Asus Extreme Design Contest Winner Showcase at CES 2010

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In late October of last year we kicked off a pretty sweet contest and give-away with the folks at Asus, called the Xtreme Design Contest.  For this contest Asus was looking to stir buzz and interest in the enthusiast do-it-yourself community for their new line of P7P55 Xtreme design series motherboards and of course they were looking to unload some pretty high-end gear on some very lucky people in exchange for that buzz.  Asus reached out to HotHardware's community members and asked what they would do with the Xtreme Design features on ASUS motherboards.  They also asked what kind of Xtreme Design computer build they would put together if Asus supplied parts from sponsor partners: INTEL, NVIDIA, ANTEC, G.SKILL, RAZER, SAMSUNG.

A total of 20 winners were chosen globally and 7 of them were from HotHardware's community.  The winners were...
Sfanatics
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Ragafoo
Ottoyu34
Nelsoncp21
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Zads

In fact, Zads, aka Charles Wang was chosen as the lucky grand prize winner that Asus took to CES 2010 in fabulous Las Vegas last week.  We caught up with Charlie at the Asus booth and he took us for a walk around his Xtreme system.  Have a look...


We grabbed a few close-up shots of Charlie's clear-case, water-cooled, small form-factor PC as well of course.  Charles really knows how to pack the technology in there...




Congratulations again to all the lucky winners and to Charles for taking the gold and joining us in sunny LV Nevada!  Thanks to Asus and our sponsors as well offering up such a great contest and a boatload of killer prizes.  In a word, it was indeed "Xtreme"!
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Deffinately a great mod and some Hot Hardware!!!

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kid007 replied on Tue, Jan 12 2010 6:07 PM

external dvd/blueray? I didn't see one that why i ask

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Dave_HH replied on Tue, Jan 12 2010 6:35 PM

Yep, no opticals on this one.... it's tight in there with all that high-end goodness. :)

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acarzt replied on Tue, Jan 12 2010 8:28 PM

Cool little system... I've always wanted to build my own case, don't have the time or resources tho :-P

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Wow, you get a better perspective of the size of that case from those images. The case is much smaller than I realized.

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rapid1 replied on Wed, Jan 13 2010 2:48 AM

Hey mega congrats Zads the machine you built is awesome and I am so happy someone from here won as well. The work looks awesome on it especially as much as you have in a transportable as well as cool looking case. Awesome Job!!!

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3vi1 replied on Wed, Jan 13 2010 8:03 AM

A very cool machine. Great work, Zads.

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realneil replied on Wed, Jan 13 2010 10:08 AM

It's a very clean design. Nothing except the Optical Drive was sacrificed either. A full computer in an Itty-Bitty box!

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acarzt replied on Wed, Jan 13 2010 2:13 PM

Ahhhh there's a video!

Just watched it, the guy made a bit of a blooper at the end on the clock speed, but it's all good he was probably nervous lol

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truly a good build...

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very impressive. looks very professional.

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acarzt replied on Wed, Jan 13 2010 8:51 PM

It does.

A lot of attention to detail.

I like the black outline of the whole thing

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Awesome design, congrats!

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zads replied on Thu, Jan 14 2010 7:46 AM

Thanks guys! I had a great time doing the build and seeing all the new tech at CES!

Thanks again to ASUS and all the contest sponsors!

@kid007: I was thinking about internally mounting an external slim or slot-load Blu-ray drive, ejecting out of the top or side of the case. But I hardly ever use optical drives, so I never got around to doing it.. maybe in the future..

@acarzt: Yeah, on the blooper- I guess I got stuck talking in storage mode.. though I guess technically the system has 4GB.. just not 4GB/sec ;) I kind of wanted to redo the interview without the hums and haws, but I know Dave is a busy guy, especially at CES!

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gibbersome replied on Thu, Jan 14 2010 11:38 AM

The interview was great, and your final design speaks for itself!

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acarzt replied on Thu, Jan 14 2010 2:59 PM

haha it's all good man! I know I personally would have been studdering and mumbling and rambling my words and making no sense :-D

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rapid1 replied on Sun, Jan 31 2010 6:19 PM

I wish I would have had the money to actually enter this contest.

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zads replied on Mon, Feb 1 2010 1:00 AM

rapid1:

I wish I would have had the money to actually enter this contest.

Rapid1, the contest was actually free!

You just had to submit your idea and why it will utilize ASUS components the best, and then the top ideas were chosen.

Those top ideas got the free hardware (CPU, Mobo, Memory, GPU, SSD, PSU, Mouse/KB) to make their concept a reality.

Those that got the hardware then were judged in the final round.

 

Stay tuned for more contests in the future, ASUS tells me there are more to come!

If you have facebook, I recommend becoming a fan of ASUS Official Page.

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eunoia replied on Wed, Feb 3 2010 3:46 PM

zads:

rapid1:

I wish I would have had the money to actually enter this contest.

Rapid1, the contest was actually free!

You just had to submit your idea and why it will utilize ASUS components the best, and then the top ideas were chosen.

Those top ideas got the free hardware (CPU, Mobo, Memory, GPU, SSD, PSU, Mouse/KB) to make their concept a reality.

Those that got the hardware then were judged in the final round.

 

Stay tuned for more contests in the future, ASUS tells me there are more to come!

If you have facebook, I recommend becoming a fan of ASUS Official Page.

Funny.

...pending.

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Ragafoo replied on Wed, Feb 10 2010 3:01 PM

Again congratulations Zads, its looks great! Cool temps also... its good to see that one of my favorite designs from the beginning won.

Rag

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