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17 Oct 2012   #11

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate and numerous virtual machines

One of the worst things for a computer is a lousy cheap and nasty underrated power supply. They always fail in such a way that they take out the hard drive, graphics card and cpu. Always spend a bit more money and get a quality power supply. Never overlook the cleaning or the cooling but supply your computer with a good clean power supply and it will pay you back in longevity. If you buy a case with a "free" power supply discard it and use a known quality brand. If you don't know what they are ask, plenty of people will tell you. I have had good luck with Enermax. 6 computers of mine have Enermax and I have one 500w Coolermaster.
Other PC killers are thunderstorms, power surges and extremely hot days with no air conditioning. Always shut down and unplug from the AC supply during storms. It can save your PC.

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17 Oct 2012   #12

Windows 7 Professional 64bit SP1

While we're on the subject, always make sure you are using a surge protector or if possible, a UPS on your computer. I've got my UPS picked out and will be ordering it this week probably. Too much money tied up in this to have the power flicker and brick something.
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31 Oct 2012   #13
Little Leo

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Just remember Heat is the enemy for your computer. Most VGA cards come with the fan set at about 40%. I use a program like EVGA's Precision to control my fan speed and up to about 75% and monitor the card temperature. Be sure you have a good air flow from the front of the case out the back. Check the fan grills to keep the buildup of dust form clogging your air flow. I take mine out every so often and use my Air compressor to blow the dust out. Be sure not to let the fans spin when you blow out the fan grills that can damage the fans or break the fan blades. Be sure where you put your computer has good ventilation. You keep your system running cool and clean and it should last you quite awhile. I've run my VGA cards for years and I've only had one fail about 16 years ago, and none since.
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31 Oct 2012   #14

Windows 7 professional 64

I could not say about long term hardware reliability. But a issue I have encountered software update wise is the
Nvidia latest drivers always work, and the ATI drivers seem to still differentiate between a OEM and Retail video adapter. This is a issue with some Hp desktops.
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