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Successful 1st build ! What to do now?

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May 29, 2011 8:27:17 AM

Hi guys,

So I've built my first computer and although it took me a few hours it is now up and running.


My objectives for this computer

1. Gaming (Starcraft 2 almost exclusively)

2. Watching HD streaming when possible

3. Keeping my music in one spot and burning etc



A few questions:

1. Overclocking : Will this help my system at all (i.e. faster load speeds, cat-like speed reflexes)? I'm already able to run SC2 at almost all Ultra Settings except 1 setting which I manually changed to Ultra.

2. Should I upgrade my HD to SSD? What kind of improvement would I see?

3. I bought the Windows 7 Home Premium separately-Is there any bloatware I should be aware of and is there any program I can use a la "lite"

4. Any improvements you guys can recommend to turn this baby into the next Deep Blue?

Here are my system specs:

1. CPU : Intel Core i5 2500k 3.3 ghz

2. RAM : G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL = 8 GB total

3. HD : 500 GB SATA 7200RPM

4. Video : Nvidia EVGA GTX 460 768 MB

5. Mobo : MSI P67A-G43 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

6. Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower

7. Antec Basiq 550w

7. Windows 7 64 bit

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May 29, 2011 9:22:11 AM

1. you could oc, but I probably would not since the current specs max out at what you play exclusively at playable fps
2. ssd would give faster load times, if levels load too slow for your needs, then upgrade if you think it's worth the money, it's not worth it for multiplayer since the game will start after the slowest person finishes loading.
3.windows media player can be used as a lite version, look up "media player classic", internet explorer is kinda heavy too
4. deep-blue? there are stronger chess programs out there now!
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May 29, 2011 10:10:54 AM

I've been hearing a lot about SSD.

What's the speed really like? Is it like a 1 second load from turning on the computer? Do programs instantly come on?
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May 29, 2011 1:41:07 PM

zekeke85 said:
I've been hearing a lot about SSD.

What's the speed really like? Is it like a 1 second load from turning on the computer? Do programs instantly come on?

The motherboard still has to boot up, only the time from when you see the Windows logo pop up until you see your desktop will those times speed up. That and level loadings will be quicker. You would also need to completely reinstall Windows, but I doubt that'll be a problem since this is a new build anyway.

Are you running 1080p resolution? If not maybe get a better monitor, LED's are very nice. A good sound system never disappoints either!
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