Originally Posted by SoliDD
@CorsairGeorge - Building and OCing computers is considered by most people here an art. Now pretty much all you have to do is change a multiplier and buy a closed loop system to have a WCed OCed machine. It takes away from the work that made the end result that much more satisfying.
I've been overclocking since the 486 days, back in the early 90s, before anyone even heard the word "Pentium".
When they moved the DIP switches off the board and put the options in the BIOS to select your bus frequency, some people said they made it too easy.
When they found a way to unlock the multipliers on some Athlon processors with a pencil, some people said it was too easy.
When you could change out a heatsink for one with a giant (at the time) 60mm delta fan and get your Celeron 600 to 900 by just changing the bus speed, some people said it was too easy.
The true hobbyists, like yourself, will always find something new and extreme to tweak. The fact that motherboard manufacturers make BIOS tweaking so easy is fantastic. The standardized 120mm fan dimensions are awesome. Cases with built-in chimney fans, painted interiors, and tool-free hardware are amazing. Something as simple as a CPU backplate cutout so you can change a heatsink without removing the motherboard is great.
There will ALWAYS be somebody who tweaked their hardware in a new and interesting way - that's what OCN and XtremeSystems and all these other hardware forums are about. Guys who come up with awesome ways to do cool stuff that nobody else thought about, and other guys trying to outdo them.
I think it's awesome that the playing field is getting leveled for the most part - it just means the extreme guys are going to get more extreme.