Almost $1K worth of prizes up for grabs in our haiku contest

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.

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    • CreativeBionic
    • 8 years ago

    Who won the parts?

    • StaticFX
    • 8 years ago

    My favorite thing is all the entries in the comments here.. when it clearly states that you need to enter in the forum thread. lol

    • climatepete
    • 8 years ago

    I do not need the gear
    my new build is running cool
    I would have asked TR
    to donate the gear
    to where it would do some good

    but here is how I might have won

    Self made computer
    open source and LEDs
    softly running makes warm breeze

    • cynan
    • 8 years ago

    And now in haiku form:

    Quebec residents
    Get shafted [i<]encore une fois[/i<]. Move out of province?

    • adisor19
    • 8 years ago

    Resident of Quebec
    Getting shafted
    Yet again

    Adi

    • adisor19
    • 8 years ago

    Bravo !

    • Agazi Seba
    • 8 years ago

    Searching for parts
    Here, and bestow
    a haiku, for the taking.

    • ardy22
    • 8 years ago

    Built a clone today
    Sunny bright shiny machine
    Stirring and purring

    • Riadon
    • 8 years ago

    A crash reduces
    Your expensive computer
    To a simple stone.

    • mcnels1
    • 8 years ago

    upgrade my PC
    searching for the perfect parts
    it’s an addiction

    • Seba
    • 8 years ago

    Oh computers give
    Whatever we ask of it
    beep, beep, we live.

    • Techno Kality
    • 8 years ago

    Woke in darkest night
    Blinded by my laptop, bright!
    Cut and paste dreaming…

    • oldog
    • 8 years ago

    Of Wind leaves rustle
    Humming circuit new music
    Sound searching for soul

    • JdL
    • 8 years ago

    Got me.

    • champs
    • 8 years ago

    SB Live sound card
    686A southbridge board
    Recipe for crash

    My IBM GXP
    Warrantied since purchase twice
    Thrown away just once

    AMD of past
    Remember Tbred steppings
    Forget bad chipsets

    Window for my case
    Fluorescent lights on inside
    Best at LAN party

    I bought a MacBook
    Good specs always a ripoff
    Windows 8 still worse

    • SgtRogue
    • 8 years ago

    Enermax products
    Gigabyte graphics
    Impressive cooling

    • dusk534
    • 8 years ago

    A heartless wind blows
    As a white window appears
    “Driver is needed”

    • chipset
    • 8 years ago

    from the motherboard
    to the sweet graphic’s card’s
    I love computer’s

    • MooseOnTheLoose
    • 8 years ago

    Haiku’s are easy
    But sometimes they don’t make sense
    Refrigerator

    • YellaChicken
    • 8 years ago

    I’m British and so
    Contest I cannot enter
    Sad, I cry alone

    • LoneWolf15
    • 8 years ago

    Fooled you. I am not wearing pants.

    • llisandro
    • 8 years ago

    Coffee shop hipsters
    and particle physicists
    both prefer Macbooks?

    (Already posted one in forum, so we’re posting extras here?)

    • ALiLPinkMonster
    • 8 years ago

    Yes, because this is totally the contest entry thread where I entered my haiku.

    Your pants sure are smart.

    • Crackhead Johny
    • 8 years ago

    1 entry per person. So we have to dump the rest of our haiku here so as to not get DQ’d.

    • DoomZealot
    • 8 years ago

    Woot!

    • hoboGeek
    • 8 years ago

    I’m not sure the algorithm is working correctly. It’s counting some extra syllables, I believe it’s based on vowels, which most of the times could be misleading.

    • rehkvothe
    • 8 years ago

    The dirty console
    Peasants bow to Glorious
    PC master race

    • LoneWolf15
    • 8 years ago

    You can has cheezburger. That’s meme, not haiku.

    • snarfbot
    • 8 years ago

    hi this is arjun
    from microsoft i want to
    help your computer

    • Crackhead Johny
    • 8 years ago

    Now 6 gigahertz!
    FAULT_IN_NONPAGED_AREA
    PC boots to blue

    • hoboGeek
    • 8 years ago

    [quote<]Teckies cant Haiku[/quote<] You are living proof: Three lines shaped in 5-7-5 The rules are simple.

    • Crackhead Johny
    • 8 years ago

    All my tools hidden
    Some are even removed
    New MS OS

    • DaveGammaRay
    • 8 years ago

    The Master Race Rules
    That GPU is sexy
    Teckies cant Haiku

    • Jigar
    • 8 years ago

    Pity the judges ??? i would rather say Pray for the judges…

    • FawkesGaming
    • 8 years ago

    Isn’t a haiku
    meant to be five seven five
    You did it wrong, Pink.

    • ALiLPinkMonster
    • 8 years ago

    I enter.
    Prize win?

    • Duct Tape Dude
    • 8 years ago

    Does last place get one of the SSDs from the TR endurance testing?

    • Freon
    • 8 years ago

    HTTPS
    ://read.the.rules.
    you.silly.newbies

    • cynan
    • 8 years ago

    It’s quite surprising:
    So many contest entrants
    Can’t read instructions

    • weaktoss
    • 8 years ago

    You’re asking these nerds
    To write poetry? My god
    Pity the judges

    • Freon
    • 8 years ago

    Post is just for fun. It is not eligible. Made post in forum.

    • jessterman21
    • 8 years ago

    This deserves to win
    But instead is probably
    Ineligible

    • toki
    • 8 years ago

    I liked it. I think this is more fun and trying to do something beyond just the normal enter and win or whatever.

    • ronch
    • 8 years ago

    Haikus are artforms.
    If you can’t do it, then stop.
    No sense trying hard.

    • green
    • 8 years ago

    … only one thing for my mini-ITX build. I’ll wait til next time.

    • derFunkenstein
    • 8 years ago

    Winner.

    • oldDummy
    • 8 years ago

    Internet compulsion
    Filling a primordial mandate
    All are one.

    • Wirko
    • 8 years ago

    Words like Nvidia
    have two to four syllables
    can’t fail in haikus

    • Cyril
    • 8 years ago

    Guys, this isn’t an endorsement of the haiku as an art form. This is about having fun and winning some hardware. Some of the submissions are already hilarious.

    • Dark|E|stonE
    • 8 years ago

    You really think so?
    That a haiku cannot flow?
    Give it a beat yo!

    its just a measure,
    you follow at your leisure,
    never surrender.

    just break out free style
    lay back and think about your line
    tell me one more time

    that a haiku’s flow
    is lower than your own bro,
    i can’t see it so

    anyways … peace

    *repost

    • Dark|E|stonE
    • 8 years ago

    You really think so?
    That a haiku cannot flow?
    Give it a beat yo!

    its just a measure,
    you follow at your leisure,
    never surrender.

    just break out free style
    lay back and think about your line
    tell me one more time

    that a haiku’s flow
    is lower than your own bro,
    i can’t see it so

    anyways … peace

    • derFunkenstein
    • 8 years ago

    I love how a couple of people have taken multiple stabs at it in the thread and still can’t get the syllables right.

    • jossie
    • 8 years ago

    クロゴスを
    感動させた。
    賞品は?

    Hope this is right…

    • jossie
    • 8 years ago

    The Japanese one here is 6-8-6, so you may have proved the point.

    • ronch
    • 8 years ago

    I like AMD
    I like Nvidia as well
    And there’s Intel, too.

    • ronch
    • 8 years ago

    I know I can’t win because I’m not even from NA, but I entered anyway.

    • Krogoth
    • 8 years ago

    If somebody actually did a haiku in Kanji, then I would be impressed.

    • LoneWolf15
    • 8 years ago

    All this gear is cool
    And now I say like Yoda
    Processor you need

    • NeoForever
    • 8 years ago

    I wish they would keep this a bit more fun. I am not going to enter just because it seems like homework from an awful English class.

    As much as like disliked classes about poems and literature, a haiku is a terrible form of poetry (maybe the actual Japanese haiku were great).

    Where is the rhyme, or alliteration or even repetition that actually makes a good poem?

    Instead, sure just make a random rule about number of syllables in each line. Sounds fantastic!

    /rant

    • JosiahBradley
    • 8 years ago

    Official rules read,
    The Tech report, topic down
    Rats, kernel panic

    • madmanmarz
    • 8 years ago

    this one does not count
    wasting time is what i’ve found
    keeps me sane all day

    • Wildchild
    • 8 years ago

    Hawaii graphics
    but like Fermi before it
    might burn down your house

    • Letsphere
    • 8 years ago

    The computer grows
    parts synchronize together
    until weary dream

    • Rolandd87
    • 8 years ago

    The machine grows up:
    parts click and clack together,
    ’til it dreams of sheep.

    • reeltrouble
    • 8 years ago

    Tonight on the web
    Students, gamers, cats, trolls and
    People watching porn

    • Freon
    • 8 years ago

    People fail reading
    Do not post your haiku here
    Post in the forum

    • poohbah10
    • 8 years ago

    playing borderlands
    and two with sequel here soon
    will play as claptrap

    • homerdog
    • 8 years ago

    I would have no problem with subscriber only giveaways. Just to supplement the normal giveaways mind you, not replace them. Open giveaways are a great way to attract newcomers.

    • christos_thski
    • 8 years ago

    Thought hating on captcha,
    might earn me a prize
    alas Europeans ineligible. 🙁

    • lilbuddhaman
    • 8 years ago

    This might help people. I edited it out of my entry cuz it said no discussion there! [url<]http://www.poetrysoup.com/haiku_syllable_counter/[/url<]

    • Voldenuit
    • 8 years ago

    Nothing worse than haiku
    With one extra syllable
    Hidden in plain sight.

    • odizzido
    • 8 years ago

    Haikus are quite easy
    When you write them in english
    Our words are really short

    Just warming up…
    日本語でね
    すごく難しい
    殆ど無理

    • chuckula
    • 8 years ago

    You see kids, a haiku is just like a regular American poem, except it doesn’t rhyme and it’s totally stupid.

    • Milo Burke
    • 8 years ago

    You’re just trying to get me to register with this website. Not falling for it.

    Edit: Oh, wait…

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