PaPang wrote:I guess you are correct yAu, Cooler Master makes computer cases, not flower pots (or cases for flowers) as some one mentioned in the forum and it would be logical for all competing mods to truly be computers. However, nowadays, if something is only implied, I would dare say that many would interpret it as not necessary to comply and skip over it. Imagine people competing in the mod contest with only the cases! No use of great CM water cooling systems, heatsinks, bridge coolers, power sources, etc.--just empty cases!
Forcing competitors to make their mods functional will force them to think also about the hardware to be incorporated, thus spawning the use of the aforementioned great CM components and including them within the modded cases. It would atleast force them to put water into their water cooling systems!
That would mean photos of the interiors of the cases with explanations as to how they are to integrate their HW into their mod and atleast a boot up screen? More experienced competitors like FrenkieNL could tell us more on how to keep competitors honest. I say it is obligatory and implied, but I come from the "pure old school" train of thought, I don't cut corners.
From my experience ( a few years), most modders: personalize their cases, are gamers, and overclock. Some more in some areas than others but usually juggle all 3 areas with grace and enthusiasm. These are the guys (also a few gals) that are desirable to compete with in a contest, IMO.
Another 2 cents
Agreed, a good way to get validation is a screenshot of say CPU-z verifying your CPU, or another monitoring program, with your hardware manager open and the name of your computer, possibly a 3dMark link. While all of these can be forged as well, it would take much more effort.
I know my case mod, everything was taken into consideration, from mods, to hardware, components, lighting etc, to not only all match and compliment each other, but to be functional and perform like a champ! My mods accentuate the hardware by optimizing it, they are all fully functional, and while some may only seem aesthetic, they do have some sort of functionality to them. This build has been in the works in my brain for many months now.