Update! HH/Intel Core i For The Mainstream Guy/Gal Sweepstakes!

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We thought it was high time to temp and tease you all a bit, with our latest Sweepstakes courtesy of our friends at Intel.  Yes, even you could win a fully equipped Core i7 870 (2.93GHz) system built by CyperPower PC.  There's still time to get into the drawing that will be closing this Friday, October 9th!  Let's roll the Ts and Cs for you here...

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As usual, we’ll be giving away this rig away to a randomly selected contributor to our on-line forum and news discussion systems.  To be entered into the sweepstakes, you’ve got to be a registered, active member and a resident of the United States or Canada (Canadian winners are responsible for all international duties/taxes). If you’re not already a member, you can sign up quickly and easily (and it's free), right here or click the log-in link at the top, right nav bar of HotHardware.com.

System Spec Update!
OK, we have some good news and a bit of a change to the system spec, now that we've actually received it from the manufacturer (see below).  First, instead of it being equipped with a GeForce GTX 295, the system is actually setup with a GeForce GTX 285.  Sorry for the misprint there but a GTX 285 is certainly no slouch graphics card either.  Have no fear though, to make it up to you, CyberPower tossed in a 22" widescreen monitor by Viewsonic.   Also, the case has been upgraded to a CoolerMaster Sniper Storm Gaming case.  Check out the knob on the top that allows you to adjust fans speeds manually.  Ooohh... ahhh!

But you've got to be in to win!  From this point forward, we’ll be monitoring discussion on the site and will be randomly selecting a winner based on community involvement, contribution and comments, lots of comments! 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 runs through October 9th with a winner to be announced October 12th 2009!



Win A Cyberpower PC Gamer Xtreme 5000 - Intel Lynnfield System!

Specs:
-Intel® Core™ i7 870 @ 2.93 GHz LGA 1156 45nm 8MB L3 Cache
-Intel P55 Chipset Mainboard
        - 3x PCI-e 16x
        - 4x DIMM DDR3 Memory Slots
        - 2x PCI-e 1x
        - 2x PCI
        - 10 USB (8 x rear, 2 x front)
        - GB LAN
- 6x SATA, 2x IDE
- I/O: 2x PS2, 8x USB, 1x IEEE1394a, Optical S/PDIF Out Port, Coaxial S/PDIF          
  Out Port,2x RJ-45, Audio
-8GB (4x2GB) DDR3 1333 Memory(Corsair Value Select or Major Brand)
-1TB SATA-II 3.0 Gb/s 7200RPM HDD
-Nvidia Geforce GTX 285 PCI Express Video Card
-Blu-Ray Player Drive
-22x DVD±R/±RW DUAL LAYER DRIVE
-Flash Card Reader Drive
-Viewsonice VA2226W 22" Widescreen LCD Monitor
-Xtreme Gear USB Keyboard
-Xtreme Gear USB Mouse
-Microsoft® Windows Vista™ Home Premium 64-Bit
(With Windows 7 Upgrade Coupon)
-CoolerMaster Sniper Storm Gaming Case With Side Window and 800W Power Supply
-Shipping weight : 42Lbs.
-Shipping Dimension : 28 ¼” (L) x 21 5/8” (W) x 11 7/8” (H)
-1 Year Warranty and Lifetime Toll Free Tech Support Services


3DMark  2006 Score - 1280X1024 Resolution

And now, as they say in the biz, here's a word from our sponsor, the good folks at Intel...

“Intel is excited about our new Lynnfield line of processors—Core i5 and Core i7.  To show how excited we are, we are giving away over a dozen Core i7 800 systems to the readers who put the products through their paces daily!  “Core i for the mainstream guy (and gal)" is what we affectionately call it, bringing the Nehalem architecture to mainstream PC price-points everywhere.  Our awesome etail partners below helped make this happen, hit them up when you go shopping for a system.  And special thanks to CyberPower and Ibuypower for delivering the goods yet again.”
 

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ZipZoomfly.com - http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/Special/Intel_p55_launch_083109.jsp
Mwave.com - http://www.mwave.com/mwave/inteli5.asp
Ncix.com - http://www9.ncix.com/lp2/Corei5-P55/ca/ 
 

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

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kid007 replied on Mon, Oct 5 2009 12:12 PM

Looks good. Now i know why there a some many people supporting the forum :)

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I really like that case and the cable management is excellent! That system would deffinately entitle the owner to some braggin rights!!!

Good luck to all.

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Thanks for the update. The GTX 285 is a powerful card and consumes less power so this is a very minor change, except that the monitor really sweetens the deal for those who don't have any kind of desktop setup.

Since I'm running off an older Toshiba laptop, this would be an awesome win!

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3vi1 replied on Mon, Oct 5 2009 1:33 PM

I like the cabling too - Very very clean. They do good work.

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You're right! Didn't even see the cabling before it was mentioned. The airflow also looks great.

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nelvik replied on Mon, Oct 5 2009 2:44 PM

oh an extra 22" monitor never hurts!

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I win?

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Oh wow, the monitor more than makes up for the 295 to 285 switch. That's a great deal of extra value. And 16,200 3DMarks still walks all over what most of us have so no complaints. I think I prefer this case to the original, but both are cool looking so who knows.

Good luck fellows. Hopefully the winner sticks around.

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Monitor and case upgrade, Crisis Causer; that Sniper Storm is a mucho sweeto midtower!

And the GeForce 285 is miles better than the card I have now, an ATi Radeon 3850 in an AGP 8x slot; I don't think anyone is going to complain about getting it!


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wow if i don't win this i think i'll get a storm case for my next build ;-)

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Dropsy replied on Mon, Oct 5 2009 7:18 PM

I know I'm not going to win, but I'll join anyways ;D

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Wow! The system itself was good enough to get me to stop lurking and register, a monitor too? Very nice!

Wow the insides of that system is really cool, I didn't realize it was a liquid cooled cpu before these pics.

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Kyouya replied on Mon, Oct 5 2009 10:10 PM

I don't think the video card downgrade will have that much effect when you put in a monitor and a upgraded case. All is forgiven, Hothardware :P

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transam02 replied on Mon, Oct 5 2009 10:26 PM

Nice case. Also that was very cool of them to throw in a 22" monitor. And the gtx 285 card is no slouch either.

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eunoia replied on Mon, Oct 5 2009 11:40 PM

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...pending.

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rapid1 replied on Tue, Oct 6 2009 2:19 AM

Wow nice case update, the video card change is ummm, Well it is still a good video card not like the 285 is any slouch for sure.

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rapid1 replied on Tue, Oct 6 2009 2:23 AM

As I have posted a few times, I am currently planning to build a new system for a neighbor. For the CPU I have finally settled on an i7/860, is the i7/870 in this one is a very nice cpu. I settled on the 860 because he has a certain price point, and to get everything I wanted on his computer the 860 fits the bill. The case it was going to be in was nice but the Sniper is even better. Plus who could call adding a 22" monitor to the package is any kind of downgrade as well.

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rapid1 replied on Tue, Oct 6 2009 2:27 AM

Thats a definite clem, I am running a 3870 myself in a PCI express 1 slot. As I have been talking about the system I am building for my neighbor, I wish I could build a new system for myself, but money is still to tight for that right now.

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Looking good. Can't wait to see the victor. The 22" LCD is a really nice addition. No use in all that power on a old 15 CRT.

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It's still a great prize! The monitor looks nice. If only it was open worldwide...Wink

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LooneyG replied on Tue, Oct 6 2009 5:17 AM

Wow I can really get updated, with a system like that.  I have little money and I am a gamer so this system is perfect for me.

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slugbug replied on Tue, Oct 6 2009 9:43 AM

Which motherboard is in this?

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Wow, looking good!  Can't go wrong with a complete rig.

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realneil replied on Tue, Oct 6 2009 10:24 AM

I think the system just got better. The new flat screen is a really nice touch.

Again, whomever is the winner of this game-eater system will be blessed. Geeked

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Blazer replied on Tue, Oct 6 2009 10:44 AM

According to the cyberpower site, the mb in this is an  Asus P7P55D LE , which is a solid mainstream mb.

I hope that I win, but whoever wins will be getting an awesome system.

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Wow, looking good!  Can't go wrong with a complete rig.

 

Man that a very nice looking rig and a moniter too heck of an upgrade!!!!! Some one is gng to get lucky. Thats a killer case who ever wins will really enjoy it! I know this cause its the same one I have.Wish everyone good luck. Wont be long now.

 

 

 

 

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MicroB replied on Tue, Oct 6 2009 11:27 AM

Very nice rig.

Doesn't matter if the new card is a small downgrade, it's still much better than what I got.

 

Anyway, no way I win this in the timeframe without spamming. Sad

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pbbyebye replied on Tue, Oct 6 2009 12:04 PM

well i guess i can just throw away/sell the MoBo, CPU and the Video card(s). then buy the best one's currently out there.(AMD: 965B, AMD: 790FX, ATI: 5890) also will have to get 5 more HDD's and a RAID card. i sure hope they don't inscribe the case with Intel, that will mean i will need a new case too.

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realneil replied on Tue, Oct 6 2009 12:10 PM

Sell the parts? WTF? Indifferent

No way,.... maybe add more to it. An SSD would be nice for the OS to reside on.

Two Video cards are always a plus.

But no way sell the parts,.........Lightning

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Judging by the looks of it, it doesn't support Crossfire or SLI.

But in a couple of years when your GTX285 won't run games on max setting anymore, get yourself a GTX 300 series or whatever out. :)

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Dave_HH replied on Tue, Oct 6 2009 3:07 PM

Hey pbbyebye, I wouldn't worry about any of that, with that attitude.

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Yes, Dave, I knew that was coming,.......LOL!

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"Judging by the looks of it, it doesn't support Crossfire or SLI"

 

"So what?,...It will be a slick-ass gamer just the way it is. And if you just had to have more graphics power then you're way, way ahead of the game because it's free.

The enormity of this prize is astounding to me. And I think that this isn't the first time that Hot Hardware has done this.

So this is way cool, and I'll be here reading reviews whether I win or not.

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BTW: On Newegg.com it says of the board in this system:

"Xtreme Design w/ CrossfireX and DDR3 2000 support"

Does this mean crossfire compatibility? Big Smile


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Not a bad 3d mark score...

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Dave_HH:

Hey pbbyebye, I wouldn't worry about any of that, with that attitude.

lol

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So I was looking at the photos just now, (and dreaming) and I noticed  that the CPU cooler is something different than I've seen before. What is it? Water cooling?,....or maybe air being ported to the outside/rear of the case?

This is impressive.

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It's water cooled... can't recall the brand name, but it's 1 of those pre built units that's basically plug & play. I had something similar on a Pentium D rig a few years ago and it worked well!

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Is the system OC'd since it's water cooled?

Or is it there just in case the eventual owner want to OC it?

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I'm pretty sure its the Corsair watercooling loop.  It's a sealed loop and requires no maintenance.  The system is most likely not overclocked.  Usually they aren't.  Those closed loops are usually equal in performance to high end air cooling and maybe a little better than that.  The best is still a custom watercooling kit.  However, the corsair unit is really good for its value.

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