I almost had a heart attack!
Whew I just finished doing my first "mod" ever, a minor one yes but still Im so glad it worked right. I took off the heatstink on my 9800, put some ocz thermal compound on the core after cleaning it and the fan, then put it back together. I was so worried that i scratched one of the tiny wires on the board while using brute force to get the heatsink back on. Then when i booted up It made a lot of beeping noises so I was like ohhhhh nuts, I need a new card. Turns out i had one of the 2 wire fan connectors in its power instead of a standard molex one. Put that it and BAM it works.
My question is, is there a way to make sure that absolutely nothing got damaged? I ran ati tool test for about 5 mins with no errors, even tried overclocking it and could push it a bit higher then before now. But i really want to make sure its all still good, if i scratched a tiny wire would I know thats its broken right off the bat, or could it come to haunt me later?
Now im done step 1 before I can really overclock. Next step is to clean my case wires somehow (Ill post a pic later, its a huge mess of wires blocking airflow).