I liked the way you arranged the evolution stages of a HW hobbyist, Mussels. Strangely enough, by reading this I found that "my evolution" could fit in your scheme, just in a different order. stage 1: Ignorance. (total, btw) stage 2: Learns about drivers/general OS tweaks (making systems stable and properly working became essential!) stage 3: Starts to modify OS settings (You don't own my PC, Windows...I DO!) stage 4: Learns to tweak core program settings (well, in my case it was mostly tweaking games...I had my GTA Vice City fully modded...by hand) stage 5: Learns basic BIOS stuff (and later, advanced stuff) stage 6: An overall purpose is deemed for each system, and everything is dedicated to that purpose. un-neccesary hardware (and software?) is removed. (I usually take as long as 3 weeks to select the right hardware combination to do the job...I really get into details, everything has to fit flawlessly.) stage 7: Starts phsically modding hardware - be it coolers, fans, or LED stuff - looks come first, then aesthetics. (I just love fan controllers, the perfect cooling is just a few Ohms away . But it really wasn't heavy mods. Just some LEDs and a CPU/GPU cooler.) stage 8: Aesthetics kick in. the LED lights and noisy fans go away, and a more simple appearance is chosen. (this happen shortly after stage 7, it didn't take long before I realized LED fans and cathodes didn't really made my computer be any faster. My case is actually closed and the power LED isn't bright. It's really discreet.) stage 9: ???? stage 10: PROFIT! There are some points missing there, and some info, but I didn't want to modify Mussel's perfect 10-stage program into becoming a HW hobbyist.