Win the BEAST! HotHardware Skulltrail Give-Away!

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We’ve got some exciting news for you all today!  To coincide with Intel’s official Skulltrail announcement that hit the news wire the other day, we’re announcing a sweepstakes of our own where you could win a full Skulltrail-based system, complete with dual graphics cards and a super-fast 10,000 RPM hard drive.  We’re talking eight-cores of benchmark busting performance here, and it could be all yours!

HotHardware has partnered up with Intel to assemble a complete Skulltrail rig that we’ll be giving away to a randomly selected contributor to our on-line forum and discussion systems.  The complete break-down of components in the system includes:


 

Processors: Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9775 x 2

Motherboard: Intel D5400XS ‘Skulltrail’

Memory: 2GB DDR2 FB-DIMM Memory

Graphics: GeForce 8800 GT 512MB x 2 (SLI)

Optical Storage: Lite-On 20X DVD-RW with Lightscribe

Hard Drive: Western Digital Raptor 150GB

Power Supply: Ultra X3 1000 Watt

Case: Gigabyte 3D Aurora (Black)

To be entered into the sweepstakes, you’ve got to be a registered, active member of our forum and a resident of the United States.  If you’re not already a member, you can sign up quickly and easily (and for free), right here.

From this point forward, we’ll be monitoring discussions on the site and will be randomly selecting a winner based on community involvement and contribution.  To increase your chances of being a winner, sign up for our HotHardware RSS News Alerts and we'll toss your name into the mix for double credit!  The sweepstakes will run through to the end of the month at which point we'll pick the winner (Feb. 29).

This is a huge opportunity for to you to win Intel's BEAST of a system.  Good Luck!

replied on Tue, Feb 19 2008 7:05 AM
Man that would be too awesome to win that thing. That would be a dream for me.
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Lev_Astov replied on Tue, Feb 19 2008 7:24 AM
No kidding! That's glorious!

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warlord replied on Tue, Feb 19 2008 8:01 AM
Awesome i will take 2

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ryan92084 replied on Tue, Feb 19 2008 8:12 AM
and i was syked about a shirt and a usb drive lol

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Marco C replied on Tue, Feb 19 2008 8:15 AM
HAHA...this is a big one for sure!

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jtm55 replied on Tue, Feb 19 2008 8:21 AM

Hi All,

You Guys are the BEST!!

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who ever wins this is extremely lucky. what a sweet give away. hope i win

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Lev_Astov replied on Tue, Feb 19 2008 11:13 AM
I'm almost literally drooling over this!

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^Bad_Boy^ replied on Tue, Feb 19 2008 11:29 AM
OMG ...

That's one of the Best Giveaways I've ever heard of!!!

Wow.. I hope whoever wins this, truly deserves it.. That would be an awesome upgrade..

Good Luck to everyone..

And Great Job Dave & Marco on this one..

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Isn't 3D rendering software pretty exspensive... if I had a rig like that I'd at least want to try my hand at some sort of 3D rendering to use the machine to it's full capacity. When I was a kid, I used to draw alot while attending the boys & girls club and can only imagine how much fun it would be to create things with real substance. Here are some things I'd like to render in 3D: A heavily armored mech with lots of insane weaponry, an assault helicopter with elements from Air Wolf and Blue Thunder, a futuristic car of some sort, a castle with a dark theme and a dragon circling above, a hot chick with lotsa random elements a la Wierd Science... I could keep going, but don't wanna bore anyone. Besides I'd probably have to start small and get the basics down before tackling advanced projects like those... perhaps rendering some basic objects like a bowl of fruit lol. It's fun to let your imagination run wild and contests are always a good way to get people pumped! Thanks!!!

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Drago replied on Tue, Feb 19 2008 12:27 PM

 What a nice give away, but i do see one thing missing.

 

 

 

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werty316 replied on Tue, Feb 19 2008 12:35 PM
All I can say is WOW!!!
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yahh wow is about the only thing anyone can say
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jtm55 replied on Tue, Feb 19 2008 1:32 PM

Hi All,

Rigs like that with the software cost thousands of dollars. If I'm not mistaken, these are the type of platforms used in Video Editing/Rendering. I'd be in Geek Heaven if I were to win. Whoever wins is going to be one Happy Person.

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Drago:
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Yeah... slappin a HH case badge on it would deffinately accentuate it!

Whoever wins it should consider donating their old computer to someone who really needs one or maybe a school or something!!!

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Lev_Astov replied on Tue, Feb 19 2008 4:14 PM
Oh man, I'll bet this thing would run Solidworks like a dream! I have a Dell with a Xeon at work for that and it sucks.

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Heck with 3D or CAD software...I bet Doom plays real fast on this one....

 

Seriously, this would put my 4 OCed Q6600 rigs to shame. This would be the ultimate Distributed Computing rig. Throw an extreme cooling system on it and crank up the clock.

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 Sweet...count me in as well. So all we have to do is post for our chances to win? I'm already signed up for the Feed Blitz so I'm in twice? Awesome! 

Not to be a stick in the mud...but I just hope a regular forum user wins and not someone that signed up just to win the contest...

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JokerCPoC replied on Tue, Feb 19 2008 5:35 PM
Nice contest, But I'll pass as I'm not a forum regular here(I otherwise qualify though as I was born in the USA and I still live there), I'd just use It as a cruncher for Seti/Boinc 24/7 under the PC Perspective Killer Frogs. It would be just a 4th PC, the other 3 are all quad core PCs I've built(a QX6700ES cpu @ 3.3GHz, a QX6700 cpu @ 3.2GHz and a Q6600(B3) cpu @ 2.6GHz).
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Edgeoc replied on Tue, Feb 19 2008 6:00 PM

 Good gawd now this is a contest...Surprise

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hope a regular forum user wins and not someone that signed up just to win the contest

Agreed. It is nice to see new people joining though... hopefully they'll realize they've found a good site and stick around awhile!

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AjayD replied on Tue, Feb 19 2008 6:32 PM
Winning this would be like winning the lottery. Well, not quite but you catch my drift. What a sweet treat that would be.

 

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Dave_HH replied on Tue, Feb 19 2008 6:47 PM
OK, so WHY did you bother to register and post here? So you could pump your affiliation with the PC Perspective Killer Frogs? I know Ryan very well, good man, solid site. I don't see why you have to drop in and be down on things here though.

For the record, we're working hard on randomizing things such that, for this contest anyway (more coming soon), if you contribute positively, it won't matter if you're a veteran regular member or a newbie, just that you're not just wasting bandwidth.

That said, you're not off to the races here unfortunately, Joke. No offense of course but with a post like this, we'll probably pass too.

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jtm55 replied on Tue, Feb 19 2008 6:49 PM

 Hi All,

 I agree too. This Site has some of the Nicest folk around.

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imAcpufan replied on Tue, Feb 19 2008 7:07 PM
What an awesome giveaway! But only open to residents of the United States? Being Canadian, I can only stare with envious eyes at the prize...sigh...maybe next time?
Still, good luck to all of you south of the Canadian border ;)

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 I agree with enter that someone who has actually been here a while should win the contest and not someone that just joined the forums in order to win this.  But accroding to Davos post its going to be randmoized so i guess everyone has a equal chance Smile

Anyway, Good luck to all.

 

HH always has the most awesome contests.  Giving away the new ATi video card back in the day was nice as i remember smashing the refresh button waiting for you guys to reveal the winner.  hahaha.  For those of you just joining the site and are sceptical about you actually recieving this prize, believe me, if you are the winner you will NOT be dissappointed at your winnings!

 

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2pur400 replied on Tue, Feb 19 2008 7:13 PM
This is one impressive PC. Only thing really lacking is 4 memory sticks. That would really open up the performance.
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 For all the people just looking to crunch this bad boy, i suggest you to rethink that! Devil  You do realize that this is one of the most amazing peices of machinery that ive seen in a while

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JokerCPoC replied on Tue, Feb 19 2008 7:36 PM
I'm only affiliated with the Seti team there(Not the website), The rest of the time I hang out at the Seti Forums at Berkeley. I'm a disabled person(I suffer from anxiety, concentration, depression, joint problems(Legs and Hip), back pain, weight, under performing thyroid & osteoarthritis, and so It's just Me and I survive on SSI, Do I think I'd win? Not likely as this will be the last post I make here as I like the website and the reviews(This place gets visited by Me everyday). Would It be nice? Sure, But like I said on berkeley thread below I doubt I will, As I've entered before elsewhere and not won a thing. In any case I've not mentioned this contest over on the Boinc Bar and I don't work for anybody, So I'm free to go where I want on the web. Besides I don't know If I could pay for more electricity than I do for My present 3 PCs and the summer cooling(swamp cooler only) costs are coming and I live in a Desert in Yermo CA. I don't mean any offense of course. I have bigger problems to worry about.

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Edgeoc replied on Tue, Feb 19 2008 7:46 PM

My p5b dlx has a blown cap I would give a toe for this setup :) possibly 2 rofl... 

 

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 Nice to see you here, JokerCPoC, if I don't win, I hope you do. Smile

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peti1212 replied on Tue, Feb 19 2008 7:54 PM

Wow, what an amazing contest, and surly one that many people will enter. Many people might know me from other forums ,but I know that I still don't know many of you guys here. I will try my best to contribute to this forum as much as I can, although time from school and other work make it a bit hard. I take many classes at College at the moment that has to do with Designing and 3D Animation, although sometimes we get projects that contain very high number of polygons and subdivision for high detail, and many textures on objects make it impossible to render some scenes. Many times I have to turn down on quality and disable AA to increase rendering time so I could make it to school with a rendered file. With this system I would be able to create great Designs, Animations, and Movies in time and I would not have to worry about rendering times as much. I also like to game a lot and play the latest games that are out, like Crysis, Call of Duty 4, Need For Speed Pro Street, and much more. Please pick me as a winner, and good luck to others as well in this competition. I will try to contribute as much as I can, and maybe I can fulfill my dream to continue the study of 3D Design and Animation with a great passion for the future.

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 I admit, I will probably crunch with it, but I would game on it as well.  Anything for an excuse to play COD4, Prey and Medal of Honor again.  I'd also like to see what Need For Speed would be like on it.  That rig, with my Logitech G25 steering wheel, would be the next best thing to actually owning a Mustang GT500.

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This contest has sparked alot of activity here in the forums which is a deffinate plus! I just hope things don't die down when the contest is over. I also hope people that joined for an opportunity to win realize what a great site this is and continue to participate to enrich our growing community!!!

 

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^thats what i was thinking... 

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Dave_HH replied on Tue, Feb 19 2008 9:37 PM

CoolBig Smile

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This contest has sparked alot of activity here in the forums which is a deffinate plus! I just hope things don't die down when the contest is over. I also hope people that joined for an opportunity to win realize what a great site this is and continue to participate to enrich our growing community!!!

Yeah, what he said!  Big Smile

 

Seriously, we're going to do more of this sort of thing moving forward but you folks ALL have to stick around and hang with us now no matter what! Cool

 

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Dave_HH replied on Tue, Feb 19 2008 9:42 PM

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Count me in.

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