HotHardware & AMD Economic Stimulus Sweepstakes!

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!
Comments
amdcrankitup 5 years ago

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!

mentaldisorder 5 years ago

[quote user="amdcrankitup"]

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!

[/quote]

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

nelsoncp21 5 years ago

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?

ice_73 5 years ago

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!

marco c 5 years ago

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

caos420 4 years ago

Awsome I am probably the biggest AMD mark on the planet,so this contest is toataly me.Thanks HH you guys really are the best :D

ice_73 5 years ago

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?

marco c 5 years ago

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.

dizowned 5 years ago

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.

Der Meister 5 years ago

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

nelsoncp21 5 years ago

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.

jeremy 5 years ago

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. :)

Super Dave 5 years ago

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!

marco c 5 years ago

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.

amdcrankitup 5 years ago

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

tanka12345 5 years ago

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!

3vi1 5 years ago

Very nice looking case!

Der Meister 5 years ago

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

tanka12345 5 years ago

[quote user="Der Meister"]

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

[/quote]

 

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?

 

3vi1 5 years ago

>> 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?

bob_on_the_cob 5 years ago

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

tanka12345 5 years ago

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). :)

bob_on_the_cob 5 years ago

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

3vi1 5 years ago

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.

3vi1 5 years ago

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

bob_on_the_cob 5 years ago

[quote user="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:

[/quote]

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

3vi1 5 years ago

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.

ice91785 5 years ago

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

3vi1 5 years ago

[quote user="ice91785"]

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

[/quote]

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

(ducking... running)  :p

peti1212 5 years ago

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.

rapid1 5 years ago

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

mhenriday 5 years ago

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 ?...

Henri

Drago 5 years ago

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?

nelsoncp21 5 years ago

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.

imAcpufan 5 years ago

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!

acarzt 5 years ago

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

rapid1 5 years ago

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.......

cuddle 5 years ago

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>

marco c 5 years ago

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.

mentaldisorder 5 years ago

That is awesome!

marco c 5 years ago

I'm also upgrading the full system with a Razer Tarantula Gaming Keyboard...

tanka12345 5 years ago

It seems that the HH HQ is a small warehouse Marco! You better make the boxes bigger Stick out tongue

I wanted to clarify this for all HHers who don't live in the US. Is it OK for us to enter as long as we pay for shipping if we are lucky enough to be chosen?

Redline 5 years ago

Great contest and I love the whole tournament approach to handing out the prizes. Nice job, as usual guys! Thanks!

Der Meister 5 years ago

I really cant wait for this one!

3vi1 5 years ago

*cough*forumspammer*cough**cough*

Edit:  Cool, looks like the mods removed the message I was replying to.

savage animal 5 years ago

Sweet, My first time checking in since a family tragedy a few weeks ago and I come back to a contest! And a great one at that, I'll be downloading the demo now!

ice91785 5 years ago

I remember when we had a tourney a while back with FEAR/CSS  -- it certainly was a LOT of fun.

Any chance HH would set up a server for us to just mess around on?

marco c 5 years ago

We're on the ball with this one. I already have ALL of the hardware in house. Pics to come shortly...

And once we get more organized we'll see about getting a practice server up and running.

nelsoncp21 5 years ago

ALLLRIGHT! gidity gidity

bob_on_the_cob 5 years ago

[quote user="Marco C"]

We're on the ball with this one. I already have ALL of the hardware in house. Pics to come shortly...

And once we get more organized we'll see about getting a practice server up and running.

[/quote]

Woot! I was trying to get one up and running, but I can't seem to get the darn thing to work. IDK I will play around with it some more tomorrow evening.

savage animal 5 years ago

For anyone having an issue with the UT3 demo, the "modified executable code is not allowed error", change the date on your machine back a few weeks, it will work.

Dave_HH 5 years ago

Umm.... If I were a bettin' man and wanted to get noticed in the contest, I'd be using the comment system in the news a bit more... yeah, that's what I'd do. ;-)

bob_on_the_cob 5 years ago

[quote user="Dave_HH"]

Umm.... If I were a bettin' man and wanted to get noticed in the contest, I'd be using the comment system in the news a bit more... yeah, that's what I'd do. ;-)

[/quote]

lol. I have been slacking on the newsEmbarrassed

mentaldisorder 5 years ago

Sounds like you're more of a bribing man. Big Smile

bob_on_the_cob 5 years ago

I see what he is saying though. I love the fact that we have a small community, but you go to other tech sites and the news storys have pages of comments. Mostly mindless nonsense, but it does look good to have some community action on the front page stories.

nelsoncp21 5 years ago

yea i am guilty too. I usually just go stright to the forums as all the news is posted there anyway. would be kinda cool to have a option for when you post in a thread that is on the main page that you can click a box to have it displayed there too.

kid007 5 years ago

i'm in!

ice91785 5 years ago

[quote user="Dave_HH"]Umm.... If I were a bettin' man and wanted to get noticed in the contest, I'd be using the comment system in the news a bit more... yeah, that's what I'd do[/quote]

 

So do you "score" it differently if we post replies to NEWS posts within the forums rather than using the comments section on the front page?

Kiristo 5 years ago

I didn't even know HH did prizes. Need to pay more attention I guess. Looks like a sweet contest with awesome prizes.

rapid1 5 years ago

I need to figure out how to get UT3 to work on my PC. I imagine it will work on the laptop (9800GTS 512)so I will try downloading to it. The desktop is just way more comfortable for gaming, and I will have to take this in there and drop one of my desktop gigabridge.

3vi1 5 years ago

I couldn't get the 2007 beta demo to work with Linux, so I tried the Steam version. I couldn't get the Steam version to work, so I started playing a different game.

Then, I got distracted by something shiny.

marco c 5 years ago

Just another update. Contest system and BUILT, boxed up, and ready to go. And the four other prize packages are packed (along wtih other goodies) and ready to ship. As soon as this contest ends, the winners will have their gear in record time...

bob_on_the_cob 5 years ago

Wow! That was quick!

kid007 5 years ago

Good thing i been playing UT 3 for a long time :)

nelsoncp21 5 years ago

man you guys are just itchin to give this stuff away huh. There are def people here who could use this stuff more then me so if I won I probably would pass it on to someone with a greater need anyway. I just want to play in the tournyBig Smile

acarzt 5 years ago

Hey Nelson, if you win you can give the system to me lol I've been in need of a new system. Mine wont stay stable long enough to get in on this tourny. So even if I am selected, there is no way i'll be able to compete :-(

mentaldisorder 5 years ago

[quote user="acarzt"]

Hey Nelson, if you win you can give the system to me lol I've been in need of a new system. Mine wont stay stable long enough to get in on this tourny. So even if I am selected, there is no way i'll be able to compete :-(

[/quote]

I'm pretty sure that if I won the system or any of it, I would probably give it to amdcrankitup...but that's just me.

tanka12345 5 years ago

Maybe we could make a list of people who can't run UT3 (Like me Embarrassed). If I were picked I'd do my BEST to find a way to be there.

nelsoncp21 5 years ago

well if someone wins that for some reason they can't play UT3 I would hate to have you left out. SOOOO if anyone needs a stand in for them I am willing to play and let them keep their free gear! Can't make any promises on how ell i would do but the offer is there.

mentaldisorder 5 years ago

[quote user="nelsoncp21"]

well if someone wins that for some reason they can't play UT3 I would hate to have you left out. SOOOO if anyone needs a stand in for them I am willing to play and let them keep their free gear! Can't make any promises on how ell i would do but the offer is there.

[/quote]

That's not a bad idea...I wouldn't mind playing for anyone.  Smile

ice91785 5 years ago

I will probably bum a buddy's computer or something should I happen to make the final five.......

Super Dave 5 years ago

[quote user="nelsoncp21"] I would hate to have you left out. SOOOO if anyone needs a stand in for them I am willing to play and let them keep their free gear![/quote]

I wondered if HotHardware would allow us to have a Designated Hitter. Thanks for bringing it up, Nelson!

Super Dave 5 years ago

[quote user="nelsoncp21"]

well if someone wins that for some reason they can't play UT3 I would hate to have you left out. SOOOO if anyone needs a stand in for them I am willing to play and let them keep their free gear! Can't make any promises on how ell i would do but the offer is there.

[/quote]

If I am somehow selected to a UT3 duel, nelson, would you be able to stand-in for me? I was hoping my son Super Rob The Gamer could do it, but he claims the UT3 demo has expired!

bob_on_the_cob 5 years ago

[quote user="Super Dave"]

[quote user="nelsoncp21"]

well if someone wins that for some reason they can't play UT3 I would hate to have you left out. SOOOO if anyone needs a stand in for them I am willing to play and let them keep their free gear! Can't make any promises on how ell i would do but the offer is there.

[/quote]

If I am somehow selected to a UT3 duel, nelson, would you be able to stand-in for me? I was hoping my son Super Rob The Gamer could do it, but he claims the UT3 demo has expired!

[/quote]

Set the clock back on your computer.

Super Dave 5 years ago

[quote user="bob_on_the_cob"]Set the clock back on your computer.[/quote]

To what date? If he does this, how will it affect his other programs and games (MS Office 2007, HAWX, Star Wars Empire At War, COD5)? And if he does turn-back the clock, doesn't it just reset once he connects to the internet?

peti1212 5 years ago

If you disable auto syncronization then it won't change the clock automatically.

nelsoncp21 5 years ago

If for some reason you can't get it to work(which I hope you do), I would gladly stand in for ya permiting I am allowed to and depending on when they hold the actual tournament.

ice91785 5 years ago

Hm....maybe I should start playing? :-S haha

 

EDIT: BTW for you that are downloading the demo beta you have to set the date back to 2008.....just an FYI

EDIT x2: Oofta...just played with my best PC i have in the house (my SFF with onboard intel gfx based off G45). It is...well...playable? I guess haha -- even at 640 x 480 its definitely not very smooth I guess. How fun! Smile

Savage Animal 5 years ago

[quote user="ice91785"]

 

 

EDIT: BTW for you that are downloading the demo beta you have to set the date back to 2008.....just an FYI

 

[/quote]

 

Even back to january works, it just won't work with a recent date.

 

dizowned 5 years ago

Hey did the practice server go up yet ... even if I dont win, I want some newbs to frag in the meantime...

ice91785 5 years ago

[quote user="dizowned"] I want some newbs to frag in the meantime...[/quote]

 

Surely would enjoy fragging it up with you as well good sir

diemos 5 years ago

great Idea, time to frag!

Dave_HH 5 years ago

Hey Folks! We've gone ahead and opened the sweepstakes to Canadian members as well - so US and Canada it is! :)

bob_on_the_cob 5 years ago

Good news for are friends up north.Big Smile

tanka12345 5 years ago

Bad news for friends down far, far, far south Sad

Would it be possible for us other friends to pay for our own shipping to be eligible?

Freeman 5 years ago

Thanks for showing the Canadians love Davo!

I remember the CS:S ATI/Sapphire tourney a while back.  I still have the shirt :P.

sushrukh 5 years ago

Will you ever organize a worldwide contest please ?

Dave_HH 5 years ago

We have in the past but will have to wait for the next one at this point. Sorry... and it's not just shipping costs that's a liability with these contests. I'm sure you can understand.

tanka12345 5 years ago

I understand Davo! Hopefully we can have another worldwide contest soon! :)

diemos 5 years ago

^ 1+

rapid1 5 years ago

I still can't get UT3 to play. My hardware is able to do it but when I log in I still get the invalid warning. I have tried it on my laptop (Gateway P-1700 FX C2 duo 2200 4 gigs ddr3) my desktops (OC'd X2 4200 with a 3870, OC'd 64 4000- 2 X 1650 XT pro's - both with 4 gigs of ram). I get the same error on each PC and Like I said I know they will blaze it (UT3). So I would say a large number of people are going to be excluded for no reason, other than faulty software.

acarzt 5 years ago

Maybe we should take a step back to UT2003 lol Or even the original haha. We all may be tech nerds but we don't all have the best tech :-(

ice91785 5 years ago

rapid...you just have to set the date back to the beginning of the year, you shouldn't have any problem then

amdcrankitup 5 years ago

Dang this is a great giveaway and I hate I havent been posting much just been sick a lot lately and been borrowing someone elses computer to get online but I going to try to get on here more!I hate all of these great things are up for grabs when Im not feeling well and cant get to a computer! But Im going to try anyway who knows.Miss talking to you guys anyway.It aint all bad I got a grandson didnt think I make to see him born. So count me in.

rapid1 5 years ago

I will try the date setback on my MB, if that doesn't work guess I'm SOL. That really stinks because I could definitely use the equipment!

onebxr 5 years ago

Very nice contest!  O man I must get to posting!

-1

werty316 5 years ago

I might as well throw my name into the lucky hat Yes

crysis9000 5 years ago

Another sweet contest guys! Gotta love sweet prizes like these. =)

amdcrankitup 5 years ago

He really needs it guys! Besides did you see his photo he,s  OLLLLLLD and got a hole in his head! Besides in a couple more years he will be prehistoric and he,ll give it to me. PS I dont know if I spelled prehistoric right but give me a break Im only 13 days old.

 

 

bob_on_the_cob 5 years ago

lmao. Thats cute!

amdcrankitup 5 years ago

[quote user="bob_on_the_cob"]lmao.[/quote]

 

I guess I am a little old what does Imao mean? Yeah Im going to turn that little fella into a geek he,ll be ready to take Bill Gates place soon!

I,ll have to keep my eyes on him he,s already getiing on HH posting messages !Cool

 

Hey at least he knows which website to go to! HH

bob_on_the_cob 5 years ago

[quote user="amdcrankitup"]I guess I am a little old what does Imao mean? [/quote] laughing my a$$ off.

amdcrankitup 5 years ago

I got it.I,ll remember that.You would think my kids would have me trained by now!LOL

acarzt 5 years ago

It's getting close! Not that I could even compete lol But i'd like to see who wins and how the contest goes!

Marco C 5 years ago

Just a little something to whet everyone's appetite before the weekend rolls in...

This baby is going to be one of yours very soon!

Dave_HH 5 years ago

That thing is H-O-T! 

marco c 5 years ago

A cool thing about the case...that dial at the top controls case fan speeds, so you can make it really quiet, and the big button in the center of the dial turns the case lighting on or off. Pretty cool.

Der Meister 5 years ago

good looking build guys!

acarzt 5 years ago

That is a pretty sweet feature. That build looks great! How was it working around inside that case? Possibly an HH review on it??

nelsoncp21 5 years ago

sweet. nice job on the cable managment by the way. although from the looks of it that case seems to be designed to make cable managment a breeze.

tanka12345 5 years ago

[quote user="Dave_HH"]

That thing is H-O-T! 

[/quote]

Yes that 'thing' is very HOT!

And some lucky HHer will be taking that beast home. (But it won't be me)

bob_on_the_cob 5 years ago

I think I drooled a bit. Looks super clean. I need to do some cleaning in my Marco built PCBig Smile One of you guys are going to be in heaven soon.

Endersothergame 5 years ago

Wow, I go away to work for two weeks come back and see its open to Canadians and thenn notice that a 13 day old competitor is in the runnings,  Now I think I would feel bad abaout crushing a 13 day old baby ... but she/he has her whole life to get over it.

savage animal 5 years ago

Nah the kid won't even remember the butt kicking it got, it's to concerned with food.

Just to mimic everyone else, that thing is really sexy. I want it! Alot!

mentaldisorder 5 years ago

[quote user="Endersothergame"]

Wow, I go away to work for two weeks come back and see its open to Canadians and thenn notice that a 13 day old competitor is in the runnings,  Now I think I would feel bad abaout crushing a 13 day old baby ... but she/he has her whole life to get over it.

[/quote]

I feel like I haven't seen you on here in forever.

 

The computer is looking good!

kid007 5 years ago

that is a sweet case i haven't been able to post since i putting about 12 hrs of work lately :(

amdcrankitup 5 years ago

[quote user="Marco C"]This baby is going to be one of yours very soon![/quote]

 

Marco thats a great looking rig hands down. And you done an incrediable job on the cable management. I or anybody else here would be proud to win that! So with that said wish everybody here good luck!Yes

marco c 5 years ago

The case and modular PSU made it really easy to keep the internals nice and neat. Working in the case was realy a pleasure, actually. If I didn't already have and ATS 840, I wouldn't mind one of these at all.

batye 5 years ago

would love to win this system

my pc is old 2005

this system would be my joy

higgamo 5 years ago

=o plz streaming the video of the comp

likenew 5 years ago

Great contest, wish I had found out about this site sooner!

LovinIt 5 years ago

This is great, a fantastic prize selection

bunyan69 5 years ago

I'd love to win this.  I coul upgrade my IBM XT and monchrome monitor

squid267 5 years ago

After the winners UT3 Game, maybe we should have a HotHardware community death match.

amdcrankitup 5 years ago

Im getting a little frustrated I havent had internet since DEC and I only get an oppurtunity to get online when I go to my friends house but Im here and looking forward to the contest.So wish everybody luck and as usual thanks to Marco and Dave for the oppurtinity!

ice91785 5 years ago

Its rarin' down...its time for everyone to start doing their lucky rain-dances eh?

mentaldisorder 5 years ago

Why would I want it to rain?  I want another computer...

amdcrankitup 5 years ago

[quote user="mentaldisorder"]

Why would I want it to rain?  I want another computer...

[/quote]

 

Im with you mentaldisorder besides its been raining to much down here in SC besides i want a computer too. LOL Good luck to all you guys!Storm But please no more rain!

nelsoncp21 5 years ago

good luck to everyone. It's almost time so there should be several very happy users here shortly.

Der Meister 5 years ago

I hope that I am one of the 4....

Good luck to all!

Lev_Astov 5 years ago

Sweet! I wanna be in on the UT3 tournament! Even if I'm not selected. You really should have more than five players in a tournament, even if those five are the ones that get prizes based on their rankings relative to one another. Having more people will help make things more interesting (and even).

Marco C 5 years ago

We're getting down to the wire folks!

^Bad_Boy^ 5 years ago

WoW.. The Case looks awesome.. Once again the crew at HH kicking it up for its members :D...

I hope I'm also included in the drawing :)

Good Luck Guys!

PS: By the way, my PS3 Version of UT3 its getting lots of playing time again thanks to the Titan Pack! :D

bob_on_the_cob 5 years ago

Blast from the past! Hey BadBoyBig Smile

mentaldisorder 5 years ago

[quote user="^Bad_Boy^"]

WoW.. The Case looks awesome.. Once again the crew at HH kicking it up for its members :D...

I hope I'm also included in the drawing :)

Good Luck Guys!

PS: By the way, my PS3 Version of UT3 its getting lots of playing time again thanks to the Titan Pack! :D

[/quote]

 

Wow, It is bad boy.  What have you been up to?

And so, the day has come.

yoda8232 5 years ago

And so it has.

*Plays Imperial March*

amdcrankitup 5 years ago

I cant wait to see who wins.I dont expect im very likely to win cause I havent been able to take part in the forums that much because I lost my internet but maybe I,ll get lucky and a little prayer doesnt hurt. As far as the gaming contest I dont stand a chance against any of you so me taking part in  that would definatly useless in fact it would be laughable and embarressing. But Im here so wish me luck and as usual good luck to all you guys there is a lot of good people here and I hope to get back online at least by june or july!!!Yes

^Bad_Boy^ 5 years ago

hahahaha.. What's up with u ? and with Bob? hehehe..

Well I finally graduated from College (Computer Engineering), got a new / more stressful job in one of the biggest banks, still dealing with getting my new apartment setup properly, No PC, My 17" Toshiba laptop is not doing so great, and my main rig is now an Asus Eee PC 1000HE hahaha... I've only been doing casual gaming on my PS3.. I need to get back into PC Gaming :S..

Anyways I'm always around, HH it's my homepage hehe.. Just most of the times just check out the news and articles and keep on running with all my responsibilities.. Glad to see u guys are around ;)

nelsoncp21 5 years ago

I am confused to. I didn't know there was a registration or anything for this. Just thought you had to be an active member. Are we suppose to send an email or something?

Don't sweat it AMD. Even without internet at home believe it or not you still post more then alot of others have. As far as gaming skill level it doesn't matter. It's more for just fun and if we all get a couple laughs at the videos they will probably make of the tourney so what it's all in fun. Shoot you should have seen me in the 1st CSS tourney.

Hey whats up bad boy.

Dave_HH 5 years ago

It's almost game time boys! Who's down?!?!? Sound off! :)

Der Meister 5 years ago

You can count me in

yoda8232 5 years ago

I'm 200% in, that build is perfect for me.

I'm not a AMD fanboy or anything but I love the upgradability of AMD sockets.

AM2 board - Supports AM2, AM2+, Some AM3

AM2+ board - Supports AM2, AM2+, AM3 with BIOS update

AM3 board - AM3

yoda8232 5 years ago

O yeah not to mention all the different boards with RAM options.

Super Dave 5 years ago

I can hardly wait to hear those winners announced!

tanka12345 5 years ago

[quote user="Super Dave"]

I can hardly wait to hear those winners announced!

[/quote]

It's one thing being picked for the tournament Dave, then you have to show us your mad gaming skills to win first prize! Big Smile

Good Luck everyone from the US/Canada!!

Neo4 5 years ago

Really cool contest. Good luck to everyone!

acarzt 5 years ago

Contest ends today! Who are the winners?!?! Seeing as how I just got a new rig(sort of... gotta get it together and running first) I don't even need this thing any more. But I would set this thing up as a 24/7 fold@home computer. I plan on folding with my new rig too :-)

Dave_HH 5 years ago

Correction, entries can be submitted through 11:59PM EST tonight! :)

mentaldisorder 5 years ago

I thought we're automatically entered in this?

acarzt 5 years ago

there is a link you click and you fill out a breif explanation of why you deserve this... but i'm not telling you where the link is muahahahahaha!!!

:-)

nelsoncp21 5 years ago

fixin to get on the server now. Have only played this online for like 10 mins but I shall do my best. Got it about a month ago and have played single player to get used to it.

 

This may sound kinda silly but how do I do a specific search for the server?

Dave_HH 5 years ago

You are entered if you're registered user in the US or Canada and have posted here. Again, read the rules... the more posts in comments areas of the news etc, the better for you! :)

nelsoncp21 5 years ago

haveing trouble getting in. Just found a patch for the game so I am installing it now so hope to see some of ya'll on there soon. Don't let me be the only 1 on there. The server was empty just a few minutes ago.

bob_on_the_cob 5 years ago

I might join in around 10pm EST. I have a match in TF2 in at 9 and I'm going to go eat right now.

yoda8232 5 years ago

Just wondering when the winners will be annouced? 0_o

My UT3 doesn't work, it says I have a modified exe which I do not, it's the beta demo and I tried downloading it from FileFront and Gamershell and I still got the same problem.

nelsoncp21 5 years ago

I may be able to stay on for a bit after 10 but not long. 430 in the mornin rolls in kinda quick and I need my beauty sleep.

Der Meister 5 years ago

Hey guys I'll be on for most of the night if you want to pop in!

Edit:

Yea I need to patch mine to v2.0... 309mb patch, reminds me of EA with BF2 patches!!!

nelsoncp21 5 years ago

if I ever get this download I will be on hopefully! Man I wish I had FIOS. This must be a huge file.

bob_on_the_cob 5 years ago

[quote user="nelsoncp21"]

if I ever get this download I will be on hopefully! Man I wish I had FIOS. This must be a huge file.

[/quote]

If it makes you feel better I have FioS and all my downloads are just as slow. Depending on the server.

Der Meister 5 years ago

FioS???

Dave_HH 5 years ago

Ahemmm!!!  Big Smile 

Hello all!  We have a new contest that just went up LIVE!  Cool

HH Core i For The Mainstream Guy/Gal Sweepstakes - Win A Lynnfield System!

http://hothardware.com/News/HH-Core-i-For-The-Mainstream-GuyGal--Sweepstakes--Win-A-Lynnfield-System/

 

nelsoncp21 5 years ago

[quote user="bob_on_the_cob"]

[quote user="nelsoncp21"]

if I ever get this download I will be on hopefully! Man I wish I had FIOS. This must be a huge file.

[/quote]

If it makes you feel better I have FioS and all my downloads are just as slow. Depending on the server.

[/quote]

 

true thats a good point. could be the server.

edit: this blows. I just downloaded the v1.2 patch and it is still telling me there is an update needed to play online. I don't undestand why I can choose to join the next available server and play online but I can't join any servers that I choose. The UT3 website wasn't much help since none of the links worked on their site. can someone else check the UT3 website and see if they are having problems too or is it just me.

Dave_HH 5 years ago

Alright folks! Jump on our practice server for a little fun when you get a chance! This server will stay on until 11:30PM EST - US tonight!

Server Name: DavoHH: HotHardware.com Practice Server

Password: hhrox!

Have fun!

We will not be holding the tournament until some time after the 5 contestants are selected. In the mean time, get your UT3 setup, get your frag on and get some practice!

Der Meister 5 years ago

So far me 20 bots 2....lol... really they don't stand a chance... Can you make them harder Dave?

nelsoncp21 5 years ago

had fun playin. Got owned by Dave's son but it's all good. might jump back on in a bit but really should get some sleep. I have to pull some riser fiber up 12 stories tomorrowSad

Dave_HH 5 years ago

Hahah! Was too funny... Michael, my son, jumped on and I was amazed to see how well he did!

Nelson, you beat on me pretty good though!

I'll look at the bot difficulty level when I take it down for the eve.

:)

Der Meister 5 years ago

He put us to shame...lol

yoda8232 5 years ago

Aww hopefully I can get my UT3 working, I'm downloading the patch right now.

I loved playing the first UT when it came out.

Dave_HH 5 years ago

Hahah! Michael had a blast with you guys. He's 11 years old and plays mostly the Xbox 360 but I fire up the PC platform for him occasionally to keep his chops sharp. ;-) He was so excited he could be competitive with you guys. He thought he was going to get pwnd by you pros! LOL

yoda8232 5 years ago

Wow pwned by a 360 11 year old?

I got to see this.

nelsoncp21 5 years ago

[quote user="Dave_HH"]

Hahah! Michael had a blast with you guys. He's 11 years old and plays mostly the Xbox 360 but I fire up the PC platform for him occasionally to keep his chops sharp. ;-) He was so excited he could be competitive with you guys. He thought he was going to get pwnd by you pros! LOL

[/quote]

 

wow, your definatley to kind Dave. I am not even close to the same category as a pro. matter of fact I haven't even had the game that long. Maybe played a couple dozen times and that is it. I am just glad I could somewhat hang with you guys. I guess having bots to kill helps my odds a little though.

Dave_HH 5 years ago

Attention ALL!  Winners/Contestants have been announced!   Cool

http://hothardware.com/News/HH--AMD-Economic-Stimulus-Sweepstakes-Winners/

 

Dave_HH 5 years ago

We still need Lev to report and amdcrankitup, let us know if it's ok for mental to game for you!

slugbug 5 years ago

Sounds like an awesome giveaway. Five lucky people will be getting some nice prizes.

Marco C 4 years ago

We've got some new hotness to give away!  This one's killer...

http://hothardware.com/News/HotHardware-and-Origin-New-Years-Sweepstakes-Win-A-New-Rig

acarzt 4 years ago

Heh, I just realized you guys went through and revived all of the old sweepstakes threads lol

Yall are spamming the mess out of this new one! lol

It is a good one tho! Best one yet???

Dave_HH 4 years ago

Just making sure you folks saw our latest, most excellent and awesome giveaway!  Cool

HotHardware and Origin New Year's Sweepstakes! Win A New AMD Twkr Rig!

http://hothardware.com/News/HotHardware-and-Origin-New-Years-Sweepstakes-Win-A-New-Rig/

 

Dave_HH 4 years ago

woops, I double posted over Marco's.. sorry... 40 lashes with a wet noodle for me.  Smile

gibbersome 4 years ago

Lol, I saw it...be prepared for a flurry of posts, both humorous, pointless and sometimes relevant from me. :)

acarzt 4 years ago

fo sho fo sho! :-D

wet noodle huh?

Makes me want some spaghetti heh

rapid1 4 years ago

Who won this one I could never get it to work for some reason (the download) so I never got in. The server must have been set really low for acceptable up bandwidth.

mentaldisorder 4 years ago

I won it for AMDcrankitup...Theres a video of the match from Marco's perspective.

Dave_HH 3 years ago

I'm such a hoe for doing this but:

NEW CONTEST NEW CONTEST - CHANCE TO WIN A HOT GAMING RIG!  Cool

http://hothardware.com/News/HH-Holiday-Sweepstakes-with-Digital-Storm--Win-A-Killer-System/

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