HotHardware Giving Thanks 2012 Giveaway Winner!

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To commemorate the Thanksgiving holiday here in the U.S., HotHardware and our friends at Thermaltake, Gigabyte, and AMD teamed up to put together one heck of an exciting full-system give-away! This time around you all had a chance to win an AMD FX-8320-infused, custom-built rig complete with 8GB of RAM, a Gigabyte 990FX-based motherboard and Radeon HD 7950 graphics card—among many other goodies--all wrapped up in a slick Thermaltake Level 10 GT Battle Edition case. To sweeten the deal, the system also features a wide array of Thermaltake accessories including their awesome Level 10 mouse, MEKA G1 keyboard, and a gaming headset.

The complete parts list and breakdown for this custom gaming rig are listed below:


 
Case: Level 10 Battle Edition

Cooler: Water 2.0 Extreme

CPU: AMD FX-8320

Motherboard: Gigabyte 990FXA-UD7

Memory: 8GB DDR3

GPU: Gigabyte GV-R795WF3-3GD

PSU: Toughpower XT 1275 Platinum

Storage: WD 750GB HD

Keyboard: Meka G1 Mechanical keyboard

Mouse: Level 10 M Diamond Black Mouse w/ Ladon Mouse Pad

Audio: Shock Spin Black Gaming Headset


Well, we've had a chance to review all of the entries and have picked the winner. So without further delay... 

Dorkstar - You are the winner! 

Shoot us a note with your full contact information and we'll let you know when the machine ships! Congrats from Team HotHardware! We hope you enjoy it!

And for the hundreds of runners-up (there are no losers around here!), keep those commenting fingers limber--we'll be announcing our next giveaway very soon!
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realneil replied on Fri, Dec 21 2012 4:45 PM

Congrats Dorkstar!

Welcome to the winner's circle!

Thanks HotHardware and our very giving sponsors, for another great contest.

Don't part with your illusions. When they are gone you may still exist, but you have ceased to live.

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OSunday replied on Fri, Dec 21 2012 4:51 PM

Congratulations man!!

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Dorkstar replied on Fri, Dec 21 2012 4:56 PM

Woooooooo! I've had enough heart attacks the past few days with my e-mail notifying me of a reply, that this time I wasn't even expecting it. Don't get me wrong, I just walked over to my wife and woke her up from a nap to tell her about it, she rolled over, grunted and went back to sleep. She's not as excited unfortunately...

Not only did I win a computer raging beast, but I felt like I've found a good place to settle down and share my opinions with other people with similar interest as myself. Every person here that I've conversed with, has been something I can only describe as a "good dude" (This applies to Manduh and any other females as well, lol). I can't wait to be here when someone else gets their big win!

Merry Christmas to all, and a big thanks to everyone at HotHardware for making this place what it is. A place like no other.

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CDeeter replied on Fri, Dec 21 2012 5:00 PM

Congrats man! You did it! Glad to hear you're going to stick around. See ya in the threads!

This sure was a fun one, thanks HH and all the sponsors!

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sackyhack replied on Fri, Dec 21 2012 6:02 PM

Seems like you're pretty excited, but are you HAPPY HAPPY LUCKY?!

Congrats! If there was a HH pool of who'd win, I would've picked you. Enjoy this monster, I think you certainly earned it.  This place could use a little more Dorkstar and a little less "Good inf, is good game!" and "GREAT PRIZE".

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Manduh replied on Fri, Dec 21 2012 6:08 PM

Way to go Dorkstar!! And yep, we're all cool dudes here! :) heehee

Thanks HotHardware and sponsors for another epic giveaway!

PCAudioLabs Rok Box MC 7xs - Intel Core i7-2600K - Cooling: PCAL Quiet Operation - Gigabyte Z68 Motherboard - 16GB DDR3-1333 - AMD Radeon HD 5450 - Power Supply: 600 Watts - SRT Drive: Intel 311 SSD (20GB) - Primary Drive: 500GB, 7200RPM, 16MB cache - Audio Drive: 1TB, 7200RPM, 32MB cache - Sample Drive: 2TB, 7200RPM, 64MB cache - OS: Windows 7 Professional x64

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rrplay replied on Fri, Dec 21 2012 6:31 PM

Congrats Dorkstar !! Way To Go Man !! No Doubt you are sure gonna dig that rig !! :)

Hope to see Ya Around with ManduHH and all the kool kats :)

 

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eunoia replied on Fri, Dec 21 2012 7:27 PM

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...pending.

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altereDad replied on Fri, Dec 21 2012 7:38 PM

Grats to the winner

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Congrats! Enjoy that monster!

Now you're just mashing it!

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Congrats buddy, enjoy it. Thing is a beast.

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Marco C replied on Fri, Dec 21 2012 11:57 PM

I freakin' love this community. You guys and gals are awesome. Going to do out best to make the next giveaway even bigger.

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Congrats! Very nice

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rapid1 replied on Sat, Dec 22 2012 9:52 AM

Awesome and congrats Dorkstar I know you will enjoy it immensely not only do you get a totally new computer I absolutely love the case, and thats not to say any other component is not as awesome, no I just love the case (I am kind of freaky/obsessed about or with cases) Level10 GT's are that perfect balance. Grats again oh and welcome to the winners circle!

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sevags replied on Sat, Dec 22 2012 1:38 PM

Dorkstar, congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!! I enjoy our posts and our back and forths! Definitely a worthy winner. Power up in good health man! Happy Holidays =D

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Congrats Dorkstar. Awesome prize and merry Christmas :)

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Dave_HH replied on Sat, Dec 22 2012 11:50 PM

Congrats brother DS! Enjoy! Stay tuned all, there's always another sweeps comin'! :)

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FreeJet replied on Sun, Dec 23 2012 1:18 AM

"That's what I'm talkin' 'bout", Dorkstar!  Welcome to the 80% winners circle.

And thanks again to the good folks at HotHardware, Thermaltake, AMD and Gigabyte for delivering us from the brink  of Apocalyptic doom with such a great system.  Oh yeah, you know what you did.

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CDeeter replied on Sun, Dec 23 2012 10:32 AM

Right back at ya!

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Congrats Dorkstar! I don't even know you, but I'm excited for you anyway. Enjoy the new system. Merry Christmas everyone!

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Dorkstar replied on Tue, Dec 25 2012 3:48 PM

Well, the Holiday festivities are finally coming to a closing. After opening all my presents this morning, my best friend and I spent the next few hours going over every detail of this build. Needless to say, I'm even more excited about it now.

Thanks everyone for the congratulations. I'll be here to pass it on to one of you the next go around. ; )

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Aoshi replied on Mon, Dec 31 2012 3:10 PM

Congrats Dorkstar!

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CDeeter replied on Sat, Jan 19 2013 2:17 PM

Did I miss the build video for this puppy?

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realneil replied on Sat, Jan 19 2013 3:05 PM

I'm not sure if it's been posted yet.

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eunoia replied on Tue, Jan 22 2013 8:04 AM

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...pending.

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Dorkstar replied on Tue, Jan 22 2013 10:12 AM

Marco shot me a e-mail last Thursday saying that he was still waiting on parts to come in from Thermaltake.  So, hopefully it should be up soon!

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realneil replied on Tue, Jan 22 2013 12:38 PM

Some things are definitely worth waiting for,.....and Marco never disappoints in his builds.

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eunoia replied on Wed, Feb 6 2013 4:08 PM

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...pending.

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Dorkstar replied on Fri, Feb 22 2013 1:14 PM

Nope, I was employed with a company that was selling workstations for use in 3d heart valve replacement, but the company had issues getting off the ground, so I got 3 week left there until they lay me off.

However, with the impending layoff I've been exploring other options, and have started dabbling in my own hardware review/technology news blog. I don't expect it to be profitable, and I've really been focused on getting some things done around the house since they gave me a week off. I've also been working with a few friends who do home theater automation and installation. We've been working with a CPA to file for an LLC, and have an official business going. Unfortunately were having some difficulty getting any work, so I may back out and let them two get it up and going while I figure out where I'm going now.

I've spent the past 9 years in healthcare equipment related jobs, everything from repairing equipment, buying parts, to my most recent employment of running everything from the home office with the intention of managing a field service team for various products relate to minimally invasive heart valve replacement and 3d mapping of veins throughout the body. Unfortunately, I only made it out of the office to a site one time, and the money maker of the 2 products didn't launch when expected. So I'm looking into going back to school to finish my degree, grab a few more certifications (mainly cisco and microsoft), and get back into what I love, IT. Right now i'm planning on network security, it seems like a nice niche field, where I work without being bothered.

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