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TigerDirect.com and CompUSA to Host 12th Annual Build Your Own PC Race for Charity at the 2009 Consumer Electronics Show

Most exciting event at CES pits 30 Tech Journalists against each other to compete in a frenzy of PC Building to benefit charity.

MIAMI, Dec. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- TigerDirect.com and CompUSA, leading retailers of consumer electronics and technology products, along with AMD and Systemax will once again team up at the 2009 Consumer Electronics Show for the 12th Annual Build Your Own PC Race for Charity. This year's event will be held from 5:30-8:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 8th, 2009 at the Wynn Hotel and Resort in Las Vegas.

"While the buzz at CES revolves around new products and technologies, TigerDirect.com and CompUSA have been able to use the time over the last 12 years to bring journalists and various technology companies together to raise over $2 million for non-profit organizations and schools around the country," said Gilbert Fiorentino, Chief Executive of the Systemax Technology Products Division. "We're extremely proud of what we've accomplished so far and look forward to raising more for charity in the future."

This year, the 30 participating technology journalists represent major media outlets and analyst firms. Some of the outlets include Wired, G4TV, Gizmodo.com , Revision3, Computer Shopper, PC World, Maximum PC, Fox Morning News, Yahoo! Tech, and the Seattle Times. The top three winners also receive a total of $13,500 in cash that is also donated to their designated charities -- $10,000, $2,500 and $1,000 respectively.

The objective of the Race is to determine who can assemble a computer based on the AMD Phenom II X4 Quad Core processor in the fastest amount of time. Last year's winner, Will Smith of Maximum PC, assembled his PC in just 10 1/2 minutes, winning the event for his first time. He designated Child's Play, a game industry charity dedicated to improving the lives of children with toys and games in a network of over 40 hospitals worldwide, as the recipient of his computer and the $10,000 first prize cash donation.

Also, for the first time, AMD will host an Overclocking Race, pitting some of the most well known technology journalists against each other to test who can maintain the highest stable frequency on air and water cooled PCs. The systems used in the race will all boast the AMD Platform Technology, codenamed "Dragon," featuring the new AMD Phenom II X4 quad-core processor. The AMD Overclocking race will take place prior to the start of the official PC race from 5:45 - 6:45 p.m.

In addition to our name sponsors, AMD and Systemax, the event is also supported by other companies including CA, Microsoft, Logitech, PayPal and many others -- most of whom will be on-hand to show off their latest technology releases during the cocktail reception preceding the race.

To find out more about the race, be added to the VIP list or to see a list of this year's participants, visit www.charitypcrace.com or send an e-mail to [email protected] . To learn more about the event's main sponsors, please visit the following race sponsors at www.tigerdirect.com , www.compusa.com , www.systemax.com and www.amd.com .

About CompUSA

The CompUSA companies ( www.compusa.com ) serve the needs of both personal and business computer users, selling consumer electronics, computers, digital media technology and peripherals via retail stores, catalogs and Internet channels. The CompUSA companies are subsidiaries of Systemax Inc. (NYSE: SYX).

About TigerDirect

TigerDirect ( www.tigerdirect.com ) serves the needs of both personal and business computer users, selling consumer electronics, computers, digital media technology and peripherals via retail stores, catalog and Internet channels. TigerDirect is a subsidiary of Systemax Inc. (NYSE: SYX).

About Systemax Inc.

Systemax Inc. ( www.systemax.com ), a Fortune 1000 company, sells personal computers, computer supplies, consumer electronics and industrial products through a system of branded ecommerce web sites, direct mail catalogs, relationship marketers and retail stores in North America and Europe. It also manufactures and sells personal computers under the Systemax and Ultra brands.

About AMD

Advanced Micro Devices (NYSE: AMD) is an innovative technology company dedicated to collaborating with customers and partners to ignite the next generation of computing and graphics solutions at work, home and play. For more information, visit www.amd.com .

SOURCE TigerDirect.com

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