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Windows 7: Keeping Computer Stable


21 Jun 2013   #1

Windows 7 Professional
 
 
Keeping Computer Stable

Hello everyone first thread here! :P

I'm in the midst of purchasing my first computer build.
I plan on putting together a PC for general use, gaming, and a little photo/video messing around.
Here's my shopping list so far:
-i5 4670k
-Asus Z87-A
-Evga GTX-770 "Superclocked"
-Seasonic M12ii 750watt
-Samsung 840 pro 128gb ssd
-WD Black 1tb 7200rpm 64mb hdd
-G.Skill Ripjaws X 24gb
-CM 922 case
-Asus Black Sata drive
-Coolermaster hyper 212
-Asus ve248h monitor
Windows 7 Professional

Since this will be my first windows computer, what sorts of things can I do in order to make the system as stable and fail-proof as possible?
Is there certain software that I should get? Antivirus?
Thanks guys

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21 Jun 2013   #2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ultimate 64
 
 

charkzilla20,
Welcome to SF. I would consider a couple of things.
1. A good UPS unit for stable power and back up power.
2. Great AV program either purchased or free
3. Malware Bytes
4. A back up strategy to another drive or cloud storage
5. Once you've added your OS, Software and all updates to the SSD then creat a restore disk and image the SSD to another drive....my personal fav.
6. Create a password protected Administrator account and a separate user account for others to use.
7. Use your wits with all emails and web browsing, first line of defense is the operator hence number 6.

That's a banging system you're building you will need to take lots of pictures and post for us to see in "show us your rig" section!
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21 Jun 2013   #3

Windows 7 Professional
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by linnemeyerhere View Post
charkzilla20,
Welcome to SF. I would consider a couple of things.
A good UPS unit for stable power and back up power.
Great AV program either purchased or free
Malware Bytes
A back up strategy to another drive or cloud storage
Once you've added your OS, Software and all updates to the SSD then creat a restore disk and image the SSD to another drive....my personal fav.
Create a password protected Administrator account and a separate user account for others to use.

That's a banging system you're building you will need to take lots of pictures and post for us to see in "show us your rig" section!
Thanks for the quick reply

-I'm not sure what a UPS unit is...
-Is Malware Bytes an AV software? Or just a joke :P
-I plan on purchasing an external backup drive later. The photos and videos and other stuff that matter to me most are already on another computer (an Imac) for now. Do you recommend an ssd backup drive?
-I'll be the only one using the computer. Should I make a separate account anyway?

I'll definitely take some pics once it's all together thanks
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21 Jun 2013   #4

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ultimate 64
 
 

Updated version of mine, significant others rig has a 1000.

APC Back-UPS BX1500G Battery Backup - 1500 VA, 865 Watts, 10 Outlets at TigerDirect.com

Malware Bytes is for identifying and capturing malware and is different than AV software.

I use a ssd to image mine to but that's just because I scored a 120 gb OCZ for a crazy $49.00 delivered.

I would make a user account because when friends and family see this crazy new beast of a rig they'll want to play and check it out.......sign out and have them sign in with user account!
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21 Jun 2013   #5

Windows 7 Professional
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by linnemeyerhere View Post
Updated version of mine, significant others rig has a 1000.

APC Back-UPS BX1500G Battery Backup - 1500 VA, 865 Watts, 10 Outlets at TigerDirect.com

Malware Bytes is for identifying and capturing malware and is different than AV software.

I use a ssd to image mine to but that's just because I scored a 120 gb OCZ for a crazy $49.00 delivered.
-I don't think I can afford the backup power. I don't think I'll need backup power anyway.

-sweet I'll look into that.

-Haha sweet :P I think I might already have a backup drive laying around somewhere already... I'll see if I can find it.
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21 Jun 2013   #6

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ultimate 64
 
 

Work towards a good UPS on sale and in the meantime use a top flight surge protector.
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23 Jun 2013   #7

Windows 7 Professional
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by linnemeyerhere View Post
Work towards a good UPS on sale and in the meantime use a top flight surge protector.
Why would a ups be necessary?
And where can I find a surge protector?
Thanks
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23 Jun 2013   #8

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ultimate 64
 
 

UPS in my opinion provides the best combo of stable voltage protecting against rapid swings plus the added and dreaded low voltage stepping in and providing the correct voltage. Then when the power company has a brown or black out or the circuit in the house is tripped it instantly steps in and provides you power so you can finish work, save and shut down in a controlled manner or survive the indecent without any interruption.
Surge protectors are available almost anywhere but be smart and if this is your only power line defense then don't cheap out.

APC P11VNT3 Performance SurgeArrest Surge Suppressor - 2030 Joules, 11-Outlets, Dataline Protection at TigerDirect.com

Belkin BP112230-08 / 12-Outlet / 4320 Joules / 8-Foot Cord / Surge Suppressor at TigerDirect.com
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23 Jun 2013   #9

Windows 7 Professional
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by linnemeyerhere View Post
UPS in my opinion provides the best combo of stable voltage protecting against rapid swings plus the added and dreaded low voltage stepping in and providing the correct voltage. Then when the power company has a brown or black out or the circuit in the house is tripped it instantly steps in and provides you power so you can finish work, save and shut down in a controlled manner or survive the indecent without any interruption.
Surge protectors are available almost anywhere but be smart and if this is your only power line defense then don't cheap out.

APC P11VNT3 Performance SurgeArrest Surge Suppressor - 2030 Joules, 11-Outlets, Dataline Protection at TigerDirect.com

Belkin BP112230-08 / 12-Outlet / 4320 Joules / 8-Foot Cord / Surge Suppressor at TigerDirect.com
Ok, I'll work towards getting a UPS in the future. I'm trying to keep my computer budget under $1800 for now.

I looked around and found that I already have this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16812120239
Would this work?
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23 Jun 2013   #10

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ultimate 64
 
 

That will work just fine.
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