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    Default Useful opensource software and links.

    I made this thread once before in off topic and I guess I will redo it here.

    Speccy ( http://www.piriform.com/speccy ) : An advanced System Information tool for your PC.

    GPUz ( http://www.techpowerup.com/gpuz/ ): A lightweight utility designed to give you all information about your video card and GPU.

    CPUz ( http://www.cpuid.com/softwares/cpu-z.html ) : A freeware that gathers information on some of the main devices of your system.

    HW monitor ( http://www.cpuid.com/softwares/hwmonitor.html ) : A hardware monitoring program that reads PC systems main health sensors : voltages, temperatures, fans speed.

    Extreme PSU calculator ( http://extreme.outervision.com/psucalculatorlite.jsp ) : Use this to calculate how much wattage you will need to run your system. A tip though: figure in at least 30-40% capacitor aging if you plan on using the PSU for more than a year.

    UBCD ( http://www.ultimatebootcd.com/ ) : A collection of utilities that were formerly only found on floppy disks and a must have in any PC powerusers toolbox.

    Ccleaner ( http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner ) : CCleaner is the number-one tool for cleaning your Windows PC. It protects your privacy online and makes your computer faster and more secure.

    Prime95: ( http://files.extremeoverclocking.com/file.php?f=205 ) : For overclockers, Prime95 has a feature called "Torture Test" that allows maximum stress testing on the CPU and RAM.

    Furmark: ( http://www.ozone3d.net/benchmarks/fur/ ) : GPU Stress Test and
    OpenGL Benchmark

    Speedfan: ( http://www.almico.com/speedfan.php ) : SpeedFan is a program that monitors voltages, fan speeds and temperatures in computers with hardware monitor chips. SpeedFan can even access S.M.A.R.T. info and show hard disk temperatures.

    IntelBurn: ( http://downloads.guru3d.com/IntelBur...load-2047.html ) : like Prime95 for Intel CPUs only

    Feel free to add to this list. I would also request that this get stickied for future reference.
    Last edited by Anakha; 02-10-2011 at 10:40 PM. Reason: Added a link.
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    *Bump*

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    not to nitpick.. but there is a big difference between FREE and OPENSOURCE.. ;-)

    Oh yeah BTW.. /bump
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    To nitpick: There is a HUGE difference between Free and Opensource.

    Edit: almost none of these are open source, that I can see. Just the Boot Disc, which I have used as well. That said, all awesome software... just please don't call it what it's not.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RyuzakiPower View Post
    To nitpick: There is a HUGE difference between Free and Opensource.

    Edit: almost none of these are open source, that I can see. Just the Boot Disc, which I have used as well. That said, all awesome software... just please don't call it what it's not.
    Useful opensource software and links

    O.k. now that I look at the title it is a bit misleading...well extremely misleading. The point of the exercise was to compile a list of open source software and/or freeware so the less tech savvy of the community can give us the information we need to troubleshoot their problems. Now that being said add something I missed, bump the thread, or move along.
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    Okay, I understand what you were getting at now =]

    Sorry for the semi-OT shift.

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    I really recommend CCleaner, a great tool. First time I used it, it cleaned about 6-8gb of crap....

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    I keep most of these on a USB drive that I lug around, because, well...I'm a dork.
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    Furmark a GPU stress testing / burn in tool. Great for picking out tearing and artifacts due to an overzealous OC.

    Speedfan my personal favorite hardware monitor.

    MSI Afterburner GPU monitoring and overclocking tool (as well as overvolting on certain cards). Use with caution (the overclocking/overvolting).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dinian View Post
    Furmark a GPU stress testing / burn in tool. Great for picking out tearing and artifacts due to an overzealous OC.

    Speedfan my personal favorite hardware monitor.

    MSI Afterburner GPU monitoring and overclocking tool (as well as overvolting on certain cards). Use with caution (the overclocking/overvolting).
    I'll add furmark and speedfan to the list. I don't really want to add afterburner though, as it can cause even more problems in the wrong hands.
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    bumpage
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    Quote Originally Posted by Anakha View Post
    bumpage
    ^ yeah that
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    I'd recommend Coretemp as an alternative CPU temperature monitor, also Intel Burn Test as an alternative for benchmarking and stess-testing Intel CPUs (typically much more stressful than Prime95).

    Also complimentary bump and stars.
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    Defraggler - File and Disk Defragmentation - Free
    http://www.piriform.com/defraggler

    Foobar2000 - kickass fast mp3 player
    http://www.foobar2000.org/

    Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware - keep your pc clean
    http://www.malwarebytes.org/

    Total Commander - one of the best filemanagers
    http://www.ghisler.com/
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    Quote Originally Posted by Anakha View Post
    Ccleaner ( http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner ) : CCleaner is the number-one tool for cleaning your Windows PC. It protects your privacy online and makes your computer faster and more secure.
    I have a deep-seated distrust of registry cleaners. What makes you think that an application developed by some random third party developer can determine which registry keys are "old and unused"? These rank right up there with "memory cleaners".

    Also, how is deleting logfiles and temporary files supposed to make your computer faster?
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