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Would like some opinions on a few things

  1. #1

    Posts : 14
    Windows 8

    Would like some opinions on a few things

    Iíll getting a new computer in the next couple of days and have been thinking about how to set it up. So I thought I would ask a few questions and get some opinions on a few things

    First the specs of the new computer are

    ASUS Desktop

    • Intel Core i5 3470(3.20GHz)
    • 10GB DDR3 at 1600MHz
    • 2TB SATA HDD Capacity
    • NVIDIA GeForce GT 620 2GB
    • Windows 8

    Hard driveÖ
    I donít know how the 2TB drive is partitioned, ( hopefully will on Tuesday)
    Q.. Iíve heard that large drives perform better when they a partitioned into smaller segments.. is this true?

    2TB is a monster size compared to what I have now (140GB) Would partitioning this drive say into two or three different partitions make sense ex 1) OS 2) Back-Up 3) Data1 4) Data2
    Q..If so what partition software would recommend? WIN 8 system?

    Iím not crazy about this computer having WIN 8, Iím use to 7. From what Iíve seen I donít think Iíll use the Metro/Modern UI much, I most likely will use a ďStart Menu SoftwareĒ like Classic Shell or Start 8 and boot to desktop.

    Thought about just installing Win 7 Ultra and ditching Win 8, what are Pro/Cons of this?

    Iíve found this forum very useful for information regarding WIN 8 and Iím sure Iíll have more questions while I setup my new computer

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  2. #2

    Posts : 2,191
    Windows 8.1

    Just my observations thus far and I am not attempting to answer all of your questions at this point:

    1- If you intend to use only that single drive then some partitioning may be in order; however, wait until you get the system and then give us a screenshot of your disk management view.

    2-10GBs of DDR3 seems to be an odd number. Is that correct? If so, how is the RAM configured?

    3-Your intention to use either Classic Shell or Start 8 has been adopted by many that have no use for the Metro UI, so welcome to the club; however, don't jump the gun on abandoning Windows 8 yet because it is much faster than 7 (from my experience) and it will grow on you once you get past that learning curve.

    Good luck.
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  3. #3

    Posts : 14
    Windows 8

    Hi my2cents
    10GBs of DDR3 seems to be an odd number. Is that correct? If so, how is the RAM configured?

    I thought it was odd also, Rep said it’s 2 x 4GB and 1 x 2GB… I always thought memory had to be installed in pairs. He said there are four memory slots and can hold up to 16 GB total
    I guess I’ll see once it gets here.

    At any rate it should be faster than current setup
    AMD Athlon 64X@ 3600 1.90 GHz
    3GB Memory 2 x 1GB & 2 x 512MB
    Vista Home Basic 32 bit
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  4. #4

    Posts : 2,191
    Windows 8.1

    Hi Sandhill,

    Oh yes... it will definitely be faster but I still don't get the 10GB config recommendation from the rep.
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  5. #5

    Posts : 14
    Windows 8

    Hi my2cents
    The 10GB configuration wasn’t a recommendation from the rep. It’s the way the system was setup by ASUS. - Refurbished: ASUS Intel Core i5 10GB 2TB HDD Capacity Desktop PC Windows 8 CM6340-CA001S
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  6. #6

    Posts : 2,191
    Windows 8.1

    Quote Originally Posted by Sandhill View Post
    Hi my2cents
    The 10GB configuration wasn’t a recommendation from the rep. It’s the way the system was setup by ASUS. - Refurbished: ASUS Intel Core i5 10GB 2TB HDD Capacity Desktop PC Windows 8 CM6340-CA001S
    That is interesting. Thanks for the link as well. So, after reviewing the newegg link, I went and searched for other PCs with 10GB RAM configs and I found several available from different well-known companies. Interesting...
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  7. #7

    Portsmouth Hants
    Posts : 772
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center

    One stick of 7 GB and one of 3GB, I guess?
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  8. #8

    Posts : 5,592
    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1

    As the new MOBO's now have a uEFI/BIOS firmware.
    How to install Windows 64 bit on a uEFI/BIOS firmware:
    UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) - Install Windows 8 with
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  9. #9

    Posts : 13
    Windows 8 Pro

    You want opinions? I've got lots!

    If you intend to run the same software you're currently using, the system specs are clearly better.

    As for the 2 TB hard drive, you can choose to partition it or not but I would highly advise against putting a backup on one of the partitions. If/when your hard drive fails, you will not have a backup to restore it.

    10GB is an odd number. My guess is that your vendor has a bunch of 1 GB dimms laying around and their value is rapidly diminishing. 4 slots being typical, they'd be hard pressed to sell a 4 GB machine these days. If you ever do need more memory, that 2GB is going in the bin. But you probably won't have to worry and even a little bit more memory is always a good thing.

    Enjoy your new system.
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  10. #10

    Posts : 14
    Windows 8

    Hi ChocoBilly

    Good point about having the back up on the 2TB HHD, if the drive fails all is lost..

    Q... Do drives perform better when they a partitioned into smaller segments?

    I don’t know this systems setup on the 2TB HHD, I don’t have the new computer in hand yet, but thought if it makes sense to partition the drive to do it before I install any software
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