Don't forget to enter our MSI giveaway

— 2:22 PM on November 30, 2011

While some of you were plotting an early escape for the Thanksgiving holiday last week, we put together a rather enticing giveaway with a little help from the folks at MSI. In addition to giving away a couple of motherboards, we also have a pair of graphics cards to give to a few lucky readers. Interested? I thought so.

First, some additional details on the hardware. The motherboards include MSI's X79A-GD65 (8D), which we covered in our X79 motherboard round-up. We also have a Z68A-GD65 whose PCI Express x16 slots are primed for the gen-three PCIe connectivity coming in Intel's Ivy Bridge CPUs. The X79 board costs $300 online, and the Z68 model is worth nearly $200.

On the graphics front, our prizes include the GeForce GTX 580 Lightning, a $525 card. Also in the mix is a GeForce GTX 560 Ti Twin Frozr II with juiced up clock speeds and a $245 street price. Both cards feature custom dual-fan coolers and should work well with MSI's Afterburner tuning software.

To enter the contest, follow the directions in the original post. There are three skill-testing questions involved, but the answers are available in our X79 round-up if your skills are a little rusty. We'll be accepting entries until noon CST on December 7, one week from today. Our grand-prize winner will have his choice of one graphics card and one motherboard. Second place gets to pick one of the remaining components, with the other going to our third-place winner. Thanks to MSI for making this giveaway possible, and good luck to all who enter.

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