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Old January 7, 2007, 08:49 AM
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According to that list, I'd say I am level 6 - although I do actually use my rig for gaming. Never felt the need to go beyond air and watercooling. Level 9+ is just insane.
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Old January 7, 2007, 09:06 AM
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According to that list, I'd say I am level 6 - although I do actually use my rig for gaming. Never felt the need to go beyond air and watercooling. Level 9+ is just insane.
lol
I know 1 or 2 Lvl.10's


Hmmmmm think I will c if tenny and tdk will pop by and post some of their shit.

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Old January 7, 2007, 10:39 AM
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Heh.....

Lvl 6, but with a caveat........

I'm currently running 4 complete desktop PCs & 1 laptop.

I normally do a 2 - 4 week burn in / tweak with a new build but after that I'm pretty satisfied with it and don't play with the settings until I add new hardware.

I however do a fairly big upgrade to my personal system every 6 months or so which (with all the trickle downs) gives me another 2 - 4 weeks of tweaking so I probably end up being a hardware fanatic for a couple of months out of the year, the rest of the time I just use the hardware.
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Old January 7, 2007, 10:47 AM
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Please don't get that impression. Hardware canucks is a place for everyone to learn, and if it weren't for on-line forums, I never would have learned as much as I have. It takes time (and money) to become experienced in these things, but that's not for everybody. There are many out there who are far more advanced than me. Here's how I'd say it ranks (approximately) in levels:

lvl 1 - hardware noob, wouldn't know a CPU socket from a RAM DIMM
lvl 2 - fairly familiar with hardware, can assemble a computer, not up to date on recent changes
lvl 3 - can choose well rounded, current components that make sense with each other, besides being compatible
lvl 4 - familiar with basic overclocking concepts, and wanting to dabble in it
lvl 5 - intermediate overclocking, generally using air cooling. Pretty easy to get this point with some help
lvl 6 - loves tweaking, spends almost as much time measuring the performance of their machine as actually USING it. Uses air or water cooling.
lvl 7 - Starts to get kinda crazy around here. Experimenting with packaged phase change kits, building chillers. Peltier cooling falls into here somewhere
lvl 8 - learning to build your own phase units, very familiar with sub-zero cooling
lvl 9 - dry ice and liquid nitrogen. 'nuff said
lvl 10 - can actually fabricate pretty much anything required for any of the before levels. These guys are usually engineers of some sort by trade.
This should almost have it's own thread.;)
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Old January 8, 2007, 10:27 AM
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Wow, I threw that together in like 15 minutes. I didn't expect people to have such an interest in determining their level. I guess with us geeks, "leveling up" is a far more common way to measure performance than it is for most people ;)
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Old January 8, 2007, 03:55 PM
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I think anybody interested in Overclocking is probably going to hit on some form of "quantification" of their own position on that list. Most folks who OC don't really need to do it, they just like the challenge and being able to compare their results with others is part of that.

I get a kick out of sqeezing $800 performance out of a $100 cpu, but in all honesty, for what I normally do with my computer (aside from currently playing oblivion) I could get away with a $50 sempron. :)

Can anybody say e-penis??? :)
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I'm in agreement with Supergrover on this one.

Does my X2 really need to go from 2.2 to 2.6? No.

It's more of a personal satisfaction I've found with "getting more than you paid for" in performance that drives many people to overclock rather than a genuine need for that extra speed.
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Yeah... The truth of the matter is that I have no use for a quad core. I just like having one. Bleeding edge is where it's at.
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lvl 10 - can actually fabricate pretty much anything required for any of the before levels. These guys are usually engineers of some sort by trade.
Hi all,

My first visit to this forum and found this thread. Interesting to read of your quad results, which quad is showing the best performance promise right now?



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Old February 12, 2007, 07:28 PM
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Sweet looking rigs. How are you finding the long awaited DFI? (Bet I know where you got it if you bought local.... :) ).
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