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The winner of Mod of the Year 2012

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tribalman 11th January 2013, 10:59 Quote
Just to let you know, on page 1, the link to Twister Mod 8.0.0.D directs to a different build.


To the contestants, very nice job work. They are all very impressive. Congratulations!
SchizoFrog 11th January 2013, 11:03 Quote
So does the link for ASUS Tuf...
Mankz 11th January 2013, 11:03 Quote
Congratulations to all
Baz 11th January 2013, 11:14 Quote
Links checked and fixed. Thanks
Necrow 11th January 2013, 11:44 Quote
Congratulations lads, some sweet looking builds and all well deserving of prizes
Necrow 11th January 2013, 11:44 Quote
Only 16 votes? Can't believe there were that few!
SchizoFrog 11th January 2013, 12:01 Quote
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Only 16 votes? Can't believe there were that few!

First line of the article...

'It’s all over. Over 2,500 of you voted...'
The_Crapman 11th January 2013, 12:03 Quote
Congratulations to Pascal. Absolutely love the reservoirs!
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Only 16 votes? Can't believe there were that few!
I think thats meant to be the points awarded by the panel, not actual votes from the community.
"We’ve selected a group of prominent modders to help bit-tech judge the top five projects by ranking them 1-5 in order of preference. A first place vote gets 5 points, while a 5th place vote gets 1 point. "
l3p 11th January 2013, 12:40 Quote
Congratulations to all!
Pascal, a well deserved 1st place!
Cleveland216 11th January 2013, 12:42 Quote
Congrats to the Winners! Now I gotta find some money for my next project!
kier 11th January 2013, 12:50 Quote
congrats to all, great choice/ well deserved
SchizoFrog 11th January 2013, 12:56 Quote
I'm starting to think there should be different categories as the winners of the last 2 years (2011 1st Place - L3p D3sk, Silent Workstation) have been full desk builds, including monitors. It seems hardly fare to compare these builds with that of just a PC case/housing, no matter how advanced or stunning said MOD is.
Griffter 11th January 2013, 13:05 Quote
congrats to all! amazing from top to bottom!!! just to maybe try an honest chat, i will be devils advocate and ask all, with letting all know that i know jack about building proper mods and coming from a layman's perspective.:

my vote was for tenius since its super elegant and unique and actually blends well into what i will say is what maybe most would like in their entertainment area, like gadgets that you cant see but work and guests asking where the hell is the pc, projector or whatever u have hidden but in plain site. IMHO.

coming to the winner, although its great, its not the first table turned pc mod i have seen, and for me not unique so much anymore. do you agree or can someone let me know what is special about this winner that a true layman can not see or appreciate until schooled.

thx!
mnpctech 11th January 2013, 13:22 Quote
Congratulations Everyone!

....10x "Mystery" Prizes for the Lucky Voters....Hmmmm :D
Waynio 11th January 2013, 13:24 Quote
Congratulations Pascal, Attila & Peter, nice podium & ultra nice projects.

A tie between Pascal & Attila :D makes sense.

I quite like the unofficial awards addition too.

Twister is an awesome case mod, really awesome & armorsuit is extremely unique & was done extremely fast, looks like some kinda futuristic tank with missile launcher. :D
I'm going to guess the top 5 was taken from reader votes though, yes? & then judged, you know me, overactive mind.

I'm sure they'd love to do case mods & scratch builds separate but sponsors need to step on up to help on prizes unless & people might hate me for this but if bit-tech charged sponsored modders to post here, the money if it raises enough could go into a kitty for running a separate case mod category, seen another site that does this but don't know what they do with the money or would most be against that?, if it was all going to the effort of running a compo for case mods too, I'm guessing they would be against it but I do think it is a damn good idea & think it would really make modding spark interest especially for case modders but you'd have to run a poll for it which only modders vote on to be fair.

@Grifter, Paslis is the dude who inspired l3p :D wickedly awesome modder & his skills & imagination are sheer holy sheet hot, bet it looks & is the absolute dogs in reality. :D
I agree Tenuis would fit in awesome anywhere, sweet internal design too as well as externals.
Asouter 11th January 2013, 13:30 Quote
Well done pascal, a superb build. Hope you manage to actually get your prizes ( might be worth asking the sponsors rather than bit tech)
Griffter 11th January 2013, 13:52 Quote
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Originally Posted by Waynio


@Grifter, Paslis is the dude who inspired l3p :D wickedly awesome modder & his skills & imagination are sheer holy sheet hot, bet it looks & is the absolute dogs in reality. :D
I agree Tenuis would fit in awesome anywhere, sweet internal design too as well as externals.

ok i hear you, but still dont see him being good has to give him first place. tenius and fit anywhere is a room, but pascals table pc is also ultra practical... but thats not why we vote for any mod right. coolness and never seen before is higher up in my grading.

so again if i can, whats special about this table pc design?
AnG3L 11th January 2013, 14:06 Quote
Congrats to all of you guys well that was a surprise! Professionally oriented though I must say the winners for me (again I say professionally oriented, design, execution etc) is Acronym by Achron (a real piece of art) and Get a Life by the Gnu (innovative idea and perfect execution). If we approach this kind of contests in a more professional attitude as the level of the modding went ridiculously high the contest results will change dramatically. From the other hand I wish everyone could win something especially this year as ALL of the projects rocks. Again congrats to the winners, well deserved!! Enjoy and keep on modding lads!! :)
Combatus 11th January 2013, 15:12 Quote
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Originally Posted by Waynio


@Grifter, Paslis is the dude who inspired l3p :D wickedly awesome modder & his skills & imagination are sheer holy sheet hot, bet it looks & is the absolute dogs in reality. :D
I agree Tenuis would fit in awesome anywhere, sweet internal design too as well as externals.

ok i hear you, but still dont see him being good has to give him first place. tenius and fit anywhere is a room, but pascals table pc is also ultra practical... but thats not why we vote for any mod right. coolness and never seen before is higher up in my grading.

so again if i can, whats special about this table pc design?

I liked it because it obviously looks spectacular and the skill needed to make such a project is exceptional. Also the design is quite unique, even compared to previous desk projects we've seen. It's far from identical to L3p or anything like that. Just because it's a desk project doesn't mean it's not a fantastic project in it's own right and there are plenty of original features in it too, which is why it was nominated in the the first place. The thousands of voters spoke for themselves, though and ultimately voted for their favourite project according to their own preferences. That's what happens in public votes I'm afraid!
paultan 11th January 2013, 16:48 Quote
Congrats pascal! Now go make some more :)
SinxarKnights 11th January 2013, 17:18 Quote
Wow im surprised Tenuis didn't at least get second. I've always wanted a PC that looked like that. Its hard describe its simple yet elegant beauty in a competition filled with tubes and windows (*yawn*).

Oh well, Its still the top mod in my mind.
The_Crapman 11th January 2013, 17:40 Quote
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Originally Posted by Griffter
ok i hear you, but still dont see him being good has to give him first place. tenius and fit anywhere is a room, but pascals table pc is also ultra practical... but thats not why we vote for any mod right. coolness and never seen before is higher up in my grading.

so again if i can, whats special about this table pc design?
Look through the full work log of The Next Level and you will see everything that went into this build. Pretty much everything was built from scratch, with some superb welding and exquisite finishing, he even made the motherboard stand-offs!

I love the use of wood through this build, extending tit's use through into the case with highlights on top of the rads and in the reservoirs (and what beauties they are:D), giving a consistent design flow rather than just some wood on top of a load of metal. Yes it includes a multi-monitor setup, but the support bracket was made by him and you could probably remove that and it still would have won.

Modding isn't just about practicality or fitting in with the your B&W surround system. At this level, it's a highly skilled art form.

EDIT: And anyway, it's all down to personal taste. I voted for SSR-X (which was my one and only vote) but can appreciate the skill and dedication it's taken for each of these builds to become a reality.
ASPHIAX 11th January 2013, 19:46 Quote
Congratz to all winners and Pascal specifically!
Again a good year for dutch modding !
faxiij 11th January 2013, 19:47 Quote
First of, congrats to all! So many amazing mods & cons, quite the joy I've had going through pictures and logs!

Just like Waynio ( "I quite like the unofficial awards addition too." ) I want to commend on this great addition. Not to be picky, but lovely bittech staff, should you ever find time (or an intern to be abused), how about a nice graphical 'award' to go along? I feel if there was a graphical picture to go along (along the lines of the 'approved' image for reviews) it would add a bit of celebration to it ;) Cherry on the cake, so to speak.

Waynio also said:
"@Grifter, Paslis is the dude who inspired l3p :D wickedly awesome modder & his skills & imagination are sheer holy sheet hot, bet it looks & is the absolute dogs in reality. :D"

While that might be true, I don't see 'The Next Level' on the first spot. Let me state upfront, it is a brilliant creation, it looks great and in some ways, feels like a grown-up, subtly elegant version of l3p-desk (which is stunning too, but the green lighting e.g. is just starting to not feel that great anymore). Without hesitation, I commend Paslis on his skills, which he undoubtedly proved.

However on this level, it is details that often make a difference. And I really hate to say it, but I just notice things like the wires not being tucked or bundled - the gpu-cables are obvious, but almost all wires going to the mainboard seem like attached in a last-second manner. It is details such as this, that make me think that Paslis created a stunningly beautiful and well-crafted mod, but not one to win in a contest with such competition.

I think maybe, people got tired of Attila winning everything. Or maybe they don't. But simply how he built the mainboard-tray, including the 'tray' for the GPU, is just mind-blowing and awesome beyond measure. Sadly, such details are not really visible in the end product. I think such things do make the difference.

Lastly to respond to another quote:
"Wow im surprised Tenuis didn't at least get second. I've always wanted a PC that looked like that. Its hard describe its simple yet elegant beauty in a competition filled with tubes and windows (*yawn*)."

I do agree it looks stunning. It is a practical mod, none to catch dust but one that many would put in their living room without hesitation. But in my view, it is simple. Yes, simple is good. Less is often more. But in a competition like this, design is only one aspect. Details, perfection in craftmanship, ingenuity are among other important factors. Thus I don't think Tenuis was never able to win. I do think his 3rd place is just right and very well-deserved.



To add another suggestion to this long piece of blah - I feel some mods are best described by showing the final 'candy' shots, while others should rather be shown by viewing progress shots of the build thread.
I feel that for each entry to be evaluated fairly and equally, each of the progress threads should've been read as well, by every reader. Obviously one can't demand that.

So how about this: each project is presented based on a template, that is applied to all mods. One part is fixed and determined by staff. By this I mean for example, that each project should have x number of 'candy shots' and x number of progress-shots. These should be equal. For example, 8 pictures of the finished mod and another 8 of the progress. I'd think that the creator of the mod should determine which pictures will be used, but this could work in different ways as well I guess.

As for the text, I'd suggest equal parts of text for staff and creator. So, for example the bittech staff use 300 words to describe the mod in their view, what they think makes this mod special or how it stands out. Then the creator gets 300 words too, to maybe pinpoint facts or features important to him, the idea behind the mod, or similar.

I think by using such a template, it would be easier to recognise highly complex mods with many details from the simpler ones. Also, I feel the skills applied do matter and by forcing everyone to show progress pictures, it would also be easy to separate mods by those that look good, but have few details or were made with little creativity and those, that have cool or brilliant ideas implemented in many places, often so small that they are easily overlooked.

Okay, done now. Hoping my suggestion will find a few open ears, maybe even with bittech staff. :))
faxiij 11th January 2013, 19:54 Quote
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Thus I don't think Tenuis was (n)ever able to win. I do think his 3rd place is just right and very well-deserved.
Sorry for the typo, I did mean that Tenuis could not have won, in my opinion. So imagine the "don't" away, or change to "never" to "ever" to make that sentence make sense :D
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