Interesting Ninjalane Podcast talking about the cost of being an enthusiast. Recommended!
Hosts: Dennis Garcia and Darren Mccain
Voltmodding 8800 GTX: Dennis started a new overclocking hardware project that consists of voltmodding a couple of BFG 8800 GTX video cards to unleash the maximum performance attainable from the aging video cards. The cards were purchased off of ebay and based on PCB discoloration have been well used and likely abused by the previous owner.
A functional test of the cards proved that they can overclock and do have some life left in them but the stock voltage was a limiting factor in getting the cards to a decent and stable overclock. In this segment Dennis talks about what all needs to be done to the cards to perform the volt mod and later discuss some of the benefits of hardware modding including why you may need a modchip in your game console.
Costs of Being Competitive: It is no secret that being a hardware enthusiast can be very expensive and if your goal is to be a competitive overclocker the cost can extend beyond what was spent on the initial hardware purchase. In this segment Dennis goes on to discuss a variety of costs including the cost of hardware, the longevity of that purchase and the price you pay for entering the market late or damaging your gear.