HotHardware's Summer Sweepstakes! Win a new Rig!

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It's that time again folks!  In conjunction with our friends at Intel, AMD, Kingston, WD, and Thermaltake we have assembled one hot rig to give away this month!  We're announcing yet another new sweepstakes where you could win a full Intel Core 2 Quad Q9650-based system, complete with a pair of screaming fast Radeon HD 4870 graphics cards, some super fast DDR3 RAM, and a beefy Western Digital hard drive.  With that kind of power at the heart of this rig, in a windowed Thermaltake case, this machine will definitely be a head turner, and it could be all yours!  As usual, we’ll be giving away this rig away to a randomly selected contributor to our on-line forum and discussion systems. The complete break-down of components in the system includes:
 

 

Processor: Intel Core 2 Quad Q9650

Graphics: ATI Radeon HD 4870 (2)

Case: Thermaltake M9 VI1000BWS

PSU: FSP FX700-GLN

Memory: 2GB Kingston DDR3

Motherboard: Intel X48 DX48BT2

Hard Drive: Western Digital

Optical Drive: Lite-On DVD-R / RW

Miscellaneous: Aftermarket CPU Cooler


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 as well, and we'll toss your name into the mix for double credit! The sweepstakes will run through August 31, 2008.

This is a great opportunity for to you to win a custom, powerful new system. Now go make some new friends in the forum and get in the running! Good Luck!

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ice_73 replied on Thu, Jul 17 2008 3:52 PM

*orgasm*

wow thats a dream system. the winner will be sooooo lucky.

good luck every one.

though, i dont quite understand the psu :-p.


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Marco C replied on Thu, Jul 17 2008 4:02 PM
Fortron Source - Great PSUs...

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warlord replied on Thu, Jul 17 2008 4:04 PM
Nice rig. Well heres hoping...

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ice_73 replied on Thu, Jul 17 2008 4:38 PM

BigWop:
Fortron Source - Great PSUs...


never heard of them, but ill take your word for it. plus it has a good rating on newegg.

also, what os are you guys gonna give it? vista 32/64 or xp?

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Wow... amazing system!

Good luck to everyone!!!

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rapid1 replied on Thu, Jul 17 2008 4:42 PM
Yeah heres a review of that PS from da egg I'm sure 4870's x2 takes more than the video cards he's running (7800 GTS rofl)


Pros: Good power supply, however I overlooked at certain things that I needed to look even deeper when I was going into SLI world. I needed at least 18A within each of the +12 v rails. this thing only had 15A going through each rail. I tottaly overlooked at this. I called evga and they told me NEVER go by the wattage rating on the PSU, always look at the amperage going through the +12v rails, especially in SLI Enviroment.
Cons: I had this originally running 2 evga's 7800 gt's. then i was getting unsuspected crashes,hangs,etc left and right and called evga and told me its the amperage that wasnt enough through the rails. I then talked to a buddie of mine at the computer shop, he told me to switch the cards around, so far not a dhang problem yet. But I switched to an antec 550 psu for extra stability due to higher amperage through the +12v rails. I couldnt return it cause one of the sata connecter had a crack on one of the outer housing. But new egg gave me a discound on shipping. overall alright experience. never really had any problems with new egg.
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rapid1 replied on Thu, Jul 17 2008 4:44 PM

Amazing system though and Fortran PS's are some of the best (a lot of industry sites rate versus a Fortran PS although usually a 1000 or 1200) Either way AWESOME SYSTEM Whoever gets this one is a VERY LUCKY person :)

OS:Win 7 Ultimate 64-bit
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 I just want the mainboard and RAM... Great overall system though, good luck everyone Smile

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Another sweepstakes! Now the forums will heat-up again, and I LOVE IT!Yes

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ice_73 replied on Thu, Jul 17 2008 5:09 PM

rapid1:
Yeah heres a review of that PS from da egg I'm sure 4870's x2 takes more than the video cards he's running (7800 GTS rofl)


Pros: Good power supply, however I overlooked at certain things that I needed to look even deeper when I was going into SLI world. I needed at least 18A within each of the +12 v rails. this thing only had 15A going through each rail. I tottaly overlooked at this. I called evga and they told me NEVER go by the wattage rating on the PSU, always look at the amperage going through the +12v rails, especially in SLI Enviroment.
Cons: I had this originally running 2 evga's 7800 gt's. then i was getting unsuspected crashes,hangs,etc left and right and called evga and told me its the amperage that wasnt enough through the rails. I then talked to a buddie of mine at the computer shop, he told me to switch the cards around, so far not a dhang problem yet. But I switched to an antec 550 psu for extra stability due to higher amperage through the +12v rails. I couldnt return it cause one of the sata connecter had a crack on one of the outer housing. But new egg gave me a discound on shipping. overall alright experience. never really had any problems with new egg.


doesnt this mean the psu is bad, if it didnt have enough amps to power 2 7800gt's? (though it might of been an isolated incident...)

im trust big wop and davo when they choose a psu though.

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SqUiD267 replied on Thu, Jul 17 2008 5:47 PM

I always try but I'm never able to sign up for the RSS for AIM. Oh well. How much space on the hard drive?

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Dave_HH replied on Thu, Jul 17 2008 6:19 PM
Yeah and wouldn't it be nice if it STAYED that way too!? :D

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Marco C replied on Thu, Jul 17 2008 6:49 PM
Don't sweat the PSU. If the system is buggy, we won't ship until a suiteable replacemaent is found. As for the HD, we're still waiting on WD to see what they can send, but we didn't want to push the contest off any later.

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Some of us never leave! Nice system guys, it definitely is a dream machine. Good luck to everyone, especially me!

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SqUiD267 replied on Thu, Jul 17 2008 8:26 PM

Like many have stated, never heard of that PSU.

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SqUiD267:

Like many have stated, never heard of that PSU.

Power supplies from FSP (Fortron Source) are sold by Antec, Sparkle Power, OCZ, Nexus, and Zalman under their own names.

 

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Here is an interesting article entitled HOW TO DISCOVER YOUR POWER SUPPLY'S REAL MANUFACTURER!

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ice_73 replied on Thu, Jul 17 2008 10:02 PM

Super Dave:

Here is an interesting article entitled HOW TO DISCOVER YOUR POWER SUPPLY'S REAL MANUFACTURER!

thanks for the read super dave,


psst- use the edit button :-p

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Super Dave replied on Thu, Jul 17 2008 10:43 PM

ice_73:
psst- use the edit button :-p

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^Bad_Boy^ replied on Fri, Jul 18 2008 12:41 AM
OMG!!!

What a Sweet Rig!!.. Great Bday PResent :P

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LaMpiR replied on Fri, Jul 18 2008 4:48 AM
I am going crazy with this only US :)
Nice rig btw :D
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Another contest- good luck all!
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Lev_Astov replied on Fri, Jul 18 2008 5:34 AM
Oh yeah! Nice! I can't wait to see who wins this one. Good luck!

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jtm55 replied on Fri, Jul 18 2008 6:09 AM

Hi All

Wow! That's a Awesome rig. 

ASUS Z7S WS

EVGA 295 GTX

 HITACHI Deskstar 7K1000 RAID 5

Intel Xeon E5420 Harpertown

HT Omega Claro

CORSAIR CMPSU-1000HX

mushkin 6GB 3 x 2GB) DDR2 800 (PC2 6400)

Harmon Kardon HK 3490 W/ Energy RC 10

LG W3000H-Bn

SILVERSTONE SST-TJ07

Plextor PX 755 SA

Windows 7 Ultimate

Areca ARC-1210

 

 

 

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Dave_HH replied on Fri, Jul 18 2008 7:46 AM
Lamps, sorry bud. We have to be careful not to kill ourselves with shipping. Maybe we can run one with a global reach but if you're not in the US, the rules are you have to pay for shipping and duties?

Next contest maybe. :)

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I tell you what, you open it up to international members too, and if they are selected winner give them the option to pay shipping.   Seeing as a new rig of this class will cost me more then shipping would.

In responce to the comment now the forum will heat up, and another were the poster is always here, it true on both fronts I too am always here, sometimes lurking, but always here.  Its very cool to watch these contests tho, and congrats to all the winners so far!

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Dave_HH replied on Fri, Jul 18 2008 9:12 AM
Off topic a litt but anyone notice the comments system on the main site now works a little snappier? Our developer found out our new database server's date/time clock were off by two hours versus the front end web servers, so posts here were being delayed. Doh! It's cool how stuff works when it's configured properly.

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Davo:
Our developer found out our new database server's date/time clock were off by two hours versus the front end web servers, so posts here were being delayed.

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Super Dave:

Davo:
Our developer found out our new database server's date/time clock were off by two hours versus the front end web servers, so posts here were being delayed.

Buy that man a beer!Beer

 

Seconded, its also nice that he even bothered to say anything, too often I have found people don't care unless they are made to, this guy went above and beyond it would seem.

 

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3vi1 replied on Fri, Jul 18 2008 10:52 AM
That's a pretty cool prize. Hmmm... I wonder if I could get both video cards working with Linux... :)

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RyuGTX replied on Fri, Jul 18 2008 11:13 AM

BigWop:
Don't sweat the PSU. If the system is buggy, we won't ship until a suiteable replacemaent is found. As for the HD, we're still waiting on WD to see what they can send, but we didn't want to push the contest off any later.

 

Though it probably wouldn't be that good as a primary drive, I'm really happy with their Green Power line of hard drives as a storage drive. It would be awesome if they could stick a Green Power HDD and a Raptor in that rig.

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replied on Fri, Jul 18 2008 11:27 AM

 Wow that is my dream system.

 

Any chance we get to see some bench numbers on this beast before the end of the contest ?

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GilbertMD replied on Fri, Jul 18 2008 11:43 AM
one hell of a system i say
but when i take it home with me as i will be the winner
i will have to mod it with a sweet water cooling system and a better MB for better OC

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s13 replied on Fri, Jul 18 2008 2:49 PM
Lol I'd like to just win it and be happy with it as is. Having twins sort of limits your pc upgrading ability haha. :)
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ice_73 replied on Fri, Jul 18 2008 5:37 PM

Super Dave:

ice_73:
psst- use the edit button :-p

Edited posts don't show-up in email alerts!

true, but us regulars always check up on new posts :-)

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GilbertMD replied on Fri, Jul 18 2008 6:23 PM
but i would like to have spare parts in case I over do it
haha

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crewjones replied on Sat, Jul 19 2008 1:51 AM

great site and sweet prize! would be incredible to win, good luck guys.

 

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Based on current newegg prices and if my math is correct, this system is valued @ well over 2K!!!

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