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#284907 - 01/02/10 02:13 AM Re: Windows 7 PC Build [Re: CV]
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Seems a tad excessive. I'd probably go with this on first glance, unless you're planning to do some serious overclocking.
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#284909 - 01/02/10 02:20 AM Re: Windows 7 PC Build [Re: Ken.C]
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Ahh, good call. No, I'm not planning on going too far down the overclocking road. Thanks for the link.

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#284910 - 01/02/10 03:57 AM Re: Windows 7 PC Build [Re: CV]
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Ken's link is good. But what ever RAM you get, run Memtest86 on it over night. I see so much flaky RAM these days. Like 1 out of 16 sticks is bad. In one case I had 3 out of 8, and then when those were replaced 1 more bad (Crucial later admitted they had a bad batch). It doesn't matter the maker. After finding a couple bad from Corsair I went back to Crucial (since both Tyan and Supermicro recommend them), but same thing there. It's just that today's memory densities are so high, there's bound to be flaws in the manufacturing.

The same for hard drives, every maker has had a bad batch along the way, and every brand I've used I've had premature failures with. So now I just stick with Seagate, and run RAID for the important stuff. When a disk fails, I buy a new replacement, but still return the broken one for warranty. They almost always send referbs as replacements. I put those in less important machines--but now that I think about it, I don't believe I've ever had a referb disk fail; maybe I'm doing that backward.
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#284912 - 01/02/10 04:04 AM Re: Windows 7 PC Build [Re: ClubNeon]
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Thanks for the tip on Memtest86, Chris.

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#284934 - 01/02/10 02:04 PM Re: Windows 7 PC Build [Re: ClubNeon]
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 Originally Posted By: ClubNeon
Ken's link is good. But what ever RAM you get, run Memtest86 on it over night. I see so much flaky RAM these days. Like 1 out of 16 sticks is bad. In one case I had 3 out of 8, and then when those were replaced 1 more bad (Crucial later admitted they had a bad batch). It doesn't matter the maker. After finding a couple bad from Corsair I went back to Crucial (since both Tyan and Supermicro recommend them), but same thing there. It's just that today's memory densities are so high, there's bound to be flaws in the manufacturing.

I can relate to this.
Two years ago some ram died after it was removed from a system and placed back in during some other diagnostic testing. After buying two new sticks, there were bootup problems, memtest showed errors and i returned the ram for replacements.
AFTER the THIRD replacement set, i finally had a pair of sticks that were error free and have been running in the system ever since.
I was starting to wonder if the motherboard was frying them along the way.
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#287119 - 01/16/10 01:38 AM Re: Windows 7 PC Build [Re: chesseroo]
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I'll have my memory and video card(s) tomorrow, which means I can finally get my system running. Does anyone have links to good articles on setting up/optimizing/tweaking/customizing Windows 7? One thing I apparently need to do is disable defrag, since SSDs don't need it. I'll also be changing the user profile folders to my external drive. I'm looking for little things like that. I suppose I'm looking for more ideas, which is why I'm wanting to read articles on it. Thanks.

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#287178 - 01/16/10 09:39 PM Re: Windows 7 PC Build [Re: CV]
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My new computer is up and running, so of course now I'm in the process of installing all of the programs I use and configuring them. I couldn't get my computer to POST for a while, until I finally remembered the video card needed some power hooked up to it. Oops. I'm still not used to having to do that. I also can't find my disc for Paint Shop Pro Photo X2, and the serial key I have for it doesn't want to unlock the downloadable versions, so that's annoying. Maybe it's a sign I need to go with freeware image editing software.

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#287190 - 01/17/10 12:14 AM Re: Windows 7 PC Build [Re: CV]
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 Originally Posted By: CV
I'll have my memory and video card(s) tomorrow, which means I can finally get my system running. Does anyone have links to good articles on setting up/optimizing/tweaking/customizing Windows 7? One thing I apparently need to do is disable defrag, since SSDs don't need it. I'll also be changing the user profile folders to my external drive. I'm looking for little things like that. I suppose I'm looking for more ideas, which is why I'm wanting to read articles on it. Thanks.


Hi CV, if you haven't already been sent here then this is a good start:

http://www.ocztechnologyforum.com/forum/showthread.php?t=63273

Just curious, what model SSD did you get?

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#287192 - 01/17/10 12:19 AM Re: Windows 7 PC Build [Re: ]
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Thanks for the link. I'll check it out.

I got the Intel X25-M 160GB.

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#287193 - 01/17/10 12:28 AM Re: Windows 7 PC Build [Re: CV]
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Nice, you are going to be one very happy camper.

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