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:
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
12. TECHNICAL INNOVATION AWARD
13. ELITE HARDWARE AWARD
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!