System is up an running... Need some tips on UEFI bios and various nuances.

Here are the specs:

And here's a couples pics of the build

Now, first of all, I have a few questions based on my first glance of the bios. Note, that I did not yet hook up the peripherals, so I haven't browsed it at length.... But anyways:

1. The ram in the UEFI bios says target range is 1333mhz, but I installed 1600mhz ram.... Should I adjust this accordingly? Or leave it be?

2. I installed an additional 5 case fans, which I plugged into the cases fan hub via 3 pin connectors. This results in all of these fans being controlled by the case fan switch... Now, I don't mind this, but what is a good way to monitor my rigs temperatures with this setup? Should I get some kind of front panel controller or temp monitor? Or can I do it via software? What areas are key to watch for temperatures? And what are the software limitations of it? Also, general opinion on this setup and if I should change it or not. Ventilation seems very good btw, strong flow at high speed, decent flow at low, and it's positive air pressure.

3. I'm still waiting on the SSD, which I will use as the drive to install the OS onto... (win 8.1 pro)... First off, is there anything I should know about the system builder edition vs. a traditional prebuilt reinstall process? Secondly, do I need to adjust any bios or jumper settings or anything, to use the ssd as the os drive, and have the two 2tb drives just as additional storage? I believe that win 8.1 lets you add them like that, but I want to be sure I'm not missing any steps.

4. What would be the best route if I wanted to dual boot a linux distro without interfering with anything? Should I even install the OS? Or should I run it off a bootable flash drive or something?

5. Everything seemed to go to plan when I booted it up for the first time... It restarted right away, then posted, giving no errors and saying some things were detected and fine, then loads into the UEFI bios, as there is no OS installed yet... Everything seems to be good, but as I can't check the CPU temps I don't want to leave it on for long. Now, here is the concern... I've heard of home built rigs running into things like freezing, random restarts, and etc bugs and hitches... Is there anything I should be on the lookout for to detect potential errors down the road? How good of a sign is a successful post? Does that mean it's all working and good to go?

6. Any general tips or advice for the UEFI bios, or any of this new tech in general, would be welcome, as I'm fresh to this new bios....

7. Lastly, any general feedback, comments, or concerns would be very welcome. I did a lot of research and worked very hard to make this all happen, and I'm proud of how far I've taken it... BUT, I don't want to stumble now, and I want to continue learning and refining my education at this as best I can. So, to that end, please elaborate as much as you'd like on any aspect, I'd be happen to listen.
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    I have had issues as well with my 1600MHZ ram running at 1333Mhz in UEFI it doesnt go to 1600MHZ when I set it it to target that speed but between the two I havnt noticed much difference anyways so I personally wouldnt worry about it to much.

    If you have multiple fans to easily monitor temperatures and speeds I like to use a LED Display in the front of my case thats just a personal preference though.

    I recently upgraded to an SSD and just regularly installed windows onto it, just go into your bios and set it as your primary boot option.

    Linux is mint of a bootable flash drive we use it like that at my place of work (Custom PC Shop)

    The CPU temp should be displayed on the top left in the UEFI bios standard mode but your MOBO needs to support that feature too. Also RAM and HDD failure is the primary cause of the things you listed above.

    UEFI BIOS is very easy and straight forward to use, just read what everything does and you should be alright, make sure your computer can handle speed increases in the heat department.

    Does not sound like you should have a lot of problems SSD's are probably the #1 speed upgrade at the moment and youre going to enjoy it. Any other questions just ask.
  2. 2. There are a number of good software out there that will enable you to monitor your system's temperatures. Speccy is one:

    CPUID is another. HWMonitor is another.

    3. Make sure your SATA controller in BIOS is set to AHCI, or you won't get much benefit from your SSD.

    5. If you have a decent, even stock (came with the CPU) heatsink/fan combo, don't worry about temperatures. Why are you so concerned about temperatures? Have you tried overclocking the CPU a lot before even installing the OS? If not, quit worrying about it.

    Relax. I think you're worrying way too much. Although when you tried to boot up your system I think it should have told you that it could not find a boot device. I don't know how it threw you directly into UEFI/BIOS unless you hit the proper key during power-up.
  3. Unless you will be overclocking heavily and running multiple high-end video cards, I think five case fans are overkill, especially with a Haswell CPU. Most of my systems (Haswell, Ivy Bridge) run with just a 120 mm fan in the back exhausting air, along with the PSU fan, and my systems rarely get above 30 deg celsuis. You only need five if you're generating a LOT of heat.
  4. Being told that I'm worrying too much by someone well versed in this is a good sign, that's one of the hallmarks I look for to gauge my confidence at something on. I just want to be sure I'm not overlooking any aspects.

    Also, with respect to the temperature issue... Call it paranoia.... I've had repeated bad experiences in the past with fans dying and heat built and etc, and I just wanted a fluid, dependable solution that wasn't going to wimp out on me like those accursed failures I previously had in my old prebuilt. At the time I was very tech inexperienced, and diagnosing and fixing things was a large headache as I was essentially working blind, following the torch light of google-found walkthroughs.

    Either way, it seems to have turned out very good... There's no whines, it's very quiet even at high speed, and it has very good, steady, positive air pressure airflow... I'm going to shore up the last bits of unfiltered intake, mainly the side fan, then dust cover the interior of the top mesh exhaust to prevent dust falling in. After that it should be all sealed up from dust, with good airflow, low noise, and etc... Overkill or not, I don't see making it better doing any harm... Also, if you notice the build, I have left myself plenty of options for overclocking, if I run into a task that requires the extra strength, all I'd need to do is swap out the top case fans with a radiator and go with a liquid cooling solution... Am I correct on all that? As it is now, I see running them all on low as a good, quiet, and adequate cooling solution unless under heavy load.

    As far as the booting straight to UEFI bios goes... I'll admit... After everything I read, I wasn't quite sure if that was supposed to happen... But the mobo was blinking quite a bit and makes a number of extravagant claims, and the onboard 2 digit readout displayed a couple number codes which mean something I'm sure... 63 I think it was... That was as it booted up initially, then restarted before posting, then upon rebooting, it posted successfully, recognizing the hard drives, and then loaded the UEFI bios right away, not due to timeout or anything... I had no keyboard or mouse plugged in... I think the board has a button to boot straight to bios, but I didn't press it... Perhaps it was on by default or triggered automatically?

    Anyways, in general I'm felling pretty well reassured, and I appreciate the help very much... All in all, I just like to air things like this out in public so that if anyone with a keener eye than mine spots a flaw in the plan, they can shout it out for me. Remember, I'm not just trying to go from point A to point B with this, and get a working computer... I want to genuinely learn and known the entire process, the why's, the nuances, etc... So being thorough, meticulous, even paranoid, usually only helps me hone in on the most accurate info.

    Once this is all said and done by sunday, I will finish it by putting cute lion stickers all over it, and embedding the logo "POWERED BY LIONS" on the side... Would putting lion stickers on the inside of the case screw with anything by any chance? Static, thermal issues, conductive issiues, moisture issues, etc... Any reason at all that this would be a bad idea?
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