This dual core takes so long to install stuff. I'm STILL installing. this PC has two minds. Sometimes its very responsive and sometimes its a snail.
Overall base score is 3.3.
Memory (RAM) 4.6
Gaming Graphics: 5.3
Primary Hard Disk: 3.7
This is Windows 7 Ultimate x64
I haven't optimize the start-up so there's some of my problem. Also the BIOS splash screen is up way to long.
1X Ainol Novo Flame Tab
3x Perixx Touchpads
3x 7 inch Screens
1X 7 inch motorized Screen
1x Win 7 PC
In my opinion x64 is a better OS then x86. x64 handles multi cores OS better than x86. Plus x64 you can use more ram than x86. I know that I'm only using 4gb of RAM, but x64 allows me to see and use more of it. I'm not sure why CF and RR didn't run for you but both ran fine on my x64 win7U laptop with no problems. I'm not sure if I had to set the compatibility. I do know I had both running without problems. I almost use CF3 for this build but it (software) had its limits. In the end I force myself to try MCE, in the end, it was no contest. MCE is the best frontend FOR ME. Like I said I almost bought CF3.
My main problem was that win7u didn't reconize my gpu. The problem was shown as "coprocessor" After downloading the latest NVIDA drivers, that fixed my overall slowness of the PC. I think win7 was trying to use the gpu as a second cpu. That would explain why the PC was sooooo slow. Even the Boot up was effected by this. I also setup the PC for multi-core boot. I can tell a difference.
I'm running MCE as my frontend. I changed the overall look of MCE. After a day of transferring music, I have 858 albums on the PC. I had some troubles with codecs with MCE. After a while on the net, I can now play m4a, mkv, acc, ect.
The plug-ins I'm using is mceWeather, MediaBrowser, and OneVoice.
mceweather is a easy free weather app for mce.
MediaBrowser is my Movie app that allows fanart and metadata for movies.
OneVoice is my voice control plug-in that controls MCE (greet for album search)
858 albums is where you need 4gb of RAM.
OneVoice startup takes about 2 mins. This is very slow to startup but if you play a music track or video it helps you forget about the slow startup. Once its up and running it works fine. If I had to find something wrong with this software its that it doesn't work 100% of the time. It works (finding song, artist, ect) about 85% of the time. I will gladly take that, working with 858 albums.
I have external apps working with MCE. The way MCE works with Ex apps is MCE is minimize and external apps is maximize. When you exit the app, MCE is maximize again. You can choose if the app will pause, stop, or continue to play the music or movie in background.
OBD-II Dashcommand Full- is working fine. It has the same background as MCE. The desktop has the same background as MCE also.
GPS- Microsoft Streets and Trips 2010- I can say GPS2 and it will open MS streets and trips 2010. This software has its on gps unit.
GPS- Garmin- I know that I said that I wouldn't buy this software. Thing was it wasn't updated since 2008, but now it has been updated for 2010. I bought the gps unit and software. That way I don't have to worry about problems with 2 software using one unit.
USB Camera- LifeCam Show- works very well as my mic.
now I'm working on the box for all of my components.