Posted by CharlesAlanRatliff (5355 posts) -

 Art by Turbo_Toaster
Congratulations to CaptainCody for winning Just Cause 2 (donated by mosdl)! His username was the one that Random Line Picker chose!  
 
I've received my fourth donation! rentfn is donating three Steam games! You'll have the chance to win Half-Life 2, Half-Life 2: Episode One, or Portal! The game will be gifted via Steam when the winner is chosen. I'm not sure if it matters, but rentfn is from the USA (not positive on how Steam gifting works, so I thought I would mention it). 
  
Wrighteous86 is also hosting his own contest, which you can check out here. His prizes include: 
  
  • An original model Xbox360 120GB Hard Drive
  • An original model Xbox360 transfer kit
  • Manhunt (Xbox)
  • Halo: First Strike (Novel)
  • Half-Life Platinum Collection (PC)
  • Baldur's Gate 4 in 1 Box Set (PC)
  • Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels (DVD)
  • Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog (DVD)
 

Now on to the generic stuff! 
 

Donations
If you have games you are no longer interested in that are in good condition (as in, they work), then PM me with what game(s) you would like to donate and I will give you the mailing address you can ship them to. You will be responsible for all shipping costs.  You won't get anything for it, but I will list your name (with a link to your profile) by the game you donate in all future contests that they are available.    
 
Please read this before entering -  

There is no way for me to really verify who enters, but I'd appreciate it if you only enter if you're actually able to play these games and have interest in them! If something happens to the game during shipping and it doesn't work for some reason, then... oh well! I'm paying for everything, and all you'll have to deal with is minor disappointment. I won't compensate you for that!
 
I will be doing one of these every week until I run out of games. More games will be added as I beat and lose interest in them or as I receive donations!

I will pick one winner using Random Line Picker and PM them asking for their mailing address and what game they want. The game will be shipped via Priority Mail with a tracking number for your convenience. (If you live in the U.S., that is. If you live anywhere else and want to enter, then you'll get some other kind of shipping speed without a tracking number!)  
 
(All games are NTSC.)  
 
All of these games have been tested and work. The cases themselves either have stickers on them or are in not-so-great condition, but the games play fine from my experience. As I've said before, these contests are for people that want to play the games, not collectors...   
  
PC 
Half-Life 2 - (Steam gift, donated by rentfn
Half-Life 2: Episode One - (Steam gift, donated by rentfn
Portal - (Steam gift, donated by rentfn)
Splinter Cell: Double Agent - (donated by nintendoeats)

PS3 
Turning Point: Fall of Liberty   -  (donated by nintendoeats
 
How To Play 
Are you the type to build your own gaming pc, or buy one that's ready to go? Answer this question to enter!
 
Deadline 
You have until Saturday, April 2nd at whatever time I am awake and decide to end it. I will make a warning post one hour before I close the contest and select the winner.      
 
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Previous Winners
JohnAsscream - Alan Wake (X360)
kestrel10mn - Assassin's Creed II (X360) 
zoskia -  Dead Space (PS3) 
nintendoeats -  Splinter Cell: Conviction (X360) 
DarthOniXVIII - Left 4 Dead  (X360) 
Daveyo520 - Assassin's Creed (X360) 
Synthballs - Mass Effect 2 (X360)  - Donated by zoskia 
Mechwing - Army of Two (PS3) - Donated by nintendoeats 
BjornTheUnicorn - Max Payne (PS2) - Donated by  nintendoeats 
CaptainCody - Just Cause 2 (PC - Steam) - Donated by mosdl
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#1 Edited by CharlesAlanRatliff (5355 posts) -

 Art by Turbo_Toaster
Congratulations to CaptainCody for winning Just Cause 2 (donated by mosdl)! His username was the one that Random Line Picker chose!  
 
I've received my fourth donation! rentfn is donating three Steam games! You'll have the chance to win Half-Life 2, Half-Life 2: Episode One, or Portal! The game will be gifted via Steam when the winner is chosen. I'm not sure if it matters, but rentfn is from the USA (not positive on how Steam gifting works, so I thought I would mention it). 
  
Wrighteous86 is also hosting his own contest, which you can check out here. His prizes include: 
  
  • An original model Xbox360 120GB Hard Drive
  • An original model Xbox360 transfer kit
  • Manhunt (Xbox)
  • Halo: First Strike (Novel)
  • Half-Life Platinum Collection (PC)
  • Baldur's Gate 4 in 1 Box Set (PC)
  • Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels (DVD)
  • Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog (DVD)
 

Now on to the generic stuff! 
 

Donations
If you have games you are no longer interested in that are in good condition (as in, they work), then PM me with what game(s) you would like to donate and I will give you the mailing address you can ship them to. You will be responsible for all shipping costs.  You won't get anything for it, but I will list your name (with a link to your profile) by the game you donate in all future contests that they are available.    
 
Please read this before entering -  

There is no way for me to really verify who enters, but I'd appreciate it if you only enter if you're actually able to play these games and have interest in them! If something happens to the game during shipping and it doesn't work for some reason, then... oh well! I'm paying for everything, and all you'll have to deal with is minor disappointment. I won't compensate you for that!
 
I will be doing one of these every week until I run out of games. More games will be added as I beat and lose interest in them or as I receive donations!

I will pick one winner using Random Line Picker and PM them asking for their mailing address and what game they want. The game will be shipped via Priority Mail with a tracking number for your convenience. (If you live in the U.S., that is. If you live anywhere else and want to enter, then you'll get some other kind of shipping speed without a tracking number!)  
 
(All games are NTSC.)  
 
All of these games have been tested and work. The cases themselves either have stickers on them or are in not-so-great condition, but the games play fine from my experience. As I've said before, these contests are for people that want to play the games, not collectors...   
  
PC 
Half-Life 2 - (Steam gift, donated by rentfn
Half-Life 2: Episode One - (Steam gift, donated by rentfn
Portal - (Steam gift, donated by rentfn)
Splinter Cell: Double Agent - (donated by nintendoeats)

PS3 
Turning Point: Fall of Liberty   -  (donated by nintendoeats
 
How To Play 
Are you the type to build your own gaming pc, or buy one that's ready to go? Answer this question to enter!
 
Deadline 
You have until Saturday, April 2nd at whatever time I am awake and decide to end it. I will make a warning post one hour before I close the contest and select the winner.      
 
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Previous Winners
JohnAsscream - Alan Wake (X360)
kestrel10mn - Assassin's Creed II (X360) 
zoskia -  Dead Space (PS3) 
nintendoeats -  Splinter Cell: Conviction (X360) 
DarthOniXVIII - Left 4 Dead  (X360) 
Daveyo520 - Assassin's Creed (X360) 
Synthballs - Mass Effect 2 (X360)  - Donated by zoskia 
Mechwing - Army of Two (PS3) - Donated by nintendoeats 
BjornTheUnicorn - Max Payne (PS2) - Donated by  nintendoeats 
CaptainCody - Just Cause 2 (PC - Steam) - Donated by mosdl
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#2 Posted by Video_Game_King (34587 posts) -

I'd rather buy one pre-made, since I haven't a clue what I'm doing.

#3 Posted by Jackalofdeath (19 posts) -

i dont know how this works really so ill reply here
 
I bought a couple gaming PCs pre-built in the past, but after dealing with terrible customer support and faulty hardware on my last one, i built my own computer by myself for the first time this january, all brand new, top of the line type computer.
It was like 780 bucks and newegg was doing a big sale, i haven't had an issue yet, and i set it up the same night i got all the parts together

#4 Posted by Wrighteous86 (3642 posts) -
@Vito_Raliffe: I'm new to the whole "fan contest" thing, so I hope you don't mind that I use this thread to promote a contest I'm having until the end of the week
 
Prizes include: 
  • An original model Xbox360 120GB Hard Drive
  • An original model Xbox360 transfer kit
  • Manhunt (Xbox)
  • Halo: First Strike (Novel)
  • Half-Life Platinum Collection (PC)
  • Baldur's Gate 4 in 1 Box Set (PC)
  • Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels (DVD)
  • Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog (DVD)
 
Didn't realize you did something along these lines already, otherwise I might have gone through you (even though most of this stuff is older).
#5 Posted by wefwefasdf (6729 posts) -

I built my first PC several years ago and I don't ever think I'll go back to buying pre-made PC's unless they had a really, really good deal on one.
 
Keep up the great work, Vito!

#6 Posted by CharlesAlanRatliff (5355 posts) -
@Wrighteous86: Any contest that gives free stuff away to the people of Giant Bomb is fine with me! I'll add the link to my first post, as well. 
 
@SpikeSpiegel: Thanks!
#7 Posted by ssj4raditz (1125 posts) -

I'd rather build my own, that way I know exactly what's in it, and if anything goes wrong, I have no one to blame but myself!

#8 Posted by NeVeRMoRe666 (261 posts) -

Wow, this is so nice of you. May I ask why you're doing this? (just out of curiosity, of course)

#9 Edited by Ashuku (214 posts) -

Funny, I actually just wrote an essay comparing and contrasting building a PC versus buying one.
 
My vote goes towards building. Its pretty easy to understand how to do it if you take a little time to do some research, and you get a better machine for less money. Also, if it breaks, you don't have to pay some jerk at best buy hella monies to fix it. 

#10 Posted by CharlesAlanRatliff (5355 posts) -

This blog was accidentally posted twice. I just wanted to let everyone know that this is the official one, and that the duplicate has been deleted. Thanks!

#11 Posted by Video_Game_King (34587 posts) -

Just in case my first post doesn't count, for whatever reason.

#12 Posted by CharlesAlanRatliff (5355 posts) -
@Video_Game_King: It did. I just wanted to quickly delete the other blog, so I sent an @reply to everyone that had posted in it! 
 
*eats tortellini* om nom nom
#13 Posted by OneAndOnlyBigE (436 posts) -

I'd buy one pre-made because I have no idea what the difference is between all the various processors, video cards, etc.
#14 Posted by melcene (3056 posts) -

Build my own as much as I can get away with.  Do my own upgrades and everything.  Even if the entire PC needs an upgrade, I'll go to a place that allows me to customize every piece of hardware so I know what's going to be in my box.

#15 Posted by abdo (1037 posts) -

I built my own PC a couple of years ago, with the help of a friend. It's a lot cheaper, and you choose which parts you want, instead of getting an overpriced pre-made machine that will probably be more powerful than you need it to be.

#16 Posted by Mento (2255 posts) -

Mix of both. I buy second-hand, which are by definition pre-made, and then upgrade parts of it whenever I have the spare cash and inclination to do so. It's not a particularly safe way to go about things, though, but then I'm really only comfortable with the simple stuff like adding drivers/RAM/HDs etc.
 
I love these Steam giveaways the most. Especially when the "Give and Get" promotions start rolling around and people are feeling generous. Props to Vito and rentfn.

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#17 Posted by waitwhat (251 posts) -

the type to build my own gaming pc.

#18 Posted by iam3green (14388 posts) -

both.  i bought my computer prebuild and then over the years i upgraded the video card and RAM.

#19 Posted by Sparky_Buzzsaw (5794 posts) -

Let's try this again.  I don't build my own, due to vision problems.

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#20 Posted by JoeyRavn (4884 posts) -

Building your own PC is the way to go if you know what you're doing. It's easier to squeeze the most off your money, especially if you're on a budget. Upgrading a pre-built can be a good solution too, as long as you're not spending more on core upgrades than what you'd pay if you built it from scratch.

#21 Posted by JCTango (1354 posts) -

I built my first PC gaming rig this past summer.  It was so easy, I think I would do it again :D.

#22 Posted by TehFlan (1944 posts) -

I'm way too lazy to build my own PC.

#23 Posted by ChristianCastillo (1178 posts) -

I wouldn't be able to build my own pc, I'm the type that will go crazy thinking I may have screwed something up and the pc won't work correctly if I built it. 

#24 Posted by Conker (766 posts) -

Used to build my own stuff. Now I find it too frustrating, and I prefer buying it pre-made. The extra price makes up for the headaches

#25 Posted by FancySoapsMan (5750 posts) -

If I had the money and knew enough about computers to build one, I'd do that.
 
Unfortunately I have neither. Which means I probably can't buy a new one either :(

#26 Posted by CoheedFavorHouse (670 posts) -

i dont have the technological savvy to build my own PC.  as cheaper as i sure i am, i think i'll keeping my gaming to my consoles. i dont have the patience to sit at my desk anyway

#27 Posted by Pickingwings (181 posts) -

I like to build my own PC, as I can usually find the parts a lot cheaper online than buying a pre-made PC.  Also I would like to see first hand what is actually in my PC.

#28 Edited by mewarmo990 (821 posts) -

I prefer to build my own PC - I can build a top-of-the-line machine for probably 2/3 the price of a pre-built one.
 
I suppose if money weren't a subject, acquiring a quality pre-built (e.g. Falcon Northwest, Velocity Micro, Voodoo when they were still around, etc) would be nice for the professional job and warranties. You KNOW that they won't screw up the overclocking, for example.

#29 Posted by Kiemoe (1053 posts) -

I actually just built my own PC very recently, and am on it right now :)

#30 Posted by Fontan (318 posts) -

I've built my own PC a couple years back. Don't think I'll ever buy a pre-made one, I feel it's better in every way to have one built by myself. That way I know what's in it, what are its possible problems, what to change and when.

#31 Edited by crusader8463 (14303 posts) -

My current PC is a Dell XPS 720, and I plan to never buy pre built again. It was insultingly over priced, but it had a monthly plan and that was the only way I could afford it at the time. With in months ones of the dam side panels literally fell off the side of my computer. They used glue to hold it in place instead of screws or a latch and the heat from inside the computer melted it.  
 
While not a huge deal, as I rarely use it any more, the DVD drive has a little latch that flips down when you open the DVD drive and I always have to lift it down when I close the DVD drive or else it gets stuck on it and won't close.

#32 Posted by yoshimitz707 (2446 posts) -

i built one myself in January and it was awful! Next time I'm just going to spend the extra $50 to get it built for me and save my self 10 hours of headache.

#33 Posted by Vestigial_Man (308 posts) -

I'd rather go pre-built for security/warranty if anything breaks. Also, I would spend every moment from picking parts to using a self-built PC in blind panic at it breaking or me already having broken it.

#34 Posted by CharlesAlanRatliff (5355 posts) -

One hour left!

#35 Posted by CharlesAlanRatliff (5355 posts) -

OK, contest closed! The winner will be PMed later today and a new contest will begin tomorrow!