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Windows 7: Show Us Your WEI

12 Jul 2009   #1171
Muad Dib

XP Pro & Vista Home Premium (x86); Windows Ultimate 7600 x64 Retail
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Firestrider View Post
You can have a 64-80GB SSD for your applications and OS (you can probably fit 2-3 games, CS4, office enterprise, visual studio, and an AV with room to spare), then just map all your libraries to a better GB/$ HDD for storage.

The problem is that some applications like to store media in their own directories.
Yes. Some will use PROGRAM DATA as well as PROGRAM FILES\COMMON FILES folders on the OS Drive extensively regardless where the actual user specified "Install Folder" is located.

Also, the RC to 7xxxx Win7 upgrades have thus far required about 20Gb of FREE space to do the upgrade install.

And WINSXS does not seem to be getting smaller.

My guestimate is a 64GB SSD configuration (since 32 and 64GB sizes are "common") would be the minimum for future expansion/upgrade capability.


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12 Jul 2009   #1172
ikilledkenny

Windows 7 Professional, Windows Longhorn 4074
 
 

I've searched Google up and down about this build and just thought that I would mention that I was unable to find anything about an x86 build.

Hopefully, that will change.
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13 Jul 2009   #1173
ciphernemo

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit RTM
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Firestrider View Post
You can have a 64-80GB SSD for your applications and OS (you can probably fit 2-3 games, CS4, office enterprise, visual studio, and an AV with room to spare), then just map all your libraries to a better GB/$ HDD for storage.

The problem is that some applications like to store media in their own directories.
That won't really help gamers. Games these days can be a few GB to 15+GB. They need to load those data files quickly, and hence why people want them installed on fast drives.

Also, as Muad Dib pointed out, it isn't practical for the average user to do this. Everything application is installed in %PROGRAMFILES% or %PROGRAMFILES(x86)%
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13 Jul 2009   #1174
Antman

 

WAIK (7)
WAIK (7) Reference
Both are English language.

Create a custom installation - place %USERPROFILES%, %PROGRAMFILES% where you want to.

Install your drivers of choice, install preferred apps as part of OS install.

Apply all reg tweaks as part of OS install.

And so on.
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13 Jul 2009   #1175
Muad Dib

XP Pro & Vista Home Premium (x86); Windows Ultimate 7600 x64 Retail
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ciphernemo View Post
That won't really help gamers. Games these days can be a few GB to 15+GB. They need to load those data files quickly, and hence why people want them installed on fast drives.

Also, as Muad Dib pointed out, it isn't practical for the average user to do this. Everything application is installed in %PROGRAMFILES% or %PROGRAMFILES(x86)%
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Antman View Post
WAIK (7)
WAIK (7) Reference
Both are English language.

Create a custom installation - place %USERPROFILES%, %PROGRAMFILES% where you want to.

Install your drivers of choice, install preferred apps as part of OS install.

Apply all reg tweaks as part of OS install.

And so on.
Antman, your solution is correct, known and appreciated to the world of the tech savvy but I believe Ciphernemo understood my point best.

When W7 RTM is out I WILL be looking at keeping MY OS and critical apps/data able to fit nicely on a 64GB SSD (1x64 or 2x32 RAID0) for speed just as a curiosity. But would not even mention it to any of my clients.

SSDs are still far away from a reasonable $$$/GB AVERAGE consumer price point.
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13 Jul 2009   #1176
nate42nd

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

I guess I need a good video card and I will have a "real" computer. The rest look pretty good to me. I currently have a 9500GT. Thinking of a GTX260 or GTX 275.
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What will making the "desktop performance" do for me as opposed to the "gaming graphics"?

Seems like a big difference between the two.


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13 Jul 2009   #1177
Muad Dib

XP Pro & Vista Home Premium (x86); Windows Ultimate 7600 x64 Retail
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by nate42nd View Post
I guess I need a good video card and I will have a "real" computer. The rest look pretty good to me. I currently have a 9500GT. Thinking of a GTX260 or GTX 275.
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What will making the "desktop performance" do for me as opposed to the "gaming graphics"?

Seems like a big difference between the two.
Your on the right track - I have an OCed Sapphire HD4830 and get 7.3 WEI across the board except for HDD (I envy your SSDs man!).

Anyway in case you have not seen it before check out Tom's Video Heirarchy: Graphics Card Hierarchy Chart - Review Tom's Hardware : Best Graphics Cards For The Money: Jan. '09

P.S. You need to go UP the heirarchy 4-5 steps to make the upgrade gains worth the cost according to many.


P.S.S. I looked at your HD Tune results. I have a WD5000AAKS as well. What firmware and driver version are you running to get your HD Tune results? Reason I ask is my results are less and I don't know why.....

P.S.S.S. Gaming graphics tests the 3D processors/accleration on the cards which are not used in normal operations (less power, less heat, less fan noise). Desktop graphics will test a cards 2D capabilities for niceties such as multiple windows on multiple virtual desktops on multiple monitors, dragging windows contents, windows open/close animation eye candy, etc, etc, etc.
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14 Jul 2009   #1178
Phenom

 

And while looking for GFX cards please check out if your MB supports Nforce or Crossfire.
It would make a difference if you'd go for ATI or Nvidia.

Nforce makes 2 or more Nvidia cards possible
Crossfire makes 2 or more ATI cards possible.

Only ofc. if your interested in using 2 vid cards.

Correct me if i'm wrong people.

- Phenom
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14 Jul 2009   #1179
bobtran

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Mine under Windows 7 RC

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14 Jul 2009   #1180
ciphernemo

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit RTM
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Muad Dib View Post
SSDs are still far away from a reasonable $$$/GB AVERAGE consumer price point.
Yup, they have some ways to go before they replace HDDs. They need to get closer to the 1GB/$1 range for the performance drives. Those like the OCZ Vertex and Summit series are closer to 1GB/$5 range for smaller sizes and 1GB/$2.50-$3 for larger sizes. And the top-dog Intel drives are 1GB/$5+ all the way through their sizes.

But for us gamers and enthusiasts, they're at the "justifiable" price range, hehehe.
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