Take a shot at winning Nvidia’s Ultimate GeForce PC

Would you like to donate to the GameChanger charity? What if there's a custom-built PC worth $15,000 as a potential prize? Bet that whet your appetite. Nvidia is putting up a Ultimate GeForce PC up for grabs in a charity drive raffle. The machine's unique enclosure was designed and built by UK-based Parvum Systems.

The one-off custom chassis is made out of milled aluminum and weighs a rather hefty 48 lbs (or 22kg), a figure that likely includes the hardware inside. And there's a substantial amount of computing power inside indeed. The Asus X99-E WS workstation-grade motherboard hosts a hexa-core Core i7-6850K CPU cooled by an EKWB EK-Kit 240 open-loop cooler. The CPU is accompanied by 32 GB of HyperX Predator DDR4 memory clocked at 3000 MT/s. As you'd imagine, Nvidia outfitted the Ultimate GeForce PC with one of its own GeForce GTX 1080 Ti graphics cards.

Storage is handled by a rather-impressive Samsung 960 Pro 2TB NVMe drive, while power delivery is taken care of by a Silverstone SST-SX700 SFX-L modular power supply with an 80 Plus Platinum rating and modular cabling. If you're wondering about that particular choice of component, it's because the entire machine is "smaller than most ATX chassis." Razer throws in a full set of gunmetal-gray accessories: a BlackWindow X Chroma keyboard, a Lancehead TE mouse on an Invicta mouse pad, and a Kraken headset. Nvidia estimates the entire caboodle is worth around $15,000.

To get a chance at having your cute gerbil paws on the Ultimate GeForce PC, head on over to the GameChanger raffle and throw in at least $5. Each five-dollar bill gets you an entry, so feel free to donate as much as you want to a worthy cause. If you end up not winning the PC, there's still hope. Runner-ups have a chance at OCZ SSDs, GeForce USB drives, Razer Kraken Pro V2 headsets, and a ton of game codes including Destiny 2 keys.

Hit up the GameChanger charity drive and throw your Abe Lincolns in the pot. You have until October 25, so hurry up.

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    • spugm1r3
    • 2 years ago

    It looks like they are valuing the case and labor at roughly $11K-12K. Oh, and if it works like it does when you win a car, that’s ~$4500 in taxes.

    • ET3D
    • 2 years ago

    I’d like winning the 2TB M.2 SSD from that. Leave the rest to others. 🙂

    • R-Type
    • 2 years ago

    That guy in the video is a walking HR disaster. What heroin den did they find ’em in?

    Aside from that, there is a procedure for petitioning the IRS regarding overvalued prize winning and taxation thereof. Do the research, document it, turn it in with your return and claim your estimated value against your tax return. The vast majority of the time you can handle this via mail correspondence or a phone conference. The 2 times I did it was an acknowledgement by mail. I won a Ford Ranger that the raffle agency overestimated its value by over 8K. It was relatively easy to settle.

    • Srsly_Bro
    • 2 years ago

    One 1080Ti and it’s “worth” $15k? It had better have quad SLI and 7980xe @ 4.6 for that price with 4 960 1 TB in RAID 0.

      • willyolioleo
      • 2 years ago

      Yeah seriously. Not trying to look a gift horse in the mouth, but…

      Feature it front and center, call it the ultimate GeForce machine, be the manufacturer of what is often the single biggest expenditure (sometimes even 50% of the total hardware cost on many high end machines)… only throw one of them in there, out of a $15000 budget.

        • MOSFET
        • 2 years ago

        Both of you deserve more praise than my silver thumbs can provide. Give yourselves three more each.

    • JosiahBradley
    • 2 years ago

    I like charity and helping a good cause, so I’m going to ignore the gimmicky “Ultimate” moniker and enter the raffle.

    • cygnus1
    • 2 years ago

    Well, grand prize winner will be shelling out probably at least a grand to even accept that prize in the US. Pretty sure you have to treat that like $15k worth of additional income, and so pay income tax on it.

      • nanoflower
      • 2 years ago

      It’s not horrible as you are getting a bit over $2k worth of actual hardware for that income tax payment. Better than a number of other prizes (though there’s no way any of us would actually pay $15k for that computer if we had the spare money to spend.)

        • cygnus1
        • 2 years ago

        Really depends on what tax rate you get hit with. I don’t know the specifics but quick googling actually suggests 25% ($3750 in this case). That percentage actually makes sense for US income tax (with a little bit of buffer thrown in). But I also see that you’re supposed to consider fair market value of prizes, not what the sponsor claims as retail value. So, who the heck decides real fair market value for a completely custom one off 40+ lb aluminum chassis?

        That’s less than $50 worth of aluminum, but who knows how you’d value the time and effort that went into designing and milling that monster.

        I would honestly probably gut the thing and sell the chassis on ebay and report that amount as the fair market value and pay income tax on that plus the other components values.

    • gmskking
    • 2 years ago

    Very nice. Wouldn’t mind having this. Not sure how they came up with $15,000. That seems way off.

      • GatoRat
      • 2 years ago

      “The one-off custom chassis is made out of milled aluminum…”

        • Chrispy_
        • 2 years ago

        I’m dubious how they came to that figure too. As an engineering student I could have CNC’d this myself from about $200 of raw materials with the CNC lathe being used for free. To rent lathe time from a metalworking shop would probably add $1000 to the cost, but that’s still a long way off the $12000 they’re adding to the budget of this spec for the case.

          • K-L-Waster
          • 2 years ago

          Have a heart, the guy who did the milling needs a down payment on his Audi.

          • stefem
          • 2 years ago

          As a neo-engineer you shouldn’t miss to count the cost for the design of the case and custom cooling system and the time required for the making and assembly (unless people work for free where you live), you should know better than me how much time and effort is required to produce a high quality work like that.

            • Chrispy_
            • 2 years ago

            I couldn’t tell you how long they spent designing it or what their day rate is. I’m saying it would take me a day of CAD work to mimic this and probably two days of fabrication given the tools at my current company.

            I think the outrage here is that the BOM and manufacturing labour come to about 10% of the case cost, so claiming that design is worth the remaining 90% when it’s not particularly complex or original (the panels just re-use the nvidia cooler shroud geometry in a lot of places).

            Plus, it looks like they did this for fun and for charity. When I do things for fun and for charity they are valued at $0.

      • cygnus1
      • 2 years ago

      40ish pounds of custom milled aluminum chassis will do that

    • Neutronbeam
    • 2 years ago

    Great story, wonderful prizes, VERY worthy cause–I just entered, ’cause I’m feelin’ lucky, punk.

    Fellow gerbs–please give it a shot!

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