First PC build, questions about testing.

Hey guys, I'm very excited, almost giddy, to start building my first gaming PC. So I am going to post what my build is right now and listen for feed back. (Items without a link have not been completely decided upon.)

I have already purchased:

Corsair Carbide 500R (BK) Case

Rosewill Hive-650

Cooler Master 120mm case fans

Windows 7 Ultimate (Had an extra key code)

I plan on getting:

A 64GB SSD for my OS

A 120 GB SSD for my wifes Sims 3 game and all expansions lol

2.5 TB 7200RPM HDD for everything else

8 GB of RAM ( I'm a little confused on the benefits of different speeds?)

Asus DVD-Rom drive
(This says OEM so I know it's just the drive, what else do I need to make this work?)

MSi GTX 650 Ti Boost 2GB

I'm waiting until Haswell comes out to purchase a CPU/MOBO but as of right now I'm thinking of this:



I'm completely undecided on which monitor.

But my main question is this: Are there any specific tests/software that I need to run to make sure my new build is running at peak performance? It seems easy enough to put all the pieces together and download drivers, but a lot of companies that build the PC for you say they run "days of tests" on it. Should I be doing something like that? Thanks.

Approximate Purchase Date: I'm building it in chunks. Hopefully completed by the end of June/July

Budget Range: About $1200
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming and web surfing.

Are you buying a monitor: Yes

Parts to Upgrade: New build

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:, microcenter

Location: Flint, MI
Parts Preferences: by brand or type (e.g.: I would like to upgrade to Intel CPU)

Overclocking: In a year or two

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe down the road when I OC

Your Monitor Resolution: Probably just 1920x1080

Additional Comments: What do you guys think of this build?

Why Are You Upgrading: My current PC is a 6 year old laptop. Time to move on.
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  1. To answer your main question, MSI afterburner and msi combuster will do what you want. They monitor Cpu clock speed, fan speed, gpu speed, overall part temperatures. Msi combuster will do graphics card tests to see how well they are running.
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