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Mod of the Year 2010 winners announced

Mod of the Year 2010 winners announced

Na'ir Al Saif is Attila Lukas' second winning project with Cygnus X1 taking the crown last year too.

It's all over! Nearly 1,200 votes were cast in what proved to be one of the closest modding competitions we've ever seen.

Barely 50 votes separated the top five projects, but before we announce the winners, we'd like to say thanks to our sponsors this year - Corsair, Gigabyte, Intel and Zotac - for stumping up some awesome hardware for the winners to take away and feed into their new projects.

A big thanks goes out to Mnpctech for sponsoring Mod of the Month too and supplying the reader prizes, the next five winners of which are listed below.

Here are the top ten projects of 2010 as voted for by you...

1st Place
Na'ir al Saif by Attila Lukacs (Attila)

2nd Place
Level Eleven by Jeffrey Stephenson (slipperyskip)

3rd Place
Reventon by Paul Tan (paultan)

4th Place
Concretronic by Dominic Heisse (Sonnenschein)

5th Place
Zenith Antique 5-s-29 Radio by Gary Voigt (voigts)

6th Place
Ultra by Peter Husar (Gtek)

7th Place
ARES by Max Erlandsson (Sleepstreamer)

Joint 8th Place
Mineral Oil PC by Andrew Mollmann (legoman666) and MiniMe by Oliver Woodings (oliverw92)

9th Place
Sidewinder by Ian Warendorf (WolfandAngel)

10th Place
Future Schlock by Alexis Alex Ftoulis (AnGEL)

Congratulations to all involved and we'll be in touch with Attila, Jeffrey and Paul about their prizes.

Finally, here are the final five reader prize winners, each whom will receive a modding ruler, courtesy of Mnpctech.
  • Thomas DuBois of the USA
  • Kelvin John Moraga of the USA
  • Sam Smith of the USA
  • Ian Lee of the UK
  • Akira Kendo of Germany
If you've won a prize then check your email, as we'll need your details to send the prizes.

We'll be back with more modding features and competitions as well as Mod of the Month and of course later this year with Mod of the year 2011. Let us know your thoughts on the competition in the forums.

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M7ck 7th January 2011, 11:05 Quote
Congratulations to all involved and particularly to Attila for a well deserved win. I can honestly say that 1st 2nd and 3rd were the three I picked. Well done again to you all and well done to the sponsors for providing fantastic prizes that will hopefully provide the guts for some more top notch modding. I am extremely jealous of all you. Keep up the good work.
Fingers66 7th January 2011, 11:31 Quote
Congratulations to the winners and, to be honest, to all nominees as well. Just to be nominated is an awesome achievement in itself.

Well done as well for ensuring that standards were exceptionally high in 2010.

As for Attila - I look on in awe at your skill, thank you.
Waynio 7th January 2011, 13:21 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Fingers66
Congratulations to the winners and, to be honest, to all nominees as well. Just to be nominated is an awesome achievement in itself.

Well done as well for ensuring that standards were exceptionally high in 2010.

As for Attila - I look on in awe at your skill, thank you.
Agreed ;).

:) It's nice to see my favourite & a very inspiring one at that come in at number 1 , 2 years in a row wooooooo , was happy to be a part of the runners since I only started scratching in 2008, would have been good to see if I came last though :):p.
Had a feeling Slip & Attila would be close .
So a big well done to the winners & nominee's .
battles_atlas 7th January 2011, 14:11 Quote
1st and 2nd were worthy of their spots, but sad to see Concretronic and Ultra pushed out by the Lamborgini mod. Undeniably well done, but it was a little too close in theme to all the moronic lasers, swords, sports cars and tits that computer hardware advertising invariably conforms to. If those were the scope of my imagination, I'd buy an xbox thanks.
Mankz 7th January 2011, 14:37 Quote
Many congrats!
Fanatic 7th January 2011, 14:40 Quote
Deserved winner - but congrats to all for some great modding :)
Apocalypso 7th January 2011, 14:57 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by battles_atlas
1st and 2nd were worthy of their spots, but sad to see Concretronic and Ultra pushed out by the Lamborgini mod.

+1

The workmanship on Reventon was quite superb though.
M7ck 7th January 2011, 15:12 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by battles_atlas
1st and 2nd were worthy of their spots, but sad to see Concretronic and Ultra pushed out by the Lamborgini mod. Undeniably well done, but it was a little too close in theme to all the moronic lasers, swords, sports cars and tits that computer hardware advertising invariably conforms to. If those were the scope of my imagination, I'd buy an xbox thanks.
Quote:
Originally Posted by Apoca1yps0
+1

The workmanship on Reventon was quite superb though.

I think you guys are bang out of order. Your opinions might be different from other members on here however all entries (all brilliant imo) were open to a vote, Reventon got more votes than everyone below it so therefore is a deserving winner. Don't try and take the shine off the guys deserved victory.
memeroot 7th January 2011, 15:18 Quote
I also thought that Reventon was unlikely to be placed so high - but more people disagree with me than agree as shown by the results

regardless the variety of 1,2,3 perhaps shows the variety of opinion - I wonder what the spread of voting was? I would guess that a significant number of people loved Reventon but didnt see the glory of Concretronic and vice versa.
Apocalypso 7th January 2011, 15:20 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by M7ck
I think you guys are bang out of order.

For saying I was sad to see some truly original scratch builds not take home a podium finish?

If you say so.
robump 7th January 2011, 15:21 Quote
Congrats everyone!! Its the feet on atilla's mod!!

Some great modding!!
mrdbristol 7th January 2011, 15:51 Quote
Congrats to all the winners.

Very pleased to see Reventon in the top 3, as it is an actual 'case mod' ( i.e An exisiting case - modified. )

There has been some discussion in the Modding Section, which i hope that Bit-Tech/Custom PC might look at for the future.

MOD of the Year is virtually dominated by Scratch builds.

A modded case is an existing PC case that has been modified to look different.

The Scratch builds i see are works of art that happen to house a PC.

The 2 are not comparable imo.

Both classes are equally skillfull and executed to the same high standard, but cannot be judged against one another.

Maybe 2 ' classes ' next year ?
Waynio 7th January 2011, 16:31 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by mrdbristol
Congrats to all the winners.

Very pleased to see Reventon in the top 3, as it is an actual 'case mod' ( i.e An exisiting case - modified. )

There has been some discussion in the Modding Section, which i hope that Bit-Tech/Custom PC might look at for the future.

MOD of the Year is virtually dominated by Scratch builds.

A modded case is an existing PC case that has been modified to look different.

The Scratch builds i see are works of art that happen to house a PC.

The 2 are not comparable imo.

Both classes are equally skillfull and executed to the same high standard, but cannot be judged against one another.

Maybe 2 ' classes ' next year ?
I agree ;) & to add to that Paultan's mod rocks, some very nice fine details in it & overall looks kickass, would have been nice to see the placings of all nominees though, without that all the last 8 came in 18th place lol .

2 classes would naturally water down the prizes but is still a good idea ;).
Apocalypso 7th January 2011, 17:04 Quote
I think if you have the ability to make a case or make a case look outstanding then I don't see why both schools shouldn't be eligible.
Combatus 7th January 2011, 17:07 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by mrdbristol
Congrats to all the winners.

Very pleased to see Reventon in the top 3, as it is an actual 'case mod' ( i.e An exisiting case - modified. )

There has been some discussion in the Modding Section, which i hope that Bit-Tech/Custom PC might look at for the future.

MOD of the Year is virtually dominated by Scratch builds.

A modded case is an existing PC case that has been modified to look different.

The Scratch builds i see are works of art that happen to house a PC.

The 2 are not comparable imo.

Both classes are equally skillfull and executed to the same high standard, but cannot be judged against one another.

Maybe 2 ' classes ' next year ?

Hi Mark,
It is a valid question which also came up last year.I try to state the difference between a mod and a scratchbuild as often as possible on bit-tech - however splitting the two would have to happen across the board with Mod of the month too. In total there are enough projects to fill mod of the month every month but this might not be the case if we split it into mods and scratch builds. One month we might have two new scratch builds and eight new mods and the next month vice-versa. Take Mod of the Year as an example - we simply don't have enough mods to do a separate competition, at least not with projects that we've featured either on bit-tech or in Custom PC. At the moment it works well and it has done for years. The real crux of the matter is we simply don't have time to do that many articles - we'd be doubling our workload which just isn't feasible and both articles would probably end up being far less of a great article than Mod of the Year is at the moment.

I think mods and scratch builds can coexist too. I appreciate the differences but a good PC mod can look equally like a work of art as a scratchbuild can.There were very few votes separating the top projects this year and last year 2nd, 3rd and 4th places were mods. Factors such as popularity (of the maker and his project log) how unusual the project is and amongst other things have far more of an impact on votes. Some people just prefer one or the other too. Last year there were nearly double the number of mods, namely because guys like boddaker and SNiiPE_DoGG haven't been entered this year- that's just how it goes. I also get far more emails from people who have built their PC from scratch so it doesn't surprise me there are more scratchbuilds out there and in competitions. We'll certainly consider it in the future and we're certainly mindful of change and the need to adapt but for the moment that's where we stand.
Hannes 7th January 2011, 18:13 Quote
The creativity level here is so high! It's really inspiring just to watch.
Attila 7th January 2011, 18:39 Quote
First of all, thank you to all that placed Na'ir al Saif in their top three.

And congratulations to skip and Paultan, and commiserations to the other
contestants.
I honestly thought level 11 would take top spot this time, it's just such a fine
and pretty case, and easily my favourite of skips builds.

Thanks to everyone who took the time to register and vote, I noticed some grumbles
in the thread but 1200 votes is a decent showing.

And thanks to bit-tech and the sponsors, the prizes are just terrific and will give each
of us an extra boost come the next mod or build.

See you all soon with something new. :)
bulldogjeff 7th January 2011, 19:32 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Waynio
I agree ;) & to add to that Paultan's mod rocks, some very nice fine details in it & overall looks kickass, would have been nice to see the placings of all nominees though, without that all the last 8 came in 18th place lol .

2 classes would naturally water down the prizes but is still a good idea ;).

Instead of looking at it as the 8 finished 18th and last look at it as all finishing joint 11th, that way nobody came last:D
slipperyskip 7th January 2011, 19:48 Quote
I'll take 1st place if you want to give it to me Attila. lol But seriously, it was an honor to be nominated and humbling to finish on the podium. Thanks to all who voted and congrats to the other winners. I'm currently here in Las Vegas at CES showing off L11 and enjoying people's reactions. I'm very proud to show it off as a bit-tech MOTY nominee. Cheers.
bulldogjeff 7th January 2011, 19:53 Quote
There seems to be a thing going on here and that is people like wood, first last year and second this year. But still a big well done to the top three and all the rest who made it to the voting stage. But be warned, I know for a fact that there's a few mods being planned that could really shake it up a bit. I'm not talking about me by the way...lol But I might have a little something to offer up and I now have a decent camera to take pics of it . wooohooo to the modding shed. Oh hang on thats the next project
Waynio 7th January 2011, 20:05 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by bulldogjeff
Instead of looking at it as the 8 finished 18th and last look at it as all finishing joint 11th, that way nobody came last:D

:) True ;)

Well done everyone especially Attila, Slip, Paul on the podium ;).
Kovoet 7th January 2011, 20:12 Quote
I say congrats to everyone that did a mod and for the effort they took to do one. Of cause the winners have come up with the right packages and damn well done to them.

All you guys inspire people so well done people
voigts 7th January 2011, 21:25 Quote
Congrats to the winners. Their placements are well deserved. I really do feel honored for placing 5th. To even be put in the top ten out of all of the excellent mods that are on bit-tech is truly an honor. You guys all take modding to the next degree with your skill, attention to detail, and the amount of love and care you put into your builds.
jrs77 7th January 2011, 22:56 Quote
Well deserved Attila, well deserved ;)
wbdog206 7th January 2011, 23:02 Quote
All the entry's are great looking builds.
Congrats everyone.
SuicideNeil 8th January 2011, 00:29 Quote
Congrats to all the winners and competitors & thanks for providing us with such great projects to gawp at for the last year :)
paultan 8th January 2011, 01:42 Quote
First of all, I want to thank bit-tech, custom pc and to all the sponsors who set everything for the success of this modding competition. But most importantly, I want to thank all the supporters and my friends who voted. Being included in the the third spot is a big privilege. on the other hand, reading some of the comments here are very sad. If you think, my design and efforts are not worthy of the place I got, then I can't do anything about it. Just take in mind, that my Reventon is not made because of you.

Congratulations to all the contestants! Most of all to the winners^^ I guess we can all say that despite all the different places we got, we are all in the same level with regards to the efforts we produced. We are all worthy in every class...
l3p 8th January 2011, 12:35 Quote
Congratulations all !
All builds should receive a prize :)
WolfandAngel 8th January 2011, 20:29 Quote
congratulation

wolfie
The_Gnu 8th January 2011, 20:35 Quote
Congratulations to the winners and all contestants aswell. All builds are magnificent in their own way and it was really hard to choose three this year.

As for the discussion about separation of modded pc and scratchbuilds. I think modding has evolved into so much more than what it was in the begginning. Nowadays I think modding is more about your vission/idea and being able to make this a reallity. Whether this involves an already existing case or something completly new, if the vission/execution is great so will the results be.

Maybe "Custom PC of the year" would be a more suitable title to avoid the "what is a mod" questions?
Waynio 8th January 2011, 20:43 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by l3p
Congratulations all !
All builds should receive a prize :)
All runners up get a bit-tech award winning mince pie, energy drink & a copy of chime :):p.
Quote:
Originally Posted by The_Gnu
Congratulations to the winners and all contestants aswell. All builds are magnificent in their own way and it was really hard to choose three this year.

As for the discussion about separation of modded pc and scratchbuilds. I think modding has evolved into so much more than what it was in the begginning. Nowadays I think modding is more about your vission/idea and being able to make this a reallity. Whether this involves an already existing case or something completly new, if the vission/execution is great so will the results be.

Maybe "Custom PC of the year" would be a more suitable title to avoid the "what is a mod" questions?

Custom PC of the year, perfect ;).
mnpctech 8th January 2011, 22:34 Quote
Congrats to Attila! and everyone who was nominated!

"The Making of" PC Mod Ruler & Gauge for everybody ;)

eKevhr-GDQw
Gtek 9th January 2011, 02:06 Quote
Congratulations to the winners and big thank you to bit-tech and CPC for such a great contest and of course to community for all the votes!
[USRF]Obiwan 10th January 2011, 12:38 Quote
Instead of MOD of the month. Why not call it "Projects of the month"
awlllwa 10th January 2011, 22:45 Quote
Wow, i couldn't agree more with the winners. Excellent work from everyone. I wish i could purchase level eleven right now, it would be awesome to build around a Fusion APU. Congratulations to the winners, and keep on modding and having fun, i would totally join you if i were more creative and less lazy.


but not to be a buzz kill or anything... honestly i didn't even know there was a reader prize when i voted but i got this email (below) that i responded to. But now i read the winners and I'm not one. I was soooo looking forward to seeing my name in a bit-tech post, but i went from to :'( in like 2 seconds. Its what ever though, i think something in your system may have gone awry.


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date: Tue, Jan 4, 2011 at 8:45 AM
subject: Bit-tech Mod of the Year Reader Prize

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Kind regards

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