It is in a different category than your intended system, but still, there are many things you may find interesting or give you a different perspective or new ideas. There is a lot of information, including cooling paste, tuning Windows 8 and other stuff here.
If you take the time to read all pages, you will encounter this:
Warning: If you are considering a much better affordable system, based on the Ivy Bridge processor, be warned that the cooling paste Intel uses on the Ivy Bridge is no good, especially when overclocking. At stock speed the i7-3770K runs 11 degrees hotter than with Liquid Ultra cooling paste and at 4.6GHz even 20 degrees centigrade. However if you change the cooling paste, you also void the warranty.
At this point in time, I'd recommend installing Windows 8. The Adobe suite runs fine on it, and it does have some nice new features over Windows 7.
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Was it difficult for you to adjust to the new interface? Do you have thoughts on ease of navigation positive or negative for editors who are used to Windows interface over the years?
Once you're into the Desktop (which is where I stay), it's so much like Windows 7 you'll hardly know the difference.
What differences I did find are not major, but in my view mostly improvements.
It is something to get used to, but the lack of the Start menu is major IMO. There is no longer a simple way to search for 'char' and then have the choice to start 'Charmap.exe'. You have to go through the Apps menu and scroll around through the apps installed or use the Search option, but it is not so easy to find when you are used to move the mouse in the lower left hand corner. Turning the machine off or restarting has also been complicated with more mouse clicks.
I start building my wife's new computer as soon as my several Newegg boxes arrive later today (not for video editing, but an i7 3770 and 32Gig since she likes to have LOTS of programs open at the same time) and she insisted on Win8 just because of the new start menu screen... which looks similar to the smartphone she uses every day
Since I like the "old, classic" look of Win7 I am hoping I can figure out how to install & configure software without a lot of problems
I guess the main thing I will have to do is figure out how to "group" program icons on the new start menu, so those programs she uses are all readily available
I also have to buy her a Logitech TouchPad to go with Win8 (instead of a touch screen monitor) since she saw one in a store and decided she just "has" to have one to be able to "touch" her way around the screen, including doing as she does on her smartphone and table, swipe a finger or two to move and/or grow/shrink the screen
The next couple of weeks should be interesting here, as I figure out how to install/configure things for her, and she figures out how to make the jump from WinXP to Win8
Disclaimer - I have not personally used or even seen Windows 8 in action, only read reviews and heard from users that have. So take what you will from what I say.
From an interface design standpoint, Windows 8 should be killed with fire, in my opinion. Having two essentially separate environments, the block-style Metro/start menu/whatever you want to call it and the traditional Windows environment seems to be a clunky attempt at satisfying two separate needs. Unfortunately, by trying to please everyone, you please no one, and I guess I would just have to compare Win 8 to Vista in that regard. It's new, and got some cool ideas, but the implementation seems to be poor, at best.
It is cheaper, boots fast, and it has a RAM limit that far outstrips current capabilities, so those are positives. But the fact that the desktop environment is treated as an "app" and that one really needs a high quality touch interface to experience benefits from the new UI make it a non-starter for me. Your needs and expectations may be different, and I would suggest you weigh the words of those that actually use Win 8 for video editing more than my own in making your choice.
Thanks, I was a little hesitant about a new os in the first place. I just
wanted to make sure that it wasn't going to be you of those.." Oh, the new
windows 8 has this blah blah blah that works with the architecture of the
so and so and if you want to be able run this program with out your 9 in 1
card reader melting while utilizing the PCie 3.whatever....then you need
windows 8 .
If not I do like new gadgets but not so much OS esp. when I have no
problems with 7. thanks again
think I'll stick with 7 for now.
There is no longer a simple way to search for 'char'
Top right of the Apps screen.
Turning the machine off or restarting has also been complicated with more mouse clicks.
Depending on what you're doing and your Windows 7 setup, it's either one extra click or the same number of clicks. Really not that big deal.
The nice thing about Windows 8 is that you can now boot into the BIOS or Safe Mode directly when shutting down, without having to hit Delete upon boot up, and then reboot to try again because you missed that short window in which to hit Delete.
I will have to figure out how to "group" program icons on the new start menu, so those programs she uses are all readily available
Just drag 'em around. They're simple tiles. (Personally, I really don't ever work from the Start screen, though, as I also like the classic Desktop view.)
the fact that the desktop environment is treated as an "app" and that one really needs a high quality touch interface to experience benefits from the new UI make it a non-starter for me.
I had the same gripe, before I actually used it.
(And you don't actually need a touch interface to use the new Start screen. Mouse and keyboard work just fine. But if you want a touch screen, then the new UI is far more suitable than any previous version of Windows.)
>Just drag 'em around. They're simple tiles.
Wife now has her new computer... she is calling HER "Godzilla" because she is so big & powerful
I figured out how to work with her new Start screen... as you say, just drag them around... and new installs (so far) are automatically put on the Start screen
I found that clicking an icon tile goes to an AP screen for the small programs, and to the Desktop screen for large programs
She "loves" the new Start screen, and has already moved the icon tiles around to suit her needs... and has gone to the MS "store" for a couple free AP's
She is still figuring out to do some things (she also switched to Google Chrome instead of IE) but she has mentioned, several times, that she is impressed by the SPEED of what she has now (as she should be, with an i7 3770 and 32Gig of ram!)
I have no problems with Win7 so will stay with what I have... but if (more likely, when) I build a new computer, I will have to decide if I want to stay with Win7 or switch to Win8... by then, she will have more than one day's experience with Win8, so she will be able to help me decide
has gone to the MS "store" for a couple free AP's
You mean apps? As in "applications"?
Yep... wrong abbreviation