I like to have one small partition for my OS, 20 gigs, and the rest for my programs & games. Keeps the OS running smoothly with quick defrags.
I've heard keeping a base account with minimum background tasks to run your games is a good way to keep them running at optimal performance, but with todays ram and processors I don't think your performance will drag unless you've got a family computer and keep a bunch of different applications running in the background.
AVG Anti-Virus is all you need
. Free, easy to use and doesn't bog your system down.
- provides processor and ram information to check up on how your overclocks are doing.
- Gives your system temperatures: CPU cores, HDD, GPU
- Great stress testing application for checking the stability of your overclock. Run it for 24 hours to be sure your system is 100% stable.
- Application for overclocking your video card.
When it comes to overclocking, I don't think you really need to give the CPU some time before you start pushing it's limits. Just be reasonable and make sure you don't push the FSB up all at once and set the VCore to 1.7v. Check out what the safe vcore operating parameters are for your chip. Take it slow and bump up the FSB at 15-25mhz at a time. I would take the side panel off your case and be prepared to find the clear cmos jumper for when your rig doesn't post. Always stress test your overclocks.
Oh, you should also check out the tweak guide from Tweakguides.comEdited by Iconoclast - 5/30/08 at 12:27pm