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Enough Already: Time for a New Win8.1 Build

Take a look at this recent graph from Reliability Monitor: it’s today’s output from my production PC and it shows a dismal reliability graph, with Internet Explorer leading the way into the cellar of late. Because I run enough other Windows 8.1 PCs, I know the problem is somewhere on this particular system rather than with Windows in general. As a result, I’ve purchased a new motherboard (with a Z77 chipset that supports Intel Rapid Start, unlike the current motherboard whose Z68 does not), a faster 512 GB mSATA SSD, and a new low-end GeForce GTX 750TI graphics card to replace the current GTX 560TI) so I can rebuild that system.


Over the past week, 11 of 16 critical events on this PC come from Internet Explorer. Enough already!

I’ve been struggling with reliability on this machine for months as reported in this utility. Until recently, I’ve been able to tweak applications to reduce Appcrash frequencies to a manageable level. But following the latest round of Windows Updates, this particular (over 3-year-old) build has started to wobble on a more-than-once-a-day basis. I figure I can speed things up and get another 18 months out of this machine for the $430 I laid out for the new parts, plus a half-a-day’s work to tear down the old build and put together the new one. That’s still a lot cheaper than a strong mid-grade new PC, so I’m happy to tinker over the weekend and try again with some newer parts.

At any rate, it should be interesting to see how it all turns out. Before I turn off the current system for the last time, I’ll take some performance snapshots so I can do likewise with the new build, then blog again about the ‘before’ and ‘after’ versions of this system. Please: wish me luck!

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I don't know about that graphics card particularly, but shouldn't you get something more high powered?