Gigabyte, Patriot, Zalman, Holiday Contests!

Update: We have our winners!

Thank you all for sharing your wonderful memories with us, it was very difficult to choose winners! If you submitted a story, please be sure to check your Tomshardware Forum PM inbox to see if you won! Happy New Year and thank you for all of your continuing support!

In light of the holidays to come, we teamed up with our friends at Zalman, Gigabyte and Patriot to bring a big giveaway contest to our loyal fans. Many of you have complained about our contests being strictly US based and believe me we have been listening. This contest is open worldwide so join in on the festivities and enter for a chance at some awesome prizes!

Since we would love to get to know our fans a little better, we'd like for you to share with us one of your favorite personal memories of the holidays whether it is a comical, heartwarming, embarrassing... anything works! Be creative!

Our favorite 3 stories will be receiving one of these three amazing gifts for the holidays:

1. Gigabyte GA-890FXA-UD5 AM3 Motherboard
2. Patriot Memory Viper Xtreme Series DDR3 4GB 2000MHz Enhanced Latency Kit
3. Zalman CNPS9900MAX Red CPU Cooler

In addition, we will be giving out 11 more prizes to random contestants!

1x Zalman NC2000 Notebook Cooler (Black)
1x Zalman ZM-NSP100 USB Clip-on Notebook Speakers (Black)
3x Zalman ZM-RS6F USB Headphones
3x Zalman FG1000 Gun Mouse
3x Patriot Memory 16GB Rage USB Drive

The rules of the contest are simple, all you have to do is "like" our pages on facebook and tell us your story in the comments of this article.

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We will be announcing the winner in two weeks on New Years Eve so don't wait too long to submit your story!

Tuan Mai
Tuan Mai is a Los Angeles based writer and marketing manager working within the PC Hardware industry. He has written for Tom's Guide since 2010, with a special interest in the weird and quirky.
  • onzfeat
    story must be in english? ^_^ thats big problem for me...
  • Randomacts
    I have to like you on facebook? Sorry I can't do that...

    But I can tell you a story...

    Tis was xmas morning of 2008. We had cusons and other family memebers presents as we started unwrapping. While most of my gifts are what I am used to getting every year *sweaters, food, socks, ect* this small one from my brother was just a red wrapped box. No bigger then my hand. I opened it up and it had a neweggg gift card. I hugged him and he suggested to come to tomshardware for help choosing a graphics card with it. And have been here ever since.
  • joytech22
    Well this was embarrassing.. And heartwarming too if you read it right haha

    It was Christmas 2002 and i woke up at about 6AM, i then woke up the rest of my family because i was young!
    "Santa" had left us some rather big presents and i was especially excited!

    I opened up the biggest one i could find, and i was so excited because the box had a silver shine and white border which looked a LOT like something i had wanted in a long time!

    I continued to unwrap the parcel (My mum does a hell of a job wrapping) and was about to finish saying "YAY IT'S A PLAYSTATION 2!" but when i got to saying "PLAYST..", i froze and realized it was a paper shredder... I was still very excited because..

    The funny thing is i always wanted a paper shredder, and i broke it in 6 weeks because i kept trying to shred my toys :)

    That was a Very merry Christmas!
  • Randomacts
    I refuse to make a Stalkbook account, I never have and never will make one.
  • Gin Fushicho
    Crap.... I don't have a favorite memory.... all of them are bad memories. A father smoking meth and then tearing apart your bedroom when your 11 isn't exactly fit for a Christmas story. ='(
  • carmelm
    Kind of funny, requesting entering a "worldwide" by telling a story about holidays that are relevant only to a part of the world...
    But, you know what, I'll humor you. The following is my strongest memory of what you call "the holidays". Mind you, I was 15 years old at the time.
    Being the native of a very hot country, you can imagine my expectations when spending the so called "holiday season" in Europe (Holland) on Dec 1991. Sadly Christmas morning came and went with no snow seen or expected. Imagine my feelings, when, opening CNN I watched pictures of my native city all covered with a once in 50 years December snow...
  • Partizan92
    damn I don't have a favourite memory except when i put a flashbang in my cousins toilet while he was still inside... that was funny :)
  • jestersage
    This will be my most memorable Christmas - the story started November 20. You can follow the rest on facebook if anyone is interested. The post below is as posted in my daughter's first video on Facebook:

    Our daughter
    5:42 Added about a month ago
    Kayin C. Sarmiento. Born November 20, 2010. Age, 3 days. She was born premature, only 25 weeks in the womb. We are requesting for your prayers for her survival. She is currently in a tertiary hospital east of Manila.

    To our family and friends, any financial help will also be greatly appreciated. Yesterday, Daddy Ben and I rushed to St Luke's to get an 8 ml vial of a medicine for her lungs. It cost Php 26,000++ (US$590). I didn't think twice. She responded positively and is still alive. The Neonatologist said we may have cut down her time with the respirator by about a week.

    For those who plan to give me birthday presents this weekend, I ask that you not buy anything for me but help us out with the hospital bills instead.

    But more importantly, please pray for Kayin.

    Lord, I know she is yours and is only with us by your grace. I ask that you grant me the delight of living the rest of my life knowing I have her for this short human lifespan, alive and healthy. I'll try not to spoil her. Promise.
  • yashchitale
    there was this major kidney surgery i had to undergo as a kid.. i was four.. since it was Christmas when i woke up after the surgery i was endowed with so many gifts from my relatives the doctor actually had to hold me down cause i was so excited.. me and my cousin used to play the N64 all day long at the hospital.. my family n cousins spent that new year's eve with me in the hospital that year instead of going was a great Christmas spent.. a month later i was discharged.. :)
  • renami9
    memorable christmas story? hmmm.... every year is memorable to me simply because we celebrate the exact same way, EVERY YEAR. story goes like this. so, our entire family meet up in my uncle's house and then we greet, we shake hands, we hug, the usual. and then we have a meal together. after the meal the parents talk in the dining room, the little ones goes to the living room to watch cartoons, the girls go to my cousins room and do whatever, lastly, me and the rest of the boys goes to the gaming room and have a little gaming competition / LAN party, the winner gets an extra christmas present. and thats it.