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November 4, 2012 6:05:20 PM

Ok, so I picked out all of the parts I will need for my first gaming computer ( thanks to some help from the Tom's Hardware community) here:
http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx...
And I got to thinking, and I realized: I have no clue what to do with this thing once I build it. So, can you guys give me some suggestions on what should be the first things I do when I'm finished building this thing, such as setting changes, software, things I should tweak, etc.? I have played games on my friends' computers before, and I seem to have a thing for simulators, third-person shooters (such as ARMA 2: DayZ and Fallout: NV), and puzzle games, but first-person shooters are okay, too. I may or may not OC in the future and get a new cooler, before anyone asks ¯\(°_o)/¯.

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November 4, 2012 6:16:54 PM

Well you do need a keyboard and mouse but you may already have that so no biggie.

An xbox 360 controller(wired plugs straight in the usb ports and works fine a wireless you need to get a receiver.) i find is nice for games that support it. like fallout nv and skyrim.

as for setting i don't think any really matters, so long as you get your drivers done correctly.
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November 4, 2012 6:26:24 PM

dane332 said:
Well you do need a keyboard and mouse but you may already have that so no biggie.

An xbox 360 controller(wired plugs straight in the usb ports and works fine a wireless you need to get a receiver.) i find is nice for games that support it. like fallout nv and skyrim.

as for setting i don't think any really matters, so long as you get your drivers done correctly.

I have a mouse and keyboard, so I'm all set hardware wise. I'm talking about actual software and stuff that would help me along on my path to gaming greatness. I know Steam is one, and Team Speak.
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November 4, 2012 6:54:03 PM

JackNaylorPE said:
I'd suggest a burn in and evaluation....

I find OCCT the most useful tool for the purpose of monitoring temps and voltages under various OC's.
http://www.ocbase.com/index.php/download

To diagnose memory problems .... memtest 86+
http://www.memtest.org/

Ok, now I have software for technical stuff. Any suggestions for gaming?
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November 4, 2012 7:29:45 PM

MSI Afterburner to overclock and monitor your graphics card.
http://event.msi.com/vga/afterburner/download.htm

3DMark 11 Basic to benchmark your graphical performance (do before and after any overclocks)
http://www.3dmark.com/3dmark11/download

For gaming.

Steam, cause that's where you can get games from.
http://store.steampowered.com/about/

And that's about it. There isnt really any "gaming" software around.
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November 4, 2012 7:38:30 PM

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