HotHardware Holiday Sweepstakes! - HotHardware
HotHardware Holiday Sweepstakes!

HotHardware Holiday Sweepstakes!

It’s that time again folks!  Time for another giveaway here at HotHardware!  We’ve teamed up with our friends at AMD and will be giving away prizes--including a complete small form factor PC--to three lucky winners. Instead of a straightforward sweepstakes, however, we wanted to have a little fun and get all of your creative juices flowing this time around.

We’re going to keep this one fairly open ended.  We want you all to stretch your legs, be as creative as you can be, and design the AMD / ATI powered PC (or PC component) of the future!  If you want to draw up a mini-super computer with an over-the-top graphics configuration--go for it!  Maybe you’ve got an idea for an awesome looking GPU heatsink? Or a funky new graphics card design? That would be cool too! Our main goal here is for everyone to have FUN, so anything goes!  And don't think you need to be an expert in 3D modeling to win. Like we said, we want you all to have fun, so just do your best with Paint if you have to!

In the end, the most impressive and creative designs take the cake, or components in this case!


First Prize


 


Second Prize


Third Prize




First Prize:
  • 1 x Fully Configured Micro PC
  •  Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-MA74GM-S2
  • CPU: AMD Phenom X4 Quad-Core 9350e, 2.0GHz
  • Graphics: PowerColor Radeon HD 4670
  • Chassis: Thermaltake LANBOX Lite VF6000BWS
  • Memory: Patriot Extreme Performance DDR2 PC2-6400 800MHz 4GB (2x2GB)
  • Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar (WD6400AAKS) 640GB SATAII 7200 RPM 16MB Buffer
  • CPU Cooler: Scythe SHURIKEN
  • PSU: Enermax ETK500AWT Tomahawk 500W
  • Optical Drive: LG GBC-H20L Blu-Ray / DVD
Second Prize

  • PowerColor Radeon HD 4830
Third Prize

  • PowerColor Radeon HD 4670

Please submit your entries to hh.contest@hothardware.com and they must be posted in this discussion thread as well, so the community can check them out. If you're new, you can register for HotHardware, right here.  The contest will run through the 2008 holiday season and we’ll announce the winners Wednesday December 31, 2008. 

We're accepting entries from anyone across the globe for this giveaway--this one is not limited to US residents only.  As always, participation in the various HotHardware forum and news community discussions will have the contest gods smiling upon you, so get in here and chat it up. 

Good luck everyone!  Have Fun!

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lol guys... Yeah, this is a very cool HH sweepstakes. May the most creative win!

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Hey Good luck to everyone. When I build my girlfriend's SFF PC I wanted to get her this case. It's very nice. Not quite as small as a Shuttle. She had her heart set on the qpack though.

 

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LOL, no not a penis case.... however...  I might be able to work that out, and plam it off as a second entry, just requires a few different strokes of the mighty ...  ahem ... pencil.(what did you think I was gonna type there)

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Endersothergame:

LOL, no not a penis case.... however...  I might be able to work that out, and plam it off as a second entry, just requires a few different strokes of the mighty ...  ahem ... pencil.(what did you think I was gonna type there)

 

 LOL it dont matter!! if you dont mind calling it a pencil we dont,  personally though Id keep that to myself  Confused LOL

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Sweet!!!

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Awesome contest, too bad I'm famished by school and too lazy to do make a drawing ha!

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 This should be interesting. hmm, I am sure I could come up with something orignal here. Are you guys just looking for a sketch of an idea or full blown blueprints with like dimensions and specs and all?

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Let's heat this thread up with good submission, folks!  And the other comment/threads too!   Big Smile

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Whatever you're up for doing Nelson, is fine by us. The more details the better, but we're not expecting all of you to be Da Vinci's :)

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OK do you guys want it simply posted here, or sent somewhere...curse me if I missed it uptop.

 

***edit*** ok, nevermind I reread it.

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 man I think the hardest part of this is coming up with something original. A quick google search and so far someone has already done a similar version of what I had already brainstormedSad

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well, i dont know i think reflective glass for inside of case, with a mirror finish on the outside of the case too, with a big window... ? i know its probably not too original, but that is something i wish they had. 

also, perhaps project frostbite could count as a submission :p  

edit.... perhaps i missed this but what are points?!
ohh, and mines over 9000!  

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Hi,

I was wondering what type of info we have to include in our entries, and what do I exactly do to enter (Where do I post/upload/send my entries). Could I make a model and take photos of it?

Thanks

Tanka12345

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tanka12345:

Hi,

I was wondering what type of info we have to include in our entries, and what do I exactly do to enter (Where do I post/upload/send my entries). Could I make a model and take photos of it?

Thanks

Tanka12345

Hi Tanka,

All of the details are in the original contest announcement post, that can be found here:  http://hothardware.com/News/HotHardware-Holiday-Sweepstakes/


And again, everyone, you can upload your images to your user image file space that can be located here on your own personal member page...

Again, everyone has 3MB of space on the forum for any other pics you'd like to add to your own pages as well! 

 

Also, don't forget to both email us at hh.contest@hothardware.com with your name, addy, phone number, and email addy -- along with your entry and post your entry in this thread as well.  This is all in the original news post too.

Thanks!

Team HH

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Hi Dave!

Thanks for your reply, now I'll start getting my entry ready. Smile

Tanka12345

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Oooh, fun! I might enter this one after I am out for Winter Break. :) Till then I'll think of some great ideas!

Edit: Ok, I got a good idea. Hopefully I will be able to do it. It might take lot of hours though to make it, but it should be tons of fun. :) I will have winter break anyways so this should keep me busy. :)

Edit2: Started working on it, and so far it looks great. I will continue working on it and once it is finished, I'll post it here.

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I'm new to HotHardware but this contest caught my eye (chance to excersise some creativity and chance to win some outstanding prizes) so here is my first submission. 

My technical PC knowledge is growing but is still pretty limited so I decided to design an ATI CrossfireX configured gaming rig of the not too distant future. 

CFX PC

In the comming years computer components will continue to shrink allowing computers to become more sleak and slender.  The current 5.25" bays become a thing of the past and are replaced by 3.5" bays standard.  As computer components shink cooling becoming more of an issue than ever.  ATI and AMD team up to lead the way in bringing liquid cooling to the masses.  Once considered the "bleeding edge" and used only serious gamers, liquid cooling becomes the norm in most mid range and performance PCs.  The standardization of liquid cooling components brings the costs way down.  PC manufacturers also find ways to integrate liquid cooling into the overall aesthetics.  The featured case includes a doubled paned side window.  The liquid coolant is allowed to circulate between the windows creating a waterfall effect.  Interior case lighting accents the effect and gives at glimpse to beast contained within.  The rig also sports a removable touchscreen allowing the user to monitor the system temps, control pumps and fans, and make changes to BIOS without having to reboot the system.  

I'll probably take a stab at the insides (hardware and cooling) if I can come up with something creative.  Enjoy Cool

 

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 nice, I like the waterfall window idea. There is actually a guy who makes waterfall resevoirs that are freakin awesome.

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nelsoncp21:

 nice, I like the waterfall window idea. There is actually a guy who makes waterfall resevoirs that are freakin awesome.

 I don't think I have seen that one.  I have seen the rig that is fully immersed in mineral oil and that's pretty wild. 

Here's a link if you haven't seen it: http://www.pugetsystems.com/submerged.php#update4

 

 

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The AMD Primary Processing Unit

 

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What this image shows is the PPU Sled with a CPU intensive user configuration. This one has three dual core CPU's and one GPU installed. The PPU sled can be configured by the user to suit his or her needs accordingly. For example; perhaps the system is to be used in a server or data rendering role in which case it would be laid out with four quad cores and no added GPU. Thus the motherboard would default to onboard graphics, such as a four or eight MB Radeon.

Or perhaps the user needs a more robust platform and would lay it out as two dual core CPU's and two GPU's in crossfire. The PPU Sled would be able to detect what is socketed in to any of the four sockets using the interpreter and show options in the BIOS for what is present, and remove options in the BIOS for what is not. Thus in the above layout the onboard graphics would be disabled by default.

The motherboard will have slots for system RAM and for video RAM that would also be user upgradeable. Thus if the user decides they want to have two gigabytes of texture memory and one gigabyte of system RAM that is their choice. Texture memory would be limited to GDDR5 for ease of use. System memory would be limited to DDR3 again for ease of use.

I have discussed that the CPU core configurations are varied as are GPU's however the rules are still the same for crossfire, the GPU's still have to match for best results. CPU core configurations would be available in single, dual, tri and quad configurations. GPU's would include the various product lines AMD offers from entry to extreme.

Any questions I will try and answer.

(Sorry my art skills aren't good,and I have no 3D skills)

*edit*  I fear I wasn't clear as to the use of the PPU Sled so I have created a basic layout of a motherboard it would be used with so as to help make it clear.

 

 

 If you have any questions I will be happy to try and answer them for you.  Clearly above is a basic image, there would be different revisions based on product levels.  But common elements would be dual Gb LAN, Integrated HD 7.1 Audio and Integrated VGA using its own discrete memory(not more then 64Mb), as well as standard video out options including D-Sub 15 Pin, DVI, HDMI, S-Video and Display port in various combinations as the manufacturer desires.  The inclusion of EIDE, and the PCIe 16 slot is optional.

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Good luck to all entrants! That case looks pretty badass.

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[This space reserved for better idea]

:p


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Hahaha that's a great Contest Concept ;)..

Can't wait to see the Contestants :)

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I am interested in attempting to piggyback two motherboards in tandem ,possibly by shunting between IDE ports, this will probably take me quite awhile

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