Embracing Windows 8 With A New PC System Build

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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...

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OOs replied on Wed, Apr 17 2013 12:11 PM

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Badelhas replied on Wed, Apr 17 2013 1:08 PM

Great selection of components but why not watercooling, for silence?

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Clixxer replied on Wed, Apr 17 2013 3:09 PM

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.

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Marco C replied on Wed, Apr 17 2013 3:40 PM

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

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Machine looks good.. but water coolng makes it more expensive..

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Clixxer replied on Wed, Apr 17 2013 4:37 PM

Marco C:

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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Inspector replied on Wed, Apr 17 2013 4:49 PM

How dear you!, not nearly enough pics and no video? D:

Awesome build though :D

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Marco C replied on Wed, Apr 17 2013 4:52 PM

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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CDeeter replied on Wed, Apr 17 2013 7:03 PM

Thanks! Really appreciate the insights on Win8, and that rig is a beauty!

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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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Mattos replied on Wed, Apr 17 2013 9:03 PM

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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realneil replied on Wed, Apr 17 2013 10:33 PM

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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Marco C replied on Thu, Apr 18 2013 12:16 AM

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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Marco C replied on Thu, Apr 18 2013 12:16 AM

Sure is. :)

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dnw1962 replied on Thu, Apr 18 2013 1:31 AM

I ran out and bought a new Win7 laptop in the days just before Win8 hit the street because my aging XP laptop was way past due for replacement and I was not ready for the challenge of Win8 after my personal experience with the early days of Vista. Now after reading this I am encouraged to build a new desktop. My current desktop has been in semi retirement since the new i7 laptop was faster at most things. It just doesn't have the graphics horsepower and after drooling over this beauty I have a new itch to scratch. Very nice straight forward review of the current state of Win8 and a very sweet build. Thanks for the good read.

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Johnny3D replied on Thu, Apr 18 2013 4:15 AM

Well... I, am eminently jealous. That is a spectacular rig. Nice write-up about it as well.

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Marco C replied on Thu, Apr 18 2013 10:42 AM

Thanks! And good luck with the build if you decide to move forward with it.

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altereDad replied on Sat, Apr 20 2013 2:13 PM

Nice setup. Read the article. I agree with the Windows 8 review. I think Microsoft had something ideal, but they needed to give it a choice. Sales would be much healthier than they have been.

It takes time to grow into, and if you have a shared system like mine, many don't embrace change as easily. I had to switch from the preview back to Windows 7 due to that. None-the-less I still use Linux as well.

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detnight replied on Sat, Apr 20 2013 11:03 PM

Wow PC porn. I agree with Inspector, more pictures and maybe a center fold out

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tjphelan1 replied on Fri, Apr 26 2013 7:04 PM

Great system, but after having Windows 8 for six months the interface is just to annoying. My wife needed to print something and blew a gasket after being so frustrated at trying to figure out how to. The interface is not intuitive enough for users going from 7. I am reinstalling 7 this weekend as I do not want my computer to cause a divorce ha

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