As you may have already heard, Cooler Master, one of the most prominent players in the market of computer cases and accessories for PC enthusiasts, has recently announced that their modding competition will also take place in 2013. Cooler Master Case Mod Competition is known to be one of the top modding competitions (the other being, of course, Bit-tech’s Mod of the Year), where modders from all around the world can show off their modding skills. In addition to the Cooler Master, the Cooler Master Case Mod Competition 2013 will also be sponsored by such companies as ASUS, Plextor and Geil, with Bit-tech and techPowerUp being media partners for the event.
Registration for this contest is already open and will stay like that until October 31, 2013. After the registration, modding enthusiasts will have plenty of time to finish their modding projects and submit the appropriate forum worklogs, since the final date (by which everything must be finished) is January 31, 2014.
Unlike last year’s competition, the Cooler Master Case Mod Competition of 2013 will feature only two distinct categories: “Tower Mod” (modding a stock PC case) and “Scratch Build” (custom projects made from scratch). Last year’s “Cooler Mod” category was removed from this year’s competition, so there’s no easy way in to the competition anymore ;).
To participate in the “Tower Mod” category, you’ll need to use a PC case made by Cooler Master as a base for your modding project, while participating in the “Scratch Build” category requires your custom project to use a minimum of one product made by Cooler Master. Also, modding enthusiasts that are participating in this year’s “Scratch Build” category, are permitted to use a non-Cooler Master made PC case as the base for their modding project, if the said case will undergo deep modifications, resulting in the case having a different (non-stock) look and losing all signs of original branding.
Each category will have several prizes: both “Tower Mod” and “Scratch Build” categories will have one first place prize, two second place prizes and tree third place prizes each. Traditionally, the Cooler Master Case Mod Competition is (among other things, of course) famous for its prizes and this year’s competition is even better ;). Prizes consist of a variety of computer hardware, accessories and peripherals. For example, prizes for the first and second places include almost all of the components that are required to build a gaming PC, with the CPU and display being the exceptions. Plus, this year the first and second places will also get 1000 and 500 USD cash, respectively. The total prize fund of this year’s Cooler Master Case Mod Competition is even bigger than last year’s: according to the official website, there are $20,000 worth of prizes in three categories, compared to $15,000 last year.
Another innovation of the Cooler Master Case Mod Competition for 2013 lies in the process of determining winners: so far, details and timetable of this procedure are unknown, but it’s already known that participants will be judged not by the viewers/visitors, as last year, but by a special jury. This special jury will consists of famous modding enthusiasts, modding journalist and sponsor representatives. Participants will be judged by such professionals:
- Brian Carter aka Boddaker — the world famous modder, who, among a lot of other victories, got the first place in the “Scratch Build” category of the Cooler Master Case Mod Competition for 2011;
- Peter Brands aka L3p — another world famous modder, who, among a lot of other victories, got the second place in the “Scratch Build” category of the Cooler Master Case Mod Competition for 2011;
- Bill “OverKill” Owen — the professional modding enthusiast and owner of the famous MNPCTech modding studio;
- Richard Surroz aka DarthBeavis — the world famous modding enthusiast and the face behind OutoftheBoxMods blog;
- Antony Leather — the famous modding journalist, who is a main contributor to Bit-Tech’s Mod Column and Custom PC magazine;
The said jury will also include one representative from each sponsoring company, i.e. Cooler Master, ASUS and Geil.
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