There are only a couple of days left to enter our Dear Diary contest. We're giving away $2,300 in prizes, including gear from Gigabyte, Intel, Diamond, Rosewill, and Corsair. For a chance to win, all you have to do is write a diary entry from the perspective of a PC—your machine, a celebrity's rig, or even a fictional character's system. Entries must be between 50 and 350 words long, and they must be posted in this forum thread before noon Central Time on Sunday, November 10. The forum thread has the rest of the relevant contest details.
Here's your motivation:
Our first prize package is loaded with a Core i7-4960X processor that boasts six cores, 12 threads, and a $1050 price tag. That chip is compatible with the included Gigabyte X79-UP4 motherboard, which is loaded with PCIe x16 slots and auxiliary I/O connectivity. Asking price: $220.
The Ivy Bridge-E CPU ships without a heatsink, so we've added a beefy dual-fan water cooler courtesy of Corsair. The Hydro Series H75 is a brand-new release worth $85 on its own. We've also thrown in a Diamond Extreme Sound SX71HD sound card normally priced at $60 online.
The second prize package isn't worth quite as much, but there's more hardware involved. The star of this bundle is Gigabyte's ultra-high-end G1.Sniper 5 motherboard, which features a Haswell-compatible Z87 chipset, extras out the wazoo, and a $400 price tag. The board is joined by a hot-clocked Gigabyte GeForce GTX 760 OC graphics card with a triple-fan cooler and a $260 sticker price. Gigabyte has also kicked in a Sumo Omega mid-tower worth $120 and a 650W GreenMax Plus PSU that sells for $75.
The winner will also get to choose one mechanical keyboard from Rosewill's RK-9000 lineup, which has options with Cherry MX brown, blue, red, and black key switches.
Our third prize isn't as impressive as the other packages, but it's a nice accessory for folks with slim notebooks. Diamond's DS3900 mobile docking station has multiple display and USB ports in addition to a Gigabit Ethernet jack. Newegg is selling the thing for $148 right now.
So, yeah, that's a lot of hardware. We'll be choosing three winners. The first-place winner will get his pick of the prize packages, while the second-place winner will get to choose from the remainder, and so on.
We'd like to thank Gigabyte, Intel, Diamond, Rosewill, and Corsair for providing the loot. Thanks to everyone who has entered, too, and good luck!