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Switching from Mac to PC; How do I make a change the right way?

Hi,
I am making the much needed move from Apple to Windows 7 and I want to set up everything the right way. I am a recent graduate. In school, everyone used Mac computers so I ended up getting one as well. I still love it. It's easy to use but it's not powerful enough to run the programs that I need. PC owners need to worry much more Malware and have the ability to customize their computer in ways that mac users can't. There is a lot of information online but there seems to be a big learning curve, and its hard to sift through what's really important.

I guess I want to know what to watch out for or how to set up my PC so it lasts. Is there anything that you learned later and wished you knew when you first started? What anti-virus software actually works? Where to learn about customizing your CPU and GPU? Or any problems that you ran into.

I have an:

i7 4770k 3.5GHZ
Asus z87 pro motherboard
16GB Ram
250GB SSD(TLC)
GeForce GXT 770 4GB
800w PS

I will also be using Flash, After Effects, Photoshop, Illustrator, Maya, and other programs for rendering that are high GPU stress.

Thanks!
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  1. For starters, I would never recommend actually buying an antivirus program. I personally use Microsoft Security Essentials (which is free) and does as good of a job as any paid program I've seen.

    That looks like an awesome setup for you - just make sure the power supply is of a quality brand so that you don't end up with any fried components. E.g. Corsair (Not CX/CS), XFX, Seasonic.
  2. BPTMatthew said:
    For starters, I would never recommend actually buying an antivirus program. I personally use Microsoft Security Essentials (which is free) and does as good of a job as any paid program I've seen.

    That looks like an awesome setup for you - just make sure the power supply is of a quality brand so that you don't end up with any fried components. E.g. Corsair (Not CX/CS), XFX, Seasonic.


    Thanks, I've heard that some anti-virus software companies are responsible for releasing viruses. They also seem pushy with updates and upgrades. It feels like a scam. So I would rather use something from Microsoft.

    I have a SeaSonic X-850? Is that ok? I don't mind switching if it means keeping the computer from frying.
  3. That power supply is excellent, for a free antivirus I would recommend AVG Free Edition, just make sure not to accidentally download the free trial of the premium version. http://free.avg.com/us-en/free-antivirus-download
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    MSIE is sufficient, if not top flight, and it's certainly easy to get and to use without a lot of in your face messages and nags. Intelligent internet behavior is the way to avoid malware on any platform. Get your software from reputable sources, don't ever click on 'rouge anti-virus' pop ups which may appear to be legit anti-virus warnings at first glance, and avoid clicking on links in email and when you install free software always choose 'custom' and make sure you don't end up installing their added toolbars and 'search helpers'. If you do all that you may never even see any infection.

    Since you bought a 'k' chip you might as well overclock it, you have all the right parts for it. http://www.pcworld.com/article/2044751/how-to-overclock-your-new-haswell-cpu-like-a-pro.html
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