TigerDirect And Lenovo To Host Special Build Your Own PC Race For Charity For Kramden Institute Volunteers On May 18, 2013

One of the most exciting events during the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show comes to Raleigh, adds dedicated race for non-profit volunteersKramden Institute

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TigerDirect, a subsidiary of Systemax, has announced it will bring its popular Build Your Own PC Race For Charity to Raleigh on May 18, 2013. In partnership with Lenovo, the world’s second-largest PC vendor, a special race will be held for the Kramden Institute, a non-profit organization providing PCs to economically disadvantaged students. Kramden Volunteers will be given the opportunity to compete for an all expenses paid trip to Las Vegas during the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show to partake in the National Consumer Finals.

Build Your Own PC Race 2014 presented by LenovoNow in its 16th-year and known as a true “geek sport,” the builds themselves are short, sweet and full of excitement. For the special race, in addition to the trip to Vegas, the racer who assembles a Lenovo Gaming PC from its basic component level in the fastest time will receive a Horizon Table PC, in addition to a $500 gift card and $500 donation to the Kramden Institute. Second place will be awarded with an IdeaPad Yoga 13, $250 gift card and $250 donation to Kramden. Third Place will win a K3 Lynx Tablet with Keyboard, $100 gift card and $100 donation to Kramden.

“When Lenovo came to us with the idea to host a dedicated race for Kramden Institute, we couldn’t have been more excited about the opportunity,” says Lonny R. Paul, VP of Marketing and Strategic Initiatives for TigerDirect.com. “The hard work and effort that the Kramden volunteers have put into refurbishing computers has resulted in the donation of over 12,000 PCs to worthy students, impacting over 48,000 persons across the state of North Carolina. We are proud to be able to give back in such a fun and meaningful capacity, and look forward to working together again in the future.” Continue reading

TigerDirect.com Expands PC Race Series, Announces Locations and Lenovo Sponsorship

Now in Its 16th Year, The Build Your Own PC Race For Charity Will Take Place in More Than 10 North American Cities

Build Your Own PC Race 2014 presented by LenovoTigerDirect, a subsidiary of Systemax, is proud to announce the expansion of its 16th annual Build Your Own PC Race For Charity Presented by Lenovo, world’s second-largest PC vendor. In response to the race’s increasing popularity, TigerDirect will extend the competition to more than 10 North American locations. Tasked with assembling a Lenovo Gaming PC from its basic component level, the racer with the fastest time in each city will win an all expenses paid trip to the finals during the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show and a donation to their charity of choice.

Since its inception in 1997, TigerDirect’s PC Race has been hailed as one of the most exciting events during the Consumer Electronics Show and until 2012 was only available to journalists. Last year, when TigerDirect opened the races to the public, they received an overwhelming response from consumers and tech enthusiasts who were interested in competing and attending the events. With the help of Lenovo’s sponsorship and due to popular demand, TigerDirect has increased the number of racers per region from 10 to 20 and the number of cities from 5 to more than 10.

Furthering the program and capitalizing on the growing DIY tech trend, each of TigerDirect’s Regional PC builds will be supplemented by a “Tiger Tech Labs” Build Your Own PC Seminar. As part of TigerDirect’s ongoing “Tiger Tech Labs” seminar series, the retailer will schedule guided instructional seminars two weeks prior to each of the regional races to encourage additional people to learn about building their own PCs and generate initial excitement around the race events. Continue reading

TigerDirect.com donates Thousands at 15th Annual Build Your Own PC Race

TigerDirect.com 15th Annual Charity PC RaceLas Vegas, NV (Monday, January 14, 2013) – On January 8, 2013 TigerDirect.com, a subsidiary of Systemax, and Intel hosted the 15th annual “Build Your Own PC Race for Charity” at the Wynn Resort Las Vegas during the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show. This year Benjamin Heide of BCCHardware.com broke the PC Build record for fastest time, beating out his 28 competitors, assembling his computer in 3 minutes and 53 seconds. On his behalf, TigerDirect is donating $10,000 and the hardware package valued at over $2,500 to Alberta Children’s Hospital Charity in Calgary, Alberta.

The 2013 Build Your Own PC Race Event was bigger and better than previous years, attracting a record number of attendees. For the first time in its 15 year history, TigerDirect held two separate PC Builds during the event: The traditional “Charity PC Race” for journalists and the 1st Annual National Consumer PC Race Finals. 10 racers from across the country who placed 1st and 2nd at regional competitions were flown in to Las Vegas to compete in the National Finals Round. Contestants for the two races were tasked with assembling PCs in the fastest time.

In addition to the races, guests were treated to a variety of floor acts with jugglers, contortionist and acrobats during the first hour of the event, then two high energy, interactive performances by Recycled Percussion, the avant-garde performance band and finalists on NBC’s America’s Got Talent.

15th Annual Charity PC Race Winners:
First Place: Benjamin Heide of BCCHardware.com: $10,000 donation to Alberta Children’s Hospital Charity in Calgary Alberta
Second Place: Robert Squires of Fudzilla.com: $2,500 donation to Mendenhall Middle School
Third Place: Nathan Edwards of Wirecutter: $1,000 donation to Doctors Without Borders
*All the equipment from the racers goes to each participant’s charity of choice

1st Annual Consumer Build Your Own PC Race National Finals Winners:
First Place: Andrew Snyder of Delaware: $1,000 donated to the winner’s charity of choice and a $1,000 TigerDirect gift card
Second Place: Ryan Hoenga of Miami: $500 donated to the winner’s charity of choice and a $500 TigerDirect gift card
Third Place: Ramsin Gabriel of Chicago: $250 donated to the winner’s charity of choice and a $250 TigerDirect gift card
*All racers in the consumer race will receive their PC and hardware package

Various leaders in the technology industry sponsored the Charity PC Race and Regional Consumer Finals including title sponsor Intel, AMD, Trendnet, Kingston, HP, Western Digital, Square Trade, Logitech, Microsoft, Seagate, Envision, Samsung, iBuy Power, Coolermaster, Thermaltake, NZXT, Trendnet, Targus, Razer, LG, and AOC.