Sunday, 09 March 2014 12:49

What is Modding?

Modding.  Technically, it means modification plain and simple, and is done to improve performance in some way, aesthetics or both.  I could talk about modding in general, as it applies to everything from tools to cars to everyday household items, but anyone reading this article probably goes to the same place in their mind when they read the word “modding”: PCs.

Gold-Award-introAbout a year ago we re-launched DecryptedTech; prior to that the site was intended to fill in the gaps in other projects that I was working on. However, I soon decided that I wanted to build something new and different from what was already out there. In keeping with this spirit we have decided to hold a modding contest on our Forum. The contest officially opens today and will officially close on April 20th.


The rules are simple;
All work must be your own.
Work logs must be posted or linked on our forum.
You must be able to prove that the work is yours.
You must also be a registered member of our Forum.
DecryptedTech staff and their families are not eligible for this contest.

If you need space to store images for your work logs please contact us and we can set something up for you. At the end of the competition our three “celebrity” judges will pick the winners.

The judges are;

Ramsom Koay - Thermal Take
Chris Morley – CTO MAINGEAR Computers

Trace Hagan – Formerly from The Best Case Scenario
Our prizes are as follows

1st Place
Thermal Take Level 10 GT AND a Gigabyte G1.Guerilla
2nd Place
Gigabyte G1.Assassin (X58) motherboard
3rd Place
Gigabyte X79-UD3

Good luck to everyone, if you have any questions send them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Or PM one of the staff on the forum.About a year ago we re-launched DecryptedTech; prior to that the site was intended to fill in the gaps in other projects that I was working on. However, I soon decided that I wanted to build something new and different from what was already out there. In keeping with this spirit we have decided to hold a modding contest on our Forum. The contest officially opens today and will officially close on April 20th.

The rules are simple;
All work must be your own.
Work logs must be posted or linked on our forum.
You must be able to prove that the work is yours.
You must also be a registered member of our Forum.

If you need space to store images for your work logs please contact us and we can set something up for you. At the end of the competition our three “celebrity” judges will pick the winners.

The judges are;

Ramsom Koay - Thermal Take
Chris Morley – CTO MAINGEAR Computers

Trace Hagan – Formerly from The Best Case Scenario

Our prizes are as follows

1st Place
Thermal Take Level 10 GT AND a Gigabyte G1.Guerilla
2nd Place
Gigabyte G1.Assassin (X58) motherboard
3rd Place
Gigabyte X79-UD3

Good luck to everyone, if you have any questions send them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Or PM one of the staff on the forum. Head over to the Modding Competition Thread to get started

WillLyonMaximumSecurityEditor's Note: This article was written by one of our own forum members PM_DMNKLR and was voted on by the community as the best written of the entries for November 2011. The article is reproduced here in the same format as it was originally published in our Readers' Blog Forum. Each month we will host a contest for our Forum members to write an article or a review with the chance of being published on our site (as well as win some cool stuff). So now DecryptedTech is happy to bring you November's Winning article;



Computer modding, a discovery of one of the world's greatest subcultures, part 1: "Cultural Diversity"

The PC modding scene is quite a vast one in present day. At it's humble beginnings, quite a few moons ago, it was merely the idea of painting a case to a more peculiar color, installing a light inside of the case somewhere, adding stickers or other similar-style decals, etc., but rarely was anything so much more. Today, however, we have an industry that thrives on not only customizing our own computer periphery, but also custom creation of many components and accessories as well. Present-day computer modifications range anywhere from your basic, average LED case fan add-on, to full-blown scratch-built cases, made out of wood, plastic, steel, aluminum, fiberglass, resin, you name it and someone's making it. Even cooling has gone to the extremes in today's society, where in times of yesteryear, whilst it maintained a basis of adding an additional cooling fan or two to a much-needed area in the case or on a specific component, ie: adding an additional 1 or 2 fans to the CPU's heatsink for example, today's pc's, or "rigs" as we commonly refer to them now, have upwards of extreme liquid or even a TEC (Thermo-Electric-Cooler), also called a Peltier cooler, which transfers electricity throughout it's internal contacts, to create one side as extremely hot, by means of temperature transfer, enabling the surface of which makes contact with the CPU to remain extremely cold, thus also enabling the user to not only have a very, very low CPU temperature, but also enabling them to commit to serious overclocks, while still maintaining such deeply low temperatures.