Up For Debate - What Free PC Software Could You Not Live Without?

Written by Stuart Thomas on Sun, Aug 28, 2016 4:00 PM

One of the best things about PC gaming is all the little extra we can fold in. There are literally millions of different programs which can be installed to do everything from monitor your graphics card temperature to overclocking, managing your hard drive space, or editing your own video content.

Here’s a few I can’t go without:

WinDirStat - An absolute saviour for those of us with limited storage space, but still useful even for keeping track of massive drives. WinDirStat is a disk usage statistics view which scans your hard drive or SSD and presents a visual map of its entire contents. At a glance you can find out what files are stashed away taking up loads space, with coloured rectangles used to indicate files and subdirectories. It’s worth running just to see what your hard drive looks like in glorious technicolour.

MSI Afterburner - In terms of GPU monitoring, you’d be hard pressed to do better than MSI Afterburner. This one pretty much does it all, including easy-to-use overclocking tools, fan speed settings, temperature monitoring and decent tools for capturing gameplay footage. Hard to go wrong with this one.

DDU: Display Driver Uninstaller - This one’s a bit limited in its use, but for me where I’m constantly switching out graphics cards for testing purposes, it’s invaluable. While can use AMD’s or Nvidia’s auto-uninstall programs, these can still lead to plenty of annoying conflicts. DDU totally wipes your graphics card drivers for a fresh install and should be your first port of call should a newly installed graphics not be detected.

Over to you, what free software do you think no PC gamer should be without?

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Notepad++ Teamviewer MSOffice

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10:04 Sep-04-2016

MSOffice free software .......muahahhahaaaa xD

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11:28 Sep-04-2016

Be a student, things will become free

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15:15 Sep-04-2016

I can confirm that xD

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10:42 Sep-03-2016

Notepad++ - Firefox - Steam - VLC
LibreOffice - TeamViewer - RainMeter

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QuickPAR, Cyberfox, Media Player Classic Black Edition, MagicDisc, WinAmp (It really Whips the Llama's ...),
Kawaii Codec Pack, Free Alarm Clock, NZBGet, SickBeard/Sonarr (slowly Transitioning to Sonarr), Plex Media Server, MKVToolNIX, SkipSoft Android Toolkit, Windows 7 USB DVD Download Tool, WugFresh Nexus Root toolkit, mIRC w/ personal customized Sysreset & XDCC Klipper, Calibre, RainMeter, Reddit Enhancement Suite, CoreFTP LE, Putty, Hwinfo64

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16:25 Aug-31-2016

7zip
Maxthon Browser, With adblocker
Avast
Steam
Vlc
Torrent
TeamViewer
Afterburner

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VLC

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16:51 Aug-30-2016

321 Media Player (K-lite Codec)
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Chrome

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14:50 Aug-30-2016

Firefox
AIMP3
CCleaner
Kawaii Codec Pack

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14:55 Aug-30-2016

hey pal AIMP4 has already rolled out long time ago, or do you have a reason to stay with 3? just curious :)

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08:23 Aug-31-2016

Everyone tends to have a personal preference to a program they use.

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12:08 Aug-30-2016

Game debate

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18:56 Aug-29-2016

Probably browsers

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18:30 Aug-29-2016

Microsoft Visual Studio 2010

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17:57 Aug-29-2016

DS4, chrome, my OS, afterburner and Discord
All good programs etc

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23:42 Aug-29-2016

I love Discord. It's made recording videos so much better.

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10:33 Aug-31-2016

Discord records video? wat? I have been using it a lot for some time now but I got no idea about that :/. I just voice and text chat.

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No, I record videos with my friends in them. I can adjust their volumes individually where as in Skype, it was a hassle to get everyone on the same level.

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17:56 Aug-29-2016

For me, Vivaldi, Steam, and CCleaner.

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DS4 Windows for my PS4 controller...

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...............WinRAR :v

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Well, got W10 for DX12 lol
BitTorrent
Audacity
Windows Mic Recording
and K-Little Codec + WMP :D
Love gaming, but music have a special place in me :)

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7zip
GPU-Z, CPU-Z
Media Player Classic
VLC
Chrome


If its free, its for me.

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Performance Monitor
Speedfan
Mumble
7-Zip
VLC

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14:28 Aug-29-2016

utorrent, because it makes everything free XD

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your gonna get a lot of hate for that comment! but you do have a point...

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I gave him a +1 lol

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free food too?

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Im done being impressed with technology until I can download all my food

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Steam


Chrome
CAM

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Google Chrome
7-zip
Oracle VirtualBox
Daemon Tools
CCleaner

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