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Winners of PCs in Our Dec. 2011 System Builder Contest

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Contest is closed! Thanks to all those who entered and congrats to the winners listed below.

It's that wonderful time of the year! Yes, the holidays are upon us, but we're referring to the seasonal System Builder Marathon.

We've put together three great PCs with specified budgets, and as we always do, we're giving them all away to three lucky Tom's Hardware readers.

Hit up any of the articles linked below to find the entry form for our contest.

Day 1: The $2400 Performance PC

Winner: Michael Markgraf of Menasha, WI


Day 2: The $1200 Enthusiast PC

Winner: Shawn Seehorn of Salem, OR


Day 3: The $600 Gaming PC

Winner: Alex Chtcherbinin of Jackson Heights, NY

Good luck and happy holidays!

The contest opens on December 18, 2011 9:00 PM PDT and closes on January 4, 2012 9:00 PM PDT.

3 Winners Will Be Chosen Randomly.

DUE TO LEGAL REQUIREMENTS, THIS CONTEST IS LIMITED TO LEGAL RESIDENTS OF THE USA (EXCLUDING RI) AND 18 YEARS OF AGE OR OLDER.

UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED, ALL PERSONAL INFORMATION WILL ONLY BE USED TO QUALIFY AND CONTACT THE WINNER.

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    Marco925 , December 22, 2011 4:09 PM
    I gotta stop clicking on these articles. Bloody regulations
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    Marco925 , December 22, 2011 4:09 PM
    I gotta stop clicking on these articles. Bloody regulations
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    silverblue , December 22, 2011 4:10 PM
    This is great, unfortunately the $1,200 machine isn't going to win any fans, let alone want to be won by many people.
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    amk-aka-Phantom , December 22, 2011 4:11 PM
    To hell with those USA contests; I just saw that Tom's won Samsung's SSD giveaway and is getting 15 (IIRC) 128GB SSDs to give out to its members, and that should be international... please update us on that ASAP! :D 
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    amk-aka-Phantom , December 22, 2011 4:13 PM
    Oh, btw, horribly, horribly ugly cases. And here I thought that nothing looks worse than Cooler Master's HAF series... :lol:  And seriously, $40 for a 2x2GB 1600 RAM kit when 2x4GB is just $10 more?! Somebody is really stingy out there!

    EDIT: Haven't checked the prices in a while. Actually, 2x4GB kit is also $40. All the more shame.
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    James296 , December 22, 2011 4:23 PM
    Marco925I gotta stop clicking on these articles. Bloody regulations

    God compels you to click, God compels you to click :lol: 

    anyway, these builds are some toms....ummm, you know what, I'm not going to say it because someone will flame me for it.
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    a_wal , December 22, 2011 4:38 PM
    silverblueThis is great, unfortunately the $1,200 machine isn't going to win any fans, let alone want to be won by many people.


    Really? I for one would love to get a free machine of that caliber, who cares if the processor isnt as good as an i5, its free.
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    castlefox , December 22, 2011 4:52 PM
    I would love to do some linux gaming on one of those :) 
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    mobrocket , December 22, 2011 4:56 PM
    amk-aka-PhantomTo hell with those USA contests; I just saw that Tom's won Samsung's SSD giveaway and is getting 15 (IIRC) 128GB SSDs to give out to its members, and that should be international... please update us on that ASAP!


    why should it be international...
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    Lord Captivus , December 22, 2011 5:09 PM
    mobrocketwhy should it be international...

    cause the company adds on this page are international, that why!
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    sosofm , December 22, 2011 5:21 PM
    It should be international because a a big number of members are worldwide ,not USA residents. And that is not fair. Id had to be stipulated , if a worldwide member win ,he pay the shipping.
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    Onus , December 22, 2011 5:23 PM
    I really hope I didn't enter this already from home; don't think so, but...I wish instead of discarding ALL entries if someone put in more than one, you kept just the last one submitted. People do make honest mistakes.
    Anyway, I'd be happy to win any of them. Their destiny would be:
    $2400 PC:
    The simple fact is that my 970BE is meeting my current needs. I would set up the mobo, CPU, and RAM for my non-gamer wife, as a massive/overkill upgrade from her 720BE. She creates a lot of sewing and crafting videos for her YouTube channel (sogua2000 for those interested), and would appreciate the speedup more than I would. Besides, the MSI mobo does not have enough SATA ports for the drives I already have. I'd set up the SSD as a SRT drive, not a boot drive, as I've had 2/4 SSDs I bought fail, and the RMA back from one looks like it might have failed now too. I would keep one of the GTX580s for myself, and give away or sell the other, and my current GTX560Ti.
    $1200 PC:
    I'd built this for my wife in her Antec Sonata III case, except for the GPUs and the SSD. I would keep one of the GPUs; not sure about the second, but I'd probably give it away or sell it. If the FX CPU performed worse than the 720BE my wife has now, I'd put that back in for her (but I'd hope BD doesn't suck THAT hard).
    $600 PC:
    Once again, my wife would benefit more from this system than I would, although she would not need a powerful GPU.

    So essentially, I'd be happy to win any of these systems, and would put them to good use.
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    Anonymous , December 22, 2011 5:27 PM
    I'm not going to enter this give away due to the risk that I might win that $1200 system.
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    Onus , December 22, 2011 5:36 PM
    The way I understand it, through no fault or intent of Tom's, the elected parasites in the U.S. have set up tax laws in a manner that prevents them from providing prizes to international recipients (similarly, Rhode Island's parasites have imposed legal restrictions on their own state's residents). Should I win any of these systems, I have decided that any parts I give away I will only send to a Rhode Island or International address.
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    cybneo , December 22, 2011 6:57 PM
    nice xmas gift. not to crazy about the case designs thou
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    scook9 , December 22, 2011 7:01 PM
    While I may not use it as built here, if I won the $1200 system I would be perfectly happy. I won the $1000 system in September and repurposed its guts into my home server and am selling the GPUs to a friend who has been using a lone GTS 450 for far to long!

    It is a nice system, but my laptop is better :p  (Alienware M18x)
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    sublime2k , December 22, 2011 7:28 PM
    Bulldozer, Biostar and Vertex Plus in $1200 rig, that's just sad.
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    SoneeOO7 , December 22, 2011 8:09 PM
    I hope i win
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    elbert , December 22, 2011 8:48 PM
    silverblueThis is great, unfortunately the $1,200 machine isn't going to win any fans, let alone want to be won by many people.

    I would love to win the $1,200 machine as a game system. It won in 3 out 4 games at the highest settings while producing playable frame rates. This is mostly due to the video cards tho which only start showing their potential in 2560X1600 resolutions while overclocked. In Crysis the current system hit 38.4 to Septembers build of 37.3. Just cause 2 was a loss at 51 to 59.2fps. With F1 2010 the current system got 55fps while Septembers 50.7. To round out Metro 2033 the current system won all the playable 2560X1600 settings and all the very high detail 1920X1080. The September system couldn't even beat the none overclocked current system in very high detail 1920X1080.

    The one thing the $1,200 system needed was 3 monitor testing at the lower settings to really shine.
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    alidan , December 22, 2011 10:07 PM
    sosofmIt should be international because a a big number of members are worldwide ,not USA residents. And that is not fair. Id had to be stipulated , if a worldwide member win ,he pay the shipping.


    its retarded gambleing laws, i forget the places, but some where you can give away things like this, you have to give a puzzle for them to be entered, so its a game of skill not chance.

    so many countries, so many different laws, and so many places you may get in major trouble, its easier to just make the contest us only than go international.

    and correct me if im wrong but this is a toms us article right?

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    dalethepcman , December 22, 2011 10:12 PM
    To all of the people wanting this to be an international giveaway. Most current technology is illegal to export to some countries, that is why these are all local. Basically the U.S. don't want them playing on our 360's until we get 720. It's bad enough having my arse kicked in Halo by 8 year old Koreans, let alone the rest of the world. Just log into WOW, find a friend in the US and use his address like all the Aussies I know....
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