The new year has been pretty busy here at bit-tech and as such, time seems to have flown by since the recent Mod of the Year went up just before Christmas. However we are already seeing some strong contenders for the 2010 competition too.
Last month saw the first batch of six nominees go head to head in January's edition of Mod of the Month with some awesome scratchbuilds on show. In the end it was the popular Sleepstreamer who walked away with the prize with Prime which is shaping up to be a fantastic-looking build. Make sure you check it out as well as our modding section and forums. Read on to see what we've got lined up for you this month.
Our sponsor for Mod of the Month is Quiet PC so we raise our Dremels and soldering irons to them in thanks for their continuing support. Make sure you take a look at their site which offers plenty of cooling and modding related stuff. They'll be giving the winner the choice of one of these three great prizes every month:
Scythe Kama Connect 2 USB2.0 IDE and SATA External Adapter
The Scythe Kama Connect 2 is an incredibly handy gadget designed to allow you to connect SATA and IDE hard drives quickly and easily to any PC using USB. It is compatible with both 3.5in and 2.5in SATA and IDE hard drives, as well as any other IDE device such as an optical drive. The ability to quickly plug-and-play any hard drive gives you a quick and easy way to access your files or transfer them from one drive to another without needing to open up your PC.
Scythe Mugen 2 Quiet CPU Cooler
This processor cooler is an example of Japanese engineering at its finest! Scythe’s Mugen 2 Quiet CPU Cooler is designed with five fin towers for improved processor cooling by up to 7 degrees C compared with the original Mugen, which itself was one of the best on the market. As you would expect, it is multi-socket compatible for Intel and AMD and comes with full instructions.
Zalman ZM-MFC1 Plus Black Multi Fan Controller
Zalman's ZM-MFC1 PLUS is a very simple fan controller which supports up to six 3-pin fans. This provides the user with total control of the installed fans. Each channel is capable of altering the supplied voltage from 5V to 11V, with 5V able to quieten even the loudest of fans. As well as a reduction in noise, lowering the voltage a fan receives also reduces the airflow, so make sure you keep an eye on the temperatures inside the system.
Back to this month and we have some eye-popping projects on show once again. It's a mix of scratch builds and mods this month but they're as impressive and varied as ever. PCs built into guitars, steampunk awesomeness and even what appears to be a tribute to the largest airliner in the world, the Airbus A380 based on an Xclio A380 case. Check them out and vote for your favourite and make sure to delve into their project logs for the latest updates.