Its hard to say who deserves it the most, I think all of us who understand what OCN is about are good and deserving individuals, so while I canâ€™t say with any kind of certainty that I am the most deserving, I can say with certainty that I do my very best to be a helpful member of the OCN community and act in accordance with what we stand for, and I am certain that I need a new case.
I started to get back into computers in Feb of 2009, I was big in computers when I was a kid but at 14 started down the wrong path of alcoholism and drug abuse for the next decade. When I met my wife 10 years later (In a bar no less) she convinced me that there was more to live for and a few months later I went through a week of the most horrifying withdrawals you could ever imagine as the white powder and alcohol attempted to maintain their control. Well, I won and got clean, a few weeks later I got a job and a few weeks after that I found out my wife was pregnant. I wanted to get a computer up and running then but there just wasn't the money as my son was soon to be born.
Finally a year later I found my chance, with my tax return that year I spent a mild $700 and put together my first dual core machine, with a 4830 in an antec 300. Later that year I got a bonus from work and was able to put a 4870 and Phenom II 940 in it. The next yearâ€™s tax return I didnâ€™t have quite so much money to spend and was able to put a 5870 in and get a monitor but that was about it.
After that a big surprise, my brother traded an MPC 1000 on craigslist for an I7 machine and then even more a surprise traded motherboards/processor/ram with me, he said he would never use that much power and would prefer I had it. Things seemed to be looking up for my computer world, I had an I7 rig with a 5870 and great mobo, all through very careful planning I was able to get all that without taking from my wife and son. I didn't have much more that I needed to upgrade with the exception of a new case (I was leaning towards the soon to be released corsair 600), the Antec 900 I had wanted so bad and gotten off of craigslist was a big letdown in terms of room/noise and cable management, I did my best to mod it but there isn't much to work with, so I started saving for the corsair 600t, unfortunately that is where it has ended.
My car, which I had for years, wouldnâ€™t pass smog and I was forced to let it go, then I had to gather every cent I had to get another one, I spent $2000, all the money I had in the world to buy a 1990 Camry from my wife's "family friend's" dealership. Within a month the transmission blew, I was having the worst luck, but to my rescue, a friend came, he gave me his 1982 Datsun 280zx as a commuter so I could get to work and hopefully save enough to fix my car, unfortunately as my luck would have it the motor blew 2 months later. I am now a pedestrian, with no public transit to get me to work at 5am my little brother takes me now. Working on saving up but between taking care of three people on a single income, and putting my wife through school, its going to be a while before I can get it fixed, which puts my hopes for a new case a long long way away. I got so close to building my dream machine before being stopped in my tracks
Well thatâ€™s my long story because I am incapable of saying anything in less than 1000 words, whoever wins, let me say thank you to FannBlade and Calamity for the generosity, this embodies what OCN is all about and in that sense really you two are the most deserving of winning these prizes. Good luck to everyone.