My Teammate @avalanche , should have given the Thread a different title -
Maybe, " How do you see folks the current status of O/C hobby "
I have read very carefully all opinions. And I respect them all.
The core "problem" is the mentality of newer members. OC hobby can be viewed under multiple angles and short, medium and long term perspectives.
OC must be fun for the member. If someone comes here seeking recognition from day 1 ( one ), he has come to the wrong place.
I read frequently comparisons between gaming and Overclocking. Two totally different hobbies. Gaming sells more ( a lot more ) because the masses that participate can be
from 5 years old and up. It is a huge market share for HW manufacturers and the weight of their marketing has normally fallen to where the vast majority of sales is.
OC involves many other parameters than simply buying HW.
1) Love for the hobby, experimenting, willingness to learn-learn-learn, studying, helping others and getting help.
2) True overclockers "speak" with their systems. Feel them, they can understand due to vast knowledge the " How to and Why ".
3) Unfortunately it is this passion that is deteriorating. Older ( not in age ) members, that are obliged for a zillion possible reasons to drop the towel because real life needs
are above all, have not managed to pass over the passion and the knowledge to newer members.
Evidently, it is this gap, that has dramatically changed the outlook of the hobby.
I have the honor and the privilege to be part of a small but very "special" group of people. The Warp9 Team. We have managed to keep the spirit alive.
We have managed to be friends and not internal antagonists. We teach each other. We offer help and get help. DAY IN AND DAY OUT.
If this could be achieved in a broader basis, "new Stars" would appear, and no one would have any reason to complaint that " Many Greats" have stopped.
I can't think of any activity in life, where there comes a time that Many Greats retire. But, the teaching system, the transfer of knowledge, the experience create
a new generation of even better participants and society members.
Name it - Doctors, lawyers, mechanics, pilots … and - and - and ...
Why should it be different here. It is not. Narrow minded people want to see that it is different. Members that care only for their personal rankings and do not give shit
about this community.
In real life, the society punishes this mentality.
Start from the basement folks. Start from the basics. And if you like what you see and do carry on.
An 80$ board ( LGA 775 ), a bunch of cpus ( maybe 50 $ ) and some ram sets ( another 80$ max ) and a few legacy cards ( 200 $ tops ) is an excellent starting point.
That is 400 $. Add an AIO for starters and … welcome to the OC world.
Patience and then the Sky is the limit.