[citation][nom]Regulas[/nom]The bottom case looks like it could be Lian Li case, they are nice.$2,500 would be one killer rig.[/citation]
You do realize all the specs are posted in their respective articles, right? There is no "would be a killer rig" here, it IS a killer rig (although I feel that there are some spots it could have been improved on).
[citation][nom]the_krasno[/nom]Is the hassle of employing a foreign that much easier than the hassle of international shipping?[/citation]
There is alot of red tape to go through for international contests to be technically legal. It's simpler to restrict it to the US. It's got nothing to do with shipping, as PNY ran a contest with similar restrictions and the prizes were program keys.
In the system builders I like seeing the effort to try new things, so that we can get a better feel on how to best spend our money in our "real" builds. With all my buddies building systems with i5 750s (3 people actually), I thought it was really interesting to see how dual 5850 and 5870s perform, considering that they're all using crossfire enabled boards and planning on buying new Radeons.
Some strong performers this time around too. The $1300 PC had more graphic punch than December's $2500 PC! Lets hope that whomever wins these babies gives them as much "Love" and attention as I would... Lets hope gamers win, cuz, the idea of any of these machines doing just spreadsheets and email would make me sad.
Too bad mtd324. Luckily i live just over the border from Woonsocket RI so i qualify. But at least you'll never have the stigma of being referred to as a Masshole! Good luck to all who entered. There are some nice systems there!
[citation][nom]ismol[/nom]Why can only US citizens participate in the contest? there are so many readers of TH outside the US. For example, I am from Spain[/citation]
Cost of shipping would be the top reason but I also suspect it has to do with shipping PC's outside the country, when I worked at we had special procedures for shipping outside the US and it had to do not only with money but some places are not allowed to have the latest PC's (I know they already have them if they want them but its the law that companies inside the US have to follow) Dang Terrorist want to play the latest version of what ever game is out they have to import the machine from some third party company in a different country. Grey market!!!
Any of these machines would be nice, and good luck to everyone!!!