HotHardware's Giving Thanks 2012 Giveaway!

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Manduh replied on Mon, Dec 10 2012 4:57 PM

rapid1:

Posting I like chocolate and cool monitor great article etc does not do much.

I LOVE chocolate! (is that better?) heehee

 

rapid1:

..... almost always makes you look really needy.

 

Dave and Marco have only been doing this for how many years now. I would really like to know how many people have posted any of those topics per contest because there are always several. Heck even I posted those needy posts when I first joined like a half decade + ago now.

 

I might post a 'needy' response if it is actually something I need, but then again, if it IS something I actually need I also go out of my way to make 10 times the effort to win, which is probably why I ended up winning the Rok Box from HH in last years Giving thanks contest - I worked my a... off for that one! (see my sig) <3  .  

The more effort you put into things in life, the more you will get out of life. - I think that's how it goes Hmm   lol 

I wish you all the best of luck in this contest because to win at HotHardware is truly wonderful! The best part is your effort always get's noticed, even if it takes a contest or three before you are rewarded. Never stop trying! The knowledge gained and friendships made here are just the icing on top! 

 

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Dorkstar replied on Mon, Dec 10 2012 5:02 PM

lol, I've almost considered opening up a little blog titled "Why I need to win this sweepstakes!".   Then just list all the excuses we see across the internet.  Heck, newegg was giving away a computer the other day, and this guy posted 5 times within the first 12 hour post giveaway explaining all the different reasons why he needed the computer.  Needless to say I find it humorous and wonder why in the world these people keep trying to guilt trip companies into giving them things.

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eunoia replied on Mon, Dec 10 2012 6:08 PM

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...pending.

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CDeeter replied on Mon, Dec 10 2012 6:24 PM

Apparently it works with LEGO!

Lol joking!

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Dorkstar replied on Mon, Dec 10 2012 6:47 PM

CDeeter:

Apparently it works with LEGO!

Lol joking!

That's so wrong man, lol

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realneil replied on Mon, Dec 10 2012 7:43 PM

Kewl chocolate LEGOs!

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Manduh replied on Mon, Dec 10 2012 7:53 PM

MMMMmmm

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eunoia replied on Mon, Dec 10 2012 8:17 PM

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...pending.

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cdn1202 replied on Mon, Dec 10 2012 9:22 PM

Great prize!!! Good luck everyone!

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altereDad replied on Mon, Dec 10 2012 9:49 PM

My Lego never said "Eat me" before.

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realneil replied on Tue, Dec 11 2012 9:08 AM

sackyhack:

Ha!

So did anyone check out that awesome Gigabyte GV-R795WF3-3GD Video Card being offered in this system?

A little close inspection reveals a BIOS switch along the upper edge of the card.

Some cards that have a switch such as this have a normal BIOS and one that is clocked faster at the factory.

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rapid1 replied on Tue, Dec 11 2012 10:12 AM

Yeah this is a sweet system all the way around it also has a Gigabyte UD7 MB which is top of the line Gigabyte, I have a UD5 on my personal system and it is one of the most stable solid MB's I have ever used and I have worked on and used 100's personally. Whomever wins this one (as is the case with any give away in general Marco and Dave do here) will have a great solid machine for years to come. One of the great things about AMD as well is they do not change chip sets or sockets anywhere nearly as often as INTEL in a hardware sense, you may need to update internal (BIOS) software, but generally the same socket stay for at least 3 generations of there chips where as Intel changes a couple times yearly it seems. This will be a solid long term system that the winner will have for years.

ASUS Z87C
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Intel Gigabit CT
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rapid1 replied on Tue, Dec 11 2012 10:16 AM

Mine still runs great and while I may have updated things here and there the Gigabyte (MB) backbone makes it as solid as you can get!

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realneil replied on Tue, Dec 11 2012 10:49 AM

rapid1:
Whomever wins this one (as is the case with any give away in general Marco and Dave do here) will have a great solid machine for years to come.

You hit the nail on the head with this comment.

My HotHardware i7-870 prize system from years ago ~still~ works flawlessly. When I got it, it had leading edge, first rate components inside, and that has translated to years of great service. I still use it and it's still a great PC.

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Dorkstar replied on Tue, Dec 11 2012 11:19 AM

realneil:

rapid1:
Whomever wins this one (as is the case with any give away in general Marco and Dave do here) will have a great solid machine for years to come.

You hit the nail on the head with this comment.

My HotHardware i7-870 prize system from years ago ~still~ works flawlessly. When I got it, it had leading edge, first rate components inside, and that has translated to years of great service. I still use it and it's still a great PC.

 

Damn, why do I get the feeling that 80% of the people here got complete systems from HH at some point in time?

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OSunday replied on Tue, Dec 11 2012 11:27 AM

Because HotHardware is probably one of the sickest communities around.
I've only been here for a couple years and if you hang around and contribute to the community, it'll give back to you as well.
I'm pretty sure they give away like 5 or so rigs a year, not including individual components and other electronics and usually it's not even in a competitive manner, but in more of pure generosity, it's amazing really.

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digitaldd replied on Tue, Dec 11 2012 11:32 AM

Dorkstar:

Damn, why do I get the feeling that 80% of the people here got complete systems from HH at some point in time?

Many of us have never gotten a system but most of us old timers have gotten a care package with some swag. I recall getting a USB drive, T-Shirt and case badges a few years back.

 

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realneil replied on Tue, Dec 11 2012 11:56 AM

Dorkstar:
why do I get the feeling that 80% of the people here got complete systems from HH at some point in time?

Many of us have been here for a long time. (look at my post count) As I've said earlier in this thread, the odds of winning at HotHardware are a heck of a lot better than they are elsewhere.

It's not just about the giveaways though. We have a lot of fun and get a lot of information from here as well.

 

We try to help one another answer questions about technology when we can, and we like being here when there is no contest going on.

I like that you have stepped in and answered questions that others have had. Thanks for that. It makes our site work better.

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Dorkstar replied on Tue, Dec 11 2012 12:22 PM

realneil:

Dorkstar:
why do I get the feeling that 80% of the people here got complete systems from HH at some point in time?

Many of us have been here for a long time. (look at my post count) As I've said earlier in this thread, the odds of winning at HotHardware are a heck of a lot better than they are elsewhere.

It's not just about the giveaways though. We have a lot of fun and get a lot of information from here as well.

 

We try to help one another answer questions about technology when we can, and we like being here when there is no contest going on.

I like that you have stepped in and answered questions that others have had. Thanks for that. It makes our site work better.

 Thanks for recognizing that, I think we all need a little help sometimes, especially when it comes to a first build or troubleshooting.  I'd like to think I'll stick around for a while, this place has a very unique home type feeling to it, something you can't find many places.

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altereDad replied on Tue, Dec 11 2012 2:46 PM

I like the content on many forums. I also like to see what I do and do not know. Keeps me reading and keeping up to date. It can be much better than a newspaper because it's more geared towards the things I like.

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I have personally only been here for a few months, but I know that HH will be my go-to tech site for years to come!

Thanks again HH for being so amazingly generous! We the community appreciate it more than you know ;)

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sandya46 replied on Tue, Dec 11 2012 9:51 PM

My son needs a new gaming system! This would be nice! Thanks!

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cdn1202 replied on Tue, Dec 11 2012 10:58 PM

Great prize to the lucky winner!

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CDeeter replied on Wed, Dec 12 2012 7:09 AM

Hothardware is the best tech site on the web. It has a feel like no other. It's like visiting with friends, having a good time, and helping each other. Most of the other sites I visit feel like a competition on who can be the most insulting, or a "I know more than you" cry fest.

We don't do that here, and it's nice being able to discuss differing points of view.

Dave and Marco run a tight ship here, and I sure do appreciate the atmosphere that they have created.

No trolls, no spammers, no flamers, never had them, never will!

Thanks guys!

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CDeeter replied on Wed, Dec 12 2012 7:21 AM

Yep, last Christmas there was a GTX 580 under my tree thanks to the Hot Hardware gang = )

And the systems they do give away are all unique one-of-a-kind builds made from top shelf components. And the thing about them that I REALLY like is that Marco builds them. It's so cool that the winner can say " I have a system personally built for me from Hot Hardware."

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CDeeter replied on Wed, Dec 12 2012 5:32 PM

Pong too?

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Dorkstar replied on Wed, Dec 12 2012 5:46 PM

CDeeter:

Pong too?

Are you asking to duel?

 

 

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OSunday replied on Wed, Dec 12 2012 6:43 PM

Now THOSE would be some serious bragging rights! haha

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cdn1202 replied on Wed, Dec 12 2012 9:59 PM

Great prize to the happy winner!

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Aoshi replied on Thu, Dec 13 2012 4:58 AM

CDeeter I think you were just challenged....

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realneil replied on Thu, Dec 13 2012 6:29 PM

What about that TT Water 2.0 Extreme?

That is a bad-ass looking CPU cooler. It looks like it will handle any decent overclocking with ease,..........

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Dorkstar replied on Thu, Dec 13 2012 6:45 PM

I was actually just reading up on this bad boy earlier.  I'm highly impressed by the numbers, I haven't seem a OCed full load review over 75 yet. 

 

Now what about that level 10 mouse?  I'm always on the fence about that mouse, it just has an awkward look, like your hand just wouldn't flow well on it.  Anyone have one, or ever gave it a try?  I only deviated from Logitech once and ended up with a $75 razer lachesis that has been sitting in a drawer for about 3 years now.

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OSunday replied on Thu, Dec 13 2012 7:41 PM

I feel like this is just Thermaltakes version and kind of clone of the Corsiar H100 cooler that looks VERY similar to this.
I'm not sure how the two compare performance wise though, I'm sure Thermaltake but some decent time and energy into making something able to compete with the H100, but the white plastic on those fans scare me a teensy bit, it could just be the picture but the fans in particular don't look to be of the highest quality 

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OSunday replied on Thu, Dec 13 2012 7:44 PM

The level 10 mouse does look like it might have an awkward fit on the hand, and I agree with Razers full sized mouses being a strange fit as well.
I use a Razer orochi I snagged off an amazon deal while back and it's been the only mouse I've used for 2 years now and that particular model has been great compared to a friend full sized one.

The primary appeal of that level 10 mouse for me is just the finesse and cohesiveness in style between everything that would come with this rig, I love it when things color coordinate and match and it all just fits so well with the militaryesque theme and style 

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realneil replied on Thu, Dec 13 2012 9:03 PM

OSunday:
the white plastic on those fans scare me a teensy bit, it could just be the picture but the fans in particular don't look to be of the highest quality 

TT makes some great performing fans. I have four of these Silent Cats in one case and they are outstanding. (quiet and high performing)

http://di1-3.shoppingshadow.com/images/pi/a1/f1/5c/43615904-260x260-0-0_Thermaltake+Thermaltake+Silent+CAT+120mm+Case+Fan+.jpg

Pic's a little dirty but this is two of them.

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cdn1202 replied on Thu, Dec 13 2012 9:06 PM

Great prize for a happy winner!

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OSunday replied on Thu, Dec 13 2012 9:28 PM

Okay now THOSE look like great fans that would make you HAPPY HAPPY!
I guess my doubts are erased but the ones in the picture look like that clear white flimsy plastics but I'm guessing it's just the picture 

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realneil replied on Thu, Dec 13 2012 10:26 PM

OSunday:
I guess my doubts are erased

When I bought them, I already knew about the quality that they produce. I'll bet that they've just improved on what they make since I bought these.

They were a little expensive, but well worth what I spent on them.

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OSunday replied on Thu, Dec 13 2012 11:17 PM

I've never used anything but stock fans but I've always wondered if the "higher end" more expensive fans were worth the price.
I've read they have more static air pressure and can make a difference but it really makes me wonder if the increase in cooling performance is worth the price.

I know that the stock fans on the corsair H100 really move some air though and have some power on the highest setting. I accidentally sliced my thumb open on one of those fans while troubleshooting (my still unfixed) computer haha 

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