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.)
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: Newegg.com, 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.
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.