Announcing the Custom PC & bit-tech Awards 2009

Announcing the Custom PC & bit-tech Awards 2009

We're pleased to announce that voting for this year's all-new Custom PC & bit-tech Awards is now open!

I'm pleased to annonuce that voting for this year's all-new Custom PC and bit-tech awards is now open and we'd love to hear what you think of the various companies we cover on a daily basis.

Before bit-tech moved its offices into London to team up with the Custom PC crew, we used to run the bit-tech awards quite differently, where we'd declare our favourite products of the year. This year, we're changing things a little and taking the awards to a new level.

While the bit-tech and Custom PC reviews team puts the latest hardware and games through their paces each month, giving you recommendations on what to buy in our monthly buyer's guides, we don't often get to use those products as a paying customer.

With that in mind, we would like to hear your opinions on the PCs, laptops, components and games that you've bought over the past year. Your votes will decide 11 of the 14 awards because we believe that the awards should go to the manufacturers who have not only created the best products, but also delivered exceptional after sales service as well.

The remaining three awards will be decided by the bit-tech and Custom PC editorial team - the Dream PC 2009, Technical Innovation and the Elite Hardware awards. The awards will be announced online on 19th November, which is the same day that issue 76 of Custom PC goes on sale.

As a thank you for taking part in the survey, you'll have a chance of winning a full AMD Dragon kit worth £600, plus £500 in runners-up prizes courtesy of AMD and Asus. Please click on to take part in the Custom PC & bit-tech Awards 2009. Prizes are global and the voting closes on 14th October 2009.

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yakyb 18th August 2009, 14:05 Quote
eek 18th August 2009, 14:09 Quote
All submitted!

*fingers crossed*
LeMaltor 18th August 2009, 14:10 Quote
Bauul 18th August 2009, 14:27 Quote
Started this yesterday, but didn't finish it. I'll finish it properly tonight.
SMIFFYDUDE 18th August 2009, 14:45 Quote
I wonder what the odds of EA winning an award are.
Xtrafresh 18th August 2009, 15:13 Quote
*nudge nudge*

Prizes are global? I can't seem to find the usual set of disclaimers anywhere, and as this is a competition run by yourself, this is the perfect opportunity to back up the statements that you strive to include as many people as possible in the compos, right?

[ninja edit]
wait, are you sure it's a good idea to have us vote on these things in august, with the perfect storm still to come?
I must say, i can't answer the very first question, as my decision on mobo manufacturer of the year is 100% dependant on who gets Lynnfield right. I don't mean to spoil the fun or anything, but this seems a bit premature, so for now, i haven't enetered.
badders 18th August 2009, 15:13 Quote
I entered yesterday afternoon (after seeing a banner on the site) - does my vote still count?
Tim S 18th August 2009, 15:31 Quote
Originally Posted by badders
I entered yesterday afternoon (after seeing a banner on the site) - does my vote still count?

Yes, course!
logan'srun 18th August 2009, 15:46 Quote
is it global? EU only? UK only?
bigkingfun 18th August 2009, 16:01 Quote
What Xtrafresh said...
Tim S 18th August 2009, 16:43 Quote
It's worldwide and voting ends on 14th October.
DraigUK 18th August 2009, 16:44 Quote
Done - but being forced onto the Saphirre website at the end of it was not so nice. Cheeky!
capnPedro 18th August 2009, 16:50 Quote
Would have liked to have seen Bethesda in the running for developer of the year.
HourBeforeDawn 18th August 2009, 18:34 Quote

for the cooling question I had to answer other because well in that answer I put for Air cooling Noctua for water cooling EK. next time you do this survey maybe you should ask both air and water next time :)
BioSniper 18th August 2009, 18:35 Quote
Done though I would have to say that not offering an opt-out for detail sharing at the end is a bit of a dirty tactic. Also is there a link to opt of the marketing etc now?
robyholmes 18th August 2009, 18:37 Quote
I filled it in a few days ago from scan. Its your own awards and your last to open it!
thEcat 18th August 2009, 19:21 Quote
Entered then cancelled right at the end. You can have my full name and address if / when a prize is won, until such time email address is the best I'm willing to offer.
Mentai 18th August 2009, 22:19 Quote
I think there needs to be an option to not answer certain questions. I haven't bought a new case this year, so I don't feel qualified to vote for a manufactorer. I did anyway, because I want prizes, but it was just an educated guess.
Also, agree with Xtrafresh on perfect storm.
l3v1ck 18th August 2009, 23:44 Quote
Originally Posted by SMIFFYDUDE
I wonder what the odds of EA winning an award are.
Can you have negative odds?
alpaca 19th August 2009, 09:11 Quote
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this is low. where is the tick box (or at least the link) for not sharing my private details? it is ok if you want to use them in statistics (how many people reading bit-tech have a first name with 6 letters and stuff)
But i do not. i repeat DO NOT want to recieve any more spam, and certainly not on my phone, be it calling or sms.
i am sorry i cannot subscribe because of this, because it is absolutely fantastic to have a worldwide competition for once.
Tim S 19th August 2009, 12:02 Quote
I'm really sorry about this - I'm not sure why that's the case. Alex and I are investigating it now, but in the meantime....
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Sorry once again :(
g3n3tiX 19th August 2009, 12:12 Quote
^ I agree with that. I want some control over the information submitted.
And it was sent over http, not https...
What I find strange is the fact we are redirected to sapphire's website after the survey...(after clicking no to send it to friends)
pimonserry 20th August 2009, 16:44 Quote
Done, but I'm only giving my email + name, until there's an opt-out tickbox in the questionnaire.
[PUNK] crompers 20th August 2009, 16:48 Quote
done, you can have my info if you send me crates of graphics cards and games
Hugo 25th August 2009, 15:29 Quote
Who is your PC game developer of the year?
Jonathan Blow (Braid)
Jonathan Blows more like, amirite?

On a serious note - I've completed the survey 'cause I'd feel hypocritical bitching about the results if I didn't, but Alex/Tim - I'm sure you'll be good enough not to enter me in the prize draw :)
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