Before you do anything
, is imperative that your new computer is plugged into either a surge suppressor (the minimum protection) or a good uninterruptible power supply with automatic voltage regulation (UPS-AVR), of appropriate capacity, which would be ideal. Be aware that the warranties of most new computers do not cover damage from power related problems, and plenty of users have had their new computers “fried” by power surges or spikes. The resistance to power surges and spikes is measured in joules, and generally the more joules the better. A good UPS with AVR that has adequate capacity to power the computer for several minutes generally offers far superior protection to a surge suppressor. If a surge suppressor is selected, be sure that it has a UL1449 rating at a minimum. Some users think that a common inexpensive power strip is adequate, but other than maybe having a circuit breaker, a power strip offers no protection from power problems. NetUPS, Tripp Lite, and APC are excellent brands.
A solid PC maintenance tool kit would also help.
I'd suggest PCMechanic Professional version 5.5,
along with CWS Shredder.
CWS Shredder is free, and it's a must have.
As with all third party software installed on your pc...check the manufacturers website for any possible updates, download and install them too.
The following are simply preferred suggestions:
gaming...try FarCry, Half Life 2, or Doom3.
for burning CD's...Nero 6
an excellent free photo organizer, here's Picasa2
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