HH and MSI Lazy Days Of Summer Sweepstakes Winners! - HotHardware
HH and MSI Lazy Days Of Summer Sweepstakes Winners!

HH and MSI Lazy Days Of Summer Sweepstakes Winners!

To pay tribute to the hot (and final!), lazy days of summer, in conjunction with MSI, we ran a sweepstakes in wihich we planned to give away some HOT new hardware! This time around, readers had a chance to win a pair of MSI N460GTX Cyclone 1GB GeForce GTX 460 cards and an awesome MSI Big Bang-XPower motherboard. In addition, we planned to give away 10 copies of the DX11 and PhysX-enabled game Metro 2033!

As we've done with previous sweepstakes, we planned to give these prize packages away to randomly selected contributor to our on-line forum and discussion systems. And we have just chosen the winners! 


Grand Prize: (2) MSI N460GTX Cyclone 1GB cards, (1) MSI Big Bang-XPower motherboard Goes to Inspector!



Runners Up: (10) Copies of Metro 2033 go to RealNeil, Marius Malek, Savage Animal, Slugbug, Manoy385, Lifeskills, CrowTroBot, AcarZT, Fat78, and Optix!

Congrats to all of the winners!

Now everyone, congratulate your compatriots and prepare for our next exciting give-away! Once we've got the details hammered out, we'll announce the next contest, but we promise it won't be long!

Thanks,
Team HotHardware

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congrats everyone. This website is awesome. And thanks to HotHardware and MSI for the sweepstakes!

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Congrats to all the winners and thanks again HotHardware for the chance at some awesome swag!!!!!!!!

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Congrats to Inspector for winning that awesome hardware combo, and to the Metro 2033 game winners. Hey I won one :)

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:D after jumping around and hyping up about my win... i cooled down a bit to think about my new build.

What do you guys think about this one? suggestions plz!

CPU: i7-950 (299.99)

RAM: CORSAIR XMS3 6GB (3 x 2GB)(124.99)

CPU Cooler: COOLER MASTER Intel Core i7 compatible V8 RR-UV8-XBU1-GP 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler (49.99)

Case: COOLER MASTER HAF X (199.99) ... Ya not so sure if i want to get one this expansive.

Total: $714.95

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Inspector:
COOLER MASTER HAF X (199.99) ... Ya not so sure if i want to get one this expansive.

CoolerMaster is a good brand. That's all I use. But you may want to look at their Storm Sniper Case Instead.

I have one and it's absolutely awesome. Trust me on this, you'll like it, and it's only $139.00 right now.

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Don't get a V8, Inspector. Get the V6 GT if you want to stick with Cooler Master. As for the case, if you want something smaller and cheaper go with a CM 690 II Advanced (Basic if you don't need a hotswap drive bay) or a HAF 922. If you want a full tower, the HAF 932 though a bit old now is still a good alternative to the HAF X.

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Inspector:

No local stores you can use cash in? Save money on shipping too! Just ask your dad or a friend to drive you there. Also, you can always store the hardware for now and apply for a credit card in the meantime :) Good thing about hardware is that it won't go bad if its unused :p

Doesnt Fry's Electronics down there in the states still sell i7 930 for $200? That is a great deal. You can easily overcock it to i7 950 level with any aftermarket cooler and save $100.

HaF X is huge and expensive btw, the HAF 932 is cheaper if you want a fulltower but there are really awesome 60-70 dollar cases that are perfectly fine since the big bang is standard ATX anyway. HAF 912  (mid tower) is like 60 bucks and its great.

 

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I can't think of any good local tech stores around me, so i think online is best thing so far.

 

O right, :) thanks for the suggestions so far!

So im thinking AF 922 or the storm sniper right now.

Mano, about the v6, what do you mean if i want to stick with cooler master? the v8 is from them as well. Is the v6 better then the v8???

 

@ Optix: Ya, true. i can always build it slowly :).

 

 

Edit: Well, lol the request went well :). My dad will take my old computer :), which means i get a complete new build :).

Suggestions for a power supply? media drive, HDD ECT... for a complete new build. :)

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Yeah...You need to go to Fry's on FridayGeeked

Or if you have a good GPU already you can sell them for the CPU and posibly a cooler and case.

Or just let your dad have a new build and you get his hand me downIndifferent

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animatortom:

Yeah...You need to go to Fry's on FridayGeeked

Or if you have a good GPU already you can sell them for the CPU and posibly a cooler and case.

Or just let your dad have a new build and you get his hand me downIndifferent

lol, who would ever let that happen? :D (Seeing my dad doesn't even know how to use a computer...)

 

lifeskills:

Inspector if you go with the storm sniper you should get it here:

http://cmstore.coolermaster-usa.com/product_info.php?cPath=36_48_50&products_id=502

you can get a CM V8 on that site for $35

NICE man, Thanks! That's quite a lot of savings :D

 

Edit: They are Refurbished (i think im'a go with brand new instead)

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Yeah inspector, I was just offering ideas:P

You were the one who said if they wouldn't fund the new build you would have to give it awayCool

I got an old case you could have, but shipping from Hawaii is more expensive than buying a new oneHmm

Either way you can now start trading now if necessary, at least you have an extra GPU. That would be worth enough for an I7, or you could spend two weeks at SubwayStick out tongue

If your needy, you cant be greedyHmm

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Inspector:

Mano, about the v6, what do you mean if i want to stick with cooler master? the v8 is from them as well. Is the V6GT better then the v8???

I meant that if you want to stick with a Cooler Master heatsink you should go with the V6 GT. You can also take a look at the Corsair H50/H70 or the Noctua NH-D14. And yes the V6 GT is better than the V8. It even beats the Megahalems which is miles ahead of the V8. I think even Cooler Master's Hyper 212+ beats the V8 which can be had for around $20.

 

Also, be sure to put 1 slot spacing between your GTX 460s and add a side fan to intake cool air to the video cards. Otherwise, the top card may get too hot especially if you're stress testing your overclock with Furmark.

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manoy385:
add a side fan to intake cool air to the video cards

The CoolerMaster Storm Sniper Case has three 200MM cooling fans in it. One is in front for intake, One is on the top for exhaust, and the third is on the side panel drawing air in.

On mine, I have a Asetek LCLC CPU water cooler mounted on the rear of the case drawing air out of the case. (Asetek makes the H50 and H70 coolers for Corsair)

I added an extra fan to the other side of the radiator, so now it's in a push/pull configuration. This case will cool his configuration with ease.

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As to the Power Supply, I will not buy anything except SeaSonic brand. They provide good, clean, reliable power and have a 5 Year Warranty too. They only cost slightly more than other brands, and the extra money spent is worth the investment. Get one that is SLI rated and at least 80+Bronze certified. Remember that when a power supply goes belly-up, it can have catastrophic results, taking out many of the components in your PC at the same time.

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realneil:

manoy385:
add a side fan to intake cool air to the video cards

The CoolerMaster Storm Sniper Case has three 200MM cooling fans in it. One is in front for intake, One is on the top for exhaust, and the third is on the side panel drawing air in.

I added an extra fan to the other side of the radiator, so now it's in a push/pull configuration. This case will cool his configuration with ease.

I have no doubt the Storm Sniper will cool his system with ease. The reason I recommended the HAF 922 and the CM690 II is because they provide similar or better airflow than the Storm Sniper at a lower cost. The HAF 922 has basically the same fan configuration as the Storm Sniper but is $50 cheaper. The CM 690 II Basic is half the price of the Storm Sniper and has the capacity to hold 10 fans. The money you save can be better spent towards a better cpu heatsink or a bunch of fans.

 

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Inspector:
Case: COOLER MASTER HAF X (199.99) ... Ya not so sure if i want to get one this expansive.

Ouch, I think the NZXT Lexa Blackline would fit you better...

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I'm a big fan of getting the most for the least.  Antec Three Hundred gets my vote.  Cheap, great airflow, it looks great and has been redesigned slightly so what is shown on Antec's site it not correct.

I wonder when they'll finally update that?

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NZXT's Phantom case should be out soon and has a very good design.

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slugbug:

NZXT's Phantom case should be out soon and has a very good design.

Ya i love the design and looks of that case. only thing is i don't like the white too much because it doesn't match anything... and the black looks... too dark, if it had some blue on the sides it would look EPIC!

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i think they are releasing it in black, white, and red.

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I love my antec P182 gun metal 

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fat78:

i think they are releasing it in black, white, and red.

Yes they are :), but they are all just one color except the white which has some black on it.

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Inspector:

What do you guys think about this one? suggestions plz!

CPU: i7-950 (299.99)

RAM: CORSAIR XMS3 6GB (3 x 2GB)(124.99)

CPU Cooler: COOLER MASTER Intel Core i7 compatible V8 RR-UV8-XBU1-GP 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler (49.99)

Case: COOLER MASTER HAF X (199.99) ... Ya not so sure if i want to get one this expansive.

Total: $714.95

I would also choose that i7 950 as it's a great processor, and the recent price cuts make it irresistible. Someone here mentioned different RAM with tighter timings, and I would always opt for tighter timings. Those two video cards are going to be dumping a lot of heat into your new case, so make sure it flows a lot of air! Do you already have a power supply for your new build, Inspector? 

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No i do not now :D, i did before but now now... lol My dad is taking the whole old build so i need everything now.

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Inspector:
My dad is taking the whole old build so i need everything now.

It sounds like your dad is a winner in this sweepstakes, too!

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:D lol, Yes he is. But he still has to pay half my new build :P lol

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