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!
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!
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.
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).
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.