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Quakecon 2011: Day 3 Coverage

Author: Steve Grever
Manufacturer: PC Perspective

Hardware workshop continued, Ford F-150 Raptor winner, Quake Live tourney winners

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The two-hour hardware workshop continued by selecting two lucky audience members for a system build contest using a Corsair Graphite 600T case, Intel Core i5-2500K processor, MSI Z68A-GD65 G3 motherboard, PNY GTX 580 Liquid Cooled GPU, Corsair Vengeance 8GB DDR3 memory, Antec High Current Gamer 620W power supply, OCZ Vertex 2 60GB solid state drive, Western Digital 3TB hard drive, and a Thermaltake keyboard and mouse. These two audience members were able to build their PC first and boot it up to the Windows 7 home screen. For their efforts, they took home the PC they built! The runner-up in the system build contest didn't leave empty handed and walked away with a Gigabyte G1 Sniper motherboard.


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The second system was given to this lucky audience member for providing the closest 3DMark11 score. We ran 3DMark11 in performance mode to determine the overall score and this young gamer gave us the closest answer. Great job.


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Our hardware workshop fans screamed and shouted during most of the event to get prizes and t-shirts thrown their way.


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The audience members continued to be enthusiast as Tom Petersen from NVIDIA walked around to find the right gamer to give one of PNY's XLR8 GTX 580 liquid cooled graphics cards.


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The entire hardware workshop was a huge success thanks to our sponsors and the gaming community for participating in our event. We gave away more than $27,000 during the workshop and provided more than $4,500 worth of hardware to Quakecon to give to event volunteers. We want to give a special thanks to Corsair, NVIDIA, and OCZ Technology for stepping up and being our primary sponsor's for this years workshop. We are looking forward to putting on an awesome workshop at next year's Quakecon!


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In between the Quake Live and Brink tournament finals, Brian Knapp, president of Flagship Industries and Ventrilo, presented this lucky contest winner with the keys to a new 2011 Molten Orange Ford F-150 Raptor SVT. This individual purchased the ticket during a Quakecon charity auction Friday night. 


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SK Gaming's Shane "rapha" Hendrixson is the champion of the Intel Quake Live Dual Invitational, defeating fnatic's Kevin 'Strenx' Baeza in the finals. After going down one map, rapha came back with three straight wins to take his second consecutive Quakecon title. Rapha takes home $8,000 for his efforts.

August 7, 2011 | 10:10 PM - Posted by Tim Verry

How does that GTX MDT x5 card work, is it comparable to Eyefinity's one large display canvas?

August 10, 2011 | 05:06 PM - Posted by Ryan Shrout

More or less but it is a hardware solution rather than a software one.

We'll have one in for review next week I think.

August 8, 2011 | 01:04 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

The girls were looking good, the case mods weren't bad either. Maybe I'll end up at the event one of these days.

Good work.

August 8, 2011 | 11:14 PM - Posted by KG (not verified)

Where are pictures of Alienware girls?

August 9, 2011 | 05:21 PM - Posted by HeavyG_TPG (not verified)

I was disappointed that the Rage RC car mod didn't make it to the finals. It was pretty sweet.

August 10, 2011 | 05:06 PM - Posted by Ryan Shrout

Yup, we thought it was pretty good. I think it would have been 3rd or 4th on the list of custom built designs.

August 9, 2011 | 05:44 PM - Posted by prism (not verified)

This year the prizes for the Mod contest winners were a joke...Come on Alienware and NVIDIA WTF!

August 13, 2011 | 05:04 AM - Posted by BugSmashR (not verified)

Thanks Steve, Ryan & Corsair, Intel, nVidia and the other PCper Hardware Workshop Sponsors. I was one of the lucky event volunteers to win a i5-2500K LGA1155 processor.

So, buy z-68 board now? Or is there something I should hold off on for coming within the next month or so?

I look forward to next year's event. I hope to see the addition of more tech centric discussion show, with a second show for the hardware giveaways.

I would like to see a panel of speakers discussing future hardware outlooks. Ryan, Patrick Norton, Kyle Bennett, Anand Lal Shimpi, Allyn Malventano on one side; and a few guests from Intel, AMD/ATI, nVidia, ARM and such, on the other.

See you next year!

August 16, 2011 | 12:42 PM - Posted by DeusEx (not verified)

Thanks to PC Perspective (and Tom from nVidia) for holding a kick-ass workshop at Quakecon this year. I didn't win anything in the raffles, but I walked away with a lifetime of great memories, plus a battle scar courtesy of a HS1 box hitting me upside the head!

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