HotHardware Memorial Day Sweepstakes Winners!

A few weeks ago, we announced an exciting sweepstakes in which we planned to give away a full AMD Phenom X4 9750-based system, complete with dual Diamond Multimedia Radeon HD 3850 512MB graphics cards running in a CrossFire configuration, and an awesome, custom painted Smooth Creations case emblazoned with the good ol' Stars and Bars!  Two runners up would also win AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000+ processors.  The response we received after the announcement was awesome, with hundreds of new members joining our community, posting thousands of comments throughout the forums and news.

Well the dust has settled and we’ve picked the winners.  Are you ready for it?  Drumroll please...And the Winners are…

Grand Prize!: Crisis Causer

Runner Up:  SqUiD267

Runner Up:  FSeven

Congrats guys!  You've just scored a killer rig and some cool processors!  On a side note, as you all know we also asked that participants make a donation to the DAV if possible, in honor of the Memorial Day holiday.  We want to thank all of you that made donations - you all rock! As a token of our appreciation, we here at HotHardware will also be making a donation of our own to the DAV.

Our last few sweepstakes have been such successes, we'll be doing another similar giveaway very soon.  So stay tuned for the next announcement - it won't be long!
Via:  HotHardware
Comments
ice_73 6 years ago

 I KNEW YOU WOULD WIN CRYSIS.

Super Dave 6 years ago

Congratulations, you guys! You all ROCK! 

recoveringknowitall 6 years ago

Congrats... enjoy your prizes in good health! :P

HH FTW!!!

BTW: Crisis Causer - when you get your patriotic pwner would you post some pics & benches plz?

Crisis Causer 6 years ago

Oh yes!!!  Thanks HotHardware!  This is amazing... thanks again.  Also many thanks to Diamond and Smooth Creations.Big Smile

The Penguins were eliminated a few hours ago... but this helps ease the pain of hockey defeat.Party!!!

Memorial Day may be over, but yes it's still important to remember both our current troops and veterans for their sacrifices.  This case will serve as a reminder for me.

An all AMD powered system just like I got now, heck yeah baby.  I will gladly bench it and post results along with pictures, even if my photography is shoddy at best.

And congrats to Squid and FSeven for the CPU's!  You guys earned them. Yes

Super Dave 6 years ago

I sense a little excitement in your post, Crisis!YesBeer

higgamo 6 years ago

nice congratz guys! 

peti1212 6 years ago

 Wow, congratulations guys! You all deserve the prizes! :) And one thing, please you guys don't leave like Kamrooz.

Crisis Causer 6 years ago

Never!  Kamrooz should have stayed... but oh well.  I will, I know that.

In the past I have left for long periods of time due to lack of PC hardware enthusiasm.  But last December I got back into it when I was asked to help build a system for a friend and I have been hooked ever since (I even upgraded my video card that month).  And HotHardware is my place of choice for PC info.  So I'm here for good, no worries.  Winning the contest is more reason than ever to stick around.

recoveringknowitall 6 years ago

I been thinkin about the whole Kam leavin thing & came to the conclusion that after posting like a madman initially, he got burned out. I'm almost certain that we'll hear from him again... it may end up being a long hiatus, but he'll be back. If not... his loss.

My enthusiasm dies down at times too, but always ends up peaking again when: A) new hardware drops and B) I can actually afford said hardware! lol

LaMpiR 6 years ago
COngrat guyz :)
FSeven 6 years ago

Wow thanks! 

Would it be okay if I request that you pick a new runner up for my spot? Reason being, my PC is a socket 939 and I'm sure the new processor is NOT a socket 939. With my wife and I starting a family soon and such, I can't afford to purchase a new motherboard, the RAM that would need to go with it, new video card (still using X800XT AGP...I'm sure a newer motherboard wouldn't have a PCIE slot) etc. so the processor would essentially just be collecting dust. 

I'm sure someone else could get much better use out of it than me. 

Thanks again though. I've never won anything and it's a nice feeling. Smile

And congrats to Crisis. That's a helluva rig! Yes

Dave_HH 6 years ago
Fseven, let us discuss this between us. Maybe we can assist with accomodating a new socket format for you. ;)
rapid1 6 years ago

Congrats to all the winners, oh and to fseven lol many are still on the 939 boat I',m still running my X2 4400+ as well (oh and as far as children/family thats one of my little girls in my icon). Looks like they were offering to send you a 939 chip to accommodate. Mega congrats 2 Crysis not only is it an awesome system I think it looks spectacular as well. Oh what did we end up giving in total for the sweepstakes ??????

entermymatrix03 6 years ago

Congrats guys!

Crisis you deserve it bro! Thanks for being a faithful member to the community for all these years. I'll put my benches up against yours! Devil hehe, have fun with it bro!

amdcrankitup 6 years ago

Yeah boy congrats to  Crisis, SqUiD, and FSeven  yall guys deserve it!  Its been a fun month.Take Pictures Crisis  No not of you:LOL   the Rig!!  Have Fun!!Yes



miscpenguin 6 years ago

Congrats, everyone!  

Lev_Astov 6 years ago
Congratulations!
Laggerzero 6 years ago
Congrats everyone. Crisis, You go awol on us i'm gonna hunt you down and find you :P
amdcrankitup 6 years ago

[quote user="Laggerzero"]Congrats everyone. Crisis, You go awol on us i'm gonna hunt you down and find you :P
[/quote]

Yep and Im going to help! Cause there,s a new Sheriff in town!Super Angry

 

 

 

SqUiD267 6 years ago

 OMG what a gift, I jsut finsihed the last day of my finals. This is the best day ever!!!!!!!

I really dont know what to say, but thank you. Thanks to our veterans, and those in Iraq right nwo and lets get them back home safe and sound. 

ice_73 6 years ago

[quote user="SqUiD267"]

 OMG what a gift, I jsut finsihed the last day of my finals. This is the best day ever!!!!!!!

I really dont know what to say, but thank you. Thanks to our veterans, and those in Iraq right nwo and lets get them back home safe and sound. 

[/quote]

change your avatar to amd :-p

join the dark side!

congrads again to every one. hopefulyl everything gets to you safe.
SqUiD267 6 years ago

[quote user="ice_73"]change your avatar to amd :-p

join the dark side!

congrads again to every one. hopefulyl everything gets to you safe. [/quote] 

I msut join the dark side now.

Crisis Causer 6 years ago
Haha, that's so confusing.  I love it.
der meister 6 years ago
Congrats guys!
nelsoncp21 6 years ago

congrats guys. enjoy your new toys.

Eric 6 years ago

 Congrats to everyone! I hope everyone enjoys their new gear :D

Savage animal 6 years ago
Congratulations guys, you are all very deserving of your prizes. HH gets it right again. I hope to see the benchies when you get your rig Crisis.

Fseven, that is very noble of you offering to give up your prize, I'm sure Davo and the boys will figure out a way to make it work for you. Congrats again gentlemen.
SqUiD267 6 years ago

[quote user="Savage Animal"]Congratulations guys, you are all very deserving of your prizes. HH gets it right again. I hope to see the benchies when you get your rig Crisis.

Fseven, that is very noble of you offering to give up your prize, I'm sure Davo and the boys will figure out a way to make it work for you. Congrats again gentlemen.[/quote] 

 

Its great me and Fseven won processors, but its funny how neither of us have a capable mobo, lol. But this has now helped me to get my footing and get a capable board and such Big Smile

^Bad_Boy^ 6 years ago
Congrats Guys!!! :D
Dev 6 years ago

 Congrats guys .FSeven mate your prize whatever it may be is well deserved, I've enjoyed reading some of your posts. 

To whoever that mentioned you can get burned out if you post a lot. It's true. I haven't been burned out on HH before as I tend to post here and there but regularly.

squid267 6 years ago
I got my processor today, its looks good. But here it was like 100 degrees so the package was hot.
amdcrankitup 6 years ago

[quote user="SqUiD267"]I got my processor today, its looks good[/quote]

 

Congrats SqUiD!!! New toy!

squid267 6 years ago
yep. I ordered mobo,ram, gfx card, and other stuff from newegg should come in tomoz. I also needed a new power switch because im using an older case. I cant afford a new case right now.
amdcrankitup 6 years ago

[quote user="SqUiD267"]yep. I ordered mobo,ram, gfx card, and other stuff from newegg should come in tomoz. I also needed a new power switch because im using an older case. I cant afford a new case right now.[/quote]

 

 

What mobo and video you decide on?

squid267 6 years ago
DFI Lanparty DK 790FX (Chipset)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813136044


EVGA 8800 GT

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130318
higgamo 6 years ago

=O lanparty board nice

ice_73 6 years ago

 hey, want to buy mt ax78 motherboard for 80? 

FSeven 6 years ago

I received my processor the other day as well. Thanks HH! Yes

SqUiD267 6 years ago

 Will be receivng my other parts from Newegg, then i'll deck it out with Vista Ultimate 64 bit.

Crisis Causer 6 years ago

[quote user="ice_73"]

 hey, want to buy mt ax78 motherboard for 80? 

[/quote] 

Something wrong with the Abit AX78?  I sure hope not.

ice_73 6 years ago

[quote user="Crisis Causer"]

[quote user="ice_73"]

 hey, want to buy mt ax78 motherboard for 80? 

[/quote] 

Something wrong with the Abit AX78?  I sure hope not.

[/quote]

nothing wrong, just want to get a board with 3 pcie-e slots
Marco C 6 years ago

Just want to make sure you all see this!

Crisis Causer 6 years ago

It arrived today. :D

Haven't opened the box yet but I will soon and probably tomorrow evening I'll throw up some pics and (assuming no probs) benchies for those curious.

ice_73 6 years ago

[quote user="Crisis Causer"]

It arrived today. :D

Haven't opened the box yet but I will soon and probably tomorrow evening I'll throw up some pics and (assuming no probs) benchies for those curious.

[/quote]

 

ha, hope everything got there safe. would hate for something to go wrong again.

you deserve this nice rig crisis.

SqUiD267 6 years ago

Why did urs come so late Crisis? I got my processor the monday after the annoucement.

Crisis Causer 6 years ago

It was sent by Smooth Creations.  Your CPU was just by HH I'm guessing.

Anyway, I'm having a problem.  I can't get it to post.  It turns on, fans spinning, but no display.  I've tried both video cards, and even my old Radeon 3850.  None give a display.

 

ice_73 6 years ago

[quote user="Crisis Causer"]

It was sent by Smooth Creations.  Your CPU was just by HH I'm guessing.

Anyway, I'm having a problem.  I can't get it to post.  It turns on, fans spinning, but no display.  I've tried both video cards, and even my old Radeon 3850.  None give a display.

 

[/quote]

hmm ouchies... xfire me @ gasstronamicle and i can walk you through some stuff...

most important is, do you hear any beeps? if so how many? and can you describe them


 

Crisis Causer 6 years ago

No beeps heard.  I don't think there's a bios speaker.  The motherboard has FF on it lit up in little letters.  Know what this means?

I've tried dif ram combos, unplugging all drives, resetting CMOS.  Nothing yet.

 

ice_73 6 years ago

ff means everything is ok....

im going to do a bit of research on your problem.

when i got ff, it meant that the jumpers werent in the right spot, did you try fixing the jumpers for the cmos? check to make sure your video card and everything is plugged in

Crisis Causer 6 years ago

Yeah I've tried messing around with the jumpers.  I just built the computer on static bags, to ensure no shorting.  Only components are Mobo, RAM, Video Card, PSU (plugged into 24pin, 8pin, gpu), and the cpu + heatsink and fan + fan plugged into mobo.  Still not posting.

I'll try a little more with the jumpers.

ice_73 6 years ago

try to see what the problem is, im assuming its not the psu, since the leds power on,

plug in the hard drive. btw :-p

Crisis Causer 6 years ago

No HDD is required to post.

I don't think it's the PSU either... unless somehow it's sending out enough power to spin fans, lights, but not post.

 

ice_73 6 years ago

well, heres my advice, your old rig has pci-e right, check the video cards so we can rule that out.

if your old system has ddr2 check out the ram.

if everything else is fine it will either be mobo, or cpu.

Crisis Causer 6 years ago

I've tested my Powercolor Radeon 3850 from my 939 rig, but it doesn't fix things.  I've even tried a PCI graphics card, but nope.  I'll have to borrow DDR2 memory off of a friend to test that.  I have no other CPU to test though.  But my bets on the mainboard now.  I'll try reseating the CPU and cooler, but if that doesn't work then I can go no further with CPU testing.  It's easy to ask a friend to borrow a stick of ram, but not to borrow a CPU. =\

Thanks for the link, Savage.  Reading through it now...

 

ice_73 6 years ago

so the video card works in the 939 rig eh...

i got an idea to test if its the mobo or cpu..... ok plug in a hard drive and see if the driver powers on. if it doesnt power on it means the mobo isnt giving it power and its 99.999% a faulty mobo

on a side note, i dont know why they pair the abit ax78 with phenoms when phenoms need 125w and all it has is a 3 phase power...

Crisis Causer 6 years ago

I got it working.  Had to reseat the CPU.  It wasn't in all the way...

 

ice_73 6 years ago

glad to hear that.

amdcrankitup 6 years ago

[quote user="Crisis Causer"]

I got it working.  Had to reseat the CPU.  It wasn't in all the way...

 

[/quote] 

 Ive been sick for couple days just read your post glad your up and running! Party time!Beer

Savage Animal 6 years ago

Sorry to hear about your trouble Crysis, from what I've read it seems like a bad board. Here is a link to Abits forums, seems this is not an Isolated incident. I hope it turns out to be something simple, either way I'm sure Marco, Davo, and Mario will make it right.

SqUiD267 6 years ago

[quote user="Crisis Causer"]

It was sent by Smooth Creations.  Your CPU was just by HH I'm guessing.

Anyway, I'm having a problem.  I can't get it to post.  It turns on, fans spinning, but no display.  I've tried both video cards, and even my old Radeon 3850.  None give a display.

 

[/quote]

 

I forgot it was custom painted. HH I love the rigs u been giving out but whats with the problems! Crisis, I'm sure HH and Ice will be able to help you.

 

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