BCCHardware @ CES 2009 - Tiger Direct Build A PC For Charity Race
One of our highlights from last year at CES 2008 was the TigerDirect/CompUSA Build a PC Race for Charity, and we were able to attend again this year at CES 2009. For those unfamiliar with this event, you can head on over to this link to see all the Charities that have benefited over the years. The Build a PC Race has raised over 2 Million dollars for charity in the 12 years they've been running the event, and features 30 celebrity contestants racing to build a PC (valued at approx. $3500 USD) the fastest and the winner takes home $10,000 dollars for their favorite contestant (All 30 PC's that are built are also donated to charity of the racers choice also).
This year featured a new contestant, BCCHardware's very own Benjamin "Zeus" Heide, who was racing for the Alberta Children's Hospital in Calgary, Alberta (More info about this charity over here).
The race was fast and furious as all 30 contestants raced to be the first racer to complete their system and get it booted up. And the winner is.....
Al Hernandez from Fox News was the winner of $10,000 to be donated to the charity of his choice with a time just under 6 minutes. BCCHardware's Benjamin "Zeus" Heide came in at 7th with a time of 7:20 (Including some technical issues that included a faulty case that broke while trying to install the optical drives). The PC that Zeus has built will be shipped back to TigerDirect for some tweaking and a couple more upgrades and will then be donated to the Alberta Children's Hospital in Calgary.
After the winner had been declared the event was concluded. Zeus is already planning a strict exercise and nutrition routine to get into shape for next years event, and will be returning home on Monday to start practicing. All in all a great time was had by everyone in attendance and 30 charities will be receiving a new PC setup as well as some cash donations.
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