Our Dear Diary contest now has $2,300 worth of hardware

We're giving away roughly $2,300 in hardware as part of our Dear Diary contest. To enter, all you have to do is write a mock diary entry from the perspective of a PC. Feel free to impersonate your own PC or anyone else's machine, real or imagined, but please keep your entries between 50 and 350 words. Entries should be posted in this forum thread, which details the contest's other rules and regulations.

Now, about all that hardware. Our grand prize bundle includes Intel's Ivy Bridge-E flagship, the Core i7-4960X, which sells for $1050 online. The CPU fits nicely with the accompanying Gigabyte X79-UP4 motherboard, a $225 offering based on the X79 platform. To that duo, we've added a Diamond Extreme Sound XS71HD sound card that rings in at $60. Corsair's H75 water cooler is also part of the package. This dual-fan monster is so new that Newegg doesn't even have it in stock yet. The fact that the Core i7-4960X ships without a stock heatsink makes the H75 an especially welcome addition to the contest.

Our second bundle isn't as valuable, but it's still quite impressive. This one features a Haswell-compatible Gigabyte G1.Sniper 5 motherboard priced at $200 online. The board comes with a matching Gigabyte GeForce GTX 760 OC graphics card with a $250 sticker price. There's plenty of room for those components inside the Sumo Omega mid-tower, also from Gigabyte, which is worth $120. Then there's the included PSU, a 650W Gigabyte GreenMax Plus that would otherwise set you back $74. The winner of this bundle will also get to select a mechanical keyboard from Rosewill's Cherry MX-based RK-9000 series.

We have a consolation prize for our third-favorite entry: a Diamond DS3900 mobile docking station loaded with I/O connectivity. Asking price: $148.

Most of the loot comes from Gigabyte, which is promoting its sponsorship of the upcoming Blizzcon convention. We'd like to thank Gigabyte for all the goodies—and also Intel, Diamond, Rosewill, and Corsair for their contributions to the prize packages. Thanks to all the entrants authors, too. We're looking forward to reading your entries.

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