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Tom's Hardware's Haswell-Based System Builder Sweepstakes

Tom's Hardware's Haswell-Based System Builder Sweepstakes
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Tom's Hardware's Haswell-Based Builder Sweepstakes

We're big fans of fast hardware, and we know you're big fans of winning free stuff. It just so happens that Intel is sponsoring a sweepstakes that puts 20 Core i7-4770K processors, 20 Z87-based motherboards from Asus (Maximus VI Hero) and Gigabyte (Z87X-D3H), and 20 SSD 530 180 GB drives in our hands to give away. Interested? Of course you are!

In the pages that follow, we have 15 computers from system builders based on Intel's Haswell architecture. Some are naturally gaming-oriented. Others are purpose-built workstations. There's even a rack-mounted NAS appliance running Windows Storage Server in there. Flip through the systems, check out the specs and pricing, and then click the contest link on the last page to tell us which three of these configurations are your favorites. Base your decision on performance, form factor, price, or a particularly well-planned balance of parts. Whatever's most important to you!

At the end of the contest, the top three will be given Tom's Hardware Approved awards, so make those votes count. In the process, you'll be entered to win one of 20 prize packages that includes a new CPU, motherboard, and SSD.

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    adimeister , October 15, 2013 10:01 PM
    Got excited until........... "DUE TO LEGAL REQUIREMENTS, THIS CONTEST IS LIMITED TO LEGAL RESIDENTS OF THE USA" Whyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy :( (((
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    s3anister , October 15, 2013 9:17 PM
    Oh my.
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    Darkerson , October 15, 2013 9:24 PM
    Wow, very nice giveaway! :) 
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    kcconlin9319 , October 15, 2013 9:51 PM
    "The Sweepstakes opens on September 22, 2013 9:00 PM PDT and closes on October 7, 2013 9:00 PM PDT." I hope that's not correct... Love the super-compact Falcon NW system.
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    adimeister , October 15, 2013 9:57 PM
    What is the GPU on cybertron PC build? GTX Ti Boost, I'm guessing 650ti boost..?
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    adimeister , October 15, 2013 10:01 PM
    Got excited until........... "DUE TO LEGAL REQUIREMENTS, THIS CONTEST IS LIMITED TO LEGAL RESIDENTS OF THE USA" Whyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy :( (((
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    monsta , October 15, 2013 10:05 PM
    "Got excited until........... "DUE TO LEGAL REQUIREMENTS, THIS CONTEST IS LIMITED TO LEGAL RESIDENTS OF THE USA" Whyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy :(  ((("

    Isn't it always? :( 
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    cangelini , October 15, 2013 10:16 PM
    I think we cover this every time we give stuff away ;)  In essence, due to the taxes and laws in other countries (and sometimes even in the U.S.; notice that Rhode Island cannot participate either), we can only operate this sweepstakes in the U.S.

    I very much wish we could work around this, and open the opportunity up to readers in other countries who support Tom's Hardware. Unfortunately, when it comes to legal matters like this one, it's out of my hands :( 
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    rolli59 , October 15, 2013 10:16 PM
    Entered!

    The NCIX box my favorite one.
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    adimeister , October 15, 2013 10:42 PM
    "Entered!" @rolli59: So jealous right now
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    giovanni86 , October 15, 2013 11:26 PM
    Digital storm, Xotic PC and safe harbor just drooling over those three. Very nice builds. I always enter but never win, here's to hoping i win nothing again :) 
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    lunyone , October 15, 2013 11:30 PM
    My thoughts on these builds:

    * AVA Direct's $1245 Light Gaming Build
    4770k, 4 gb's RAM, ~$280 Mobo, & 7770 GPU
    Too much CPU & Mobo, Not enough GPU, & should be 8 gb's of RAM. Should also have at least a 120 gb SSD in this price range, IMHO.

    * CybertronPC's $1300 mini-ITX NightHawk II
    4670 CPU, Mini-ITX Mobo w/WiFi, BitFenix Prodigy Case, 60 gb SSD, 16 gb's RAM, & 650 Ti Boost GPU.
    Would prefer 4670k CPU, Mobo looks like a good option, Case is good, SSD good for boot drive, Plenty of RAM (could go with 8 gb's and be fine), GPU okay, but would prefer at least a 7870/7950/660Ti for this price range.

    * Digital Storm's $12,374 Aventum II
    Too expensive for the <1% of the market!

    * Falcon Northwest's $4539 mini-ITX Tiki
    i7-4770K CPU, overclocked, Asus Maximus VI Impact Mobo. 16 gb's 1866 RAM, Titan GPU, dual 960 GB M500 SSDs in RAID 0, and a 3 TB HD
    Interesting build, but still <1% of the market for this one.

    * Highly Reliable's BNAS 501 Backup Appliance $2,500
    Nice idea, but still way too much for most people.

    * Maingear's $6400 Shift
    Too much $ for my interest.

    * Micro Express' $1700 Microflex 47T
    i7 4770K, Asus' Z87-Pro Mobo, 16 GB 1600mHz RAM, GTX 780 GPU, 700 W power supply, 24x DVD burner, 250 GB SSD, & 1 TB HD.
    One of the more interesting builds listed here. This should be a nice gaming rig and also a good all around system for the $ (at least for the systems listed in this article).

    * NCIX's $1400 microATX 506-IA
    i5-4670K, Corsair's H60 liquid cooler, 8 gb's Kingston HyperX RAM, EVGA GeForce GTX 760 2 GB GPU, Seasonic 750 W PSU, 120 GB Kingston SSDNow V300, BitFenix Prodigy M Case, & 3 TB HD.
    Probably the best built unit on this article. The PSU is overkill, but is good for any upgrade that you would want.

    * Origin PC's $10,000 Desktop Genesis Z87
    Overpriced and not necessary, IMHO.

    * Puget Systems' $3457 Serenity
    Too much $ for the average consumer.

    * Safe Harbor's $4300 Tsunami Surf
    Again just too much for most, not interested.

    * Steiger Dynamics' $6483 Black LEET Core Limited Monochrome HTPC
    Too much $.

    * Velocity Micro's $3674 Edge Z55
    Too much $ for most.

    * Xidax's $6261 X-6 Gaming Desktop
    Too much $ for most.
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    smeezekitty , October 15, 2013 11:45 PM
    Quote:

    The Sweepstakes opens on September 22, 2013 9:00 PM PDT and closes on October 7, 2013 9:00 PM PDT.

    Huh?
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    cangelini , October 16, 2013 12:00 AM
    Quote:
    Quote:

    The Sweepstakes opens on September 22, 2013 9:00 PM PDT and closes on October 7, 2013 9:00 PM PDT.

    Huh?


    A. There will be one Sweepstakes, which will run from October 15, 2013 9:00 PM PDT to October 29, 2013 9:00 PM PDT.
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    Anomandaris , October 16, 2013 12:22 AM
    US only once again makes me sad :(  I hope eventually there is a way around that.
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    RooD , October 16, 2013 12:39 AM
    This would make an amazing birthday present for this lad!
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    cats_Paw , October 16, 2013 1:20 AM
    OFC its only limited to USA. I think there has never been any contest that was NOT limited to USA in toms. Its understandable, but it sucks.
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    Pranaysonu , October 16, 2013 2:33 AM
    Congrates The all new Intel has made The Intel core i7 4 generation,as given 20 cores, great c.p.u........... I am using an 8 core c.p.u amd fx 8350,mine is nothing in front of this... These c.p.u are has to be taken to enjoy The GAMING...... Also g.p.u is great......
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    bigubig , October 16, 2013 2:40 AM
    Falcon Northwest's $4539 mini-ITX Tiki
    i7-4770K CPU. I could sure use vthis
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    qlum , October 16, 2013 2:58 AM
    I wished the content was us shipping adres only instead of us only as there are ways of getting yourself a us shipping adres from europe.
    Anyway I find these rigs mostly very over priced but hey that's what happens when you don't want to build my picks would be
    the xotic, the maingear and the northwest falcon as they at least look the part and at least offer you a good rig with their price point.
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