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News Yes [Y] Posted: Thu, Mar 12 2009 4:42 PM
It's that time again folks! In conjunction with our friends AMD we have assembled an assortment of cool prize packages, including five AMD Phenom II X3 720 processors and a complete gaming system built around one of the CPUs!   As usual, we’ll be giving away the prizes and full rig away to randomly selected contributors to our on-line forum and discussion systems, but this time there is an added twist that we'll explain a little later. The complete break-down of the five prize packages includes:

The Sweepstakes is now open to US and Canadian Members!
 

 
Grand Prize (Full System):
CPU:
AMD Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition

GPU: ATI Radeon HD 4870 X2
 
Motherboard: ASUS M4A79T Deluxe

RAM: OCZ Platinum 4GB DDR3-1333

Case: COOLER MASTER Storm Sniper
 
PSU: OCZ ModXStream Pro 700W
 
HD: Western Digital Caviar Black 640GB

Optical: LG 22X DVD±R with LightScribe
 

First Runner Up:

CPU:
AMD Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition
GPU: ASUS EAH4870 TOP Radeon HD 4870
Motherboard: ASUS M4A78T-E AM3
RAM: OCZ Fatal1ty Edition 2GB DDR3-1333
 

Second Runner Up:

CPU: AMD Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition
Motherboard: ASUS M4A78T-E AM3
RAM: OCZ Fatal1ty Edition 2GB DDR3-1333


Third Runner Up:
CPU: AMD Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition 
Motherboard: ASUS M4A78T-E AM3

Fourth Runner Up:
CPU: AMD Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition

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 or Canada. 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 potential winners based on community involvement and contribution. To increase your chances of being a potential winner, sign up for our HotHardware RSS News Alerts as well, and we'll toss your name into the mix again for double credit!

Once the five lucky winners are selected, we'll be hosting an Unreal Tournament III Deathmatch competition (don't worry, if you don't own the game, the demo is free).  The winners' rankings in the deathmatch competition will determine which prize package they win.  First place in the deathmatch competition wins the Grand Prize, Second place wins the second prize, and so on!  Better start practicing now!

The sweepstakes will run through April 15, 2009. Hopefully, we'll make tax-day this year a little more palatable for a few of you.

This is a great opportunity for to you to win a custom, powerful new system, or an assortment of HOT AMD hardware. Now go make some new friends in the forum and get in the running! Good Luck!
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As usual HH puts up incrediable prizes! Thats an awesome rig and of course I would like the oppurtunaty to win any of the prizes so count me in!Im limited cause I have to go to my friends house to get online but I will get in here as much as possible! Thanks for the oppurtunity and good luck to everyone here!

 

 

 

 

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nelsoncp21 replied on Fri, Mar 13 2009 12:05 PM

YES! UT3 tourney. Nice giveaways once again guys. So let me get this straight though, you need to be 1 of the 5 winners to play in the competition?

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ice_73 replied on Fri, Mar 13 2009 12:18 PM

AMAZING contest! glad to see some gaming involved too! hopefully i can get my computer back up and running to play (and post more). amd seems to be back on track too with the new phenom's, and sponsoring contests seems to go hand in hand with amd. good luck guys!

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Marco C replied on Fri, Mar 13 2009 12:43 PM

Hey Nelson. Yes, you have to be one of the five selected to be a part of the gaming competition...

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ice_73 replied on Fri, Mar 13 2009 12:56 PM

hey marco, can you set up a practice server for fun? so that people can tone in on their skills beforing being lunged into an intense dm competation? i wont be able to play since my rig is down. perhaps not that many people would want to practice.... but it would be a nice option to have. perhaps set up a poll to guage demand?

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Marco C replied on Fri, Mar 13 2009 1:19 PM

Well, you can download the demo and play on-line now. We don't have the server setup just yet, but that doesn't mean you can't practice on a public server.

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dizowned replied on Fri, Mar 13 2009 2:36 PM

Hey, what if my poor 4400 can't run UTIII 2.0 -- which it cant (sad panda), it ran 1.1 halfway ... again (sad panda).

 

[UPDATE]

OMG I'm so forgetful it makes no sense, I forgot that I was playing with OGRE and dropped DX in debug,

which made UT run like garbage .... so all is better now.

It's not custom unless your the only one who can boot it.

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Looks like i need to dust off my UT3 and get back to praticing it...lol... Another top quality give away again from HH...

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Jeremy replied on Fri, Mar 13 2009 3:26 PM

I'm with dizowned. What if one of the 5 winners has a system so old that they can't play UT3? I suppose there's no rule that says you can't use a friends' rig, but it's a bit of a catch 22 if you can't win the system because you don't have a system that can play the game.

Aside from that one concern, awesome contest. :)

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well hopefully I am 1 of the 5 cause I really want to play. luckily UT3 is 1 of the games I just recently got so time to put the other new one's on the side and get to crackin on UT3. what servers do you guys play on now for it if you don't mind me asking.

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Wow, this is great: another HotHardware Sweepstakes! I love it when there is a sweepstakes because the forum is so active and the whole atmosphere reminds me of Christmastime when I was a child. And that Phenom II 720 is a great processor, too! I read last month that HotHardware got it to run stable at 3.6GHz and I have wanted one ever since! Those 5 lucky winners will be very happy, indeed!

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Marco C replied on Fri, Mar 13 2009 3:57 PM

Well, we tried to pick a game that participants could play / practice on for free, and one that would run well on a WIDE variety of hardware. UT3's minumum system requirements are:

CPU: 2.8Ghz

RAM: 512MB

Graphics: Geforce 6 series

and they recommend:

CPU: 3Ghz

RAM: 1024MB

Graphics: NVIDIA 6800GT/Ultra or 7800GT/GTX SLI

Even at the recommended level, that hardware came out about 5 years ago. And don't forget, we're going to use the demo (unless all of the winners happen to own the game), and it's not patched up to v2.0.

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As usual HH puts up incrediable prizes! Thats an awesome rig and of course I would like the oppurtunaty to win any of the prizes so count me in!Im limited cause I have to go to my friends house to get online but I will get in here as much as possible! Thanks for the oppurtunity and good luck to everyone here!

Believe it or not HH didn't always have prizes.  I think it's a fantastic new development.  Good luck to all.

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This is like a family reunion everybodys here or will be!Good job!

 

 

 

 

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Great Contest. I'd sure like to be a part of it, but unfortunately I'm not in the USA. [:'(] And that AMD hardware is HOT!

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3vi1 replied on Fri, Mar 13 2009 9:51 PM

Very nice looking case!

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We havnet had a "Game" give away for some time... Last time it was for vid cards... and we played CSS

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3vi1 replied on Fri, Mar 13 2009 10:27 PM

>> Once the five lucky winners are selected, we'll be hosting an Unreal Tournament III Deathmatch competition (don't worry, if you don't own the game, the demo is free).

The beta demo from 2007?

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Der Meister:

We havnet had a "Game" give away for some time... Last time it was for vid cards... and we played CSS

 

What vid cards were they? Must have been a long time ago Surprise

Say I'm one of the 5 lucky ones, can I pay for my own shipping to be eligible?

 

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Hey guys! Awesome comp! idk if I really feel right being able to win again so soon, but I am totally willing to host a UT3 server for everyone. I could just put the demo map(I don't own the game either) I have FioS 15mbps up and down, so I have the bandwidth. I live in VA so anyone on the US east coast would have good pings. Also Steam is having a free UT3 weekend this weekend, so no better time to practice. I can't promise that the server would be up during the weekend, but weekdays I could keep it up 24/7.

 

If people are willing to play I would be happy to. Let me know. We have a month to playBig Smile

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I'd possibly be up to it if my PC could play the game (I'm not sure). Aren't you possibly the best gamer here on HH? Wink I'm not sure if I'm eligible because I live in NZ, but I'd pay for shipping if I won a prize in the shootout. Who knows, I may go for Phenom II instead of i7 (I love AMD/ATI at heart). :)

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peti1212 replied on Sat, Mar 14 2009 3:25 AM

The prizes are great! Good luck guys. I probably won't be entering, I don't want to be fat, lol, my word for being greedy... I want to give others a chance to win something, unless Marco gives out a final word on weather I could or could not participate.

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rapid1 replied on Sat, Mar 14 2009 3:34 AM

Woot nice contest, nice system to..... I want in gonna have to grab the UT3 demo!!!!!!!!

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tanka12345:
Aren't you possibly the best gamer here on HH?
Who? If your talking about me. I do ok, but UT3 is not my game by any means.

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mhenriday replied on Sat, Mar 14 2009 6:07 AM

Hullo, Marco ! Lovely prizes, but alas, those of your faithful (?) readers who don't reside in the US are once again left out in the cold. I fully understand why HH doesn't want to pay for shipping a whole computer to, say, Europe (we're also in need of economic stimulus), but perhaps we could be made eligible for lesser (runner-up) prizes ?...

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Drago replied on Sat, Mar 14 2009 10:42 AM

So what kinda internet connection does one need to have to play UT3? What if one of your chosen cant play due to being behind a university firewall? Does some of these things mean that you cannot be one of the chosen, or just mean you automatically get last place cause of it?

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nelsoncp21 replied on Sat, Mar 14 2009 11:23 AM

hey Bob, if you get a server up I gaurantee I will be on it especially since I would probably have the best connection other then yourselfWink.

As for those with connection issues, I am wondering if you have a laptop if you could possibly say go to starbucks or something just for the tourny. Not sure what the connections like but if it meant being able to play or not I know I would. shoot, I would drag my whole desktop in to starbucks if I had too! Heck if anyone's in my area and they make the final 5 and I don't they are more then welcome to use my pc. I don't that doesn't help many people but i figured I would throw it out there if it does.

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imAcpufan replied on Sat, Mar 14 2009 11:38 AM

Wow, great contest as always! Unfortunately, I will have to sit back and watch with envious eyes as I can't enter. Perhaps one day contests like this can include Canadians? *hint hint* I know it's not just hothardware, it's some legal issue or something that prevents a lot of contests from going north of the border. Anyway, good luck to all that can win!

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3vi1 replied on Sat, Mar 14 2009 12:17 PM

Thanks for the heads up about the Steam weekend Bob! I'm going to see if it will work under Wine.

I'm not much of a FPS player, but I got curious to check out the game. The 2007 demo won't work under Wine without a set of patches that Epic seems to have pulled from their website... hopefully I'll have better luck with the Steam version.

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acarzt replied on Sat, Mar 14 2009 1:30 PM

I haven't played UT since 2003 came out lol I was pretty good way back in the day, but i'd have to brush up on my skills. I'm not even sure my system is stable enough to run this game anyway lol I've been having vid card issues for a while know :-( I'm too cheap to buy a new one tho lol

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3vi1 replied on Sat, Mar 14 2009 11:35 PM

Doesn't appear to work under Wine ATM... oh well.

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Cedega newsletter:

Cedega 7.1 offers much more than new games. Improvements have been made across the board that will improve performance and stability for almost every game under Cedega with specific enhancements for:

It is still not certified, but you could try it.

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rapid1 replied on Sun, Mar 15 2009 12:10 AM

Great that UT3 demo won't play on my comp it will install but gives me an invalid when I try to crank it up. I think I need to turn of physics I use a ATI card, but it never gives you the option on or off. I tried uninstalling and de-installed it 3 times.......

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3vi1 replied on Sun, Mar 15 2009 12:16 AM

As a previous Cedega subscriber of one to two years, I would warn off anyone considering this program for all but the most current games - and only then if they're touted as supported on the main page.

My first impression of Cedega was great.. but they kept adding supported games and not listening to feedback. I (and other users) posted bugs and forum messages about EverQuest crashing frequently with easily repeatable circumstances and nothing was ever done about it. At this point, it works better in vanilla Wine than it does in Cedega - despite EQ's "supported" status.

I would highly recommend trying the CrossOver Games packages before giving TransGaming your money.

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ice91785 replied on Sun, Mar 15 2009 12:29 AM

I wonder how that would work out....there are a lot of variables at play when the final five "shoot" for the best prizes.

Say Drago wins -- his dialup would cripple him a bit im sure

Say I win -- my laptop or my onboard intel graphics of my HTPC would probably be tough to render above 10 FPS

Say JoeSchmoe wins and he lives on a campus behind 0990453 firewall, IPSes, restrictive policies etc....

Say JaneDoe wins and she has carpal-tunnel (sp?) and is unable to play because her hands are crippled.

 

I am not trying to shoot holes in this or anything as it definitely sounds like a TON of fun, but I would like to avoid a bunch of let-downs later if possible

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cuddle replied on Sun, Mar 15 2009 1:07 AM

As usual, the gang at HH has come up with a winner of a contest. To bad my disability will not allow me to play in a UTIII tourney, but I will be rooting for those lucky five members that do.

Keep up the great articles!

And it is always fun to lurk and read all the posts>

 

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3vi1 replied on Sun, Mar 15 2009 10:16 AM

ice91785:

I would like to avoid a bunch of let-downs later if possible

I find that aimbots and wallhacks prevent letdowns almost 100%.

(ducking... running)  :p

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Marco C replied on Sun, Mar 15 2009 6:28 PM

I've been cleaning out the lab / office today, and decided to sweeten the deal here just a little. The winner of the system is also going to get an NZXT Avatar Gaming mouse, and all of the other prize packages are going to be beefed up with assorted swag like a portable AMD branded MP3 player, an MSI branded watch, a Tul World Clock, and some other goodies. Basically, whatever I can fit in the boxes I'll throw in as well.

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That is awesome!

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