I Won a $3K Gaming Rig from Maximum PC

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I Won a $3K Gaming Rig from Maximum PC

Five questions with the winner of our Maingear/AMD giveaway

Maingear F131 Contest Winner

Last month we gave away a righteous rig (equipped with a i7-3770K CPU, two AMD Radeon HD 7970s in crossfire, and 8GB of Corsair Dominator Platinum RAM in a sleek Maingear F131 chassis) courtesy of AMD and Maingear on our Facebook page, and a enthusiastic gentleman named Sean Pisto from Canadia was the lucky recipient of the prize. We asked him to share with us whether or not he thought he was going to win, what his old gaming PC was running, and what it was like to take it out of the box for the first time. The Q&A is posted below!

1. How old are you, where do you live, and how long have you been a Maximum PC reader?

I am 22, and I live on Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada. I've been reading and following Maximum PC for quite a few years. It started with me buying an issue every time I was on a ferry, and grew from there.

2. What are the specs of your current system?

The PC I had when I entered the contest featured the following: 
Processor - Intel Core i5-3570K
Motherboard - ASUS P8Z77-V
RAM - 16GB Mushkin Enhanced Redline Frostbyte
Video Card - EVGA GeForce GTX 470
Case - Cooler Master HAF 922
Power Supply - Corsair 850TX

3. Did you think you had a chance of winning?

Not in the slightest. I enter tons of contests and the pattern is I forget about it after a few days and never hear anything again.

4. What did you think when you first received contact from us?

I was trying to remember what I entered.  I finally Googled it expecting it to be a mousepad or something, and couldn't believe my eyes when I found the contest page again and saw it was for a $3,000 gaming system. Then my brain ran through the number of ways this could be a hoax, a joke, or a scam.  Finally the truth set in and I got a wee bit excited.

5. What was the unboxing like, and what is the system like now that it’s up and running?

I knew it was supposed to come late on the Monday, so I sat in the front room of my house and frantically looked out the window every time I heard a vehicle.  When it finally arrived I immediately took it out of the box and just stared at it in awe for a while.  Finally I took the picture (above) and started setting it up.
So far it runs like a top. It's nice being able to crank up every setting in games without having to even worry about performance.  On top of that it’s significantly smaller (and prettier) than my old PC, which will be awesome for LAN's.  All in all, I can’t thank Maximum PC enough. This was truly unreal.

If you want to be notified about future contests, giveaways, and other generally cool stuff be sure to be a Fan of our Facebook page. The next giveaway is coming up soon, and without spoiling the surprise, well, we’ll just say that for the lucky winner it’ll be like a Dream come true.

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MarleneLuis15

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orevilo

> Next giveaway
> Dream

if this means what i think it does, Words can not describe how i feel.

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squarebab

Mr. Pisto's Facebook page must be really really awesome!

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macmooda

maybe a dumb question, but what was his answer?? I know that the answer was haswell, but I just wonder how he answered the question. Congrats man that is awesome!!!

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sixxtoes

My exact email went as follows:

"
The Intel CPU architecture that will succeed Ivy Bridge goes by what name?
Haswell.

*Contact details*

<3

"

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ronmccord

I would of preferred a Potenza with a Titan stuffed in it but I degress lucky kid

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PCWolf

Shame that someone who really needed the game rig didn't win it. Seems he already had a decent rig to begin with. Almost like when someone who already has money wins the Lotto. Oh Well, F U Facebook! *hehehe* At least he's a power user who will put the Gaming Rig to good use, & not just hang out all day on Facebook all day & browse for porn.

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Jebuslovesu

Bastard I almost had it! Almost!

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AZtek

I would have entered myself,
unfortunately Arizona was excluded from being able to enter why I have no idea?
Congrats again

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joshnorem

Arizona is difficult for contests, so we had to exclude it. Sorry.

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ghost316

Great that a Canadian won... unfortunately I live on the other coast of Canada and will never be eligible for these contest because of the government of Quebec....

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jth

Very nice. I'm the same way when I enter and win stuff. I always forget then have no clue what I won. Doesn't happen often though, for sure. Love reading those stories about people who've hit lottery jackpots like three times. Bastards.

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SpecNode

Congratulations to him on winning.

I hope he sells it for cash and does a better build.

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vrmlbasic

I believe that here in the USA winning the PC means that the PC "counts" for income tax purposes. Selling the PC for cash would then make the cash acquired from the sale "count" for income tax, leading to "self-imposed" double taxation here. I can only imagine how much worse it must be in the Great White North.

Besides, I can't personally can't contemplate ever selling something like this; I guess I've got a touch of sentimentality after all lol.

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mario_ramalho

You lucky bast... I mean, Congratulations... ;)

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Cube

I did not enter because I hate facebook and don't use it and I find the social network junk out side of steam groups pointless.

My game system was a 2004 built socket478 pentuim 4 extreme edition PC a with windows XP like 3 to 5 months ago.

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someuid

Question #6: what was the first video game you played on it?

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sixxtoes

As per my T-shirt, Dota 2.

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Insula Gilliganis

1 - Congrats to you Sean!!

2 - Did the rig arrive with any Gordon's DNA on it??

3 - eBaying this or your old rig??

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sixxtoes

1. Thank-you!

2. I did not have the proper tools to test for this :(

3. Neither. I'm giving my old rig to my dad.

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dethdeks

spell check would be a good tool for you bloggers. btw its canada not canadia

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Vecna6667

I was thinking that maybe they were fans of ChuggaConroy on youtube. He has often referred to Canada as Canadia mainly to get under ProtonJon's skin.

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AFDozerman

It was a joke.

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sundropdrinker3

And it's "it's", not "its", as in "it is" Canada.

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someuid

Or maybe it is just friendly razzing of our neighbor to the north, with whom we share the longest undefended international border.

From: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canada%E2%80%93United_States_border

"The International Boundary is commonly referred to as the world's longest undefended border, but this is true only in the military sense, as civilian law enforcement is present. The relatively low level of security measures stands in contrast to that of the United States – Mexico border (one-third as long as the Canada–U.S. border), which is actively patrolled by U.S. customs and immigration personnel to prevent illegal migration and drug trafficking."

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joshnorem

I think your humor detector is broken.

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someuid

Maybe your next contest giveaway should be a DVD of Canadian Bacon.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0109370/

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devin3627

candida is a fungus.

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n2ic8k

canadia was written not candida

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