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New Build:Got the hardware - Recommend me some software!

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June 28, 2012 11:17:41 PM

Just ordered all the parts for my rig(after choosing to not go with a prebuilt). That being said it's been a long..long time since I installed software from the ground up. To be perfectly honest, I know there are some gems of applications that I could(and/or should) be using that I'm not since I'm stuck in my ways!

With a new build and a new formatted drive I think it's time for me to delve into the rest of the world! I'm building up a text file with all the software I intend to bloat my SSD/HDD with and relevant links to said software so that I can thumb drive it and essentially checklist everything.

Disclaimer: I know that some of the software I won't use for quite some time, or only use once and delete. I'm willing to try out anything 'worthwhile' if someones willing to recommend it. I'm a pretty hardcore gamer, and spend a LOT of time on my computer so my previous system already has a ton of application bloat - so I understand the downside of that.

TL;DR help me fill up my new system with stuff I need, stuff I want, and stuff I sorta-maybe could want!

[Build]
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CPU: i5 2570k
GPU: GTX 670
RAM: 8GB DDR3
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[My Current Application Checklist]
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Goal: A nice checklist for me to follow when my new rig arrives.


[ ]Double check components
-Make sure all compponents are secured and placed correctly.

[ ]OS Update/Instillation
-Fully update operating system (Use windows update: Start->Search->Windows Update)

[ ]Browser Instillation
-Get rid of Internet Explorer - Get Firefox
>Firefox: http://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/fx/
>>Install various FF extensions[Noscript/adblock]

[ ]Antivirus Instillation
-Install antivirus to keep bad stuff away, lol.
>MS Security Essentials: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows/products/sec...

[ ]Benchmark/Stressing
-Run stress tests/benchmarks to make sure everything is where it should be, make sure all hardware can handle workload(Also to make a history of benchmarks during computer lifecycle)
Benches
>DX11 Benchmark: http://www.3dmark.com/3dmark11/
>DX9 Benchmark: http://www.futuremark.com/benchmarks/3dmark06/introduct...
>CPU/GPU Benchmark: http://www.3dmark.com/3dmarkvantage/
Stressers
>GPU/CPU/Mem Stresser http://files.extremeoverclocking.com/file.php?f=205

[ ]System monitors instillation
-Install monitors to follow system peformance and temps
> [ Not sure what to use now;
HWmonitor? http://www.cpuid.com/softwares/hwmonitor.html
CPUz? http://www.cpuid.com/softwares/cpu-z.html
GPUz? http://www.techpowerup.com/gpuz/
Hwinfo? http://www.hwinfo.com/screenshots32.html
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>>> Large Software Instillation <<<

[ ] Social/Messenger
>Skype http://www.skype.com/intl/en-us/get-skype/on-your-compu...
>MSN http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/messenger/download
>Mumble http://mumble.sourceforge.net/
>Ventrilo http://www.ventrilo.com/

[ ] Entertainment
>VLC http://www.videolan.org/vlc/index.html
>itunes http://wwww.itunes.com
>Winamp http://www.http://www.winamp.com/

[ ] Utilities

[ ] Gaming
>Steam http://www.store.steampowered.com
>Origin http://www.origin.com
>Blizzard http://www.battle.net
-List of various games from non-steam/origin
June 28, 2012 11:21:51 PM

There are some great Indie games/Indie bundles online right now. Mainly, Groupees BeMine 3 Bundle and IndieGala VI. You can get The Void, Postal 2, Oddworld, Avernum, Hamilton's Great Adventure, etc. and music to go along!

http://www.indiegala.com/
http://groupees.com/bemine3

Also, remember get Flash 11, and I recommend Chrome over Firefox. Don't forget Adobe Reader X.
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June 28, 2012 11:25:00 PM

Gizmodo's Recommended Freeware List
http://www.techsupportalert.com/

Don't forget about a Firewall, and Adware Removal Utility.

Also consider a separate disk defragger, erasing utility, and google chrome.
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June 28, 2012 11:29:19 PM

I would actually recommend having 'Update Drivers' as a distinct check underneath 'Install OS,' as well as have the Anti-Virus come before Firefox.

For your System Monitors, HWMonitor, CPUz, and GPUz are all essential, so get them all.

Also, I thought MSN came with W7 now as Windows Live Messenger (or was that just crapware that came with my laptop?).

Under Entertainment, I'd really recommend you get Windows Media Player Classic (Home Cinema) over VLC. I'd send you a link with instructions to set it up with brilliant codecs and playback support, but currently I'm in under a web filter, so I can't get to it. I'll link you when I can, though!

Under Utilities, get Rainmeter. It's fantastic! Also get CCleaner, a fantastic maintenance tool. You may want Picasa 3 if you don't like Windows' default image viewer.

I think that's all I got for you.
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June 28, 2012 11:32:57 PM

Revo Uninstaller is vital as well.
MS SE is awesome, but Avast is just as light, and offers stronger protection. Though, MS SE works amazing, and is very light. Doesn't matter much.
Dropbox.
MS Office
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June 28, 2012 11:37:52 PM

Got to say, nothing beats VLC. It's region-free, and you don't have to download any extra codecs. IMHO, in no way does WMP beat VLC. Yes, updating drivers is important. Get the chipset drivers, update motherboard drivers, update BIOS, update GPU drivers (The latest beta ones from nVidia do increase performance slightly).
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June 29, 2012 1:23:00 AM

obsama1 said:
Got to say, nothing beats VLC. It's region-free, and you don't have to download any extra codecs. IMHO, in no way does WMP beat VLC.

While I agree that WMP is in no way better than VLC, I would posit that WMP Classic is: it uses less memory, has fewer issues with ogg/mkv, has fewer issues with multi-audio, handles subtitles better, and supports all the video types VLC does out of the box in addition to Real. This is the codec setup I mentioned, and it enables you to properly watch annoyingly finnicky 10-bit H264.

Whether or not OP actually cares about this is a different case, though. Either way, VLC and WMPC-HC are both the two best media player options.
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July 1, 2012 2:06:48 AM

mousseng said:
I would actually recommend having 'Update Drivers' as a distinct check underneath 'Install OS,' as well as have the Anti-Virus come before Firefox.


I actually do on my notepad file, but didn't want to clog up the already bloated list with a bunch of links to various manufacturers of my hardware!

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MS Office


Have one note, and notepad++ - haven't used any other office programs in probably 10 years, lol.

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Under Utilities, get Rainmeter. It's fantastic! Also get CCleaner, a fantastic maintenance tool. You may want Picasa 3 if you don't like Windows' default image viewer.


I've never heard of rainmeter - will check it out. CCleaner was added to my list ; everyone seems to recommend it!
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