Enter our spring cleaning contest to win over $1500 in PC hardware


— 3:43 PM on April 7, 2014

It's spring cleaning time again. That isn't the sort of thing we'd normally celebrate, but with generous contributions from Cooler Master, MSI, Kingston, and Newegg, we've whipped up a contest to mark the occasion. We'll be giving away over $1500 in PC hardware. Let's see what's up for grabs.

Cooler Master kicked in a nice collection of goodies, including the HAF Stacker 935 enclosure, which combines an ATX tower with a separate, Mini-ITX case that fits right on top. This $160 combo can be used separately or paired up to house a seriously monster rig. Monster rigs require monster PSUs, and the V850 PSU looks like it fits the bill nicely. The PSU has an 850W output rating, a single 12V rail capable of pushing 70A, and loads of PCIe power connectors. It's priced at $185 and boasts 80 Plus Gold certification, too.

On the cooling front, the Glacier 240L serves up a double-wide radiator attached to dual 120-mm fans. The accompanying CPU block comes with a universal mounting kit, and all the plumbing is sealed at the factory. This beast will set you back $140 on its own.

We liked Cooler Master's QuickFire Stealth keyboard a lot when we reviewed it in March, so we're thrilled to include it in our latest contest. The Stealth features lettering on the front faces of the its key caps instead of on top, and it's available with a range of Cherry MX switch options. We're giving away the version with MX brown switches, which is selling online for $95 right now.

Also in the peripherals department, we have Cooler Master's Spawn mouse. We haven't used this particular rodent, but it has good user reviews, a 3500-DPI sensor with on-the-fly sensitivity adjustment, and onboard memory for seven programmable buttons. Not bad for only $40. The Spawn should go nicely with the Control-RX mouse pad, which has a massive footprint and a $30 price tag.

And there's more.

From MSI, we have a Radeon R9 270X Gaming card that normally sells for $220. This card's GPU runs at higher than stock speeds, though the 2GB of onboard memory sticks to the prescribed 5.6 GT/s. The whole contraption is strapped to one of MSI's Twin Frozr coolers, which features dual fans and should be reasonably quiet.

If the motherboard pictured above looks familiar, that's because we reviewed it last year. We liked the Z87-GD65 Gaming a lot, too. It has a Haswell-compatible socket, an overclocking-friendly Z87 chipset, and a nice selection of onboard features. The firmware and software are decent, too. Asking price: $188.

Nope, we're not done yet.

How about some memory and storage? Kingston provided us with a pair of HyperX 3K SSD upgrade kits: a 240GB drive that normally sells for $170 and a 120GB one that usually costs $110. Both drives use SandForce controller tech, and the 240GB model is featured in our ongoing SSD Endurance Experiment.

In addition to the SSDs, we have a HyperX Beast memory kit loaded with 16GB of DDR3-1866 RAM. This quad-channel kit requires only 1.5V, and it's equipped with substantial heat spreaders. Expect to pay about $180 for the kit online.

And, on top of all that, Newegg is throwing in some cans of compressed air, which nicely brings us back to our theme for this contest. For a chance to win, you'll need to find a PC in desperate need of spring cleaning. The machine doesn't have to be your own, but you'll need to post a picture of it in the contest entry thread in our forums. Here's an example for inspiration:

Props are permitted and creativity is encouraged, but only one entry is allowed per person. Also, entrants have to be at least 13 years of age. We'll choose our favorite image and announce the winner in a couple of weeks. The winner will receive a ~$1300 prize package that comprises the Stacker case, V850 PSU, Glacer cooler, Z87 motherboard, R9 270X graphics card, 240GB SSD, and 32GB memory kit—pretty much a complete PC, minus the CPU. We also have a second-place package that includes the Stealth keyboard, Spawn mouse, Control-RX mouse pad, and 120GB SSD. Cans of compressed air will be included with both packages, and we may have some goodies for other entries that we like.

Additional rules and regulations are posted in the contest forum thread. Entries must be posted in that thread to be considered; we won't accept entries posted in the comments below. We'll accept entries until noon CT on Monday, April 21, and the winners will be announced a couple of days later. Good luck!

Update: We are no longer accepting entries to this contest.

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