TechSpot New Year Giveaway: Win 4 GeForce 7800 GT videocards

By on January 1, 2006, 6:22 AM
One week left to participate! We are giving away 4 GeForce 7800 GT-based videocards in the coming weeks. Enter here for full details.

What you can get

A total of 4 GeForce 7800 GT-based videocards will be given away, one every two weeks for a total of eight weeks, starting today.

Now, because we are aware such a powerful videocard is not always the best fit for every one of you, we also give you the option of replacing the videocard prize for $275 worth of hardware from Newegg.com*. The contest is open to everyone, no geographic restrictions apply!

What it takes to win

TechSpot is updated daily with the latest technology news from around the globe. Much like in a discussion forum, you can contribute with your opinions and thoughts through our news comments system. In order to become eligible, you must remain an active discussion participant in our daily news coverage (by posting comments). We recommend you follow the following simple steps:

1) You must be a registered member to post, or if you are already part of the TS Community, just log in.

2) You must post a reply once in this forum thread, so we can track users that are participating (a simple message will do, just for tracking).

3) Start posting news comments! ([URL=http://www.techspot.com/news/19813-fortune-100-sites-leaking-sensitive-data.html#comments]example[/URL])

We will closely monitor comments posted while the contest lasts, some of the key aspects we will be looking for are:

* Participation frequency: A few posts every day will work better than 15 one day, then remain inactive for several days.

* Thoughtful comments and posts (quality over quantity, and by quality we mean polite, good grammar, and knowledgeable posts).

* A minimum of 20 posts is expected of every eligible participant.

TechSpot staff and moderators will pick by hand each one of the members we believe are eligible during each of the periods (not restricted to a number, can be 3, 10 or 30), then those names will be put in a pool where the final winner will be randomly chosen. There will be a total of 4 prize winners.

The catch...
Double, and triple your chances of winning!


Because we will be splitting the contest in 4 periods of 2 weeks each, members who remain active after the first participation period, can double their chances of winning for the second, that is, their names will be put in the pool twice. If they don't win the first or second time, but still remain active for the third period, they can have their names put in the pool three times! By the fourth and last period, if the user has remained active, its name will be put six times in the pool, so your chances of winning will skyrocket!

Other rules for the contest

* Members are expected to register and include full information in their profiles, including a valid email address.

* Winners will be contacted using the email address used to register. Each winner will have no more than 5 days to reply to our mail. In case we don't receive any reply by the 6th day, the user will be automatically disqualified and a new winner will be randomly selected from the pool.

* No geographic restrictions will be set for the contest. In case the winner lives outside the US, shipping may delay the prize arrival.

* Each winner will receive a GeForce 7800 GT videocard (manufacturer may vary). The winner may also decide to change the videocard prize for an item or combination of items from Newegg.com that will not exceed $275. Shipping charges will be discounted from such amount for both US and international winners.

* Only active participants will be taken in consideration.

* TechSpot reserves the right to modify contest rules at any given time.

* TechSpot staff members, moderators, and any direct relatives are not eligible to win prizes.

* TechSpot is not responsible for damage in shipping, or damage caused by installing these parts in your computer.

* The expected schedule for announcing winners is the following:
Period #1: Dec 14 - Dec 28. Winner announcement: Jan 1st
Period #2: Dec 29 - Jan 11. Winner announcement: Jan 15th
Period #3: Jan 12 - Jan 25. Winner announcement: Jan 29th
Period #4: Jan 26 - Feb 8. Winner announcement: Feb 12

* Void where prohibited or restricted by law.





User Comments: 211

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Federelli said:
Finally :D, i hope i get something this time if i win.Remember? I won a t-shirt last contest and never got it :(:(I know however it wasn't Techspot's fault since they've got the greatest people anyone can find :).[Edited by Federelli on 2005-12-14 10:51:43]
cyrax said:
Sweet!.already joined and ready to compete. Props to Techspot!
werty316 said:
I have been here a while and its sweet to see such sweet prizes and 4 sweet ones to boot around. Techspot you have out done yourself.
barfarf said:
YOu guys rock! Great idea on encouraging lurkers like me to take part in the community. Keep up the awesome work.
Renosh said:
wow.. i just joined last month.. i been getting good help with some of my problems.. this site is great.. i wouldnt mind winning the prize :)
phantasm66 said:
Years and years ago I won. I think I got a motherboard.
MarkSizzle said:
Wow! Hopefully I can win this. Then I will have a card to replace my GeForce 5200 lol.
---agissi--- said:
Sweet, Im excited! I dont pust much in the forums anymore because Im so busy but I still come here multiple times a day for the news and various other things.
omer718 said:
I actually have a chance of winning unlike other contests!!Good Luck to my self!!!!
otmakus said:
Wow, so I can get not only the news, the helps from the forum, but also the chance to win a free 7800 GT? That's almost too good to be true.
Mikael said:
Good luck everyone!
spike said:
[quote]Good luck everyone![/quote]The sign of a good sport. :)It'll be good to see coments flood the much revered techspot frontpage news.
Julio said:
For those of you interested to know, we will be running a private contest in parallel for our staff members and moderators. Just before you start thinking I'm a tyrant of some sort :D.
tarun123v said:
I am in to grab that BEAST MACHINE
nic said:
Count me in...
Masque said:
Julio runs some great giveaways! Good luck to all!
Mofoed said:
I would love this card to get my PC into SLI!
Mictlantecuhtli said:
I hope that members wouldn't forget that "Thoughtful comments and posts (quality over quantity)" part.
Kev_Boy said:
Bitchin' giveaway!Spans a lot of time though, at the last draw you can nearly include an egg ;)
spike said:
I'm in this because It'd be silly not to be, given the fact I comment here anyway. Whether my comments are thoughtful or not isn't for me to decide. It's just "business as usual" to me...This particular story does seem to be very popular with the new members though ;)
mentaljedi said:
[b]Originally posted by otmakus:[/b][quote]Wow, so I can get not only the news, the helps from the forum, but also the chance to win a free 7800 GT? That's almost too good to be true.[/quote]I second that. Though I have never won anything in my life when it comes to comps on T.V. or the internet, its good to see a more active approch to comps rather than asking an easy question and have thousands of answers and making your chance infinatly small. (Sigh) That 7800Gt sounds so much better than muy Gefore2 MX. But i might just change it for something if i find something else i like. Oh! Can't decide! Good luck and happy posting!P.S. Please no spamming!
mnm222876 said:
Excellent giveaway guys (and girls?). TechSpot has just become a new favorite site and bookmark!
Phantasm66 said:
I wish you all the very best of luck.
blue_dragon said:
oh boy finally thse forums are alive!!! no more trips to dead forums
mnm222876 said:
[b]Originally posted by blue_dragon:[/b][quote]oh boy finally thse forums are alive!!! no more trips to dead forums[/quote]Yeah. This contest will certainly do its job of recuiting new forum members. Definately the most effective way of livening up the forums.Good luck everyone!
spike said:
lol - maybe that was in mind, but as far as I can tell it's more about getting people to comment on the news.
mofoed said:
This is a great contest, smart way to get more forum members. Nothing like free stuff to gather the masses.
JET673_311 said:
There's nothing like a bunch of computer nerds fighting over 4 top of the line graphics cards. Next thing you know they'll have gladiatorial contests to win an FX-57...but hey i'm not complaining, just calling shotgun on the Battle Axe.
smtkr said:
Right, so now I have to split time between my blog and techspot. I want a new TFT LCD.
Subservient said:
ahhh, I'm sooo there. Except I'm one of those kids who easily develops into a Forum Troll, so now you're not getting rid of me.. HA! :P
poertner_1274 said:
You don't have to worry about anything everyone. I've already got this contest won.Crap, forgot I'm not allowed, I just get to sift through all the posts to make sure nothing goes wrong. So please keep them fun, interesting, and most of all, CLEAN! Remember this is a family forum, and I don't want any of you to hurt your chances at this awesome card by posting obsene things.Enjoy and have a great holiday season!!BTW[b]Welcome all newcomers to TechSpot[/b]You'll find this a great home, see ya' around ;)
realblackstuff said:
Of course we (TS) hope that you not only come here for the contest, but that you visit our forums as well, to get that bit of professional help, that you pay an arm and a leg for elsewhere!And if YOU are in the know, to assist others.Best of Irish to y'all, you hear me?
Arcanum said:
Great contest! Props to all of the Techspot team for making this possible!Good luck every one!P.S. I kind of dont agree with people that are entering this contest with x800 series, or even worse, if they have 6800 series - they should give us guys with intergrated cards, or just OLD cards (like my TNT2 ultra) a chance...
Bartzy said:
Wow. 4 7800 GT's is a lot of money. It's a great way to get more members and giving the community current member a chance to win a new generation video card. Good luck to all the participants :)
vigilante said:
Alright, sweet. I've never won anything. So I'll give this a shot! Those are sweet cards, but I could use the Newegg swap instead :)
spyker_c8 said:
mewants mewants mewantsgood luck to me and only me :Dj/k good luck to all and happy holdays!
kaarthic87 said:
Huh a nice way to replace my geforce 5500FX.keep goin TS
nic said:
Listing recent posts on the front page was a good way to get new members and keep topics alive. Unfortunately, this also meant that moderators had to be on their guard to prevent contentious issues from being posted and making it onto the front page. Shame really as we can't have competions every month to keep things active and many visitors will simply never look past the front page.
bushwhacker said:
[b]Originally posted by Federelli:[/b][quote]Finally :D, i hope i get something this time if i win.Remember? I won a t-shirt last contest and never got it :(:(I know however it wasn't Techspot's fault since they've got the greatest people anyone can find :).[Edited by Federelli on 2005-12-14 10:51:43][/quote]What important is that? I think Techspot Editor or Administrator will give a video card to one of Moderator, for instance, Mictlanehtli. ^_^
ringois said:
Well, I'd really love to win this, it would be a great addition to my son's pc. I agree, this contest will definitely do a job on recruiting new forum members!
ravenjy said:
put me in chief
sngx1275 said:
Hey I never got my hat from last contest either. And then whatever happened to Boeingfixer when he was going to send us all mini prizes....
mnm222876 said:
I'm just curious but...It seems like the qualifing criteria for this contest are quite subjective and not too concrete. Are you giving away the cards based on how you "FEEL" about how someone has contributed to the forums or will all of our names be entered into a big bowl and drawn at random? It's not clear cut and dry.[Edited by mnm222876 on 2005-12-19 23:10:55]
barney_3d said:
I do like free giveaways and I must say its a nice forum community you all have here, also good response times
Mictlantecuhtli said:
[b]Originally posted by bushwhacker:[/b][quote][b]Originally posted by Federelli:[/b][quote]Finally :D, i hope i get something this time if i win.Remember? I won a t-shirt last contest and never got it :(:(I know however it wasn't Techspot's fault since they've got the greatest people anyone can find :).[Edited by Federelli on 2005-12-14 10:51:43][/quote]What important is that? I think Techspot Editor or Administrator will give a video card to one of Moderator, for instance, Mictlanehtli. ^_^[/quote]Not this time. The GeForces are for regular members only.Besides, I won a mainboard + CPU + memory kit the last time :P
ringois said:
[b]Originally posted by mnm222876:[/b][quote]I'm just curious but...It seems like the qualifing criteria for this contest are quite subjective and not too concrete. Are you giving away the cards based on how you "FEEL" about how someone has contributed to the forums or will all of our names be entered into a big bowl and drawn at random? It's not clear cut and dry.[Edited by mnm222876 on 2005-12-19 23:10:55][/quote]I was kinda wondering the same thing
otmakus said:
[b]Originally posted by kaarthic87:[/b][quote]Huh a nice way to replace my geforce 5500FX.keep goin TS[/quote]That GF 5500 FX can replace my GF MX440 too :(
geforce_7800 said:
hey, i hope i win this exelent opertunity to get the best graphics card ever. This prize draw is the best ever and i hope i can win seems the graphics card is so costy and not alot of people are willing to folk out....... please techspot choose me.... ? ? ? thanks to your great draw.... thanks techspot
swker98 said:
way to go techspot, great way to get some new members around here, and be part of a great helpful comunity
flavin said:
im in. i just hope i understand the rules
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