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Intel Case-Mod Competition 2004
By Vijay Anand
Category : Events
Published by Jimmy Tang on Monday, 1st March, 2004

Let The Modding Begin!

Case-Modding started out as a hardcore PC enthusiast’s hobby to improve upon their system appearance, usability, flexibility or just to personalize them. Back then when the notion first started, everyone’s personal computer looked just about the same as anybody else’s system. There was hardly any ‘personal’ in the term ‘personal computer’. Besides that, DIY casings then never did have the optimal airflow characteristics needed by the hardcore overclockers. Combine all these reasons and you know why the case-modding hobby came into existence.

Some of you might be inclined to say that the above-mentioned scenario was applicable few years ago considering the wide variety of pre-modded casings these days with cold cathode lamps, neat side-panels and other fancy gizmos incorporated to the designs. These may glorify your PC, but they don’t personalize nor match your ideal setup, which is why case-modding is still a thriving hobby and it’s getting better with numerous add-on kits and accessories related to the hobby being easily available.

Case-modding has always been a very personal thing and although it is shared and discussed in online communities such as in our very own Case Mod Clinic, it has never really been brought up to the national level for community awareness – until Intel organized the first ever Case Mod competition in Singapore on Saturday, 21st February 2004. And of course it was held in none other than the atrium of the IT Mecca, Sim Lim Square.

Back in November 2003, the process for this competition had already commenced as Intel began gathering proposals of individual’s case-mod ideas and design sketches. After the sifting process, Intel announced in December 2003 the finalized contestants who will then embark on the actual building process of their selected design. Part of their requirements include the use of a Pentium 4 CPU with Hyper-Threading technology to build the system and one of the criteria was to show that the system was totally operable like any other normal system. On the actual day of the competition, all the finalists were gathered to display their finest Case-Mod works for display and judgment. The Judges weighted all entries on creativity/originality (30%), technical difficulty (20%), workmanship (20%), functionality and performance (20%), and completeness (10%).

Here’s an overhead shot of the ground floor with all the inquisitive passersby and of course all the supporters of the finalists. Many from our HardwareZone community were also present to witness the event.

Country Manager for Intel Technology Asia, Lai Yit Loong, helped kick start the event.

Let's have a look at what the case-mod finalists cooked up for this event over the next few pages.

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