Welcome to OCN's Mod of the Month competition! This contest is open to all the members of Overclock.net; If you have a computer and you have taken time to make it awesome then you could win! Whether you are a pro case modder or a first time builder with a fresh idea, this contest is for you! Any posts flaming participants or bashing this competition will be reported and deleted. Please keep it friendly, this is a place to see showcased builds by members here on the forums and for like-minded members to get together and see what this community has to offer.
This month is for the 'amateur' class of Modders, it will be followed by the 'professional' class next month and the 'sponsored' class the month after that. The Sponsored class is for sponsored Modders only. The winner will take home $150 dollars prize money, as well as having his build featured on the OCN homepage!
Rules & Schedule (Click to show)
- Competitors each month are selected by nomination
- A member may nominate their own work at any time during the nomination period.
- If a member wishes to decline a nomination they may and it will not prevent them from entering again in the future
- If there are fewer than four nominations in any given month, those nominations will be rolled over to the next month's contest
- A nomination post should contain the name of the project, the name of the member, and a link to the thread. Please do not post pictures of the mods in the nomination phase.
- Any build log is eligible so long as it meets the following criteria:
- It is posted by an Overclock.net member
- If there is question over who the credit for a build should go to, the build should not be considered eligible for nomination
- In the event multiple members have worked on a project, the project should only be considered eligible if one of the members was clearly the primary contributor of both inspiration and work (this rule will be enforced by the honor of the members involved unless contested, in which case a staff member will consider the issue and post a decision)
- It is not posted on any other forums. If the project is posted on another forum, the log must link back to the OCN thread.
- Sponsored projects can only compete in the the sponsored class.
- The mod is either in progress or recently completed
- If the mod is in progress, it must be substantially on its way to completion; meaning that voters must be able to gain a solid impression of the quality and aesthetic of the final product from the current state of the project
- There has been a new update to the build log within 3 months of the opening of nominations
- The build has not been entered in more than one previous MOTM
- The winner will be selected by popular vote
- The eligible nominations will be put into a poll for other members to vote on
- It is up to each voter to determine what criteria they feel the nominees should be judged by, so long as they feel the one they select is the best.
- You must be a member of the site before the start of voting to vote. Any votes by members who joined after the start of voting will be removed from the poll.
- $150 (USD) via PayPal to the first place winner for the Amateur Class
- $250 (USD) via PayPal to the first place winner for the Professional Class
- $250 (USD) via PayPal to the first place winner for the Sponsored Class
- A Mod of the Month badge for first place that links to the winning build log below each of the winner's posts
- Having the winning build log featured on the carousel on the site's home page for one month
- Nominations open on the first day of the month
- Nominations close on the 22nd of each month
- Three days are allotted to compile the list of nominations and verify their eligibility. Nominees must respond to my PM within this time or they automatically decline nomination for that month.
- Poll is posted on the 25th of each month with a duration of 7 days
- Classes will rotate on a monthly basis. Amateur, Professional and Sponsored.
- Winners of previous MOTM contests are only eligible the Professional or Sponsored class.
ciobanulx - Vault Boy
ciobanulx - Vault Boy (Click to show)
I would like to introduce you to the Vault Boy, a Fallout inspired build! A watercooled HTPC in a modded Bitfenix Prodigy. This has been my first mod and what a great joy it has been working on this project over the past months! The main goal was to fit as much watercooling gear in a Prodigy as I could while at the same time keeping everything nice and tidy. 280mm rad in the top, 240mm rad in the front, 2 DDC pumps, CPU, GPU and RAM block. Custom painted with custom front, top and side panels and of course the Vault Boy theme.
jthm4goth - Ruby!
jthm4goth - Ruby! (Click to show)
This was my Version 3 of my build. This build started out as a budget $500 system and has gone through 2 rebuilds sense than. I am extremely proud of my bends for this being my first attempt at watercooling and my first attempt at any mods. The custom midplate was awesome to make and sleeving the wires turned out great.
Wanou - Milk
Wanou - Milk (Click to show)
Project Milk is meant to replace my actual full size gaming rig with a small form factor case. The idea is to pack as much power as possible into the EVGA Hadron Hydro case. This rig in built around the Z97 mITX from Asus with a 4770k boosted at 4.4Ghz, 16go RAM boosted at 2.4Ghz, Nvidia 780, 512Go SSD and 4to HDD. My main mods includes welding a custom HDD enclosure on the back of the case, bare die delidding the CPU, converting the PSU to modular and designing a custom water loop with acrylic tubing. I had to be inventive in such a small space. I even salvage a dry cleaning hanger to make my cable comb. Go check it out and let me know if you like the build.
ReaperN1 - Dark Side
ReaperN1 - Dark Side (Click to show)
I built Dark Side because, I wanted to explore new modding techniques while paying homage to all the greats that came before me.
Dark Side's features incorporated into the design include: a motorized flip out touch screen with a dedicated 60–Gigabyte HD, it monitors all realtime information about the computer, iPod control, mirror desktop and a ton more. Roof is on a slide which will be motorized using steppers.
I wanted to keep cooling system old school using only fans. A ton of fans. The PSU modded/moved and has its own exhaust port coming out the front. I also made cuts in the motherboard tray for acessability. Custom designed and 3D printed parts on this case including an extensive cable management setup. The 3–feet (skids) also have an integrated auto-leveling system.
abirli - Perfectly Pink
abirli - Perfectly Pink (Click to show)
I wanted to build my then fiance (we're married now!) a unique rig to get her into gaming with me. The end result is nothing short than perfect! I custom painted the front bezel, corsair fans and bunch of other parts. I made a metal shroud to separate the back compartment and clean things up. Custom stickers were made to make things pop even more. i extended the build theme to the psu and ram modules. All cables were custom made and measured to ensure perfect fitment. I made a window out of the top radiator mount so you can see through and notice everything going on!
incy - SILVER330R
incy - SILVER330R (Click to show)
My Corsair 330R was the perfect case for my semi-portable gaming machine. Sadly couldn't log too much during build as it was in shambles. Build has nickel plated copper tube & shiny acrylic sheet on base and mobo tray to give it a stealthy mechanical look. I custom sleeved with MDPC sleeving to add slick and a lil bit of orange to pop.
ScuzzTech - Area 51
ScuzzTech - Area 51 (Click to show)
First customized build ever. Was going to keep it a desert camo theme, as a army/desert storm theme. As the painting on the PSU cover continued, it was layered on too thick, and resulted in me having to sand it and start over. About halfway through it came out transparent and decided to do a lit up green/UV build. And this is how it turned out.
ikem - ARK MKII
ikem - ARK MKII (Click to show)
Named after the hard to get summon in Final Fantasy IX, ARK has an immense amount of power. 32 Threads, 16gb of ram, dual 7870 Hawk editions, and a ton of storage to throw data in. All the while being cooled by, can you find it, one radiator. The clean 3 tone look was fun to work with, and challenge of getting everything to match has an undertaking.
mopblond - Frost!
mopblond - Frost! (Click to show)
so here's my first ever computer build, simple black and white design with the idea of water cooling but on a budget, as it was my first i didn't want or could afford a fully custom water loop so i went with the next best thing, modifying the case for maximum airflow and possibly a future upgrade with room for a full custom loop, but what I've ended up with im really pleased with the performance of water cooling at a fraction of the price. hope you enjoy cheers
Buehlar - Mid-Lif Cry-Sys
Buehlar - Mid-Lif Cry-Sys (Click to show)
Alright guys, here's the deal. I'm 41 years young, over the hill and bored to death...so the title "Mid-Life Cry-Sys" kinda fits the um...build.
When I built my first custom loop (ROG-red) last year I had way too much hardware crammed into the Corsair C70 and as a result it was just impossible to easily maintain. The C70 was great but I'm the guy who likes to tinker with and swap out hardware with my builds and I couldn't get a finger inside the chassis after it was complete.
I just wanted to do something that has a different attitude...classic in style and in the end, easy to maintain.
I don't have a CNC machine, laser cutter, water jet nor do I have access to any, but I do have a hammer and chisel...time to go old school!
Hope you guys enjoy the build.
royce5950 - Corsair x70.1 Revenge
royce5950 - Corsair x70.1 Revenge (Click to show)
I spent roughly 2 months on this build. Originally the front of the case had 9 removable honeycomb mesh drive bay covers. After placing an XSPC dual bay res/pump and a bitfenix recon fan controller in the upper 3 bays I made a custom grill out of black mesh screen and the metal and plastic front pieces from a cosmos 2 to fill the remaining 6 drive bays. This build has 2 cooling loops, both with EK blocks. One loop cools the GTX 660 and another loop cools the i5 4670k. The GPU loop consists of a pump, res, rad and block, while the cpu loop utilizes the xspc pump/res combo, rad, block and another res in the rear for filling and aesthetics. I lined the inside of the case with white gloss acrylic sheets and also made a white gloss acrylic backplate for the graphics card. The backplate has a little less than 0.25" space between it and the PCB to avoid possible melting of the acrylic or worse, graphics card failure. A hole for ventilation was also added right above the gpu itself. Socket head cap screws secure it to the PCB because we all know socket head cap screws kick butt!! Primochill blood red dye mixed with primochill black ice coolant was used to achieve the color I desired for the fluids. The PC itself has a stable OC of 4.4ghz daily and the gtx 660 plays BF4 on ultra 1920x1080 no problem. More was done to the build of course but this sums it up quite well. Thanks for considering my build for MOTM <3
MunneY - The Yeti!
MunneY - The Yeti! (Click to show)
The Yeti is no longer a beast of legend. It is real, and it is a monster! With a phase change cooled 5960x and 2 GTX 780 Ti Classifieds,The Yeti can stays frigid. The Yeti was built to be both a monster in stature and power, while maintaining its EVER elusiveness. Just because it may look unassuming, doesn't mean it is.
easynator - Project Orange Horizon
easynator - Project Orange Horizon (Click to show)
The Project Orange Horizon was my first build ever. A few months ago, I was shopping for a new computer and they were all looking the same. I always had a boring black computer in the past since my i386 so I guess I wanted something different. I then decided it was time for me to build something unusual, something powerful, something that doesn't really look like a computer... and yes, Orange is my favorite color! So, what do you think?
This is our biggest Mod of the Month ever! It's awesome to see so many new modders competing. Good luck to all involved! - Gappo.
Edited by el gappo - 9/28/14 at 9:06pm