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Have you voted in the 2010 bit-tech and CPC awards yet?

Have you voted in the 2010 bit-tech and CPC awards yet?

Vote in our survey and you could win kit.

We're mid-way through the voting for the 2nd annual bit-tech and Custom PC awards, and we need your help! Over 3,000 people have responded so far, but the more answers we have, the better the survey data and the more info we have to guide our future coverage.

Voting in the awards doesn't just help us out, it gives you the chance to praise the companies who go the extra mile, and to expose those who don't deliver on value for money or customer support. By voting, you can also win some great prizes, too.

We want to know who's the best when it comes to enthusiast PC hardware and games. Who makes the best graphics cards? Where's the best place to shop? When it all goes wrong, who are the guys who come through with quality post-sales service?

As well as specific hardware and retailers, we're also looking for the manufacturer who's done the most to contribute to the modding scene, and the one who's helped with overclocking. As we're all about innovation, we're also interested in which new company has had a real breakthrough this year.
There are 11 awards in total that we need your help with - and there are also two that we're deciding amongst the editorial team, for Technical Innovation (the best new idea) and Elite Hardware (the single bit of kit we'd most like to take home).

Here's the full list of awards:

Reader Awards
1. BEST MOTHERBOARD MANUFACTURER
2. BEST GRAPHICS MANUFACTURER
3. BEST MEMORY MANUFACTURER
4. BEST PSU MANUFACTURER
5. BEST PC & LAPTOP MANUFACTURER
6. BEST RETAILER
7. OVERCLOCKING & COOLING AWARD
8. BEST MODDING MANUFACTURER
9. BEST RMA & SERVICE AWARD
10. BREAKTHROUGH OF THE YEAR AWARD
11. BEST PC GAME DEVELOPER

Editorial Awards
12. TECHNICAL INNOVATION AWARD
13. ELITE HARDWARE AWARD

Have you voted in the 2010 bit-tech and CPC awards yet? Vote in the bit-tech and CPC awards
For the.... WIN

While voting gives you the chance to be heard, you can also win prizes. First prize is a £270 Sapphire Radeon HD 5850 Toxic graphics card, overclocked out of the box and with Sapphire's excellent Vapor-X cooler.

Second prize is a media PC bundle, with a silent Sapphire HD 5550 Ultimate graphics card, Synology Diskstation DS110 NAS box and a Startech USB 3.0 hard disk docking station, complete with USB 3.0 PCI-E controller card. There are two third prizes - a SteelSeries Kinzu Optical Mouse with a CoolIT ECO A.L.C. all-in-one CPU cooler, and a 700W Enermax PSU with four Enermax fans.

Further more, ten runners up will win year long subscriptions to the magazine!

VOTE IN THE SURVEY NOW

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mi1ez 13th August 2010, 11:36 Quote
Done
NickCPC 13th August 2010, 12:44 Quote
Also done. Some great prizes!
mrbens 13th August 2010, 12:52 Quote
I don't see how the results can be accurate as the winners will probably be just the most known brand as none of the readers are going to have tested a motherboard from every manufacturer for example or RMA'd something to all of the suppliers to compare.

I doubt everybody will have a look through a few reviews and make an informed decision for every award and just chose the manufacturer they bought at the time they last build/bought a PC which may be old hardware now and not representative of the current best.
confusis 13th August 2010, 13:14 Quote
done. added my own answers in a couple places - mnpctech FTW
Phalanx 13th August 2010, 13:37 Quote
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Originally Posted by mrbens
I don't see how the results can be accurate as the winners will probably be just the most known brand as none of the readers are going to have tested a motherboard from every manufacturer for example or RMA'd something to all of the suppliers to compare.

I doubt everybody will have a look through a few reviews and make an informed decision for every award or just chose the manufacturer they bought at the time they last build/bought a PC which may be old hardware now and not representative of the current best.

Well the whole point is it's an award based on people's experiences, whether that's stuff they buy or reviews they read. It's not a statistical thing, it's an opinioned award.
WildThing 13th August 2010, 14:45 Quote
Voted.
Teelzebub 13th August 2010, 15:22 Quote
Voted
woods 13th August 2010, 18:29 Quote
Voted, even though I never win anything
mnpctech 13th August 2010, 19:21 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by confusis
done. added my own answers in a couple places - mnpctech FTW


Thank you confusis ;)
thehippoz 13th August 2010, 22:14 Quote
must be for uk.. no newegg on the list =p
MiNiMaL_FuSS 13th August 2010, 22:27 Quote
always a pleasure
Canon 14th August 2010, 02:38 Quote
Voted, excellent :D
DBA 15th August 2010, 02:42 Quote
as I can understand, then this is UK only?
Krayzie_B.o.n.e. 16th August 2010, 05:52 Quote
Hey you guys forgot NEWEGG for us bloaks here in the states. They are only the best.

Why was Noctua in the overclocking category but not the modding category with all the other CPU cooling manufactures?
C-Sniper 10th September 2010, 15:39 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Terms of Contest
This prize draw is open to UK residents only, unless otherwise stated.

Fabou 10th September 2010, 16:38 Quote
@ Krayzie_B.o.n.e
Because their fan are 100% made to be efficient and 0% made to look cool(brown and brown is not cool). Other manufacturer have gone the colored led fan way.
Parge 10th September 2010, 17:09 Quote
Oooh! When do we find out the results?
Sifter3000 10th September 2010, 17:51 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Parge
Oooh! When do we find out the results?

Not for a while yet, November 11th :)
Waynio 10th September 2010, 18:17 Quote
Done, not upgraded psu, mobo, mem in a while but know what I'd go for if I had the dough so voted for those brands.

Been saving up lately & now have enough to upgrade but I'm split between 3 things:

A few new power tools & pile of aluminium to get busy with more modding.

32inch 1080p 100hz led tv, forget the 3d ones they are just way too expensive currently.

Good i7 1366 Motherboard, cpu, mem with good speed & low latency like the corsair dominator 1600mhz 6,6,6,20.

Just can't make my mind up lol, I'm just as tempted to upgrade as I am to build my modding arsenel but feel modding is pulling me in more.
SaNdCrAwLeR 10th September 2010, 18:55 Quote
you guys should start doing this for people residing outside of the UK aswell...
seriously many of us wouldn't mind paying for the transport costs if we'd win some of these, I know I wouldn't
Fizzban 10th September 2010, 20:00 Quote
Another year, another vote. :)
ADJB 10th September 2010, 22:46 Quote
I don't see the logic behind the "Best Laptop and Desktop Manufacturer". I would expect that most people would be looking at two different suppliers for two very different products. For example both the misses and myself have Toshiba laptops because we have found them reliable and good value over a long period. We don't want them for gaming but as everyday workhorse machines for work. Having said that I would never consider buying a Toshiba Desktop (do they even make them?) as all our desktop machines are component builds except a couple of Shuttle based boxes.

It seems a bit silly to have "Laptop and Desktop" together, after all you wouldn't ask for "Best Graphics card and Power supply manufacturer" would you?.
slugbug 11th September 2010, 00:03 Quote
How about picking a winner for the KFA2 GTX 460 giveaway which ended more than a month ago?
sp4nky 11th September 2010, 09:53 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Sifter3000
Quote:
Originally Posted by Parge
Oooh! When do we find out the results?

Not for a while yet, November 11th :)

That allows me to vote for Activision-Blizzard then, since Cataclysm is probably coming out early November.
sp4nky 11th September 2010, 10:11 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by ADJB
I don't see the logic behind the "Best Laptop and Desktop Manufacturer". I would expect that most people would be looking at two different suppliers for two very different products. For example both the misses and myself have Toshiba laptops because we have found them reliable and good value over a long period. We don't want them for gaming but as everyday workhorse machines for work. Having said that I would never consider buying a Toshiba Desktop (do they even make them?) as all our desktop machines are component builds except a couple of Shuttle based boxes.

It seems a bit silly to have "Laptop and Desktop" together, after all you wouldn't ask for "Best Graphics card and Power supply manufacturer" would you?.

I doubt most people here would buy a pre-built desktop anyway.
ADJB 11th September 2010, 18:35 Quote
Exactly. Having said that I buy around 2000 desktops and 20 - 25 Servers a year for work but my considerations for buying those, especially after sales service, is a completely different set of considerations than I would ever apply to my own machines or what I would consider for a questionnaire like this.

I can see some people on here buying barebones like the pre-overclocked bundles from overclockers and similar and maybe some very rich readers buying the odd (and by odd I mean 1 or 3, probably no more) CPC featured mega machine of the year but as you say most people here will do component builds. My question still stands - Why bundle Laptop and Desktop supplier together?
RichCreedy 13th September 2010, 18:18 Quote
done
HourBeforeDawn 14th September 2010, 07:19 Quote
is this going to be like the nVidia puzzle contest? where we enter but then nothing happens and the people behind it disappear if so then I will pass.
bulldogjeff 26th September 2010, 16:58 Quote
There needs to be a poll for worst service as well, that would be a bit of an eye opener I think.
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