So once you have Installed your OS, whether that be Linux, Windows or Mac, this is a guide to help you remember important programs that will improve your computing experience.


  • Ninite - Best tool for installing many programs and keeping them up to date the easiest and safest way..

Web Browsers

  • Firefox
  • Google Chrome
  • Firefox and Chrome are essentially the same, but Firefox is open source.



  • Spotify

  • VLC is a popular option for a free video media player



  • Java
  • Silverlight
  • Shockwave


  • Paint.NET
  • GIMP - a free alternative to Photoshop.


  • LibreOffice


  • Microsoft Security Essentials
  • Avast
  • Malwarebytes

File Sharing

  • Deluge
  • qBittorrent
  • Transmission
  • Note: Don't use uTorrent or BitTorrent. They're malware and/or extremely shady.

Online Storage

  • Dropbox
  • Google Drive



  • GOG Galaxy - the optional DRM-free gaming client for GOG games. If you don't want to download the DRM-free install from their site, you're free to use GOG Galaxy to get it instead. Both are amazing.

  • Everything.exe - A sweet desktop search engine


  • TeamViewer - Share your desktop remotely.
  • Revo Uninstaller - A thorough way to uninstall programs.


  • 7-Zip
  • WinRAR


Programs we recommend for the community to further the experience and customization of your rig.

  • foobar2000 - /r/foobar2000 - A free customizable high quality audio application.
  • Music Bee - a more user friendly free music app
  • f.lux - For changing the brightness levels at night to save your eyes, I highly recommend this!
  • CCleaner - The best system cleaner availible and it's free! Download from SourceForge
  • UMPlayer - It's the same as VLC Player. Plays everything I have with great quality. [1080p60fps 50mbps running without issue]
  • Rainmeter - /r/rainmeter - A useful beatification tool for your desktop to add that feel of windows customization.
  • Unigine Heaven - For those benchmark comparisons and validations for when overclocking the GPU. More stressed on GPU than CPU. Like how most games are optimized.
  • Unigine Valley - Older version of what Heaven does, a bit more optimized for older cards. Buggier for newer cards.
  • CPUID HWMonitor - For monitor temperatures, voltages, ultilizations and fan rpm to problem solve and make sure everything is running smoothly at a glance.
  • CPUID CPU-Z - From the CPU Overclocker in you. Use it to watch volts, temps and speed of the CPU most accurately and with the smallest footprint
  • OCCT - For testing more than just CPU overclocking stability, but this program is known for that.
  • EVGA Precision X - For Nvidia users only, used for setting up fan profiles, OSD, limits for the GPU and to set overclocks.
  • MSI AfterBurner - Compatible with AMD and Nvidia, used for setting up fan profiles, OSD, limits for the GPU and to set overclocks.
  • Origin - They offer free games sometimes. /s
  • ShareX - A free image and gif capture tool with streamlined uploading to image hosting sites and many other customizable options.
  • 3DMark 11 - Rig stress test, similar to Unigine Heaven compared to OCCT, but more intensive on the CPU than Unigine Heaven.

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