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Offline News  
#1 Posted : Wednesday, April 17, 2013 11:46:30 AM(UTC)
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One of the perks of working at a place like HotHardware is that we have access to some of the hottest computer components hardware around. So when I decided to dive into Windows 8 head-first a few months ago, I thought I’d give the OS as much breathing room as possible and install it on a freshly built, ultra high-end rig. Building myself a second system for Windows 8 while tweaking and getting accustomed to the OS’s new interface, and whatever other quirks popped up, would help me remain semi-productive before making the actual transition to the new machine.

Before I show you the hardware I used for the build and discuss some of the issues that I had to contend with along the way, I want to be clear that this is not some sort of build guide or recommended spec sheet. Just because a particular piece of hardware was a good fit for my build doesn’t mean it’ll suit your needs. Then again, if the hardware I use serves me well—considering the beating I put on my rigs—it’ll likely work out for you all, too. So that has to count for something...

Embracing Windows 8 With A New PC System Build

Offline OOs  
#2 Posted : Wednesday, April 17, 2013 12:11:21 PM(UTC)
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#3 Posted : Wednesday, April 17, 2013 1:08:41 PM(UTC)
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Great selection of components but why not watercooling, for silence?

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#4 Posted : Wednesday, April 17, 2013 3:09:58 PM(UTC)
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Macro I love this build. Like seriously love this build. Great article and everything but if I sent you my address how would you feel about letting me "barrow" this for awhile? Ive been drooling over the Cosmos II for a long time now.

<3 Clixxer

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#5 Posted : Wednesday, April 17, 2013 3:40:59 PM(UTC)
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How would I get any work done if I let you borrow my rig? :) Sorry brother!

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#6 Posted : Wednesday, April 17, 2013 3:48:10 PM(UTC)
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Machine looks good.. but water coolng makes it more expensive..

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#7 Posted : Wednesday, April 17, 2013 4:37:23 PM(UTC)
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Marco C wrote:

How would I get any work done if I let you borrow my rig? :) Sorry brother!

!!!! Ill trade ya!

 

Well it was worth a shot :P 

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#8 Posted : Wednesday, April 17, 2013 4:49:27 PM(UTC)
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How dear you!, not nearly enough pics and no video? D:

Awesome build though :D

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#9 Posted : Wednesday, April 17, 2013 4:52:16 PM(UTC)
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I'll have another build video coming up in a couple weeks, after the current contest ends! Already have the case, CPU, memory, and storage components on hand. This one was built in a jif because I had a ton of software to install to get up and running and working on it as quickly as possible.

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#10 Posted : Wednesday, April 17, 2013 7:03:42 PM(UTC)
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Thanks! Really appreciate the insights on Win8, and that rig is a beauty!

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#11 Posted : Wednesday, April 17, 2013 8:26:54 PM(UTC)
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I dont mind win 8 either. It has issues, certainly. The disconnect between desktop and modern ui is huge, which is why I love stardock. That said, since Vista I havent used the start menu. I hit my win key and just type the name and hit enter. Takes one second and modern ui does the same, but more comprehensive if you ask me and I love that. That feature is what sells me on it. My windows key is a search key.

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#12 Posted : Wednesday, April 17, 2013 9:03:24 PM(UTC)
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Some people just hate change and are unwilling to try out new things. I haven't tried Windows 8 but I do believe it is not as bad as a lot of people are claiming it to be. Thanks for sharing your experience. Was a interesting read.

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#13 Posted : Wednesday, April 17, 2013 10:33:35 PM(UTC)
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That's a great looking PC. (and the workspace is sublime)

I'll bet that it's fun to game with.

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#14 Posted : Thursday, April 18, 2013 12:16:08 AM(UTC)
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Not a fan of water cooling for daily, mission critical workstations for the reasons I mention in the piece (multiple potential points of failure, etc.) Plus, the rig is surprisingly quiet as is...

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#15 Posted : Thursday, April 18, 2013 12:16:40 AM(UTC)
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Sure is. :)

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