Announcing Upgrade My PC Please! Learn how to win a $500 upgrade package

By Julio Franco · 62 replies
Aug 29, 2017
  1. We've always enjoyed the chance to give back to the TechSpot community with giveaways, and we certainly wished we could have them more often. So when the opportunity arose to combine tech content that most of you will enjoy with an open giveaway of PC upgrade kits, we got to the task of making it happen. After months of planning, we're happy to announce the debut of a new video series we are calling "Upgrade My PC Please!"

    Season 1 of UMPP! is on-going, watch the episodes and participate here

    What is Upgrade My PC Please?

    Part video content, part community interaction, part open giveaway, Upgrade My PC Please! is a new collaboration between TechSpot and Hardware Unboxed (Steve's tech corner in YouTube).

    Each week we'll look at 5 PCs from users (your submissions) who are in need of an upgrade. We'll discuss their current hardware configuration and then propose the upgrades we think should be made to improve the systems. For the upgrades we have allocated a budget of $500 per episode during the first season. The idea is to help PC enthusiasts who are struggling to keep their system up to date and hopefully we can do that in an entertaining and educational fashion.

    The 5 computers will no doubt all differ, at least to a degree, and therefore so too will the upgrade options. Once we propose the upgrades, it’ll be up to you, the community, to decide which one of the 5 systems deserves to win the upgrade package by voting for the PC you want to see upgraded the most.

    Starting today we're open to your PC submissions so you can actively participate by sending in your computer specs, more on this below.

    Come next Tuesday (in exactly one week), we'll present the first 5 PCs and the upgrade winner will be announced on the following episode. We’ll purchase the hardware from their local computer store and have it delivered, so they can carry out the upgrades.

    For the first season of Upgrade My PC Please! we're only able to cover a select few regions, but we do hope to expand as the series develops. People located in United States, Canada, Australia, and the United Kingdom are eligible to enter and win.

    How do you enter?

    First things first, log in to your TechSpot account. If you haven't signed up for one yet (it's free!), this is a great time to do so.

    To enter your PC for consideration, enter here to fill a form with your full specs and submit your entry. Your entry will be private, only you and the TechSpot staff can review the submission, and you are free to make changes or updates at any time. We can also comment and tell you if there is something more we require from you.

    The submission process is very straightforward and you’ll be asked all the appropriate questions required to enter. We require at least 5 high quality photos of the computer you wish to have upgraded and the submission form will provide more information about this. Obviously we'll require basic contact details such as your name, address, and email, those details will of course be kept private.

    When discussing your PC we'll only use your first name or the PC nickname you provide. In addition, we'll want a full rundown of the hardware of your PC, a full spec-by-spec list, details about when and who built it, along with what you use the computer for and what you would like to achieve with the upgrade.

    First episode and season details…

    We'll be kicking off episode one next week and we’ll be featuring five of the best submissions we’ve received so far. One of those systems will become the first winner by being voted most eligible to receive the proposed upgrade package. Voting will take place later in the week on the TechSpot Forums.

    Your submission will be valid for the entire season and you can log in to the Forums and make changes at any point. The first season of Upgrade my PC Please! will comprise 10 episodes, so make sure you provide the best quality photos you can and don’t skimp on the details. Making the most compelling case for an upgrade, by detailing your build's history and purpose will definitely count for getting picked.

    We're really excited to see your submissions and can’t wait to get upgrading!

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  2. Puiu

    Puiu TS Evangelist Posts: 2,888   +1,313

    I guess I'm out since I have only a laptop at the moment :D
    Reehahs and Edward Park like this.
  3. Seether1992

    Seether1992 TS Rookie

    Hmm my photos won't upload, making me kinda sad, I pick the photo and the thing just sits there and the photo never uploads.
  4. Chris The Naab

    Chris The Naab TS Rookie

    My bad should have read the whole article first:

    "For the first season of Upgrade My PC Please! we're only able to cover a select few regions, but we do hope to expand as the series develops. People located in United States, Canada, Australia, and the United Kingdom are eligible to enter and win."

    I guess I've got to wait till the next season oh well right now as of this writing can't upload photos .
    Fricstix likes this.
  5. Tooth

    Tooth TS Rookie

    Yeah its hard to tell if your photos get uploaded or get uploaded at all
  6. Julio Franco

    Julio Franco TechSpot Editor Topic Starter Posts: 7,783   +1,057

    We quickly realized we were having issues with photo uploads (related to file size, among others). We have since changed the entry form so you don't have to submit photos, but instead are asking users to rely on Imgur, then embed your photos in your entry by editing it or replying to it. That should work for everyone and we'll have averted a disaster :)

    Also for @Tooth @Chris The Naab and others who were having issues, you can simply edit your entries with the photos.
  7. glic83

    glic83 TS Rookie

    Great idea guys, pity Ireland isn't included but what can you do, looking forward to seeing the entries for season 1. Best of luck with the entries.
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  8. Nobina

    Nobina TS Evangelist Posts: 1,453   +928

    Pimp my PC
  9. glic83

    glic83 TS Rookie

    Instead of buying in local stores would you not give the option to buy online with the likes of Amazon etc , you can easily buy online vouchers for them and other sites, reason I mention this is because, if Ireland was included in competition for future updates, anyone I know orders online when building as there isn't great selection here and what little is available is way overpriced. Just a thought.
  10. Puiu

    Puiu TS Evangelist Posts: 2,888   +1,313

    I hope the whole EU is included in the next season :D
    Good luck to everyone and hopefully you'll be able to upgrade to your dream PC (or at least something much better than you currently have).
  11. This would also be a good series for Laptops, some of us OG techies just don't want to get rid of the old door stops! I have a 286-12 Compaq "lunchbox" that I would love to see come back to life! Also a Sony Vaio that I use on a regular basis and it needs some help!

    My desktop I feel is not even worth the time to upgrade but I will send it in!

    Kudos to Steve and Hardware Unboxed for the great idea!
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  12. Humza

    Humza TS Addict Posts: 115   +79

    Wow I'm so excited! Going to participate in this for sure.

    *Edit: My Country is not in the supported list* :'(
  13. namesrejected

    namesrejected TS Guru Posts: 398   +301

    My 28.8K connection is making this difficult.
    Nick See, Phr3d, veLa and 3 others like this.
  14. Davepr

    Davepr TS Rookie

    Thank so much for this oportunity guys and I wanna say thank you and good luck for everyone <3
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  15. Neojt

    Neojt TS Addict Posts: 230   +59

    HI @Staff

    I just posted my submission but im unable to go back to review it to add photos . im getting a u dont have permissions to view this post
    Fricstix likes this.
  16. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,432   +980

    I would've loved to participate but I don't think a laptop is covered :p
  17. Adhmuz

    Adhmuz TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,854   +652

    Good idea! Good luck to anyone in need of a nice little upgrade.
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  18. burrbit

    burrbit TS Rookie

    Thanks for this opportunity!
    Steve likes this.
  19. Dustyn

    Dustyn TS Enthusiast Posts: 64   +21

    Pffft.... I'm on the cutting edge of high tech with my IBM PC AT running at 8MHz with my 20MB HDD.
    LinuxFanatic likes this.
  20. Kosta Sergakis

    Kosta Sergakis TS Rookie

    I have the finest PC in this Chat! (As of 2007...)
  21. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 11,796   +1,252

    SO WHAT?
  22. Julio Franco

    Julio Franco TechSpot Editor Topic Starter Posts: 7,783   +1,057

    Maybe you're trying to submit again (the system won't let you submit more than once), but your actual submission is editable and you can also add more info/replies like you do in the forums.

    Your entry should be visible here:
  23. Eduardo M

    Eduardo M TS Rookie

    Rng gods please let me win.
  24. wONKEyeYEs

    wONKEyeYEs TS Rookie Posts: 19   +10

    Thanks Techspot. This looks like a fun place to hang.
    Good luck everyone!
  25. Max D 1981

    Max D 1981 TS Rookie

    I submitted an entry. at least im mostly sure it went thru. but there is lot that seems to indicate it wasnt entered. I dont know. I may go back thru it. just to check.
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