PC World Announces Dream PC Contest

Ever dreamed of building your own PC from scratch? If money were no object, you'd probably build the biggest, baddest, best PC. Well, that's what we did--only we're giving it away to one lucky reader! PC World's editors picked their favorite components to custom-build the ultimate desktop computer.

The entry period for the Dream PC Contest is over. Thanks to everyone who entered! The Giveaway is subject to the Official Rules. Read the complete Official Rules.

Parts for the Dream PC provided by Tiger Direct.

Dream PC Prize Description & Estimated Retail Value

System Components

  • GIGABYTE 3D Mercury GZ-FW1CA-AJS Silver Aluminum ATX Full Tower Computer Case - $399

  • Custom Case Painting by Gary Berg - $1500

  • ThermalTake ToughPower 1200 watt Power Supply - $369.99

  • 1 Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9650 Processor - $1014

  • eVGA 790i Motherboard - $369

  • Corsair XMS3Â 2x2GB DDR3 1600MHz memory kits (total 8GB) - $736.80

  • Crucial 2000Mhz 4GB memory - $1,300

  • 2 EVGA GeForce 9800 GX2 Video Cards - $1199.98

  • 2 OCZ 64GB internal solid state disks (SSD) - $2,180

  • Adaptec RAID 3405 adapter card - $390

  • 4 Cheetah 15K.5 SAS 3Gb/s 300-GB Hard Drives - ST3300655SS - $3,931.20

  • Western Digital WD7500AAKS 750GB Caviar SE16 hard drives - $398.98

  • 2 Sony BWU200 Blu-Ray Read/Write Drives - 1199.98

  • Ultra Internal 3.5" Floppy Drive w/Multi Card Reader Black - $29.99

  • Cables Unlimited UV Reactive Mode Kit with Dual Tube UV CCFL Lights, Fans, Floppy Cable and ATA133 Cable - $26.99

  • Vantec UV Reactive Motherboard Slot Protector - Green - $4.99 (PCIe)

  • Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-1800 PCIe NTSC/ATSC/QAM tuner - $149

  • Emu 1616M PCI Sound card and breakout box (studio quality inputs and A/D, D/A, surround via digital) - $599

  • 4 Bay Mini 4) 3.5" SAS/SATA 3Gb/s HDD Storage Subsystem - $175


Display

  • 3 NEC LCD2490WUXi-BK 24.1" Widescreen LCD Monitor - $3,866.97

  • Ergotron monitor mounting system (3 wall mounts and 3 desk mounts) - $1014


External Peripherals and Components

  • Iomega UltraMax Pro eSATA 1.5TB - $504

  • APC Back-UPS RS 1500VA LCD - 249.95

  • Logitech diNovo Edge Keyboard - $199.99

  • Logitech MX AirTM Rechargeable Cordless Air Mouse - $149.99

  • Logitech Z-5500 THX Certified 5.1 500-watt Dolby Digital & DTS Hardware Decoding Speaker System -399.95

  • Canon Pixma MP970 Printer - $299.99

  • Fatal1ty Gaming Headset - $49.99

  • Saitek X2 Flight control system - $119.95

  • Xbox 360 Gamepad controller - $39.95


Software

  • Microsoft Office Ultimate 2007 - $620.99

  • Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate 64 - $379

  • Microsoft Windows XP SP2 - $249.99

  • Adobe Master Collection CS3 - $2,750.99

  • EA Crysis - $49.99

  • Microsoft Flight Simulator X Deluxe - $59.99

  • Call of Duty 4 - $59.99

  • Half Life 2: Orange Box - $61.99

  • Battlefield 2142 Deluxe Edition - $30.99

  • Kaspersky Internet Security 7.0 - 73.99

  • Acronis True Image Home $49.95

  • Acronis Disk Director Suite 10 - $49.95

  • Easy Media Creator 10 - $99

  • Cyberlink HD Suite Ultra - $129

  • Power DVD Ultra - $99

  • Nero 8 Ultra Edition - $99

  • Paragon's Partition Manager Personal - $49


Miscellaneous

  • OCZ Freeze Thermal Compound - $5.99

  • External 1 meter shielded multilane cable with SFF-8470 (InfiniBand) to SFF-8088 (Mini SAS) connectors - $70

  • Labor for building and troubleshooting -- 100 hrs at $50/hr - $5,000



TOTAL ESTIMATED RETAIL VALUE: $32,858.50

List updated 5/6/08. PC World reserves the right to make changes to the parts list in its sole discretion.

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