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11-02-2012, 04:59 AM #1
Your Favorite Utilities for Windows 7/8
What are some applications you guys like to use with Windows 7 or Windows 8, and why? Here is my list:
- AVG Free
- K-Lite Codec Pack
- VLC Player
CCleaner is nice because it allows me to clean my system with just a few clicks of button, plus it has a feature for SSDs or any other storage device where you can Secure Erase your SSD, but only the free portions of your disk. This seemed to help me at times when TRIM didn't seem to work and my SSDs lost some performance.
Dropbox, I use to back up all the important files I have that I share between my systems, school work, work related materials, and documents.
AVG Free has worked for me ever since I installed it on my system 2 years ago. Hasn't slowed down my system even during gameplay and has given me good enough anti-virus protection. Never been infected, but AVG caught some instances of viruses, so I know it's working.
K-Lite Codec Pack seems to be the be the best codec pack I could find to date. While FFDShow was fine, K-Lite seems to have a lot more codecs including the FFDShow codec pack. Comes with a Medial Player that seems to run lots of formats the VLC might struggle with, but I keep both on my system just in case one of the players fails to play a video, or if I need specific things in my videos like audio delay, subtitles, etc.
So what do you guys like to use, and why?Main System (X79 Beast):
Intel Core i7-3960X @ 4.6GHz | ASUS P9X79 WS | Kingston HyperX Genesis 32GB (8x4GB) DDR3 1600MHz Memory Kit | Nvidia GeForce GTX 690 (Main Card) | GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 650 Ti OC 2GB (Dedicated PhysX card) | ASUS Xonar Xense Audio Card | NZXT Phantom 820 Case | CM Silent Pro Gold 1200W PSU | 2 x Kingston HyperX 240GB 3K SSDs in RAID 0 | 2x WD RE3 1TB Hard Drives | WD Caviar Blue 500GB Hard Drive (Back-up Storage) | Noctua NH-D14 CPU Cooler | Windows 8 Pro
Test Bench (X79 System):
Intel Core i7-3820 @ 4.6Ghz | ASUS Rampage IV Extreme | Kingston HyperX 16GB DDR3 2133MHz Memory Kit | XFX HD7870 | Aerocool Striker-X Air test bench | Rosewill Lightning 1300W | LSI 3ware 9750-8i SAS+SATA RAID Card | Kingston HyperX 240GB 5K SSD | Seagate 500GB Hard Drive | Thermaltake Frio OCK CPU Cooler | Windows 8 Pro
Laptop (Macbook Pro):
Intel Core i7-2720QM @ 2.2GHz (3.3GHz Turbo) | Kingston HyperX 16GB 1600MHz DDR3 | AMD Radeon HD 6750M 1GB (Dedicated Video Card) | Intel HD Graphics 3000 512MB (Integrated) | Zalman N128GB SSD | Hitachi 500GB 7200 RPM Hard Drive | Mac OS X 10.8.2
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