Yes, we've got some hardware to give away again. This time, our prizes hail from Gigabyte, Enermax, and Samsung, and they include almost every component needed to build a gaming PC. All in all, we've got nearly a thousand bucks worth of hardware up for grabs—and it couldn't be easier to enter for a chance to win, provided you're at least somewhat creatively minded.
Entrants are being asked to compose a haiku about something PC-related. It could be anything: the rush of building your first gaming rig, a software development project gone awry, or cleaning up a relative's virus infestation. We're providing as much freedom as we can with the subject, but we do ask that you submit your haikus in, well, actual haiku format. That means three lines and a 5-7-5 syllable arrangement.
Whoever comes up with the most creative or entertaining haiku will win our grand prize haul, which comprises the following:
- A Gigabyte Z97X-UD5H Black Edition motherboard worth $184.99. This is a high-end mobo based on Intel's Z97 chipset, complete with SLI and CrossFire support, M.2 and SATA Express, six USB 3.0 ports, and dual Gigabit Ethernet ports (one driven by a Killer E2200 NIC). The Black Edition label means this board was subjected to extended burn-in testing and has five years of warranty coverage. You'll find Geoff's review here.
- A Gigabyte GeForce GTX 750 Ti Black Edition graphics card worth $159.99. This card is clocked up from the default 1020MHz base and 1085MHz Boost speeds to 1163/1242MHz, and it also features 2GB of GDDR5 RAM and a dual-fan cooler. Judging by the power numbers from Scott's review of the reference GTX 750 Ti, this Gigabyte variant should be plenty quiet. Like the motherboard above, this graphics card was subjected to extended burn-in testing.
- An Enermax iVector case (in black) worth $74.99. The iVector looks like a prop from a sci-fi show, and it comes with a fan-speed controller and loads of room for cooling and expansion. It will fit three 5.25" drives, seven 3.5" drives, and four 2.5" SSDs (inside the 3.5" bays). Front and rear 120-mm fans are included, too, and the iVector will accommodate another four spinners in addition to those. Oh, and the front fan lights up blue.
- An Enermax Revolution X't Gold 530W power supply worth $79.99. With a single 12V rail, semi-modular cabling, and 80 Plus Gold certification, the Revolution X't Gold doesn't exactly leave much to be desired.
- An Enermax Liqtech liquid CPU cooler worth $99.99. The Liqtech is one of those closed-loop liquid coolers that fastens to a 120-mm exhaust vent. It comes with two 120-mm Twister Bearing fans, and it supports thermal envelopes as high as 300W.
- A Samsung 840 Pro 256GB solid-state drive worth $189.99. Still one of the fastest SSDs out there, the 840 Pro needs no introduction. You can read Geoff's review of it here—and compare it to the newly released 850 Pro here. (Spoiler: the 840 Pro is within spitting distance of the new drive.)
Now, creative contests like this are always hard to judge. That's why we've set aside another 256GB 840 Pro as our runner-up prize. If you don't win the jackpot, you'll at least have a shot at some speedy storage courtesy of Samsung.
Head over to this thread in our forums to look over the contest rules and submit your entry. We'll be accepting submissions until August 21, 2014 at noon CDT. Note that submissions must be posted in that forum thread. The comments thread below is for discussion only.