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Sep 01, 2009 05:40 |  #211

drisley wrote in post #8558348external link
Wow, sounds good as far as your old computer vs my current. I think mine would be generally slower. So an upgrade sounds exciting!

I've been running W7 x64 sine the beta was available, and now the RC, so in total for half a year, 8-10 hrs a day, and I've never experienced any issues even remotely like yours. In fact, I've really never experienced any issues at all. W7 runs perfectly stable, as Vista did for 2 years before that, XP for years before that, and Windows 2000 for years before that. In 9 years since going to an NT based OS (Windows 2000), I think I've only had 1 blue screen of death or system crash, taxing my system heavier than most, every day, all day.

The only "bug" I found with W7 was that if you use a monitor profile generated by Windows' built-in calibration software, the picture viewer becomes veeeeery slow and sluggish. But I just switched to my hardware generated colour profile and now it's fine.

Yes, I must admit that over 15 years of using Windows PC's I've very rarely encountered the 'blue screen of death'...but I have had more crashes than I can shake a stick at due to low system resources and poorly written, memory hungry software. I'm always trying 100's of different programs out, video editing, picture editing, plugins, picture resizes, downloaders...the list goes on and on....some of them from spurious sources - not many of them actually turn out to be keepers - probably 1%. So you can imagine what my poor registry must feel like :)

Even though I would run CC cleaner, registry mechanic and various spy tracking software every day, eventually a fresh install is called for- and with XP Pro that was becoming a nightmare what with all the security updates and patches required. It would take 2 days to do an install and update and 30 reboots!

The new build PC was working great for a couple of days, as far as explorer stability goes...then as I loaded more and more software on to the system, it went pear shaped at some stage and started having the same old issues opening and displaying 'my computer'. I'm definately not alone in this, I have found a few threads displaying exactly the same problems and the only solution seems to be to remove all your software until you find the cause.

How very Windows...

OSX dual boot is an option I suppose :lol:


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Sep 01, 2009 18:49 |  #212

Then again, the vast majority of people using W7 don't experience any of these problems at all.

Since you don't experience these problems until after loading up more and more software, it must be a buggy piece of software, or maybe drivers? I almost wonder if it's software that has something to do with your cd/dvd, maybe burning software? I too install LOTS of software, more than anybody I know, from all sources. Generally what I do if I don't like a piece of software I just tested, I uninstall it, then search the harddrive and registry for any remnants and delete. It's not really that much work, but yes, it should not be necessary. Why these software vendors can't write uninstallers to delete all the remaining folders and registry entries that their software installs is beyond me.

And don't let the marketing fool you, OSX can have just as many problems. My friend who switched to a Macs last year is frustrated to say the least... Adobe CS4 constantly is crashing OSX on him, and he doesn't find the OS very intuitive. I've had three other former PC users switch to Mac and then switch back. Heck, my Apple iTouch crashed last nite playing a video! LOL!


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Sep 02, 2009 17:08 as a reply to post 8449035 |  #213

Too Many Intel users :)


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Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-MA790X-UD4P
GPU: SAPPHIRE 100253HDMI Radeon HD 4650 512MB 128-bit GDDR2 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP
Memory: G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500)
Hard Drive: WD 640GB
Power Supply: CORSAIR 550W ATX12V V2.2 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS
OS: Windows 7


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Sep 02, 2009 18:54 |  #214

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Oct 02, 2009 13:03 as a reply to Mastamarek's post |  #215

My rig so far..

CPU: Intel i7 965 Extreme loafing @ 4.0Ghz
Cooler: Coolit Systems Freezeone Elite - idles at 16C.
Mobo: EVGA x58 Classified 760
GPU: 2 GTX 295 in SLI
RAM: 3x2gb Corsair Dominator GT 2000 at 8-8-8-24
Hard drives: WD500, WD750, Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 1 TB
Optical: Plextor 22x - I HATE SONY DRIVES - they don't last with heavy usage!
PSU: Ultra X3 1000 watt
OS: Windows Vista 64 Ultimate
Case: Coolermaster Cosmos
Display: NEC 2690 WUXI2 - incredible monitor - glad I got rid of my crappy Apple Cinema Display - the ACD PALES when compared to a high end monitor!

Speakers: Dynaudio Audience 50, modified.
External amp - McIntosh MC440M, modified. Even the best audio amps out there pale to this one...seriously. :)
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Oct 03, 2009 21:40 |  #216

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I built both my desktop and server. The desktop is a little dated and could use an update, but I would rather wait until I need it so that I can spend my money on glass.

Desktop -

Computer Name: Lightning
CPU: Intel E6600 overclocked to 3.2GHz
CPU Cooler: Zalman 9500
Motherboard: Asus P5B Deluxe
GPU: PNY 9800GTX and EVGA 7900GS
Memory: 2GB Ram (2 x 1GB Patriot)
Hard Drive: Seagate 400GB
Power Supply: Corsair HX620
OS: XP Pro
Case: Antec 900
Displays 1 and 2: 20" Acer AL2051W
Display 3: Epson Home Cinema 720
Speakers: Connected to my 6.1 surround through coaxial digital
I/O Devices: Regular old keyboard and mouse
Photo Related Software: Photoshop CS3

Server -

Computer Name: Jupiter
CPU: Intel E2140
CPU Cooler: Stock
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-965GM-S2
GPU: Integrated
Memory: 2GB Ram (2 x 1GB GeIL)
Hard Drive: 5 - 500GB Western Digital in RAID-5 for 2TB of storage
Power Supply: Antec TP 650
OS: Ubuntu 8.04 Server
Case: XION Hydraulic
Has nothing connected to it except for power and LAN and it is sitting in a closet.

I haven't updated my specs in awhile.

Desktop -

Computer Name: Lightning
CPU: Intel Q9550 overclocked to 3.4GHz
CPU Cooler: Zalman 9500
Motherboard: Asus P5B Deluxe
GPU: PNY 9800GTX and EVGA 9800GT
Memory: 8GB Ram (4 x 2GB Crucial)
Hard Drive: 2.4TB (Two Samsung F3 1TB and one Seagate 400GB)
Power Supply: Corsair HX620
OS: Vista Ultimate
Case: Antec 900
Displays 1 and 2: 20" Acer AL2051W
Display 3: Epson Home Cinema 720
Speakers: Connected to my 6.1 surround through coaxial digital
I/O Devices: Regular old keyboard and mouse
Photo Related Software: Photoshop CS3

Server -

Computer Name: Jupiter
CPU: Intel E6600
CPU Cooler: Stock
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-965GM-S2
GPU: Integrated
Memory: 4GB Ram (2 x 1GB GeIL and 2 x 1GB Patriot)
Hard Drive: 5 - 500GB Western Digital in RAID-5 for 2TB of storage
Power Supply: Antec TP 650
OS: Ubuntu 8.04 Server
Case: XION Hydraulic
Has nothing connected to it except for power and LAN and it is sitting in a closet.



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JEmerson
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Oct 06, 2009 14:37 |  #217

Computer Name: DAVE
CPU: Intel E8400 @4.2ghz/4.66ghz for benchies.
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U12P :D
Motherboard: ASUS P5Q Deluxe
GPU: GTX260 @ 730/1600/1400 w/custom exhausts.
Memory: 8*gb (4x2gb Corsair PC28500)
Hard Drive: 1tb x 4 RAID 10. (Although ATM only got three drives after Seagate 7200.11 died.
Power Supply: Corsair 620w Modular PSU HX620
OS: Running Windows 7 pre-release.
Case: STacker 832.
I/O Devices: Logitech G15 Keyboard, Logitech G5 mouse, Wacom Bamboo to aid cloning, Logitec G25.
Photo Related Software: Photoshop CS3, Lightroom 2. Noise Ninjarr!!


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Oct 07, 2009 05:22 |  #218

I'm jealous most of the specs here are better than mine :(

Anyway
CPU: Athlon 64 5000+
Mobo: Asus M2N-E SLI
GPU: Asus 4890
Mem: 6GB DDR2 800
HDD: Corsair x64 64Gig SSD, WD 250GB, WD 640GB
PSU: Silverstone 580W
OS: Win7 64bit
Monitor: 26"Viewsonic + 22" Samsung

Biggest performance hit I notice over the years of upgrading was the change to a SSD. Must have in my opinion in any new setup or upgrade.




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Oct 08, 2009 11:42 |  #219

Computer Name: Computer
CPU: Intel Q9650 @ 3.0GHz
CPU Cooler: OCZ Vanquisher
Motherboard: Gigabyte EP45-UD3L
GPU: MSI GTX260 extreme ultra mega overclock edition (Forget what it's actually called! :P)
Memory: 8 GB Ram (4 x 2 GB g.skill)
Hard Drive: 500GB Seagate
WD Caviar Black 1TB
Power Supply: FSP 500w 85%+ efficiency PSU
OS: Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
Case: some random one I found
Display: Samsung T240 (24")
Speakers: Audio Technica ATH-M30, JVC HA-RX900 (both headphones)
I/O Devices: Logitech G15 Keyboard, Logitech MX1000 mouse (needs replaced soon)
Photo Related Software: Photoshop CS4, Lightroom 2, DPP

I need more RAM and HDD space


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Dec 03, 2009 19:55 |  #220

bit different, see the bottom
CPU: Intel Core2 Duo E7500 Wolfdale 2.93GHz
CPU Cooler: SILVERSTONE NT07-775
Motherboard: Intel BOXDG43GT
GPU: GMA X4500 (gets less FPS in HL2 than my 6 year old ATI 9600XT)
Memory: 2 GB Ram (2 x 1 GB low profile kingston)
Hard Drive: WD Caviar Green 1.5TB
Power Supply: HEC-270W TFX
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
Case: hec Black 0.7mm Thickness SECC Steel 7KJ9
Display: Samsung HLR5667W
Speakers: Sony DAV DX-(forgot number) Dream System (1000W)
Network Connectivity:LINKSYS WMP600N
Photo Related Software: Windows Fax and Preview ;)

Yea... not my photo editing build, jusr something for the home theater that will be able to do just about anything including CPU only decoding of 30mbps bluray streams. I just bought my photo editing rig from dell since the cost was actually significantly less than if i had bought everything myself.


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Dec 04, 2009 17:59 |  #221

Computer Name: shellc0de
CPU: AMD 64 x2 (2.9 ghz)
CPU Cooler: Thermaltake Key3 spirit (just a big round fan with a light)
Motherboard: M2Ne-SLi
GPU: PNY GTX 275 with 896MB DDR3 (i LOVE this card)
Memory: 2 one gig sticks (dual channel)
Hard Drive: Used 500GB SATA (dunno what kind)
Power Supply: Ultra 500w PSU
OS: Win7x64 Ultimate
Case: Generic ULTRA case
Display: Westinghouse 22" (1680x1050)
Speakers: Generic 4.1 surround
I/O Devices: Sony VAIO Keyboard/mouse (soo old but i love ball mice)
Photo Related Software: CS4 Everything, Sony Vegas (video editing)

More than enough for every photo related project, more for intense max settings gaming, and video editing. I plan to upgrade the CPU and RAM to compensate for the video card but, whatev, UT3 runs great at 1680x1050...;)


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Dec 05, 2009 13:14 |  #222

Computer Name: Office_PC_2007
CPU: Intel Q8400 at 2.67 GHz
CPU Cooler: Intel cooler packaged with the processor
Motherboard: Asus P5N-E SLI
GPU: XFX GeForce 8600 GT, 256 Meg
Memory: 4 gig (2 X 2-GB Corsair XMS2) DDR2
Hard Drive: 2X 320 Gig Western Digital 7200 RPM SATA
External HD: Several
Power Supply: 500 Watt "80%-plus" PSU
OS: Windows Vista Home Premium, 32 bit, SP-2
Case: Antec Sonata III
Display: Dell 2407 24" LCD, Dell P992 19" Trinitron (currently in storage)
Speakers: Harman-Kardon HK695 with sub.
I/O Devices: Microsoft Digital Media Pro keyboard, Microsoft Wireless Optical Mouse 2000
Photo Related Software: PSE-7, DPP, Capture One 5, all the other Canon stuff.

I just swapped out a Dual Core E6750 processor for the Quad Core Q8400. The improvement is quite noticeable in DPP.


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Dec 07, 2009 19:14 |  #223

Former Primary Computer (Since I built my new one, my wife uses this one. LINK to new primary):
Processor: Intel Q6600 @ 3GHz
RAM: 8GB Kingston HyperX (Formerly 2GB Corsair Dominators)
Video Card: 2x EVGA 8800GTX (one died so I am down to 1...)
Mobo: EVGA 780i SLI FTW
Power Source: Thermaltake Toughpower 850W
Harddrive: 256GB Crucial SSD
2x Western Digital 1TB in RAID 1 (Caviar Green)
750GB Seagate as storage (since my 1TB seagate recently died)
CPU Cooler: Zalman 9500LED
Monitor: 22in Acer
OS: Windows 7 Home (Formerly Windows XP 32bit)
Case: Xion Stacker
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Primary: Razer Lachesis
Keyboard: Logitech G105 (Formerly Standard Microsoft)

Externals... 2x 1TB, 2x 500GB
Macbook Pro... Macbook... several other PC's I built... too lazy to list em all =)


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Dec 10, 2009 16:22 as a reply to themadman's post |  #224

I just barely built this computer last weekend. I'm so glad I did and I won't ever buy another HP computer for photo editing. I must say it's super fast to load up all my programs. Here's my setup..

CPU: Intel i7 920 2.66@ 3.8GHz (1366)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master V8
Mobo: Asus PT6 (1366)
GPU: ATI Radeon 5770 (x2)
Memory: 12 GB RAM Corsair 8-8-8-24
HDD:
1- Samsung SSD 128GB (OS, Programs)
2- WD velociRaptor 300GB 10,000RPM (Photos)
1- WD 1TB 7200PRM (photos, Movies)
1- WD 640GB 5400RPM (music)
Drives Lite on CD / DVD-R burner
Drives Lite on Blu Ray player
Fan Controller AeroCooler Fan controller
PSU: Corsair 850w
OS: Window 7 home edition 64 bit
Case: Antec 900
Display: 26"Samsung t260, 24" Samsung widescreen
Network: D-link 556 b/g/n
Sound: Sound Blaster x-fi




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Dec 10, 2009 16:25 |  #225

kouasupra wrote in post #9172920external link
GPU: ATI Radeon 5770 (x2)

/me wants :(


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