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New build: How can I tell that all my hardware is working correctly?

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November 16, 2013 3:27:01 PM

Well, I've just built my dream computer (multi-tasking, gaming, videos, etc.). It runs like a dream to be sure, but I'm wondering if I haven't got something messed up... I'm playing the World of Warcraft on Ultra setting with no lag, but I've just downloaded The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim to test it out a bit more, and it recommended that I use the High graphics setting; not the Ultra option.
Here's an overview of what I have:

Mobo: ASUS M5A99FX PRO R2.0 AM3+ AMD 990FX SATA 6GB/s
Processor: AMD FX-9590 8-Core
Video Card: NVIDIA Geforce GTX 780ti
Memory: 2x8 (16GB) G.Skill Ripjaws
Hard Drives: Kingston SSDNow 120GB SATA III SSD
Seagate Barracuda SATA 6.0GB/s 1TB HD
Cooling: Corsair GS800 800w PSU
Coolermaster Seidon 120v
3 extra case fans

Is it possible I've got something not working right? I figured a game that is a couple years old would be able to be played at Ultra. I mean, high is great compared to my last rig, but it brings up a red flag in my head. Is there somewhere online to test what I have and make sure it's working properly? Is there a specific place in my control panel that will tell me? I'm not great with computers, but I'm not an idiot either, so if someone has a suggestion, dumb it down a little bit, but not all the way. ;)  Thanks in advance!

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November 16, 2013 3:28:31 PM

Just set it to ultra. It is a well known fact that games DO NOT know how to pick settings at all. ALWAYS manually change them.

This build should max any game you can throw at it.
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November 16, 2013 3:41:05 PM

My rig is an old i3-540 and a GTS 450 with 4GB of RAM. Its bad, and skyrim reccomends i play at high too. With AA on at like 8x. Its almsot a slideshow. So yeah I agree with Tiny, ignore those recommended settings.
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