Thanks to everyone who entered our last giveaway. We're waiting for eligibility confirmation from our four potential winners: bigbluerobo, nhilyna, Lord 666 and fiftysixtius. Respond to the email in your inbox to verify your eligibility and claim your prize!

If you didn't win last time, don't worry - MSI came through with a Z77 motherboard of their own to give away to one lucky reader. MSI's Z77A-GD65 is pictured below and it's what we're giving away starting today:

The Z77A-GD65 is an ATX Z77 motherboard, obviously with support for Ivy Bridge. You get three PCIe  x16 slots, although they are electrically x8s and a x4. MSI uses an Intel GigE NIC on-board as well as a Realtek audio codec. There are five fan headers, eight SATA ports (6 via the Intel PCH) and 14 total USB ports (including 4 USB 3.0 ports). All in all this is a very well featured board and one that should make for a great start to your new Ivy Bridge system.

And if you don't win this time, MSI is giving away something else in the not too distant future. But more on that later...

To enter the contest simply respond to this post with comment telling MSI what winning this motherboard would help you do. 

Now the rules. This contest is only available to US residents in one of the 50 states. Secondly, you are only allowed to enter once.

Entries will be accepted from 5:08 PM ET on April 30, 2012 through 12:01 AM ET on May 9, 2012. Winners will be selected by May 15, 2012.

Good luck everyone :)

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  • claysm - Monday, April 30, 2012 - link

    This board would indeed help me be more awesome.
  • playtowin - Monday, April 30, 2012 - link

    I'm in desparate need of an upgrade!
  • Souka - Monday, April 30, 2012 - link

    Count me in also... my lovely Q9400 quadcore is getting a bit "old" these days... time to give up the LGA 775 route and get modern! :)
  • rastor - Monday, April 30, 2012 - link

    I love to build computers. This would give me a jump start on upgrading my computer and rebuilding my daughters almost dead one (my previous build).
  • Apollyon1980 - Tuesday, May 1, 2012 - link

    I would love to build a new computer!
  • GotThumbs - Tuesday, May 1, 2012 - link

    Would be Soooo SWEET!

    MSI was the first board I used when I started building my own systems. Every other year, I upgrade and pass my old system to my father. He's always thrilled with the upgrade.
  • SpacedCadet - Wednesday, May 2, 2012 - link

    I am currently using an MSI board and have used several others in the past. Only problem I have had is when UPS damaged the box and then the motherboard blew on startup.
  • dhouse - Tuesday, May 1, 2012 - link

    Would love to get a new Z77!
  • alfreid - Tuesday, May 1, 2012 - link

    Would love one!
  • bowmangolf - Tuesday, May 1, 2012 - link

    Me wants the power.

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