the Turkey day time vortex...)....

Keep it going everyone!

 

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nelsoncp21:

Now this freakin rocks. Man I still haven't even finshed my  project and I am suppose to come up with another and possibly build it within 30 days. I so want to join in the fun on this but I am kinda hesitant since I seriously doubt I would have the time to build it. Let me mull it over if I can come up with a good enough idea. then you know I can't resist something like this. So let me make sure I clear on this. This isn't just strictly a case modding project but more a creative way to use the new features on the ASUS board right? So if our project would include other hardware or electronics then we would be responsible for providing those for the build if we were chosen?

I am starting to hear Rocky music in the background guys. "getting strong now" I think I might really need to give some competiton here.

Ahh Nelson, I was wondering when you'd pick up on this contest.  It has your name ALL OVER it. Big Smile 

That's correct.  Asus and the sponsors will provide the base system - motherboard, RAM, CPU, GPU, PSU, SSD for storage, keyboard and mouse.  You guys would do the rest, which is basically a case plus whatever enhancements you want to conjure up!

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I would build a multi use PC/server. This unit would consist of two operating systems. The first would be Windows 7 Ultimate; the Second would be Ubuntu 9.10. The reason for this is as stated this PC would be a multi use station. I would use it as a gaming desktop, a workstation for my current schooling @ University of Phoenix, and an Ubuntu cloud media communications server, and as a home music studio, and media server.

     I would most likely use either an Antec 1200 full tower, all fans would be changed to green or purple using model Cooler Master R4-L2R-20CG-GP for 120MM fan duty because of the high output combined w/low noise level. The 200mm fan on this tower would need to be modified to green lighting as well for which I would use 2 more of the pre-mentioned fans to modify lighting from into the existing 200mm fan. I would also save the fans themselves after the removal of the lights for backup units.

     My cooling for the I5 860 CPU would be a Scythe Mugen 2 with 2 of the aforesaid 120mm fans blowing towards the upper cooling exhaust fan. This would also help with any heat left over from the PSU (heat automatically rises, and with two 120mm fans blowing in tandem towards a 200mm exhaust over a gpu ) the larger amount of system produced heat would blow directly out of the system. Any residual heat from my 3 GTX 260 units would also be assisted through the rear exhaust 120mm fans as well as with air being automatically drawn over them by the CPU cooling fans.

     For storage I would use 3 2TB Black WD serial ata2 drives in raid 5, these units would also handle backup files, all media storage and Ubuntu. Windows and games would be on the 2 Samsung 128 GB SSD running in raid 0 through serial ata3. My home media/music studio and cloud server would run exclusively from the sata 2 drives. This would also work well with my Wireless N Trendnet router broadcasting to my TV's on the 5 GB spectrum.

     The Antec PSU which is very reliable would be critical to 24/7 operation for their reliability as well as stable power. The whole unit (memory and CPU would be clocked to 3.2 or 3.4, depending on the stability), and the GPU units would also be oc'd to 275 unit specs, which may require liquid cooling for two units running in SLI. I would like to double the memory to two of the Gskill memory kits for 8GB as well.

     This will be my home server, which will provide all me and my families digital needs as a cloud server for the den computer and other units in my House of which with this unit there will be 2desktops/1media and 1 laptop. The media unit will be this unit the rest already exists although one of the desktops will be converted to a TV connected media unit and this unit will be the server to the multimedia files for it, and music.

     The 1200 will serve as my Windows 7 gaming desktop through the 2 SSD's. The raid config's will benefit windows 7 and gaming as well as personal desktop use on the sata3 side of things where 6 TB's running on the three 2 TB units configured in raid 5 through the sata2 connections will be the media server backup and home music studio running in Ubuntu(cloud)/windows7.

     This would actually also be a dream come true as my current desktop is not doing so well, and I doubt it will last longer than six months if that!

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Good evening everyone.... and there goes the neighborhood. A quick introduction, ny name is Craig Tate, and I go by tech-daddy online. I came here from the contest post up on Facebook, and I hope to not only participate in this contest, but add a bit of content/post/spice in other places as well. This contest looks to be interesting and fun, and being that I have been out of the modding scene for a while... I think it's time to jump back in and have some fun!

I'll be posting up my idea and sketches in a bit... taking the tape measure out top the garage right now... hehehhe, see y'all around!

 

-=TD

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ASUS rocks

I been a ASUS fan for a long time and this contest will be for the extreme designer, which I will surely try do my best.  My case mod will be built from the ground up and The name of the case DUO +.  It will be a test bench\ gamer\home theater pc and it will consist of two pc into one, each computer will serve its purpose, one pc will be the test bench\gamer and the other will be the HTPC.  So my extreme design will accommodate ASUS “Xtreme Design Technology” first of all the P7P55D will surely be utilized in my testbench\gamer pc by utilizing the Hybrid Technology especially in overclocking and fps in gaming.  The following sketch is My testbench\gamer pc:

My HTPC will also utilize the P7P55D.  The Hybrid Technology and the unique features will surely be used.  Hybrid Processor will be used in faster video encoding and the 10-channel audio will be utilized in a true surround sound experience.  And the SATA 6Gb/s will be very helpful in hard drive performance. The following sketch will be my overall computer including the HTPC:

Most of the “DUO+” will be watercooled to keep thing quiet and cool, hard drives (8 total), cpu (2 total), and video cards (3 total).  The testbench\gamer will have 2 hard drives and the HTPC will have 6 hard drives.  On video cards, the testbench\gamer will have 2 video cards in SLI and the HTPC will have one. The whole build will be custom made, so the watercoooling system will be custom configured.

 

Now there are two things that I added to my build that has nothing to do with performance and that is I’m adding a mini refrigerator that holds 6 12-ounces cans of soda.  Now I don’t have to go to the kitchen for a drink.  I’ve added trays for tools, like screwdrivers, LED lights, and a tray for my USB drives and flash drives or any other accessories that I have for storage.

 

I also will use one LCD monitor, one mouse, and one sound system for both computers through a KVM switch or VMware, not for sure which one.  I will also have a network hub to network the two computers.  And a UPS will be included for electrical backup and surge protection.

 

The sketches that I provided was a ruff draft without the watercooling included and actual lighting of the whole system, and a place for the KVM switch, network hub, or the UPS. 

Thank You, ASUS

 

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SFanatics, rapid1,and duoplus, those are awesome drawings and great descriptions.  Prime example of what we are looking for.  Keep them coming!

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Is it true that we could have multiple submissions? since I read that in some other forums

Thanks for answering.

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