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I am going to get the 2gig (1gig x 2 Dual Channel) ram for my first computer rig build/ OC project tomorrow, and I am very curious what kind of programs I should put on my computer as far as not using much of the system resources. I usually put Norton on my rigs as a last resort, but I don’t like them doing their auto-protect because it tries to control all the aspects of the computer. I also am using Zone Alarm Pro for my firewall protection and that seems to be working really well.

I have heard very good things about AVG Antivirus in the sense that it doesn’t hog system resources and such. Also I have an ATI Radeon X700 and it comes with the CATALYST software, but should I install that because I think it may run at all times therefore causing lower frame rate while playing games and such. And also the ASUS Suite of programs that came with the Motherboard. I think I want to enable the NOS system on the Asus MOBO but I’m not sure if that is one of their utilities that is included on the CD.

So I guess my question is, based on my setup of the Dual Core Pentium 820 (that’s supposed to do Background programs well while playing games or doing more important foreground things) and my MOBO, and GPU, and the 2 GIGs of RAM that I have coming Tuesday the 6th, what should I install as far as Backup, Antivirus, Firewall, Performance Monitoring, MP3 Player (I have an iPod, using iTunes, Share Pod to get music off the iPod, and Winamp to play), File Sharing (right now I got LimeWire), DVD Viewing Program, and just other utilities that won’t bog my system down but will still provide good use for themselves. Thanks a lot for reading this.

Pentium D 820
Asus P5LD2
PQI Turbo 2GB PC-4200 DDR2 Dual Channel
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CoolMax 550 140mm Silent Power supply
Thermaltake BigWater Cooling
ATI X700 Pro 256Mb PCI Express
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Pioneer DVR-110 DVD Burner

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You can have as much as you want running in the background with 2GB of RAM. If you were looking to put in only 256 or 512, then you should be concerned. With 2GB you have heaps of space, if you want to free up resources when you game just halt some of the programs in your system tray.
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I like kaspersky and Panda.
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Originally Posted by Chim3ra
You can have as much as you want running in the background with 2GB of RAM. If you were looking to put in only 256 or 512, then you should be concerned. With 2GB you have heaps of space, if you want to free up resources when you game just halt some of the programs in your system tray.
Aggreed.
With 2 Gigs of memory system resource is not going to be an issue.
But if you are worried then get your virus scanner\\firewall up and running and look in your Control panel>Admin tools>services and you can turn off quite a few services Windows loads by default that you most likely will never use\
eed.
This will help free up system resources and also from the run command type MSCONFIG and select the startup tab and see what you have running at startup to see if its needed or not.
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Originally Posted by tweako_420
I like kaspersky and Panda.
Agreed. I use KASPERSKY ANTI-VIRUS PERSONAL and ANTI HACKER in all my rigs and I find it to be excellent in it's performance.
It is low cost, easy to configure and update ( with updates every couple of hours) runs in the background and best of all does not hog resources.
The only thing is it slows down startup load times...but hey after that is cool.

With the components you are putting together for a rig I feel that losing resources to programs will not be an issue.

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Panda is great software, although registering it is a PITA. I got my copy for 10 bucks at Fry's electronics. 2006 Titanium Anti-spyware and virus.
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