Since the beginning of 2016, case modders have been busy in their basements, driveways, kitchens and even bathrooms, taking over just about any place they can find. Many spent hundreds of hours putting both craft and creation to the test in pursuit of a title in the world’s largest modding competition. Cooler master held events on four continents introducing people to local modders, gear and training in art.
Ranging from scratch build demons, giant critters, cyborgs, orbs and monsters, to high-class tower mods trimmed and dressed with the best materials. Over 120 worklogs and entries were submitted, but only 82 entries made the final cut. But from the 82 entries only a few rose above the rest and were able to take home the prize.
Split into 3 categories, modders duked it out to become the champions of the Tower Mod, Scratch build and People’s Choice categories. The scene’s biggest names Peter Brands, Richard Keirsgieter, Richard Surroz, Ronnie Hara, Brian Farrell, Ermanno Bonandini, and Antony Leather were part of the judging panels and gave scores that came down to the decimal point. Additionally, over 21,000 votes from all over the world piled up in just a week for this year’s People’s Choice Awards.
The winners walked away with USD30,000 in cash and prizes for their achievements, with goodies supplied by Avexir, OCZ, ASUS, NVIDIA, Dremel, and Cooler Master. Prizes include an array of high-end gear such as Cooler Master’s highly acclaimed MasterCase Maker 5, Avexir’s ROG-certified DDR 4 modules, OCZ’s sizable SSDs from their decorated Vector 180 series, NVIDIA’s most powerful GeForce graphics cards, massive motherboards from ASUS, and precision rotary tools from Dremel.
But enough of the texts let’s get to the pictures which we all know is what you’re waiting for!
“This project is called Master of Dimension. Many times I looked at another project my friends built, and often saw that the side door cover overshadows the hardware. To me all hardware is beautiful as designed by the manufacturer, for that reason I decided to build this mod inspired by an engine cut in half.” – Mr. Waii, Thailand (1ST Place)
“Three parts Cooler Master Elite 130. Twenty parts leg. And a thousand parts nightmare. Meet Gigantea, your robot centipede overlord.” – David Cathey, United States (2nd Place)
“Hello friends, as I promised, very quickly after the “HAF Reborn” project I previously worked on we meet once again. This time the main star is the Cooler Master Mastercase 5, and I’ll try to turn it into something completely different!” – neSSa, Serbia (3rd Place)
“Case Modding, it is artwork, and I enjoy it every time I’m doing it.” – Modder Crow, Thailand (1st Place)
“re.born is a Scratch Build that has been in my mind for 5 years, it was the perfect opportunity to build this project. The idea and concept was to make a round case that showcases the hardware inside from different views instead of regular mono views. I don’t know what modders are doing these days but I will go a different path and do what I love…MOD!” – Masbukado, Dominican Republic (2nd Place)
– “This will be our first Scratch Build, we call it GSW Cyborg. It will be all hand-made with steel, using a lot of old and new armouring techniques, with servo engines, an automatic front panel, custom water-cooling and etc. Every single part will be built with steel from scratch :).” – Nenad Milic, Serbia (3rd Place)
“The concept of this design is to create something completely out of the ordinary, using materials or means that have never been used in the computer case mod scene before. To also introduce something unique to the field, keeping in mind that even when keeping costs as low as possible anyone can build something cool that can build something, that can match or even exceed the looks of a regular pricey build with expensive luxuries.” – Kanishka Akalanka, Sri Lanka (People’s Choice Scratch Build)
“Hey guys, my name’s Allyson, I’m from Brazil and I’m a member of the Brazilian Cooler Master CaseMod Team. I’m here to show you my project “Pandora Box Pegasus”built from a MasterCase 5, which was inspired by the anime “Saint Seiya”. I hope you enjoy!” – Allyson Carneiro, Brazil (People’s Choice Tower Mod)