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Modding Mod of the Year 2013

Discussion in 'Article Discussion' started by Meanmotion, 27 Dec 2013.

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Which are your favourite three mods of 2013?

  1. B2 by Gtek

    35 vote(s)
    16.8%
  2. CosmosII the privilege by Corsaronero333

    30 vote(s)
    14.4%
  3. Flightline by slipperyskip

    28 vote(s)
    13.5%
  4. Guilty by kier

    54 vote(s)
    26.0%
  5. GwassGween by Cheapskate

    47 vote(s)
    22.6%
  6. Imagination - CM Storm Trooper Mod by adamski07

    10 vote(s)
    4.8%
  7. L3p - Parvum by l3p

    28 vote(s)
    13.5%
  8. Junior by WoodGuy

    9 vote(s)
    4.3%
  9. Midlag Crisis by Waynio

    21 vote(s)
    10.1%
  10. Model 01 by Andreas | Brodholm

    32 vote(s)
    15.4%
  11. Project N.V. by p0Pe

    42 vote(s)
    20.2%
  12. Project 180 by Meelobee

    19 vote(s)
    9.1%
  13. Revelation by quizz_kid

    23 vote(s)
    11.1%
  14. The Samurai Sacrileguim by abbas-it

    13 vote(s)
    6.3%
  15. Cosmos II- Skyline GT-R by Ronnie Hara

    32 vote(s)
    15.4%
  16. TARDIS Gaming Computer by RebootTech

    6 vote(s)
    2.9%
  17. The Dark Shining Star by Sassanou

    17 vote(s)
    8.2%
  18. The microprocessor by Ace_finland

    32 vote(s)
    15.4%
  19. The Golden Wet Pi by Phame

    18 vote(s)
    8.7%
  20. Vesper by Maki role

    22 vote(s)
    10.6%
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  1. phinix

    phinix RIP Waynio...

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    Really nice builds, congrats to all contenders!
    I voted for my favorites (2 scratch builds of course:D + one case mod)
    I love to see those builds where modders put so much hard work and thoughts in their projects.
    I watched my "veteran-favorites" for a long time through their processes and that is why voted for them - truly amazing ideas, tons of hard work and time spent on them.
    I'm really happy to see that peeps still love modding and give so much affords to express themselves through their builds.
    Well done everyone! Now, let's see who wins this year:thumb:
     
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  2. The_Crapman

    The_Crapman Don't phone it's just for fun. Staff

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    Yeh that's 'fair', but maybe in the future if you run additional competitions such as the pi and nuc one's from this year, they should be excluded from moty. That seems 'fair' to me.
     
  3. Meanmotion

    Meanmotion bleh Moderator

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    Don't agree with that at all. Just as the winner of a mod of the month can be nominated, so should the winner of any other competition. It's about showcasing the finest work featured on bit-tech's forums throughout the year.
     
  4. RedFlames

    RedFlames ...is not a Belgian football team

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    That's a bit like saying a film can't win an Oscar because it won a BAFTA...
     
  5. The_Crapman

    The_Crapman Don't phone it's just for fun. Staff

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    I get your point and i agree with it up to a point, but not enough to change my opinion. Motm is is more about highlighting some in progress builds that are shaping up well that people should check out, as well as being a nice victory and badge of honour for the modders themselves.

    the additional comps you've done this year are a different beast all together, very specific entry requirements based on the hardware that the other builds are obviously excluded from. Without those additional competitions, those builds would not exist. They've had their competition, been judged and a winner announced, praise sang, glory had.

    I just think they shouldn't have been included in moty so other builds can have there moment in the spotlight. But that's just my opinion. Maybe a champions league after the winner is announced eh? ;-)

    No need to be a *beep*. Just voicing my opinion.

    Your metaphor is also poor. What I'm saying is that you shouldn't be able to win best actor and best supporting actor for the same role.
     
  6. jrs77

    jrs77 Modder

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    Hands down the MOTY 2013 for me is "The Microprocessor" from Ace.

    It should've won the intel NUC competition, but unfortunately Aces design-idea didn't make iit into the final round. So he bought the NUC himself and created a truly stunning case for it, and as I said in the worklog allready... this should be the case intel delivers the NUC with by default!

    Anyways. Lot's and lot's of watercooling pr0n again, if you're interested in it :rolleyes:
     
  7. SuicideNeil

    SuicideNeil What's a Dremel?

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    The metaphor was perfect actually, you just don't seem to understand that mod of the year is an over-all contest for all the great mods featured on the forum, regardless of whether they have won or were nominated in SEPARATE contests during the year. That's kinda the point actually- a best of the best- your 'champions league' of mods is exactly what MOTY is all about.

    Winning 'best actor and best supporting actor for the same role' is a poor metaphor since people aren't being put forward in the same contest twice- these are all separate contests so to feature in more than one is perfectly okay.

    I'll be sure to finish off the wiring & do some final photos of my own mod sooner or later, be in with a chance of winning the 2014 contest(s)... :lol:
     
  8. AlienwareAndy

    AlienwareAndy What's a Dremel?

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    The Samurai Sacrileguim by abbas-it.

    Because quite frankly the workmanship and attention to detail blow anything else I've ever seen out of the water.

    True craftsmanship.
     
  9. adamski07

    adamski07 What's a Dremel?

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    Thank you, bit-tech! :) Good luck to all nominees! :)

    -adamski07
     
  10. The_Crapman

    The_Crapman Don't phone it's just for fun. Staff

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    Yay another sarcastic gimp completely missing the point and just wading in being a dickhead. Why can't people ever have a discussion on here without being derogatory feckwits? (Massive irony there i know)

    I know exactly what moty is, my point is to question it's selection process. And it's nothing like the champions league as you don't have to qualify by competing in a previous event and be one of the top 3 or 4 in the prior competition.

    the metaphor was not perfect, but no neither was mine because it's not just about the end goal - the award - but the nomination and the opportunity for a build to be recognised as one of great quality/beauty/craftsmanship etc. I'll re-itterate my point just for clarifiaction:

    -In including builds from previous competitions, who have already had their moment in the spotlight and which wouldn't have existed without those competitions, you're denying others their opportunity.

    This is just my opinion, i'm not slagging off bt, their hardworking staff or anyone involved in the competition, I'm not saying wet pi or vesper are any less deserving because they are undoubtedly great builds, I'm just saying why not give someone else their 5 minutes of fame?
     
  11. Combatus

    Combatus Bit-tech Modding + hardware reviews Staff Super Moderator

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    The thing to remember is that we also give nearly 70 projects their time in the limelight in Mod of the Month every year, and the same again for our Project Log update articles that show the latest completed projects, plus we also feature finished projects on the front page in individual articles.

    So overall, every project nominated here and lots more besides have been featured and had plenty of attention, so I think it's still fair game to let the community decide and choose any project they like. As others have said, MOTY should include every project completed in the last year that's posted in our forum, regardless of where, when or how it's already been featured.
     
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  12. The_Crapman

    The_Crapman Don't phone it's just for fun. Staff

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    Thanks combatus, great point well made. I'll get back in my box now and shut up before i get another ban ;)
     
  13. SuicideNeil

    SuicideNeil What's a Dremel?

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    No, that was you when you first posted. I simply addressed the flaws in your view point and comprehension of how the contest(s) work.

    No, that's hypocrisy- when you call people something but do the same thing you accused them of ( I made no such insulting remarks though, which makes you the one casting insults, no one else ).

    Irrelevant. This is not a football league- the mods were chosen by the members of this forum from a massive list- there is no fairer method I can think of.

    Everyone had their chance to be nominated, your point is moot. It makes absolutely no difference whether a mod already won a previous contest ( in 2013 ) since THOSE WERE SEPARATE CONTESTS- this is simply the contest for the best overall mod regardless of month, style, theme etc etc. This is the issue you can't get your head around for some reason and I can't understand why. Like I said, everyone had their chance to be seen and selected for this contest already- don't like it? Find another forum.

    See my previous point, and the same point that Combatus made- not seeing why you had to be told the same thing by 2 or 3 people before you accepted it, but hay-ho...
     
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  14. SchizoFrog

    SchizoFrog What's a Dremel?

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    My personal issues with the MOTY and even the MOTM comps is that I am sure that many of them are sponsored (especially when they have company logos plastered all over the place like many of this years entrants) and have access to specialised and professional materials and equipment. I used to be far more interested when I felt that a mod was what someone did for themselves as their own personal project and not as an advertisement for their professional skills (L3p D3sk from 2011 for example and the Red Harbinger which is based on it - http://www.bit-tech.net/modding/2013/08/12/pre-order-your-red-harbinger-cross-pc-desk/1)
    Where do you draw the line between a 'mod' and a professional build? I mean we already have the 'Dream PC' annual article and the end results are far too similar between the two articles. Especially when they feature in consecutive months. To me the whole thing comes across as 'Oh that's what can be done when you throw money at it'. Have you never noticed that Hyper or even Supercars never win 'Car Of The Year' awards and how often does the Year's big budget movie win any oscars?

    As for who should be entered, I think it should definitely include the winners of MOTM but I would do it like this... Each of the 12 MOTM winners get a direct entry with a further 4, 6 or 8 entrants to be given 'wild cards' from other notable projects from the community. Although personally I do not see how MOTY could ever be won by a project that didn't win MOTM... That lacks any logic what so ever in my mind, so maybe MOTY should be limited to the 12 monthly qualifiers.
     
  15. jrs77

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    I don't exactly care if the people have a mill or a CNC, the biggest problem for me is all the watercooling going on.

    Watercooling isn't necessary these days, if you don't do benchmarking-orgies. A stock LGA2011 i7 paired with a custom-cooler GTX780 is totally enough for playing all modern games with max settings and you don't need any watercooling for that to build a silent rig aswell.

    So yeah, I only vote for air-cooled mods that have a good idea behind it, instead of givng my vote to a modder who is throwing thousands of dollars at all this watercooling-gear to make an impression.

    Oh, and the smaller the better ofc. I don't wanna see those big rigs anymore as the days when Zuse invented the PC and needed a whole room to fit in are over.
    And yes, my own rig is still much too big for my taste and I wish I would've bought another mITX-system instead like I had before.
     
  16. adamski07

    adamski07 What's a Dremel?

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    @SchizoFrog and @jrs77

    I disagree to both of you. I believe that modding isn't about the tools and/or how many companies is supporting you. That is given that you did good on your previous project that these companies believes in you and give you free stuffs. I still see a lot of personal projects that are far better than sponsored ones. Having the most sponsors doesn't make the greatest modders. It always ends up with the attitude of the modder.

    jrs77, please take note that modding is about what you've done to the system and not what you have in the system. I could use low end hardware without watercooling and still make the best out of it. Modding is NEVER about hardware. It is about design, innovation, skills, quality, and attitude of the modder. All the time, when people ask me about modding. I would always tell them not to worry about what he has on his system. Just create, innovate, and inspire other people with your project. Always exceed yourself on everything you do. That will take you somewhere in the community, I am sure of that. If you tell me that you would only vote for a project because it is nor watercooled, then you dont know exactly what modding is.

    I mod to put the next generation modders at the right path. This is where I am struggling right now, educating people that modding isn't about having the most expensive hardware inside your case. There are many good modders around that I'm pretty sure deserves more than what they get.

    Believe me, i know a lot of modders who have access to powerful machines, have a lots of sponsors, but they are lack of skills and knowledge in modding. They didn't even get in here. I was surprised when one of my friend pm'ed me of being nominated for MOTY 2013. To let you know, I mod in a small garage. With just a rotary tool and few other beginners tools. I don't have many sponsors as well like the other modders, but I am on the list.

    -adamski07
     
  17. Corsaronero333

    Corsaronero333 What's a Dremel?

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    Thanks for the nomination!
     
  18. Hukkel

    Hukkel James' minion

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    Congratulations to all that have been nominated! Some extremely tough competition there.

    I am kinda shocked mini moto isn't amongst the nominees. But overall a great bunch of projects right there.
     
  19. Nexxo

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    I agree. The best mod I have seen this year was Project Zoe, which was a small, part air-cooled PC which was completely hand-built.

    Things are very different since I did my first mod (Metaversa); at the time there were no custom cases, there were perhaps two companies that made radiators for water cooling (the rest being heater cores stripped from old car heaters), and pumps were aquarium pumps running on mains voltage. You had to remember to switch it on before the PC or wire in a relay (I found a 12V car turbo cooling booster pump instead). Tubing was laboratory or garden hose tubing. Blocks were often home made --there were only a few on the market, by DangerDen and D-Tek Customs (the market leader being their Spir@l block). Mine were developed by a hobbyist CNC'er who sold a small production batch. There were no fancy-schmancy programmable fan controls, no flow sensors, no temperature sensors etc. All this stuff was often home-made as well from existing components. Barbs were bought from plumbing companies. I once did a group buy of flow sensors meant for drink dispenser machines, which could be connected to fan headers on a mobo and thus read by Speedfan. I introduced some stuff in that build that is now mainstream, come to think of it.

    Now a lot of stuff comes off the shelf that I could have only dreamt of: Bitspower fittings, acrylic tubing, reservoirs in all shapes, pumps that are incredibly small but powerful specifically designed for the purpose, radiators in all sizes, fans that are increasingly sophisticated in design, beautifully CNC's water blocks designed to fit specific components, lots of control and sensor options, all ready to fit and plug in. We have self-adhesive LED strips (just cut to length), Arduino boards, coolants in all colours of the rainbow. And then the components themselves: from bulky CD-ROM drives to slimline slot loaders, from big 5¼" HDDs to teeny-weeny SSDs, from huge SMP motherboards to the mini ITX Asus Impact with up to three times the number of cores that my old Opteron 250 sports.

    It has made things a lot easier for modders, yet also a lot harder, because it is harder to still be original and not make your PC look like you just assembled a showcase of off-the-shelf parts like any other. The bar has been raised considerably. So there is still a lot of demand on the modder's creativity. Just buying off-the-shelf custom parts is not enough. Just CNC-ing some parts is not enough either (and once these machines become cheaper and more mainstream, as already is happening, that won't impress the way it used to); it has to be original and unique. It's not about the tools or the components. It is about the creativity. All mods are worthy.
     
  20. Maki role

    Maki role Dale you're on a roll... Staff

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    I don't really understand these complaints. Do people honestly think that those who have worked incredibly hard to receive sponsorship in order to continue their hobby, shouldn't be eligible? That logic is very questionable in my book. Mod of the year in my opinion is not about accessibility, it is about pure design and craftsmanship, no matter who gave you your hardware or how deep your pockets are.

    I used to jump up and down in anticipation of the MotY competition, not because I though I could do that, but specifically because I would be shocked at how amazing the entries are. I never believed that I would ever be in with a chance, even a mod of the month entry seemed remote. I don't want to see easy builds that are in there simply because somebody doesn't have a workshop. I want to see the best of the best, as voted by the readers.

    This is clearly shown to be working as there are builds of all varieties in there. I mean there are two NUCs, a Raspberry Pi and two low power media PCs in the competition this year. That says to me that people value variety, and don't just like extreme hardware. It's one of my favourite parts about Bit-Tech, over places like reddit; people often look past the hardware here and go straight for the design and execution.

    As for watercooling, of course there's going to be a huge bias towards it. Personally I don't like air cooling much outside of the tiny media devices. Despite people claiming it's not necessary (which in itself is a stupid point to make as modding as a whole isn't necessary), it takes a lot of creativity to watercool something exceptionally. Anybody can connect tubes and voila, but spending the time to mod an existing case to be exactly what you want or pushing the idea of what watercooling can be (p0pe's build for instance, such an original use of milled channels) is hard. Frankly, air cooling is simple. You can only do so much before you start getting in the way of the performance (reshaping a heatsink for instance), the rest is mostly teeny aesthetic sidegrades. There just simply isn't as much flexibility in the cooling itself, even the heavily modded coolers in the Coolermaster yearly competition look like simple heatsinks, despite so much work going into them.

    Personally I love seeing so many watercooled builds in the competition. People here take it for granted as Bit-Tech has such a WC bias, but they really are phenomenal. Just pop to the likes of OCN, Hardforum or reddit (sadly even my own /r/watercooling subreddit), people just throw money at computers and expect them to be godlike, when really all they've done is fill a wardrobe with PC bits (looking at you caselabs). Bit's standard is simply so high when compared with most of the other forums (I know there are exceptions, they are simply that, exceptions).

    Throwing money at something does not make it beautiful. Excluding those who have already been successful does not make you righteous.
     
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