Now for a quick update on this year's Christmas giveaway and fund-raising drive, TR Tech Share 2007. In case you missed it, we're giving away over $5K worth of brand-new PC parts this year, and you can win simply by signing up.
The response to this year's giveaway has been unbelievable so far in two respects. First, many of you have already been incredibly generous in supporting the fund-raising drive for our effort to provide low-cost Asus Eee PC laptops for the Ebenezer Educational Center in Uganda. We've already raised a total of $2821.86—and that's after credit-card processing fees. That puts us well within reach of our primary goal of $4,000, which will allow us to purchase ten Eee PC systems and ship them to Uganda for use in an EEC classroom. If you haven't yet given, please consider supporting the cause. You can find out more about EEC and what we're trying to do in this article, which introduces our Tech Share 2007 efforts.
The other respect in which the giveaway has been unbelievable is this: only 393 people have entered the giveaway so far, despite the fact that entry is completely free and we're going to be handing out over five large worth of prizes. That's hard to believe. Those of you who have entered: your odds are incredibly good. Those of you who have not entered, well, duh. What are you waiting for?
This is for real, folks. To entice you a little bit, here's a look at our first-prize combo, a collection of over $3,000 worth of high-end PC hardware ready to be assembled into a killer enthusiast's rig.
Sooo.. what you have here is a lovingly-assembled prize montage on what looks to be Adam's bathroom floor. Next to the toilet, on the far left, is a Cooler Master Hyper 212 CPU cooler, which should match nicely with the big, silver Cooler Master Cosmos enclosure next to it. Resting on that case is our smallest, most expensive item: a genuine Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9650 45nm processor. Next to it, we have a 750GB Caviar SE16 hard drive from Western Digital and 2GB worth of Corsair Dominator DDR2 memory. Down on the floor, the black box on the left is a PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750W PSU, which is holding up an A-Data 2GB USB flash drive. In the middle, we have the centerpiece, a Gigabyte X38-DQ6 mobo, one of several TR award winners in the mix. Behind that and to the right, we have an XFX GeForce 8800 GTX graphics card—still pretty much king of the hill in GPU performance.
This is the best kind of prize package for a PC enthusiast, in my view, because it's chock-full of the components we've reviewed and recommended in the past few months. It's the best of the best stuff, folks. And this is only one of our three prize combos.
We have this hardware in hand, ready to ship to you. You can enter to win by going here and filling out a simple form. Get to it.
You may also want to consider donating to our fund-raising drive while you're at it. The cause is a good one, and we'd appreciate your support for that, too. We'll be back with more updates as things progress.