Well I finally decided to write this up. This will cover which torrent client to use, a brief setup and how-to, and where to find these torrents. The part I really just want to post is where to get these torrents... but not everyone knows how to use torrents apparently. For those who think torrents suck and you have better methods of obtaining files... then this post isn't for you.
1. Getting Started
First you have to pick a torrent client. There's so many.. who knows which one to pick?! Well if I wrote this article 3 weeks ago I would have told you to use BitComet. But recently BitComet has been banned by a lot(not most) private torrent sites... so BC is no longer 'the best' but only for that reason. If you don't plan on using private torrent sites then I would suggest using Bitcomet .60 . Yes it says .59 is the latest version of the client but .60 is out there and eaily available(.60 was removed since this whole banning thing... you can Google why it was banned if you're interested) on other sites. Let me just throw in that I suggest trying to only use private sites. Private torrent sites get things soon after they're released and the download is almost always faster( a lot of private sites max out my connection which is 6mbit or around 780kB/s). So what client should be used if you would also like to use private sites?... µTorrent. µTorrent is a great SMALL client that uses barely any memory.. so this works well even on older computers. µTorrent has DHT support which is a trackerless network for when trackers go down. What does this mean? You'll connect to more people than usual and if a torrent looks dead... there's a good chance someone on the DHT network is still seeding. If you're a mac user... I believe Azureus is the best option... Azureus is also available for Windows and Linux.
2. Setting It Up
I'm going to go through the (short)µTorrent setup. The other clients are somewhat similar and you should be able to get a grasp of how to use them from this. So you've downloaded the µTorrent exe... now what? Double click it... now it's installed(yes that fast). There's no setup... the exe is the entire program. There's a small settings file that gets added to your computer but it adds it on its own. So now the program's open... go to Options > Preferences. The general settings are pretty much fine as is... adjust them if needed. Folder Options is up to you... I just leave mine blank and always save to the desktop. Now for Network Options... 'Port used for incoming connections' - this port has to be opened on your router/firewall or downloads WILL be slow. For help on this subject, please go to PortForward.com. Still in Network Options we move down to bandwidth limiting. This is pretty self-explanitory... you set the max upload and download. I usually limit by upload to about 85% of my max upload to keep things smooth. I, for example, have a 45kB/s upload so I set utorrent to have a 35kB/s upload. You'll have to figure out your own number but you get the point. The rest of the options don't really need to be touched but feel free to play around with them... just remember what they were originally. So now that the settings are configured it's time to download some torrents. This brings us to section 3...
3. Where to Download
As you may or may not know... there are TONS of torrent sites all over the internet. Which ones are the best? I really don't know everything but I can tell you what I personally think is good and what I use myself.
Piratebay.org I find this site good for movies and games but it's lacking in the music section. Speeds are a bit slow but sometimes no one but them has what you need.
MiniNova.org and TorrentSpy.com I find to both be about the same. Good general public sites although I tend to favor mininova myself.
ISOHunt.com Great site that caches torrents from all sorts of sites. If you'relooking for something brand new this isn't the place for it. If you want a great list of things anywhere from 1 to 300 days old.. isohunt is the place to go.
This isn't all the public sites but I see no reason to use anything else(as public sites go anyway). For a good all-in-one search, try here.
*keep in mind most private sites require a 1:1 ratio which means uploading as much as you download*
TorrentLeech.org By far my favorite torrent site. This site requires an invite. New users have a 48hr wait limit on new torrents until they upload 7 gigs. This site is just scene releases... so it doesn't have EVERYTHING... but if you need a new program, game, movie etc you can be sure torrentleech will have it first and at very fast speeds.
BitMeTV.org Is by far the best place for all your TV needs. This site also maxes out my download. Most newly aired TV shows can be found here as well as some older ones. This site has open registration sometimes... other times you need an invite.
Oink.me.uk Is pretty much the ONLY place I go for music. If Oink doesnt have it goodluck finding it. That statement is a little extreme but you get my point. There is no better one place for music. You need an invite to get in... but these can be had easily by asking for an invite in their IRC channel which can be found at irc.oink.me.uk:6667 - #OiNK .
Other private sites worth mentioning...
bitznpieces-games.com Great general site for all your gaming needs.
torrent-lab.net and bt.xbox-sky.com are great Xbox only sites.
myspleen.net Nice site for TV episodes. Not as mainstream as bitmetv but has a great collection of all sorts of shows.
supertorrents.org and bitsoup.org are good all around sites.
pussytorrents.org and puretna.com for all your porn needs...
and that's about all I have. There's many more sites... but what I've listed is more than a good start and I'm sure even experienced torrent users will find something here of interest.
I do have torrentleech.org invites. I'll give them out under one condition... the people I give them to have to invite other users of this site oncethey become power users. A power user gets invites and is established at 25gigs uploaded. If you think you can easily upload 25gigs and are willing to share invites when you get them then feel free to ask for an invite in the comments. All I need is an email address. Anonymous posters will be ignored and for those that do leave a name.. please leave some sort of personal site url... myspace, blogger, live journal, random site etc so I know who you are.