GeForce Garage: QuakeCon 2016 Mod Recap

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QuakeCon 2016

By Romeo Lavarias on Fri, Sep 2 2016

Last month NVIDIA attended QuakeCon 2016 in Dallas, Texas, where Modders. Inc once again put on two separate mod competitions during the largest LAN in the US.

The first contest is the 24-Hours of Le MODs, a 24-hour live case modding competition broken up into three days where each team work with the same components. Powered by GeForce Garage and Corsair, the three teams took their tools to a Corsair Carbide 600C and attempted to make the best id or Bethesda themed build.

 

The US Case Modding Championship allows case modders to bring in their mods and show off their workmanship and creativity. There are three different categories in which builds can be entered.

 

24 Hours of Le MODS


1st Place

Team Mod Goat: Jim Weist & Heath Coop

This creation titled "Alpha Labs - Sector 4" is a Doom-themed build that features a copper electroplating finish.


2nd Place

Team SFN: Adam Owen & Michael Long

This modding team from Illinois adorned their blue and white painted case with a hand-fashioned prop shotgun.


3rd Place

Team Texas: John Davis & Gary Murphy

After cutting out new vents on the top and front panel of the Corsair Carbide 600C, Team Texas used an aged paint job to complete their Fallout rig.

Case Mod Category

The Case Mod Category consists of any mods built from an existing retail chassis.


1st Place

White Widower by Brandon McCarthy - This impeccably clean Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ATX mod took top honors. Just check out that cable management!

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2nd Place

Blue Bawls by Gary "NavyChief" Murphy - The winner of the DreamHack Austin 2016 mod contest made a reapparance. It looked perfect right next to the Bawls booth on the expo floor.

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3rd Place

5th Element by Haley Mullins - Hard to believe this was originally a Thermaltake Core v41. An amazing job for Haley's first solo mod.

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Honorable Mentions


T-Rex by Michael Wallace- Aside from being dinosaur-themed which already makes it awesome, the interior was very well done for this SLI beast.
IFrit by Michael Sewell- Watercooled, overclocked and capable of playing Witcher 3 in 4K at 60fps.


Z28SooR by Justin Huynh- Simple yet powerful. Everything in this Camaro build fit the theme, all the way down to the white carbon fiber finish on the case and the interior.

Crapple by Corey Schroedter- A GeForce GTX-powered Apple Mac Pro Tower.


Scratch Build Category

The Scratch Build Category are mods built from anything other than a retail PC chassis.


Top Three: Kristina Heishman with a 3D printed life-size BMO, David Cotten and his BFG, and David Whitsitt and his Mighty Monarch of the Air.

1st Place

Mighty Monarch of the Air by David Whitsitt- David converted this vintage radio into a compact GTX 1080-powered PC.

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2nd Place

BFG by David Cotten- Yes, it's a HUGE BFG 9000 from Doom (2016). In this case BFG = Build Features GeForce GTX 1060.

Honorable Mentions


Vanilla Latte by Cameron Watkins- This entry is custom laser cut acrylic, completely watercooled and powered by a GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition.

DG | Batmanned by Jake Phifer- This impressive Batman PC was fabricated from sheet metal and sprayed with truck liner. It was also just one of the many PCs we helped upgrade to a GTX 960.

At QuakeCon, you'll soon learn that you can build a PC out of anything, like Legos (by Chris Albright)...

or PVC piping (by John Krupka).


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id/Bethesda Themed Category

The id/Bethesda Themed category is any mod (case mod or scratch build) that is uses id Software or Bethesda or any of their games as their theme.


1st Place

Nick Valentine by Ethan Prus- Yes, it really is more impressive - and just as creepy - in person. Read more about this mannequin turned PC here.

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2nd Place

Nuka Cola Vending Machine by Mitch Cerroni- A mini-ITX 3D printed and resin-cast rig featuring a Raspberry Pi screen.

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3rd Place

Overclocking with ARGENT ENERGY by Adam Stark- Something clearly went wrong at this UAC facility. It even comes with its own working fog dispenser.

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Honorable Mentions


Quake Level 5000 by James Fislar- Looks amazing and it's not often you see a mod using a GeForce GTX TITAN Z.


3dfx Nightmare by Garrison Novak- This modified beige box sports a second system powered by a 3dfx Voodoo5 5500 for retro games.
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