Digital Overload Computer Mod Contest

January 9, 2009 by Tim

I’m pleased to announce that Digital Overload will be hosting its first Computer Mod contest this year, sponsored and judged by CPU Magazine! The winner will receive prizes, including a free badge for Digital Overload 2010, and possibly a small editorial feature in CPU magazine.

Entrees must present a functioning case mod, and will be judged on creativity and skill in the following departments:

  • Technical merit: Creative placement of parts and “outside-the-box”
    changes made to existing components of the case that are likely to have a
    positive effect on performance and/or that make for more efficient use of the

  • Artistic merit: Does the case have a cohesive theme or a distinctive
    look, or is it simply a collection of parts thrown together behind a window and
    lighted fans.

  • Polish: The fit-and-finish portion of the work. This includes clean,
    smooth paint; solid cable management and sleeving/hiding; tight, smooth seams;
    the functionality of the mods (i.e. custom doors and mechanisms); and effective
    use of lighting.

  • “Wow” factor: Judges’ overall reaction to the mod.

You have two months left until the event, so get cracking on those computer mods!

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