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Getting the most out of XP? Plus more questions :)

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by caedas, Mar 23, 2008.

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  1. caedas

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    Heya all! First time poster here...(y)

    I, like most people, have been running Windows XP for a long time now because I am a gamer/programmer...and the applications I use daily work well there. Or, at least, there was a time when this was true...

    I've had my machine for quite a while now...maybe 3 years or so...and XP has given me a lot more trouble than usual every time I reinstall. I don't know if the updates are making things worse, or if M$ just wants to add more and more 'MSspy-ad-ware' to it's OS...or what.

    Now then...(most) griping aside...I just reformatted not too long ago (~a week), and am having some issues that have me considering giving it another wipe (which, in my case, is quite an undertaking). But, before I do that...I want to ask the pro's here their opinions on several things...

    1) I want to tweak my system so that it will perform at maximum efficiency.
    • Where can I find info on this?
    • What are the most important tweaks/tricks?
    • What are some personal recommendations (keeping in mind I am a gamer ;))?
    Perhaps not only limited to the OS, because I know my DSL/router could use some help as well :D.​

    2) I've never had enough nerve to overclock my system, but since the 'new smell' has worn off of my system, I may want to give it a go. My board temperature runs between 25°C - 30°C and the CPU between 45°C - 50°C.
    • Should I consider, given the temperatures, trying out OC'ing?
    • What tools are the best for doing so?
    • What parts should I focus on OC'ing?
    • Where are my 'limits'?

    and finally...

    3) As I said...I am a gamer and from time to time an intermediate programmer. Obviously, I use several applications...like Dreamweaver, game software (most are DirectX to the best of my knowledge), Ventrilo...just to name a few important ones. After the recent bad tastes of Windows I have had, I am considering trying out Linux (Ubuntu) and running an emulator for anything that won't run otherwise.
    • Is this a bad idea?
    • What are the benefits/downfalls?

    Thanks for reading my novel lol! I apologize in advance for the long and somewhat off-topic post...but hopefully you can find it in your hearts to forgive a noob :D.

    Thanks in advance for the help and input!
     
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