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Post Date: 2022-10-23

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  Quote NoeleoN Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Topic: Newish PC gamer new computer help
    Posted: 23 Oct 2022 at 11:41am
I just ordered a custom built gaming computer from Digital Storm a couple days ago snd i was wondering if anyone had suggestions on what programs if any i should be installing or any important steps i should take other than doing a windows update when the computer arrives and i initially boot the computer up. Here is the specs of the computer if it helps

System Configuration:
Chassis Model: Digital Storm Lumos
Processor: Intel Core i9-13900K (5.7 GHz Turbo) (32-Thread) (24-Core) 3.0 GHz (Raptor Lake)
Motherboard: ASUS Prime Z790-P D5 (Wi-Fi) (Intel Z790 Chipset) (Up to 3x PCI-E Devices) (No SLI) (DDR5)
System Memory: 32GB DDR5 5200MHz Kingston FURY Beast
Power Supply: 1000W Digital Storm Performance Series (Semi-Modular) (80 Plus Gold)
Storage Set 1: 1x SSD M.2 (1TB Samsung 980 EVO PLUS) (NVM Express)
Storage Set 2: 1x SSD M.2 (1TB Samsung 980 EVO PLUS) (NVM Express)
Storage Set 3: 1x Storage (4TB Western Digital / Seagate - Ultrastar Data Center / IronWolf)
Internet Access: High Speed Network Port (Supports High-Speed Cable / DSL / Network Connections)
Graphics Card(s): 1x GeForce RTX 4090 24GB (VR Ready)
Sound Card: Integrated Motherboard Audio
Extreme Cooling: H20: HydroLux PRO: Exotic Custom Cooling System (CPU Only)
HydroLux Tubing Style: Flexible Tubing (Requires HydroLux Liquid Cooling System)
HydroLux Fluid Color: Green Fluid + Clear Tubing (Requires HydroLux Liquid Cooling System)
Cable Management: Exotic Cable Management - Blue - (Cable Combs with Custom Color Sleeved Extension Cables)
Chassis Fans: Cooler Master MasterFan Halo (RGB Fans) (Remote Control Only)
Internal Lighting: Digital Storm LED Lighting System
CPU Boost: Turbo Boost Advanced Automatic Overclocking
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 11 Home (64-Bit)
Recovery Tools: USB Drive - Windows Installation (Format and Clean Install)
Virus Protection: Windows Defender Antivirus (Built-in to Windows)
Priority Build: - No Thanks, Ship Within 5-10 Business Days After Order Is Successfully Processed
Warranty: Life-time Expert Care with 4 Year Limited Warranty (4 Year Labor & 1 Year Part Replacement)



Edited by NoeleoN - 24 Oct 2022 at 10:49am
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  Quote Cretae Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 23 Oct 2022 at 9:56pm
Look under Computer Related > Software discussion > "Must Have Software" for some suggestions on maintenance software. Many of the suggestions are still around, and regularly updated. I rely on Windows Security to protect my system after many years of third party suites like McAfee, Norton and others. The greatest benefit having Win take care of this is there is never a conflict with the OS. I've never had a problem.

I'd like to recommend you change your primary drive to one of the Samsung 980s. You'll benefit greatly having that speed at your command when booting and running apps. Games don't benefit that much from a really fast SSD, but everything you do in Windows will.   
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  Quote bprat22 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 24 Oct 2022 at 1:05am
For me there’s not much to do after plugging in my new DS rig.     I hookup and sign in to my internet provider, Comcast, download Steam, download a game or two and game away. Good way to make sure all is well. After that a graphics card update is probably in order.   Games that need the latest update will usually let you know.

I don’t even use a separate virus protection program anymore after years of McCafe, Norton, etc.   Windows protection has come a long way.

KISS, keep it simple stupid, is a long standing tradition for me.

Have fun.   

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  Quote NoeleoN Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 24 Oct 2022 at 10:46am
Originally posted by Cretae

Look under Computer Related > Software discussion > "Must Have Software" for some suggestions on maintenance software. Many of the suggestions are still around, and regularly updated. I rely on Windows Security to protect my system after many years of third party suites like McAfee, Norton and others. The greatest benefit having Win take care of this is there is never a conflict with the OS. I've never had a problem.

I'd like to recommend you change your primary drive to one of the Samsung 980s. You'll benefit greatly having that speed at your command when booting and running apps. Games don't benefit that much from a really fast SSD, but everything you do in Windows will.   


thank you for the response, i actually just went ahead and changed the SSD with what you suggested and went ahead and changed the 3080ti to the 4090 cuz why not. ill take a look at the thread you suggested for programs to install
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  Quote NoeleoN Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 24 Oct 2022 at 10:47am
Originally posted by bprat22

For me there’s not much to do after plugging in my new DS rig.     I hookup and sign in to my internet provider, Comcast, download Steam, download a game or two and game away. Good way to make sure all is well. After that a graphics card update is probably in order.   Games that need the latest update will usually let you know.

I don’t even use a separate virus protection program anymore after years of McCafe, Norton, etc.   Windows protection has come a long way.

KISS, keep it simple stupid, is a long standing tradition for me.

Have fun.   


ah i see, do you pay for windows defender or is that the one that comes with it for free?
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  Quote fwfdfireman Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 24 Oct 2022 at 11:38am
It comes free with Windows. That's all I use too.
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  Quote Cretae Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 25 Oct 2022 at 4:02pm
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  Quote hoserator Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 04 Nov 2022 at 11:46am

Game on. Awesome

Just watch what you click and sites you visit.
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  Quote PcKiller Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 23 Dec 2023 at 7:45am
I just plugged my rig in, and turn it on. Installed Steam and a few of my fav games and started playing. That is the plan for when I get my new PC from Digital Storm.

Edited by PcKiller - 23 Dec 2023 at 7:46am
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SSD M.2 2TB Samsung 990 PRO
RTX 4080 16GB
H20: Stage 3: Digital Storm Vortex Liquid CPU Cooler
Asus PB278Q 27" 2560 by 1440
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  Quote Theokritos Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 24 Dec 2023 at 9:00am
I concur with  PcKiller for the quickest start.

I do like to play with various operating systems so I tend to add a bit more.

01. I install Windows 11 Pro on the SSD along with all of the gaming platforms and games (Steam, GOG, Epic, EA, etc.)
02. I install the Linux Distro, Debian 12 (Bookworm) on one of the hard drives to serve as my daily driver.
03. On all of my OSes, I install an antivirus, a VPN, and a Password Vault.
04. Additionally, I install the Firefox browser and Thunderbird email client.
05. Where ever possible and practical, I select and install open source software such as LibreOffice and GIMP.
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