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HUN­DREDS OF READ­ERS JOINED THE PCTA AND PCPP CREW, WITH KEY PLAY­ERS IN THE PC IN­DUS­TRY, FOR A NIGHT OF TECHY FUN AND FES­TIV­I­TIES

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Afan­tas­tic night was had by all, and one par­tic­u­lar reader went home even hap­pier than most, af­ter win­ning the $10,000 Beast PC. Con­grat­u­la­tions, Dou­glas, it was quite clear on the night that you will love The Beast as it should be loved and it will bring you much hap­pi­ness. A huge thank you from us to all the com­pa­nies that hap­pily in­cluded their most pre­mium gear for this Beast build, and to Josh Collins and Alex Ciobanu for putting it to­gether on the night. Con­grats, too, to Alex who also won the big Mod Squad comp on the night, amaz­ing work by all en­trants.

All who came were treated to up close and per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ences with the lat­est tech good­ness, and the peo­ple be­hind the gear. AMD put to­gether killer Thread­rip­per and Ryzen rigs and had a su­per cool VR ex­pe­ri­ence go­ing on. Asus brought the goods, with all the new mon­i­tors, moth­er­boards and graph­ics cards you would ever want to drool over. Eset brought the Nerf weapons, and a very nice shoot­ing gallery with heaps of cool prizes, which were won with in­tent. PLE set up a camp­site with a big tent to show off its ex­clu­sive new light­ing rig that il­lu­mi­nates the walls around you in game colours. Re­view for that com­ing soon!

As al­ways Cooler Mas­ter has the nicest key­boards and pe­riph­er­als to have a good old feel of, while Sam­sung lit up the room with a nice dis­play of its killer SSDs. We had the lovely Jamie from Qnap once again show­ing off all the un­ex­pect­edly cool things you can do with a NAS while Tom over at WD un­veiled the new­est SSDs to hit the mar­ket.

Amid all the nice ex­tras Mwave brought along, we can’t help but fall in love with its ex­ten­sive range of mu­ti­coloured key­caps. Re­view also com­ing soon!

But most of all thank you to ev­ery­one who came along. The best part of this job is meet­ing you and hav­ing a great chat. Our com­mu­nity spans all ages and there’s a lot of his­tory and ex­cite­ment in the room at Up­grade – all thanks to you.

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