December 12, 2017 // 2:30 p.m.
2017 feels like a year of change. bit-tech got a facelift, AMD usurped Intel for many as the CPU manufaturer of choice, and the enthusiast water-cooling industry become more fiercely competitive than ever. One thing, however, has stood the test of time, and that's the quality of work on show once again in our forums. With so many hardware changes taking place this year it has been a real boon for modding, with manufacturers needing show-pieces and enthusiasts having more reasons than ever to update their rigs and get modding again.
Well, with the icy December wind, rain, and snow fighting to break through our front doors, it's about time everybody got their nominations in for their favourite projects of 2017! How you rate them is up to you, but we recommend you consider the skills involved, quality of work, originality, and presentation.
And of course to help motivate everybody to find the time to choose, Corsair will kindly be giving away three triple packs of its new LL120 series RGB fans too: one pack each to three entrants! To be in with a chance, all you have to do is email us with your nominations and/or vote for your favourites once the shortlist is decided and voting begins.
As with last year, we will be following this format: 12 mods and 12 scratchbuilds will make the shortlists based on your nominations. The projects will compete for three titles: Mod of the Year and Scratchbuild of the Year as voted for by the community, and the Overall Best Build as decided by a combination of the community vote and an internal panel.
You mean aside from eternal cheesecake glory and the chance to stand among some of the most respected builds and modders of all time?
Well, Corsair has also seen to that, with the winners of Scratchbuild and Mod of the year walking away with a brand new Corsair Crystal 460X White Edition and matching white Corsair RM750x PSU, a handy basis for a new project.
The lucky winner of the Best Overall Award will receive £500 or equivalent to spend in Corsair's online store.
As with past years, please don't post your lists in the comments, but feel free to discuss individual nominations. We'll then add up the nominations and enter projects based on the total number of votes.
Thankfully we've got you covered! Aside from simply trawling through the forums (which we recommend doing anyway, as it's full of gold) we've assembled a list of the Mod of the Month and Modding update articles from 2017 to help you along your way.