WIN! Three AMD RADEON HD 7970s and Aivia Osmium Mechanical Keyboards

By on January 8, 2013 at 2:18 pm

This competition is now over! Click here to see the winners!

Thanks to the excellent folks at Gigabyte, we’ve got ourselves a bunch of fantastic hardware to give away — and we want to give it away to you. We’ve got three prize packs up for grabs, each of which contains a brand-spanking-new Gigabyte AMD Radeon HD 7970 Windforce Series as well as an Aivia Osmium Mechanical Gaming Keyboard (check out our review right here).

Oh wow, I need this. How do I enter?!

There are three different categories in this competition. You may only enter this competition once so make sure you pick the category you want to enter.

Please be aware this competition is open to Australian residents only.

1. Writing

In 150 words or less, tell us about the best piece of hardware you’ve ever owned. Graphics card, mouse, dodgy old yellow monitor, it doesn’t matter — why do you love it, what makes it special to you, and do you still have it lying around? The best entry will win the prize for this category.

2. Drawing

If words aren’t your thing, you can draw us a picture. The picture must show what you would look like and how you would feel if you were to win this category: draw yourself screaming in excitement for example, or perhaps triumphantly riding a unicorn. It’s up to you.

The drawing must be done in MS Paint (or the equivalent Mac/Linux program) and must feature the games.on.net logo drawn somewhere on it (to prove you didn’t just steal the picture). Upload the drawing to an image host (such as imgur) and leave it in the comments – the best drawing will win the prize for this category! You may only submit one drawing.

3. Baking

Bake a cake for us! To prove you really made it and didn’t just steal a photo from the internet, the cake must have the games.on.net logo on it somewhere. Take a photo of yourself with the cake, upload it to an image host (such as imgur) and leave it in the comments. The most impressive cake will take home the prize in this category. You may submit up to three (3) photos of your cake in order to show it off from various angles.

There will be one winner in each category, and three winners in total. Each winner takes home a prize pack with both the card and the keyboard in it!

Your entry must be submitted as a comment on this article, using the following format:

CATEGORY: Writing / Drawing / Baking (use only the one you’re entering in)

ENTRY: Your entry here (words or a picture)

How long do I have?

The competition is open from now until 11:59 PM ACDT (Adelaide time) on Tuesday 22nd January. Winners will be chosen and announced before the end of that week.

Terms and Conditions

This competition is governed by the terms and conditions listed on this page.

Good luck!

170 comments (Leave your own)

CATEGORY: Writing

ENTRY: MY favourite piece of hardware is my old Core 2 Quad Q9550 processor. I love it because it is almost as good as some of the early i7 model, while still fitting in the 775 socket. I still have it in my LANbox.

 

Category: Drawing
Entry: http://tinypic.com/r/wrnupk/6

 

CATEGORY: Writing

ENTRY: There once was a PC, and in it it had a little Seagate that could. It was a birthday gift way back in 1999. It had all of 12 GB. I overclocked that PIII all the way from 450 to 512 MHz. This was not too long before got my only ever after-school detention for talking to some other students about how AMD managed to experimentally get one of their CPUs to 1 GHz. In any case, the desktop dropped… and that 12 GB drive had some trouble. A scandisk showed some corrupt sectors. Ultimately, and with a reinstall, there was no way to get it to not have any corrupt sectors. So I did something experimental, based on where scandisk was showing trouble. I just created a 2.5 GB partition, left a 1.5 GB gap and partitioned the remaining 8 GB. The little Seagate that could would last for another four years until it was entirely too small.

Since then I’ve seen so many Western Digital drives fail, but only once did I ever see another Seagate fail. Sure, I may buy the occasional Samsung drive every now and then… but Seagate has earned a special place in my heart.

 

CATEGORY: Writing

ENTRY: My favourite piece of hardware has to be my GTX 460 SLI setup. It’s some of the best value for money I worked with and helped me move from a Dell pre-build to building my own machine! It opened my eyes to PC building and helped get me through to my 3rd year of Computing at uni. Funny thing is that they were Gigabyte brand 460′s too. They know their stuff.

 

Im so doing the cake. Back in a week.

 

CATEGORY: Writing.

ENTRY: The finest piece of hardware I ever had the pleasure to own was my Logitech MX-1000 Wireless Laser Mouse. This bulky high-tech marvel beautifully fit my oafish oversized hand. It served me well through FPSs and MMOs, enduring millions of clicks; when the left mouse button wore out, I salvaged a replacement switch rather than even consider replacing the mouse, for by this time the MX-1000 was venerable indeed and no longer sold. The comfortable coating was long since worn off, plastic beneath worn smooth from years of service, and the aluminium badge on the rear had been dissolved in half by my sweat before falling off. Sadly, when the middle mouse button was worn out I could not find a replacement, and had to retire my right hand tool of choice. The mouse I use now is technically far superior, yet I can’t help but miss that magnificent mouse.

 

My favourite piece of hardware was my old generic no name clacky USB keyboard. It survived many all night gaming sessions and when I was a bit older, it also survived many drink spillages until it met an unfortunate end to a Strongbow sweet in early 2006. No amount of co contact cleaner was able to revive it, so it was ultimately replaced with the G15. I kept it around for sometime, occasionally attempting to repair the electronics and although I managed to get the lights to work and a couple of keys; ultimately during the big Geek shed clean out of 2009 (I have a shed dedicated to my Geekiness) I decided it was time to let it go. However I did retain the last useful part, the USB cable as it had a really nice thick solid one; of which I’m yet to find a purpose for…

 
Artful-dodgeR

Let’s not forget the last time we had a cake category and a certain Wyld cake appeared:

Let the baking begin!

 

techman83,

And of Course I forgot to read the entry section being far too focused on my story! I’ll try that again…

Category: Writing

Entry: My favourite piece of hardware was my old generic no name clacky USB keyboard. It survived many all night gaming sessions and when I was a bit older, it also survived many drink spillages until it met an unfortunate end to a Strongbow sweet in early 2006. No amount of co contact cleaner was able to revive it, so it was ultimately replaced with the G15. I kept it around for sometime, occasionally attempting to repair the electronics and although I managed to get the lights to work and a couple of keys; ultimately during the big Geek shed clean out of 2009 (I have a shed dedicated to my Geekiness) I decided it was time to let it go. However I did retain the last useful part, the USB cable as it had a really nice thick solid one; of which I’m yet to find a purpose for…

 

BWAHAHAHAHAHHAHA!!!!! I can’t help but feel that this comp is in a slight way a stab at me from the other day. XD +1 you guys I look forward to working on this. :D

 

CATEGORY: Writing

Entry:

My monitor.

I was going through life with a mediocre monitor. I never even knew the possibilities…

I grew discontent with my monitor and decided the time to get a new monitor was nigh. I began to look. Alas; there were few options at the time. Then I stumbled upon a thread of sage internet goers. They talked about a mythical creature named the Dell UltraSharp U2410. The people talked about it like it was the second coming. “The greatest thing I have ever seen”, said one.

I was going to do it. I was going to upgrade one of the most overlooked pieces of hardware.

Since the day of arrival I have marvelled at the precision, aided by the ultra-rare IPS panel. The depth. The warmth. Everything about it was perfect. It makes the worlds of games look real, and movies were the stuff of dreams.

My monitor.

 

Category: Writing

I had an old Acer CRT monitor from the time i got my first PC and lasted around 15 years and in its final years of operation every 30 minutes or so would change everything to a blueish colour. Banging on the side of the monitor was the only way too change the colour of the monitor back to normal until it finally broke and i had to get a new one. R.I.P Bluey

 

Category : Writing

Entry : Ah, the humble GTX 460. A tired, but respected battlehorse. It did the job but seemed…lonely. Thus began a quest, find it a shiny new partner for some sweet, hot SLI action! NAY, thou feckle sE would not satisfy mine cards cravings, fie! After 3 months of searching, an identical, genuine, pure GTX 460 model was found. Bliss. Happiness. A pair, meant to be, and perfect for warming the room during those cold, lonely winter months. This perfect second card, this shiny new mirror image, this soulmate…exploded a month later. A cap went through my case. Scarred, bloody, but determined to continue pleasing me, the original 460 is gasping it’s last.

It is time to move on. To place it, restfully, by my worn-to-translucent-plastic keyboard, an X6.

These two saw me through starting a business. Failed relationships. Travel adventures. It’s time. For a new leaf. For us all.

 
QwertyDinosaur

CATEGORY: Writing
ENTRY: My favourite piece of hardware is my old netbook. It’s gone overseas and on travels with me, it’s awesome for low spec games and can run servers and play media with ease. It’s awesome for having it as a media played while I play games, I set it up on one of my monitors and play through numerous amounts of tv shows and animes. I’ve also upgraded it so it runs faster, put some extra memory in. Probably the best thing I’ve spent money on whilst I was younger, it’s a three year old netbook and still works completely fine running the Windows 8 dev preview. To this day I still use it from time to time, and I think it’s awesome for travelling and media. It’s size is really nifty too, you could easily take it anywhere you wanted to take it.

 

exe3:
BWAHAHAHAHAHHAHA!!!!! I can’t help but feel that this comp is in a slight way a stab at me from the other day. XD +1 you guys I look forward to working on this. :D

This is EXACTLY what I thought of when I saw this. Awesome work Tim et al! Tossing up between le drawing and le baking… Also thinking whether I need this or not…. Don’t want to get it and not use anything!

 

I like the way profile information has not been included in the new comments setup so we can’t as easily tell that the winners are 1 post wonders who signed up after the comp went live.

 

Category: WRITING

Best piece of hardware I have ever owner was a 17″ LG flatscreen monitor I bought when they first came out that cost $500. I bought it about 8 or 9 years ago and I still have it.

It’s survived so much abuse, I’ve punched it so many times I named it Rihanna, although it’s still held up and works perfectly fine apart from the little dents. It’s held up better than some other screens I’v had recently.

 

insin,

Shit, I meant to put the ENTRY thing. Still counts, right?

 

exe3:
BWAHAHAHAHAHHAHA!!!!! I can’t help but feel that this comp is in a slight way a stab at me from the other day. XD +1 you guys I look forward to working on this. :D

I told you to be patient :P

Good luck!

 
 
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