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Here Are the Winners of Dec. SBM Contest PCs

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Awesome PC gaming rigs, from us to you.

We all love to build our own systems, and whenever we hold our System Builder Marathons here at Tom's Hardware, we're sure that you love the systems that we build too.

We like to build them and then give them away. And today we're announcing who got to take home our custom rigs that we prepared for December 2010.

The winner of the $500 Gaming PC is Aaron Christman.

Taking home the $1,000 Enthusiast PC is Alexander Melnykovych.

The very lucky new owner of the $2,000 Performance PC is John Lynch.

Finally, the $2000 Hand-Picked Build goes to John Honess.

(See here for all the different configurations' values compared.)

Congratulations to all the winners! Everyone else, stay tuned for our next round of the SBM and hopefully we'll be making one for you next!

If you want to take our favorite configuration home with you today, you can order it from Newegg. Check out the special offer below:

The purpose of the System Builder Marathon is extracting maximum value from enthusiast components at a variety of price points. We come together at the end of the series to see whose build exemplified our goal. 

This time around, like last time, Newegg gave us an opportunity to pick the parts we as editors wanted to see--after the fact. Our follow-up build adds a *lot* of value to the first $2000 build, and we're much happier recommending the components in this story. 

As before, we've worked with Newegg to make this entire configuration available as a combo build--at adiscount to Tom's Hardware readers. The parts we ordered added up to $1920. The prices later dropped to $1749. Using Newegg's Combo link, the same setup is selling for $1679 after rebate. That's pretty impressive for a setup we already thought was a solid value close to $2000!

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    sirmorluk , January 21, 2011 4:30 PM
    Why have the Gods forsaken me!!!!1... Grats guys!
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    Darkerson , January 21, 2011 4:30 PM
    Congrats All!
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    stingstang , January 21, 2011 4:37 PM
    Correction, not everyone likes the systems. Why were they given away after so long? They are all outdated already. :( 
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    unknown_13 , January 21, 2011 4:41 PM
    Congrats!!!!! :D 
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    Onus , January 21, 2011 4:41 PM
    Congratulations!

    (Translation: You lucky dogs!)
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    halodude23 , January 21, 2011 4:51 PM
    I don't know, seems a bit staged... The winners, 2 A's, and 2 J's?????
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    eklipz330 , January 21, 2011 4:59 PM
    I NEED TO WIN
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    fayzaan , January 21, 2011 5:32 PM
    Why dont I ever win? :(  the one time I did win something, it never showed up at my house :( .
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    burnley14 , January 21, 2011 5:41 PM
    halodude23I don't know, seems a bit staged... The winners, 2 A's, and 2 J's?????


    Really? You're going to resort to that? Your conspiracy theory isn't even about their last names (which would be the selection criteria).
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    mrmotion , January 21, 2011 5:41 PM
    halodude23I don't know, seems a bit staged... The winners, 2 A's, and 2 J's?????[/citation

    I have a J and an A! I should have won all of them! :) 
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    gsacks , January 21, 2011 5:46 PM
    The winners are, not me, not me, not me, and not me again. Woo hoo. (Boo hoo, actually.)
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    ill_take_two , January 21, 2011 5:55 PM
    congrat's to the winners...nothing wrong with FREE!!!
    btw tom's i'm so looking forward to this months SBME...
    sandy bridge marathon extravaganza O.O
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    rwmunchkin12788 , January 21, 2011 6:16 PM
    ill_take_twocongrat's to the winners...nothing wrong with FREE!!! btw tom's i'm so looking forward to this months SBME...sandy bridge marathon extravaganza O.O


    Oh hell yes. I can't wait to see the performance of especially the unlocked multiplier CPU's in these already awesome builds.
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    touchdowntexas13 , January 21, 2011 7:02 PM
    ahhhhhhhhhh man. oh well. congrats guys.
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    fritter87 , January 21, 2011 7:13 PM
    gratz yall
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    igot1forya , January 21, 2011 7:32 PM
    In case one of our Winners is unable to collect, give me a shout Toms :) 
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    pacioli , January 21, 2011 7:35 PM
    Congrats to the winners!
    Next time it will be me!
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    kcorp2003 , January 21, 2011 7:45 PM
    majority of contests are rigged.(saw it with my own eyes too)
    Probably a family or friends of a Tomshardware employee. Can't we see a video with a spin wheel and he or she pulls out a name from it.
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    amk09 , January 21, 2011 9:05 PM
    kcorp2003majority of contests are rigged.(saw it with my own eyes too)Probably a family or friends of a Tomshardware employee. Can't we see a video with a spin wheel and he or she pulls out a name from it.


    Get over yourself. Despite what you THINK you know, you really know nothing at all.
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    micr0be , January 21, 2011 9:09 PM
    fractureWhat about September's Cyberpower PC?


    yea they never announced a winner for that ... its possible they canceled it.
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