I generally download mine from File hippo, but in no preference of installation I atleast at the minimum install the following - - Open Office - Free office document viewer - Foxit PDF reader - Free PDF reader - JRE - Java Run time environment - K-lite Media player - Plays nearly all media - Fire fox browser - Needs no explanation - WinRar - Best free zip utility - Comodo Internet Security - Good internet security, not bloatware - Avast anti-virus - Decent virus scanner, most importantly free! - PowerISO - Free image mounting and disc burning software. - ATI catalyst drivers - For my Crossfire setup - CPU-Z- To monitor my CPU speed / Ram speed/timings. - GPU-Z - To check the status of Cross Fire on my graphics card ( enabled / disabled ) - Core Temp - CPU speed monitoring. - FRAPS - To keep an eye on in-game frame rate. - Plugins for Fire fox - Youtube downloader - CCleaner - A good and fast system cleaner, start up optimizer, and disc erase software. Optional - VLC media player I dint really have much idea till a friend suggested using ninite for making a whole installation package of the softwares desired, which was quite impressive, but most of the softwares ( like chrome ) were not to my complete liking. However after seeing the desktop thread, I would like to learn more about which would be a good software to have installed on your rig. Please share your listings as well!!! Thanks!