TS New Year Giveaway: First winner announcement

By on January 2, 2006, 6:45 AM
Congratulations vnf4ultra! He is the winner of the first GeForce 7800 GT, with three more still waiting to go in our giveaway. Enter here for more details.
The first period of our giveaway went formidably well, thanks to everyone who participated. The winner has now been contacted through his registered email, and we expect a response during the following five days.

The selection went as planned and consisted of TS' staff and moderators picking members based on their activity during the December 14-28 period. The pool of selected members was the following:

PanicX*, Eleventeen, cyrax, dragonmaster, spike, vigilante, bartzy*, vnf4ultra*, subservient, mentaljedi, monkeyman, otmakus, Rage_3K_Moiz, PUTALE, barfarf, nathanskywalker, howard_hopkinso, asphix*, nimo333, Arcanum, canadian.
Notice it's relevant to know who was picked during the first period since you can double and triple your chances for the following contest periods (see: "The catch..." in the giveaway rules).

Once again, we are thankful for your participation and we certainly hope you keep doing so, as there are still three more videocards in play.

* Showed exceptional participation and received double slots in the pool. This deviates slightly from our original rules, however we thought it would be fair for those members who showed above-expectations performance.

Update (12/02): We certainly encourage users who weren't included in the pool to continue participating, your chances are almost intact with three more cards left.

Those wondering why you weren't included, remember that users are being hand-picked, meaning quality and relevance of comments matter A LOT. If this wasn't the case we could simply run a search of users posting over 20 items during the contest period, but the fact that we read everything you post makes a difference.




User Comments: 41

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dbuske said:
I posted everyday and I wasn't even considered. What a waste of time. I am out of here. I will just stay on my regular forums.Seems very unfair not to be considered in the pool of possible winners. This contest is really unfair.
realblackstuff said:
dbuske's reply does not exactly show the type of 'sportsmanship' we expect from our regulars!It's his problem however, as he obviously does not realise there are THREE more cards to be won.For everybody else: keep up the good work, keep those posts coming!
dbuske said:
Obviously another of the Forum's contests where they always give the prize to their best buds on the forums. I think I will report back Nvidia.
MonkeyMan said:
Great job, vnf4ultra, I am glad to know, that I was picked in the mix, and I hope I win next time. Thanks for considering me Techspot. And for everyone who was disappointed because they didn't win, just keep posting, and you may be picked. The contest is not over yet, so keep on posting!!!!!! think positively!!!!!!![Edited by MonkeyMan on 2006-01-02 08:24:14]
kokomen said:
Relax ppl. Three more cards are still in game... Just, go on.
vnf4ultra said:
Thank you Techspot, I've rarely ever win anything, and didn't even figure it'd be worth it to enter, since I never win, but I actually won now! I can't believe it. Should be a big improvement over my 6600gt.Note to dbuske, did you post at least 20 times? I think there were about 15 days where you could post comments, and if you posted 1 a day each day it'd only be 15 posts, and the rules said it was necessary to post at least 20 times. Also note, the contest isn't over, you still have 3 more rounds to win, and each time your chance of winning will increase if you post at least 20 quality comments in each round. Thanks again!
mentaljedi said:
wow. I'm up there. That's wonderful. Being noticed is almsot as good as winning. Well done vnf4ultra, i'm happy for you! So, lets keep up the posts and Happy New Year to you all. (Even if its a bit late...)
Bartzy said:
Wow vnf4ultra, nice going ! I hope you'll have a great time with this really great card :)I'm happy to see that I was in the pool and you even put me twice there :)
Didou said:
[b]Originally posted by vnf4ultra:[/b][quote]Note to dbuske, did you post at least 20 times? I think there were about 15 days where you could post comments, and if you posted 1 a day each day it'd only be 15 posts, and the rules said it was necessary to post at least 20 times.[/quote]It's not just about posting, it's about making worthy posts. Not "I agree", "Great!", "(insert name brand) rocks!" kind of posts. I'm not saying that's what he did, but there quite a lot of "filler" posts & those simply will not get you considered.Congrats to the first winner.
Rhianntp said:
Congratz ! :)
tkdredbeltgs said:
Awsome! have fun with your new card! Why wasnt I even considered? I've been posting at least twice a day. O well, i'll keep on hoping/commenting for the next card! Do we need to post here, or back on the original page?
swker98 said:
Congrads Vnf4ultra
boril said:
Congratulations Vnf4ultra enjoy of this awesome present ;)
PUTALE said:
congrat man, you are super lucky.
otmakus said:
Congrats vnf4ultra, u deserve to win the prize. Ur comments are pretty thoughtful and knowledgeable. Now I just hope I have some of ur luck and win 1 of the left 3 prizes.
poertner_1274 said:
Nice work vnf4ultra. Everyone else keep posting and increase your chances of winning the last 3 cards!!! Good luck all.
howard_hopkinso said:
[b]Originally posted by realblackstuff:[/b][quote]dbuske's reply does not exactly show the type of 'sportsmanship' we expect from our regulars!It's his problem however, as he obviously does not realise there are THREE more cards to be won.For everybody else: keep up the good work, keep those posts coming![/quote]Just sounds like sour grapes to me.Why can`t you (dbuske) just be happy for vnf4ultra, as I and the rest of the Techspot regulars are.Congratulations vnf4ultra. Nice one mate.Regards Howard.
Eleventeen said:
Cool, nice job vnf4ultra.
Arcanum said:
Congratulations to vnf4ultra!Seriusly, that's a sweet card you've gotten your hands on :)Nice to see I was picked, being a very new member and all :) This is just an encouragement for me to be even more active...Hope I win this sweet card in one of those next 3 polls :P
mastronaut said:
Vnf4ultra, you lucky bastard! hehe, yeah I'm jealous, but hopefully I can still win one of the next three. It's nice to see that all your work doesn't go un-noticed here.Congrats! I know your new year is Happy!
mnm222876 said:
I meet all the criteria for the contest and wasn't even entered? WTF? What a BS giveaway! TechSpot sucks!
vigilante said:
Hey cool I was on the list :) but no * :(must.........keep..............going...............Have fun now vnf4ultra! See you in BF2!
PanicX said:
Congrats vnf4ultra!While watching the comments on the articles myself, there were only a few I thought deserved the prize and you were one of them. Does my heart good.
werty316 said:
Congrats and enjoy the sweet 7800GT
tkdredbeltgs said:
Man, your going to have some blazing fps with that card! Keep posting for the 2nd round people! I really want to win the next card. Next annoucement in 13 days.
Chamot said:
Congrats vnf4ultra, good stuff :)
nathanskywalker said:
vnf4ultra! Congrats dude! rock on! that card will keep you going for awhile! rock on and MERRy Christmas, and a happy New year!!! wahooooo!!!
cyrax said:
Whoi!!!! Vnf4ultra, you the man! i hope it reaches you on time. Techspot definately rules.
Kaleid said:
Congrats and better luck next time wished to myself :)
Masque said:
Congrats.....that's one awesome card. You've obviously got quality posts going....stick around and keep posting in all the forums. It's people like those in the pool that we need around here. :)
howard_hopkinso said:
[b]Originally posted by mnm222876:[/b][quote]I meet all the criteria for the contest and wasn't even entered? WTF? What a BS giveaway! TechSpot sucks![/quote]That`s what I like to see. Good sportsmanship, and intelligent comments.I take it because you entered the competition, and met the required criteria. You think it`s your god given right to win.Get over yourself.
asphix said:
Congratulations!I'm just happy my name got up there. To be honest I'm having fun posting comments to the stories and seeing what you all have to say in response!I hope after the contest we can all keep the activity going since I'm really enjoying hearing what some of you have to say on a lot of these topics.
barfarf said:
Congrats vnf4ultra, you are worthy competitor. Now that you have won that leaves more room for me win. My tyranny of postings will never end!! Moooahahaha! =) I am honored the celestial entities know as “Techspot”s have chosen me in the 1st round selection. Do not worry fellow posters not all lost there is still time to win. Perhaps my story will be beneficial to other hopefuls. Like so many others I too am a newbie and began posting because of the contest. At I first posted incorrectly in the forum and not on the front page news section. I did catch my error and in the last week and half I made sure to post quality comments. I tried to make my posts insightful and/or helpful to other posters. Often adding new links or reading other users postings and constructively commenting on them. Also, my posts generally were several sentences long (like this one). Hope that helps and good luck![Edited by barfarf on 2006-01-03 10:42:59]
Soul Harvester said:
What a fantastic excuse to buy a new system :D
zachig said:
Congrats to the lucky winner!!! Hopefully the 2nd, 3rd or 4th winner will be me!!! ;-)
iluvnug said:
I am glad they updated the rules so I know exactly where to spend my time posting. Though you will still catch me lurking in the tech forums. Conratz to vnf4ultra!
kodrutz said:
Firt of all, congratz to the winner. I really hope that you don't plan on winning another one for a SLI rig and you'll leave us some room now ;) Second, I must say that I was really disappointed not being picked, but I think that my absence at the end of the period contributed a little, I don't know. I had to go for almost a week and not too many chances to post where I was, I barely managed to browse a little through the forum(very slow connection, very old computers there). Now I am back & ready to rock! Good luck to you all!
luismigilbert said:
hey dbuske, how old are you?? grow up!congratulation vnf4ultra.. i hope i win one too :)
Abomination said:
Congrats on winning a sweet card. For all those who are complaining they didn't win ......Why. It's a competition, not a handout. We should be thankfull they are giving us the chance to win
darkstuarez said:
[b]Originally posted by dbuske:[/b][quote]I posted everyday and I wasn't even considered. What a waste of time. I am out of here. I will just stay on my regular forums.Seems very unfair not to be considered in the pool of possible winners. This contest is really unfair.[/quote]Are you really that selfish? Did you join this forum when you saw the advertisement? Probably...I had the feeling that Vnfultra would be atleast considered to win the graphics card for one of the drawings when he took his own time to help a new member of the community(me) by picking out all the essential parts to make a quality pc with the provided budget. I know I don't must much, I'd certainly like to, but, as I'm learning more about PCs, I don't know much, this is mainly a supportive forums to help others, almost every thread is about something I don't know much of anything about. Not to mention I'm keeping up with 3 forums not including TechSpot. So, I'll do my best to keep with you guys. Congrats ultra ~Jaymes
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