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Tom's Hardware Haswell-Based Builder Sweepstakes: The Three Winning Systems

A couple of weeks ago, we posted Tom's Hardware's Haswell-Based System Builder Sweepstakes, featuring a number of systems designed for gaming, professional use, the home theater, and even storage, all based on Intel’s newest architecture. We asked the Tom’s Hardware audience to vote for three favorites. The top vote-getters would be recognized with an Approved award for garnering our readers’ affections. In exchange for registering your vote, we’d enter you into a sweepstakes to win a processor, motherboard, and SSD prize package.

Well, the polls are closed and we have our winners. First, the systems. You selected Origin PC’s Desktop Genesis, Digital Storm’s Aventum II, and Falcon Northwest’s Tiki. Those three machines receive the Tom’s Hardware Approved award, and deservedly so, in our opinion.  

We’re just speculating here, but Origin PC’s Genesis was likely chosen largely for its “wow factor”. The company submitted a water-cooled Core i7-4770K-based build with four GeForce GTX Titan cards in a Corsair Obsidian 900D chassis. Expect to pay $10,000 for the privilege of owning one.

Even pricier (exceeding $12,000), Digital Storm’s Aventum II similarly sports a Core i7-4770K and four Titan cards. But the Aventum is housed in a massive, custom chassis. Custom copper piping looks phenomenal, but is actually quite functional, helping facilitate overclocks as high as 4.8 GHz via water cooling.

Perhaps the most practical of the winners, you can buy Falcon Northwest’s Tiki, outfit with an overclocked Core i7-4770K, a GeForce GTX Titan, and 2 TB of solid-state storage (plus a 3 TB hard drive) for just over $4500. That’s a lot of performance in a very compact space.

Congratulations to all three system builders for earning the admiration of thousands of Tom’s Hardware readers. Thanks to the other vendors who participated as well—the final vote count was very close, and a number of systems came within striking distance of this trio.

Of course, a special thank-you goes out to everyone who voted, and to Intel, Asus, and Gigabyte for sponsoring the sweepstakes. We are in the process of contacting the 20 participants who were randomly selected to win a new CPU, motherboard, and SSD, and will update this story with their names once all of the paperwork is in place.

  • jimmysmitty
    I could only hope to have won. But still there is always hope.
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  • sactorage
    Please, Please, PLEASE, tell me I won, it would make this year AMAZING!
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  • velocityg4
    Those prices are massively inflated. It seems those $12K and $10K computers are nearly double the cost of the parts.

    The CPU should at least be an Intel i7 4960x and 128GB RAM. Perhaps if the 2TB SSD is one of those super fast PCI-e SSD.
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  • d4z
    waiting for winning e-mail....
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  • MKBL
    I guess no e-mail so far means I'm not a winner. Next time :)
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  • smeezekitty
    Kind of depressing that they gave the award to the overpriced machines and origin PC who is kissing NVidia's butt.
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  • cscott_it
    @MKBL
    That's the spirit bud. I've been entering for a while, but one of these days I'll win something. :)
    Congratulations to the winners!
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  • clonazepam
    I wish losing all of them up to this point was somehow statistically helpful to winning the next. My criteria for voting was by least expensive. None of them will be relevant in 2-3 years when looking at performance per watt.
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  • Geef
    They need to do a runner up prize setup with 100 or so of those cheap 8GB flash drives or something, so at least a few people feel like they won something.
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  • jimmysmitty
    11886644 said:
    I wish losing all of them up to this point was somehow statistically helpful to winning the next. My criteria for voting was by least expensive. None of them will be relevant in 2-3 years when looking at performance per watt.

    I voted mainly based on what hardware they had that I felt was the best choice.

    I did vote for the Digital Storm one only because I found the cooling system to be beautifully done.
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