HotHardware Holiday Sweepstakes Winners!

We've had a chance to sift through all of the awesome entries into our Holiday Sweepstakes and have chosen the three lucky winners!  Before we announce the lucky folks who'll be walking away with a host of AMD-based goodness, we want to take minute to thank everyone who participated.  This was a fun contest that seemed to really get your creative juices flowing and we appreciate all of the effort you put forth to participate.  Thank You.

And now, without further delay, the winners of our Holiday Sweepstakes are:

  • First Prize - Peti1212 - California, US
  • Second Prize - Tanka12345, New Zealand
  • Third Prize - X.clay, Texas, US


First Prize
 


Second Prize


Third Prize




First Prize:
  • 1 x Fully Configured Micro PC
  •  Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-MA74GM-S2
  • CPU: AMD Phenom X4 Quad-Core 9350e, 2.0GHz
  • Graphics: PowerColor Radeon HD 4670
  • Chassis: Thermaltake LANBOX Lite VF6000BWS
  • Memory: Patriot Extreme Performance DDR2 PC2-6400 800MHz 4GB (2x2GB)
  • Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar (WD6400AAKS) 640GB SATAII 7200 RPM 16MB Buffer
  • CPU Cooler: Scythe SHURIKEN
  • PSU: Enermax ETK500AWT Tomahawk 500W
  • Optical Drive: LG GBC-H20L Blu-Ray / DVD
Second Prize

  • PowerColor Radeon HD 4830
Third Prize

  • PowerColor Radeon HD 4670

To the lucky winners, please shoot us your full contact information via e-mail and we'll get the shipment process rolling. Congrats, and thanks again! 

Via:  HotHardware
Comments
Lev_Astov 5 years ago

Congratulations, guys, good work!

Edit: Nice! There's an edit button now!

     Oh, and please have more creativity-based contests in the future. This was fun! (That and I want a chance to try harder :P)

x.clay 5 years ago

Thanks! HH hosted a great contest and I really enjoyed participating. Congrats to the other winnners

Der Meister 5 years ago

congrats to all!

bob_on_the_cob 5 years ago

Congrats to all! That's a fine rig there Peti. Less rendering time now eh?

Those GPUs are no slouches either.

tanka12345 5 years ago

[quote user="bob_on_the_cob"]

Congrats to all! That's a fine rig there Peti. Less rendering time now eh?

Those GPUs are no slouches either.

[/quote]

 

Wouldn't that PC be weaker at rendering than his current computer as the CPU isn't as powerful as a Q6600?

 

bob_on_the_cob 5 years ago

[quote user="tanka12345"]

[quote user="bob_on_the_cob"]

Congrats to all! That's a fine rig there Peti. Less rendering time now eh?

Those GPUs are no slouches either.

[/quote]

 

Wouldn't that PC be weaker at rendering than his current computer as the CPU isn't as powerful as a Q6600?

[/quote]

why yes yes it would.Embarrassed

 

 

shanewu 5 years ago

congrats to the winners...enjoy the new swag. :)

ice_73 5 years ago

im curious, when you chose the winners, did you choose one particular entry? or was it an overall effort? if its one specific entry, can you tell us which one?

tanka12345 5 years ago

Thanks HH and AMD!

Although I didn't win the PC, a Graphics card is still awesome, even though I can't use it. Smile

Congratz X.Clay and Peti - enjoy your prizes!

I second Ice's question.

Peti, feel free to trade prizes! Wink A 4830 would do wonders for rendering.

ice_73 5 years ago

btw, forgot to mention this in my earlier post. congradulations peti, tanka, and clay! peti enjoy your new cutting edge blu ray drive :-)

acarzt 5 years ago

Congrats to the winners!!

tanka12345 5 years ago

I'm sure Petes rig owns the AMD PC anyday (especially in rendering):

CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 2.4GHz @ 3.21Ghz/AMD Phenom X4 9350e 2.0GHz
MB: Asus P5E3 WS Professional/Gigabyte GA-MA74GM-S2
DDR: Crucial Ballistix DDR3 4x1GB 1600Mhz /Patriot Extreme DDR2 800
GFX:XFX Geforce 8800 GTS 512MB DDR3/Powercolor Radeon HD 4670
HDD: 2x 500GB Maxtor Hard Drives in RAID0/WD 640GB SATA
DVDRW: Sony CD/DVD-RW Dual-Layer/LG DVD Writer, Blu-Ray Reader
PSU: Ultra X3 1000Watt Power Supply/Enermax Tomahawk 500W
CASE: Cooler Master Stacker 830 SE/Thermaltake Lanbox Lite
COOLING: Corsair Nautilus 500 Water Cooling Kit, Coolink GFXChilla, 7x Noctua NF-P12 Fans, Cool-It Memory fan/Scythe Shuriken and Case fans

I can only dream...Angel

Peti, the offers still open. Wink

 

peti1212 5 years ago

OMG, I wasn't expecting this... I am shocked. Thank you soooooooo much HH and ATI/AMD. This computer will be amazing for a small render farm. I am thinking of setting it up as a HTPC and as a networked render farm for my 3D. Thank you very much.

[quote user="tanka12345"]

  Peti, feel free to trade prizes! Wink A 4830 would do wonders for rendering.

[/quote]

Hey Tank. I am really sorry that you did not win the first prize. I was aiming for the first prize as well since I've wanted to set up a render farm for a while now. Unfortunatelly rendering times do not depend on the video card. While powerful video cards are good for modeling, it will not have any advantage in 3D renderings. The processor is the big thing that plays a big roll in 3D.

Thanks once more, and big thanks goes to Dave and Marco and all the rest of the people that judged. This contest was really fun. Enjoyed every minute of it.

tanka12345 5 years ago

That's OK Pete, maybe I'll win next time Big Smile A graphics card is a good start for me, now I just need everything else which makes a computer. Stick out tongue Have fun rendering, and be sure to show us pics of the rig, and creations you produce with it's AMD Goodness.

peti1212 5 years ago

Hey Tank, Thanks for being understandable. BTW, you got a very good video card. If it is not as fast as mine, it is equal to my video card performance. Good job once, I enjoyed competeing with you and loved your entries as well. X.clay had a very good entry too. Congrats.

Super Dave 5 years ago

I am really happy for the three of you lucky winners! I have enjoyed very much reading your posts and I want to congratulate you all for your effort. Thanks, to, for helping to make this a really great forum!

bob_on_the_cob 5 years ago

[quote user="Super Dave"]

I am really happy for the three of you lucky winners! I have enjoyed very much reading your posts and I want to congratulate you all for your effort. Thanks, to, for helping to make this a really great forum!

[/quote]

Yep welcome to the winners club. Regulars here have a hard time avoiding it.

 

peti1212 5 years ago

Thanks guys for the kind words! :)

tanka12345 5 years ago

I wonder when Dave and Marco can attract more sponsors bearing great prizes. Big Smile (In hopefully a creative contestWink)

Dave_HH 5 years ago

Pete, We've got all the hardware in now for your build.  Sorry it is taking a bit but we're going to work it up ASAP and ship!


Thanks

Dave_HH 5 years ago

Or should I say, Marco is... Wink  He's got the mad cabling skillz, not me. Cool

peti1212 5 years ago

Thanks for the updage Dave. I'll keep waiting... I bet it will look awesome.

Der Meister 5 years ago

[quote user="Dave_HH"]

Or should I say, Marco is... Wink  He's got the mad cabling skillz, not me. Cool

[/quote]

We have seen...lol

peti1212 5 years ago

Just got a word back that the computer is assembled and ready to be shipped on Sunday, so hopefully it is already on its way. I am so excited. :D

bob_on_the_cob 5 years ago

[quote user="peti1212"]

Just got a word back that the computer is assembled and ready to be shipped on Sunday, so hopefully it is already on its way. I am so excited. :D

[/quote]

Congrats!

tanka12345 5 years ago

Congratz! Make sure to post some pics after you get it. :)

amdcrankitup 5 years ago

Hey till I get back if you have any give aways put me in for the drawing Ha! HA!

tanka12345 5 years ago

Any news yet Pete? Smile

peti1212 5 years ago

Nope, nothing yet. It's friday so I have to wait another week I suppose. :(

peti1212 5 years ago

 

Alright, I have recieved the Computer today! yay! I am really happy, however there are some complications. The whole front of the PC's case was broken. It was flapping all over the place. The CD Drive cover is broken too, so now there is just a huge hole. I had to clean out the inside of the PC because there were cluttered pieces of plastic all over the place because of the case being broken.

Now to the other bad part. I plug everything in, all the cables, and turn on the PC, and nothing happens. The fans are spinning, the CPU fan seems to be off, it spins for a second and then turns off then spins again and turns off. I suppose this is the thermal setting in the BIOS that controlls the fan speed. The Heatsink seems to be hot though so I am a bit confused.

Next up, here are my tests. I plugged in my DVI connector to both DVI connectors on the video card with no luck. No Signal message pops up on my monitor. I decided to take out the video card and try using the onboard video card, but once again nothing shows up, NO SIGNAL. I tried both DVI and VGA connectors but nothing seems to work.

I reset the BIOS and still nothing. I am still getting NO SIGNAL and no respons from the computer.

I also tried removing all ram, and having them in separately with no luck. :(

Please help, I was very excited to finally lay my hands on this computer and now I am having these problems.

Marco C 5 years ago

Holy Crap.  Was the box smashed?  We may have to file a complaint with UPS.

peti1212 5 years ago

The shipping box itself looked just fine, but the inside was smashed. The stirapham that was holding the case was smashed and broken apart. This shows that the box wasn't handaled with care.

Well, it seems that the front CD cover was broken since parts were broken off of it not allowing me to put it back on, and also the front panel of the case where the latches are holing it to the steel, the plastic latches are broken, therefore I had to use some electric tape to fix it. It seems after doing some tests that the Power Supply might be the one that failed. I tested it with the Power Supply tester and the -5V is not turning on. I tested the power supply tester on my sisters power supply and everything lit up, so I assume the power supply might have gotten damaged or fried during shipping. I don't know how to test it out with another power supply at the moment, but what do you guys think?

tanka12345 5 years ago

That sounds bad. Angry After you waited so long Sad

If the PC isn't working, isn't there nothing much you could do, apart from replacing the PSU?

If UPS are like that in the US, I wonder what they'd have been like to NZ Tongue Tied

I hope Marco and Dave can help you sort it out! It's really a shame to have a new rig broken up like that.

If you want, can you post pics? So we can see the full extent of UPS mishandling. Also it would be good to take some incase UPS need/require some to file a complaint. Try to take lots of them as you may need them.

Tank

 

x.clay 5 years ago

oh man, I really sorry to hear that UPS messed up the PC.  Have you checked all the power cables to make sure nothing got jarred loose in transit?  You might want to make sure the heatsink didn't get jarred loose as well.  I really hope you can get everything sorted out. 

peti1212 5 years ago

Everything seems to be just fine. Now I am just not sure weather it is the motherboard that fried or it is the PSU that is bad. I'll take some pictures later on today. I have to go film for my future movie right now, but I'll be back later on today.

Marco C 5 years ago

We'll get this worked out one way or another.  If there's any way you can get access to a second PSU just to try, that way we can nail down the exact problem and figure out exactly what parts need to be replaced.

If you want, you can send the whole kit back to me and I'll get it taken care of.

peti1212 5 years ago

I'll try to figure things out and see what might be bad, and I'll get back to you as soon as I figure it out. If I cannot figure it out, I'll send it back to you and I'll let you check it out. Unless you don't want me to check it and just want me to send it back...

Edit: Ok, I just changed the power supply and still no signal from the video card. Neither the video card or the onboard video card give out any signas. This could only mean that the motherboard is fried or dead.  Any ideas? I am kind of affraid to plug in the power supply from this PC into my sistes one since what if the Power Supply fried the motherboard?

Edit 2: Ok, I put the new power supply into my sisters computer and it worked like a charm. No problem with it at all. So then I don't know why my power supply tester shows no -5V? Any ideas?

Also, I took the video card and put it in my sisters computer and it works just fine. I also changed the memories in my sisters computer and it works fine as well. This brings it down to the Motherboard or the Processor.

I have no way of testing either of them because I don't have another AMD motherboard or CPU to test it out with.

What should I do?

I haven't tested the hard drive or the Blu-Ray drive yet since I have no clue how I would take them out. I need to look into that since that little case is kind of hell to work with, but of course it is nice because it is quite small compared to my Full Tower case.

Edit 3: Figured out how to take appart the Cage system in the case. It's actually not that difficult. I am going to run a test on the hard drive and the Blu-Ray drive to see if they work on my other PC.

Edit 4: I have just installed the hard drive and the Blu-Ray drive into my computer and it works without a problem. So now I am sure that either the motherboard or the CPU has to be the problem.

Marco, when you tried out the system, did you get any beeps? I am not getting anything at the moment, so I am not sure if it's because the motherboard might be fried and won't go through the testing process at booting or the CPU might be damaged. What do you guys think?

bob_on_the_cob 5 years ago

Man. I checked this post and saw some activity and I was soo excited thinking you had got it. I am very sorry you are having issues. From someone that has won a PC from here and a build by Marco I can say that it is not him. Wish I had a AMD cpu to help you out.Sad

peti1212 5 years ago

Yeah, now I am just trying to figure out what Marco will want me to do. Send the parts back that might be wrong. Keep them and get a refund by UPS or send the whole PC back to him? I am just affraid that If I send it back to him, UPS might throw the package around again and more things would get damaged. Then sending it back again to me, there is even more possibility of damage. I'll wait thill he replies to know for sure what I should do.

Drago 5 years ago

Power supply testers are usually crap and dont help you out.  The best test is a multimeter with the PSU by iteself and see what the readings are with no load, then start putting fans and cd drives and stuff that is old that likly aint going to be to bad if it dies, if it handles that and you dont see weird drops in voltage when you plug in more devices, then it usually is safe to test with more load like a test system.

If your package was as messed up as you described, then you should be able to file a complaint with UPS and im sure that package was insured and that should cover the costs to get things replaced and working again.  Personally i would use Fed Ex as they never mishandle any packages i have ever recived, however, UPS packages i get looks like they tried to play soccer with it.

peti1212 5 years ago

I actually tested it with a volt meter and it seems alright. It's not the power supply, it's either the motherboard of processor. Marco, what do you want me to do?

Marco C 5 years ago

Just box everything up and send everything beck to me.  I'll coordinate with the folks at AMD to get replacements parts.

Der Meister 5 years ago

Humm bummer with the shipping snafu.... But it will get sorted.

peti1212 5 years ago

[quote user="Marco C"]

Just box everything up and send everything beck to me.  I'll coordinate with the folks at AMD to get replacements parts.

[/quote]

Alright, if that's what you wish. Do you think I could possibly keep the hard drive at least for now because I am trying to recover the files off of my RAID0 system and I need to put it on something it will fit on?

peti1212 5 years ago

Alright, took it out of the freezer and now I am cloning the hard drives to one single 640GB hard drive luckyly that I got from the new PC. At least something comes usefull. It has been running for about an hour now without any clicks and it's at 42%. Hopefully nothing will go bad in the next 2 hours. Cloning takes a long time.

Edit: Opps, sorry replied to the wrong thread. Oh well, same thing.

peti1212 5 years ago

OMG, what the heck did my dad do? My dad comes into my room and decides to touch my working hard drive and a huge static shock travels through him. Then all of a sudden the hard drive fails and restarts. I am so pissed right now. He should know not to touch something before touching a metal part because he is an electronic engeneer. what am I going to do now? :(

Oh, sorry about tripple posting. I am trying to copy the hard drive again with excessive amount of fans blowing at it. My room is like a turbine engine at the moment. Hopefully that will help.

Super Dave 5 years ago

Peti, if you didn't have bad luck you would have no luck at all!

peti1212 5 years ago

Ok, I finally was able to retreave all files from my RAID0 configuration, however now I am having another problem.

So previously I had two 500GB hard drives Striped, which means that only 500GBs of space will be available in Windows. I had 3 partitions. One of them had i believe 200GBs free, the other 200GBs  and the third 100GBs. However the amount was smaller after format. So I would have assumed that after cloning the hard drives to the new 640GB hard drive, there would be extra space left.

On the 500GB hard drives I still had around 40GBs left on the first 200GB partition, about 80GBs of free space on the second and around 50GBs on the third. Now once the files were cloned to the 640GB hard drive now all of a sudden it shows up as if all partitions were completely full with only 12kbs of space. How crazy is that?

Is there a way to fix this? I used Acronis True Image Home to do the cloning.

Super Dave 5 years ago

[quote user="peti1212"]So previously I had two 500GB hard drives Striped, which means that only 500GBs of space will be available in Windows.[/quote]

Actually two 500GB hard drives striped in RAID 0 = 1000GBs of space, peti. You were very fortunate to squeeze it all onto that 640GB drive!

peti1212 5 years ago

Oh, I didn't know that. I though it was recognized 500GB since that's what windows showed.

bob_on_the_cob 5 years ago

You can resize your partitions with any old linux live cd.

Dave_HH 5 years ago

New Contest and HUGE GIVEAWAY!   Check it out dudes and dudettes!

http://hothardware.com/News/HotHardware-Economic-Stimulus-Sweepstakes/

Cool

Dave_HH 5 years ago

You folks have to get in on our new contest sponsored by Asus, Intel and a whole slew of manufacturers!  Big Smile 

Asus Xtreme Design Contest:

http://hothardware.com/cs/forums/60.aspx

There could be multiple winners from our forum, up to 20 total nation wide will win some sweet gear and a chance to show off your Xtreme System Build at CES 2010 in Vegas baby! Cool

Nelson, Lev, Bob and the rest of you regulars, get in here!  You could be shoe-ins!

^Bad_Boy^ 5 years ago

Congratulation Guys!! :)

x.clay 5 years ago

The 4670 was delivered yesterday (they tried to deliver it the day before but I wasn't there to sign for it).  I am impressed with the really fast delivery.  Thanks again HH Yes

peti1212 5 years ago

That means, perhaps I still might get a package today? :) Hopefuly. I would be very very excited! Congrats once more!

Edit: It did not arrive today, now it can only arrive next week. Ahhh... I am anxious to try it out already. :)

werty316 5 years ago

Congrats Peti! Your stuff is always top notch!

peti1212 5 years ago

Thanks Werty. Too bad you didn't enter. It would have been fun. :)

tanka12345 5 years ago

My Prize arrived today by FedEx. Big Smile

Thanks Hothardware, Marco, Dave and AMD for this great contest! Now I just need something to use it in...

Der Meister 5 years ago

Very nice!

peti1212 5 years ago

Very Nice. It's a great video card. Too bad mine didn't arrive yet. I am very anxious. I hope it arrives next week. :)

tanka12345 5 years ago

Thanks guys. I'm saving up for a new computer to use it in. It'll probably be a Dragon platform PC, as they're alot cheaper than Core i7. And Pete nice video by the way! Don't worry, AMD will send you your prize!

Dave_HH 5 years ago

Nice! That was quick, Tank. Good stuff.

Pete, we actually have to configure your prize, so hang tough. Soon brother, soon!

peti1212 5 years ago

No problem Dave. As long as it arrives before I die, I'll be happy. :)

bob_on_the_cob 5 years ago

[quote user="peti1212"]

No problem Dave. As long as it arrives before I die, I'll be happy. :)

[/quote]

lol I had to wait a bit for my PC and it's totally worth waiting for. They build good PCs. :)

peti1212 5 years ago

I bet. I've seen some of the computers they built and it looked amazing. :)

Dave_HH 5 years ago

OK dudes, once again the comments and participation on the main page fall completely flat after the contest is over here. At the risk of sounding like a whine (I'll bring cheese and crackers next time, promise :)), what can we do differently here to get better involvement and engagement from you all? I'm all ears for any ideas you have! Thanks

ice91785 5 years ago

Giving you honest feedback here....I guess I haven't seen a TON of stories that interested me recently. I still comment from time-to-time obviously and I love it here, but I am just not AS interested in comcast lawsuits and myspace suicides as I am new GFX HW, CPUs, HDDs, and of course (my new fav) SFF/mITX builds.

(I don't mean to offend Dave, I promise)

Der Meister 5 years ago

I am with Ice on this one. Also I tend to just use the forum, instead of the front page UI.

peti1212 5 years ago

Hi Dave. I visit the site like 2-3 times every day, however just like what was said, that some of the topics just don't interest us. I am very busy with school at the moment as well. I had a break over the contest time period so I was much more involved with the forums and had more time to look through what is going on, but in my opinion it would be much more enjoyable to come by here if there would be more active users around. I see maybe like 10-15 trully active users and in my opinion we should have more. I don't know how we could attract them and keep them active though.

In other forums, like for example Bjorn3D.com, I like to go there a lot because the forum seems to be very clean in organization, and many people are active there. I usually go for the off topics most of the time but every now and then hardware is awsome, esspecially when it is something new I have never heard about. I think we should get some topics going here like "post funny pictures you find" or games where you have to be active at by posting replies, and stuff like that. I enjoy forums that are full of fun.

Hope this helps, I am being totally honest here with my response, so hope this helps.

Peter

P.S. Oh yeah, what I meant by clean and organized forum is by not having too many subforums. Having like 10-15 is ok, more than that... I have no time to go through all of that and I just get lost.

x.clay 5 years ago

I am still visiting the site daily, reading headlines and the forums.  I am just a newbie with computer stuff so I find there isn't much I can contribute that will do much to further the discussion.  I basically was looking for a new computer a few months ago and couldn't find what I wanted in my price range so I decided to take on the challenge of building a PC.  I consider myself a pretty quick study and I have learned a ton from sites like this one with lots of reviews, etc. but I still have a ton to learn and my experience is very limited.  I try to contributed the little bit that I have learned.    

I don't find the forums intimidating or anything.  The people here (staff and regulars) are quite friendly which is certainly a big plus.  I am just busy with life which makes where I will probably never be a huge poster.  Between my job and home life which includes a 20 month old little girl my forum time is limited to lunch break and the evenings.  And now that I can actually run newer games, my evenings lately have spent sneeking around the jungle and sniping unsuspecting victims in Crysis and Crsysis Warhead Devil

There is only a handful of forums I post in.  I enjoy 3Dgameman.com largely because of Rodney's video reviews.  The forum topic turn-over is also pretty high so I run into more topics that I know a little about.  I post a little over at club OC as well.  The forums are a little slow but the people are friendly.  

Not sure that really helps you much but I figured I would throw it out there Huh?  

tanka12345 5 years ago

I still visit daily around 3-5 times or more a day. I usually check to see if anyones replied to any posts, and post back. Because I live in NZ on the opposite side of the world and with an 18 hour time difference, when I check in at HH, theres basically nobody on, which gets kinda boring. Also its impossible to tell whos on, it gets quite frustrating, as I know how many people are on, but not who.

To combat this, I think HH needs to be able to attract new users, and keep them here. One way I think this could be achieved is by having HH specialise in a specific technology area, as well as covering all other general technology. Some examples are Driverheaven.net, who specialise in their DH Mobility Modder drivers for Laptops, and Bit-Tech.net, who focus around modding. If HH focused on one area, I think that it would create a larger community of people who are interested in a specific tech area, as well as general technology.

HH could also have a promotion or contest to attract new users, but as always, some users come for contests and leave. Maybe we could have an ongoing contest, such as member of the month, which focuses on participation all the time, not just for a few days or week. We could also have a new member contribution contest, where HH reward the most active new user for each month. These could be in addition to other contests such as the Holiday Sweepstakes. Another point to consider is to have a post, participation and joining date requirement before people can enter major competitions, like the Holiday Sweepstakes. Another way to attract users could be creative competitions like the Holiday Sweepstakes, and if possible worldwide comps would attract more users.

Hot Hardware have great reviews and videos, but I think they need to have weekly or even daily articles/reviews if possible to keep people interested, like other technology sites.I  really like the Nvidia Ion video, and I think it would of been great to have more videos of products at CES, even if they're only for one minute, it makes the CES coverage from HH alot more interesting.

Maybe all the staff also could be a bit more active in the forums, and it would be great to have more staff (if possible). In my time here on HH 've noticed there are only around 20 or so regulars, which is alot less than some other sites. I've also seen thqat there are around 100 guests at any time .If there were regular events such as online games or as Pete said a post funny pictures or story thread,it would encourage them to join, and other members to stay.

One last thing which may be intimidating is the amount of forum sections. I counted 36 (I'm probably one or two off), and thats excluding sub forums! I think 10-15 would be alot easier to look through, and it would keep everyone on the forums more 'concentrated'. If users are concentrated to 10 -15 forums it would help keep all topics with regular posts, as currently, some of the topics haven't gotten new posts in months or weeks!

These are just my ideas on HH, Dave. Smile

Tank

 

peti1212 5 years ago

[quote user="tanka12345"]

To combat this, I think HH needs to be able to attract new users, and keep them here. One way I think this could be achieved is by having HH specialise in a specific technology area, as well as covering all other general technology. Some examples are Driverheaven.net, who specialise in their DH Mobility Modder drivers for Laptops, and Bit-Tech.net, who focus around modding. If HH focused on one area, I think that it would create a larger community of people who are interested in a specific tech area, as well as general technology.

Hot Hardware have great reviews and videos, but I think they need to have weekly or even daily articles/reviews if possible to keep people interested, like other technology sites.I  really like the Nvidia Ion video, and I think it would of been great to have more videos of products at CES, even if they're only for one minute, it makes the CES coverage from HH alot more interesting.

One last thing which may be intimidating is the amount of forum sections. I counted 36 (I'm probably one or two off), and thats excluding sub forums! I think 10-15 would be alot easier to look through, and it would keep everyone on the forums more 'concentrated'. If users are concentrated to 10 -15 forums it would help keep all topics with regular posts, as currently, some of the topics haven't gotten new posts in months or weeks!

[/quote]

I strongly agree on these ideas. I like the other ones as well, but these in my opinion would make a better and bigger community.

 

peti1212 5 years ago

I am anxiously waiting. It's killing me though. Hopefully it will arrive tomorrow, so I won't have to wait for another week. :)

gibbersome 5 years ago

Eight months on, I don't think we've seen a similar drop after the most recent contest.

The key to having frequent member contributions is for one person to make a stupid and wholly illogical post. Something like..."If I had a 8 GTX 295's in SLI, I could get 1000 FPS on Crysis Warhead!"

Then you sit back and enjoy the show... :)

 

Dave_HH 5 years ago

OK, go for it, Gibb!  :)  Also, we do have more contests coming in the next week or two. Wink

3vi1 5 years ago

[quote user="gibbersome"]

The key to having frequent member contributions is for one person to make a stupid and wholly illogical post.

[/quote]

"Ahem", I'm sitting right *here*.  :p

amdcrankitup 5 years ago

Congrat to all you guys on the win and congrats to Marco heard you going to be a DAD! Im sorry havent checked in but just having some trying finacial problems and cable is cut off right now so had to pull out the old rabbit ears!Im using a friend computer to check things out and miss cutting up with all you guys! Hope to be back soon and wish all of you a happy new year!

tanka12345 5 years ago

Its good to see you again AMD. Some of us were getting worried about you. Hope you can come back and post again soon. Big Smile

Tank

Super Dave 5 years ago

Really great to see your post, AMD. We have been missing you!

peti1212 5 years ago

Hey AMD, good to see you back. Hope everything will be ok for you and your family. I will pray that every problem you are having would get sorted out for you. We're all glad that you are ok. :)

tanka12345 5 years ago

Got your prize yet Pete? It must be hard to wait for so long. :(

peti1212 5 years ago

Nope, still nothing. My dad keeps asking if the package will ever arrive, because he is digging that computer a lot, but I keep telling him it will arrive sometime soon... Hopefully. :) I'll keep waiting patiently, and hopefully it will arrive sometime this week.

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