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Directron's 1st Case Mod Contest
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contest for the coolest looking case mod?

I was thinking you guys should have a contest for the coolest looking case mod and you could give the top runners some credit to your store. What do you think?

Oh yeah I am just starting my first case mod and I have the best idea, it’s going to look great. Can’t wait to show you guys.

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[This message was edited by Michael on Apr 26 at 14:42.]
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Rules of the First Directron Case Mod Contest:

1. Eligibility: Everybody who is not affiliated with Directron.com or Houston Computer Center is eligible. International entries are welcome. You can submit as many entries as you want, but only one is going to be eligible for winning, prizes, and credits from the same person each time.
2. Topic: All entries must be somewhat linked to case modding. It can be the modification of shape, painting, add-ons, cutting and numerous other ways.
3. Format of entry: Image file width must be smaller than 450 to fit in this forum. All entries shall have a front view and at least one supporting view from a different angle. It is suggested that the participants also include information on the case model, general system configuration and how much time and $ spent.
4. Copyright: You promise that you are the copyright owner of the image and you own the system in the image. Should there be any copyright infringement claims arising from your post or winning the contest, you're responsible for it! Directron.com reserve the rights to reject any entry if the participant will not cooperate to provide proof when an entry is being questioned.
5. Usage of submitted images: Once submitted, each image file becomes a permanent record on our site. Although you still own the original copy right to the image, you agree to allow Directron.com to use the image without any conditions attached.
6. Safety: Directron.com is not responsible or liable in any ways for any injuries that occur in the process of the case modding. Case modding involves sophisticated machinery and heavy equipments are discouraged and we strongly advise that precautions be taken during the process.
7. Judging the contest: Directron.com staff will pool all the eligible entries into a new thread. A panel of judges from the directron.com team will be choosing a winner and a runner-up. We'll be seeking the following aspects as judging elements: originality (creativity), functionality, artisticness, and overall appearance (attractiveness). The process may take 3 business days. The result will be posted here and on our web site.
8. Prizes: A winner (1st Place) will be awarded $200, one runner-up (2nd Place) $100, and one honorable mention (3rd Place) $50. The prizes will be awarded in cash (check) or store credit, which ever you prefer. We will notify the winners via email and post the list here so that you may contact us. Upon accepting the awards, you agree to supply a detailed description of the case mod, how you did it, and other mod-related experience. We'll publish the winners on our website. Winners do not receive the $10 store credit.

Each participant will get a store credit of $10. A special code is going to be emailed to you and you can redeem the $10 anytime you order from the website within two months. The $10 can be combined with other discount coupons.
9. Deadline: For the this first contest, the deadline for submission is 11-22-01, at 24:00 Houston time.
10. Agreements: Each participant agrees to above rules when he/she submits an entry.

Notes (1) We may consider turning this program into a monthly or quarterly event. (2) We may consider adding a trouphy for Mod-of-The-Year Award to be chosen from the monthly or quarterly winners. (3) Once an entry is made, the same case/mod cannot be entered again in future contests. (4) We reserve the rights to change the rules for future contests without notice. (5) We are planning to launch a new contest soon after this one.

Suggested Info to Add: We suggest you to consider adding the following info about your mod to your entry (not required):
(1) Name of contestant? (2) Name of the modded box? (3) Estimated cost to build? (4) Estimated time to mod? (5) Original Case Make/Model? (6) Machine Specs: (7) Details of modifications:
(8) Is this the first contest the machine has been entered in? (9) Other interesting notes about this mod: (10) How many cases have you modded?

Winner's Circle for the 1st Case Mod Contest

[This message was edited by Michael on Apr 26 at 14:44.]
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Thank you for your input. Having a contest will bring a lot legal problems. Yes, there are quite a few good lawyers around try to make a buck in every situation. We can of course have an unofficial contest for y'all to display your designs and innovations. At the end, give a small store credit is not a problem (it would not be an award, legally speaking). Have a great day.
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They say curiousity killed the cat... Glad im not a cat lol.

Anyway, Jason, I know you are probably not concerned with it or maynot want to respond. But I was thinking of having a contest. Exactly what things could be done to a person or company when offering an official tournament/award/prizes, etc. smile Thanks a million.


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Ok, since now more than one voice have spoken, we are going to kick off an UNOFFICIAL contest for the coolest looking (and hopefully functional) case mod that are posted through this site. Everybody who posts will be a participant. We will give this competition (again it is unofficial)a time frame of 50 some days. So any post that is posted before Thanksgiving this year will be considered. Employees of Directron and their families will be excluded. We will then have a panel of voting by our customers to pick the winner and a runner-up. I am thinking a reward of $200 of store credit for the winner and $100 for the second place. Sounds good so far? I am open for suggestions. Jason
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Yes the "unofficial" contest sounds great. smile


PS. Is there a place I can buy paint or the like for case modding, or is there something else that works just as good that one could pick up from a hardware store?

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Generally the best paint for case mods is also the the best type used for painting / touching up a car. Everything you need should be available at your local autoparts store.

note: You will need to sand most parts of your case with several levels of sand paper, and rubbing compound. This is a pain, but is important for good results. Several coats of paint / clear coat are often needed. It may take a couple weeks to get a case properly painted.

Here's one mini-guide.

Have a great day!

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Where should the contestants send in their works, this one or a new one? I start to worry the popularity of the contest because NO ONE submited anything yet.
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In my opinion I think they are like me. Trying to get the best one to submit. Also you might consider some sort of an unofficial announcement.

1. It would draw more potential customers.
2. Keep the ones you have feeling good wink

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Cool Idea -- crap just too bad I have no money to mod a case with in the first place! big grin Looking forward to seeing some of the mods.
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I feel very sad that nobody submited yet. Here is the deal, $10 coupon for everyone who sends a legit case mod on this site. Plus $200 for the first honor and $100 for the second place. Come on guys, help me out here. Jason
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gimme a break. i haven't had time to DO my case mods...too busy building and selling systems right now to work on my own. You know, the cobbler's children have no shoes.

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i want into this contest. i get my new parts wednesday and i will be installing them IMMEDIATELY, with pictures of the process the whole way through. i am debating whether or not to paint my system, but if i do, it will be metallic. I plan to be using a nuclear energy theme, and i'm an art major, so i will be truly putting my back into this.
-anxiously waiting for my parts,
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Same goes for me, I am waiting on the lights I ordered from here smile Should arrive Saturday or Monday. I'm hoping for Saturday.


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Ill definately post mine soon enough....
When Im done building my rig anways
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These are some additional rules (unofficial) I would like to add:

1. For the each entry, we want you guys to submit several pics to cover each side of the computer(2 or 3 small pics will suffice). This is to ensure that everyone is showing his/her own work.

2. I forget already, what are other good rules to make this a fair and fun contest? (suggestions?)

Have a great weekend and work hard on your cases.

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Well I just got the things I ordered from here, they seem to be in great shape as always smile

Monday ill be picking up the rest of the supplies to fix my case.

PS. Since I already have my components in my system is there a safe way of storing my mb/cpu, drives, etc. so they wont be damaged whilst i work on it? smile Ty.


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Updates on my system:
i spent seven hours painting the front panel yesterday. i painted it a custom color i call "candy competition orange pearl" its a pearlcoat candy orange (it changes color at different angles). it goes from a deep reddish orange to a bright hazard orange. I also painted the ducted cooling system in my case (which will be visible when my acrylic window is installed). my parts come wednesday, so until then, my computer work is put on hold. i will be cutting my window out with an acetylene torch (my case is made of 14-gauge steel plate), then grinding the powdercoating off and painting it the same color as the front. Unfortunately, the top part of the case doesnt remove, so it will be a ROYAL PAIN IN MY ASS to strip and paint that. since the only scanner i have is hooked up to an ISA controller, i am not able to scan my pictures until next weekend. i already took a few of the painted faceplate and my ripped-up case. anyhow, thats all the news on my end, good luck to everyone else and happy modding!
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I was curious. How many days I have in order to send in my pictures so they will be valid? Thanks.
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See jason's post:

" We will give this competition (again it is unofficial)a time frame of 50 some days. So any post that is posted before Thanksgiving this year will be considered. "

Have a great day!

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