The thrill that comes from doing a crazy mod is what I do it for. I nearly fried a cpu doing my pinmod (forgot to put the heatink on... haha go figure.. it was crazy. the screen filled with blue hearts at post (like the computer's heart was sad and broken for hurting it..). Freaked me out.. heart waas pounding.. but when everythign ended up ok, I was very very happy.
it's kind of like an extreme sport.. cliff diving or something like that.. But it's a rush that you can get in the comfort of your home.. without the use of harmful substances in your body.
It's also a symbol of technical power (I have a 9300). There are a few others at my school (UMBC) with 9300s, but every one I've talked to stares in amazement when I show them the 7800gtx in action, or tell them about the pinmod. I dont need to be the best or nothing.. I'm not too competetive most of the time, and dont do it to show off. I do it for myself.
In response to your previous post (I tried to leave it alone, but I couldn't), I'm sure you know how message boards work.. Everybody is always really tense and preped to attack somebody for no good reason. Nobody ever takes what you say as how it was meant, and everybody wants the last word. Dont worry about it. there's no need to explain yourself. In support of that other guy, I guess the title of the thread could sort of seem like it was created with hostility, but it obiously wasn't. You were just saying what you knew and asking for response. I never knew that it was that much easier to sell a used laptop with a warranty. I usually assumed people that bought a laptop every year were affluent enough to do so. I also never really bothered with an extended warranty.. I think I may to get one with my next laptop and try your way out.
Thank you for giving us knowledge of your experiences, and thanks to everybody else for doing so also.