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Windows 8, needs advices please


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#1 Pat(rick)

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Posted 02 May 2014 - 12:34 PM

Hello everyone,

 

I'm planning to buy Windows 8.

 

May I know what are the best specifications for Windows 8 on a Desktop PC like the "ok" amount of RAM, hard drive memory, graphic card, etc?

 

I also heard there is a mod out there that "bring back" the start button (I'm not talking about upgrade to Windows 8.1) like classic shell, IObit, etc. What is the best one in your opinion?

 

What are the pro and con when you use Windows 8?

Is it good to play games?



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Posted 02 May 2014 - 12:57 PM

I would go with 8GB of RAM even though Windows 8 will run just fine on less (it's nice to have the extra overhead).  It is very good for gaming, and I spent the $5 for Start8 so that I can have the advantages of Windows 8 and the look of Windows 7.  For a hard drive I recommend either a 128GB SSD (at the minimum) or a 1TB HDD or, better yet both with the SSD as the boot drive and the HDD for storage (a common configuration).  The video card will depend on your budget and how well you want your games to perform (and what games you will be playing).  I don't have recent experience with AMD processors but I can tell you that the Ivy Bridge and Haswell processors, on the right motherboard (1155 and 1150 respectively), run Windows 8 without a hitch.


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Posted 02 May 2014 - 10:42 PM

Does it overheat during the summer?



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Posted 03 May 2014 - 09:59 AM

Does it overheat during the summer?

System temps are dependent on hardware and not the operating system.  My Windows 8 PC doesn't overheat because it has adequate fans and a case with good airflow.  I'm using a stock Intel processor cooler and it works fine because I don't overclock.


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Posted 03 May 2014 - 10:00 AM

You are asking questions which would be more suited for the computer hardware.  

 

Is Windows 8 good for gaming?  Most any operating system will run the games, but the hardware installed in the computer will determine how well the games run.  Graphics card/s, amount of RAM, CPU, etc.

 

Overheating is also a byproduct of hardware.  The operating system has little if any influence on the operating temperature.

 

The Classic Shell by Ivosoft is arguably one of the best, if not the best start button and menu.

 

You will find that Windows 8 is not intuitive as previous versions of Windows have been.  The classic shell goes a long way toward remedying this, but the is a larger learning curve involved because of the large difference between previous versions and Windows 8.  


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Posted 03 May 2014 - 03:10 PM

Thank you very much guys. I appreciate all your replies.
 

Now I can't wait for my Win 8. lol

 

Just a last question: If you have Classic Shell, is there a way to go back to the "Metro page" (If you didn't disable Metro page)?


Edited by Pat(rick), 03 May 2014 - 03:23 PM.


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Posted 03 May 2014 - 04:16 PM

You can still use Windows 8 the way it came out of the box after installing the Classic Shell.


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Posted 03 May 2014 - 09:19 PM

Ah, I'm relief now. Thank you very much :thumbup2:






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