The holiday season is upon us, and it's time once again for our annual TR Christmas giveaway. This time around, we're giving away a gratuitously awesome bundle of components that will allow our winner to assemble one of the most powerful custom-built PCs in the land, complete with a Core i7 processor and dual Radeon HD 4870 graphics cards.
Since I'm sure you're curious to know exactly what the prize package includes, let's get that part out of the way up front. Many of these parts have been hand-picked by the TR staff, and you'll see why as you browse through the list. Here's what our lucky winner will receive:
Wow, so. Yeah. Nice. Check out this image gallery for pictures of the goods.
Nearly all of these excellent products came from their manufacturers, who agreed to help sponsor this year's giveaway. Many thanks to Intel, Asus, Corsair, WD, Thermaltake, Cooler Master, OCZ/PC Power & Cooling, Enermax, and NCIX for their participation and support.
As you may know, we have in years past included a charity tie-in with our Christmas giveaway. We had hoped to continue that tradition this year, but a number of factors intervened. Most notably, we are still working away on the project made possible by our Tech Share project from last Christmas. Turns out that transferring an entire computer lab worth of equipment to a school in Uganda involves some tricky logistics.
Back in September, we finally cleared most of the initial administrative barriers, configured our lab-in-a-box, and shipped it to Uganda. At present, the computers are still in the bowels of the Ugandan customs department, awaiting their second assessment for taxation. (That's right: they were assessed, we wired money to the school to pay the fee, and then customs officials decided to look more closely at what they could tax. Ugh.) We're still optimistic that we'll get the computers to the school and achieve our goalsincluding getting the school wired for Internet accessbefore all is said and done. But frankly, thanks to the various delays, we haven't yet exhausted our funds, and we don't think it's time yet to raise more money for this project. Instead, we'd like to hold back and reserve the option of doing a second fund raiser at some point in 2009, once we're confident we've achieved our initial goals.
So this Christmas, we're just going to give away a bitchin' computer.
The rules and regs
Entering the giveaway is easy. You just have to fill out a form and correctly answer three easy questions about the latest PC hardware. The answers for these questions are readily found by reading through several of TR's recentand always enthrallingarticles.
Please note, however, that you may only enter once. Multiple entries per person are not permitted, and please don't try gaming the system by entering your girlfriend, wife, and kids. We'll probably decide to disqualify you if you do. We're wise to such things.
We will be accepting giveaway entries between now and December 31st at noon CST. We'll then choose our winner in a random drawing. The winner will be announced on the site and will also be notified via e-mail. The winner must claim his prize by the end of the day on January 7, 2009, or he will forfeit his prize and we will draw a new winner.
You must include your full name and a shipping address with your entry. We will not share your address or other information with any of our sponsors. In fact, we won't disclose your personal information to anyone. Incomplete entries will be disqualified. TR also reserves the right to disqualify entries that appear to be attempts to game the system or circumvent the rules in any way.
The staff of The Tech Report and their immediate families may not enter the giveaway and are not eligible to win.
Unfortunately, we've had to limit entrants this time to residents of the U.S. and Canada. We've found that paying for shipping and customs taxes on a complete system can be prohibitively expensive in many locations, and customs agents often like to hold and flag computer hardware for additional bureaucratic irritation, as we've so vividly learned. To heck with that. Sorry, folks.
Of course, this whole thing is void where prohibited by law. TR is not responsible for damage in shipping, damage caused by installing these parts in your computer, or damage to your self-esteemand neither are our sponsors. We will answer questions and offer clarifications of the rules in the comments.
Now, here are our three questions:
1. What is the proper "uncore" (memory controller and L3 cache) clock speedin GHzof the Core i7-940?
2. How many "stream processors" does the Radeon HD 4870 have?
3. What is the name of the most expensive system config from our most recent system guide?
The giveaway has ended. We announced the winner here.
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