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December 23, 2010 5:08:48 AM

I was finally able to get my new build together today (THANKS MadAdmiral!).

I decided to go with a BioStar A880G+ (stifle those groans!) I wanted a budget build,
with onboard GPU, with a descrete card to be added once I figure out what I want.

CPU: Athlon II X3 445 Rana
2x2g ADATA 1600 Ram
1 TB Samsung F4
LG ATA DVD-RW
22.5 1920x1080H monitor
Windows7 64bit

After reading much here at TH, I've come to the understanding that it is worthwhile
to run stress tests to uncover any weaknesses, Prime95, etc.

Question: which tests, and what order?

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December 23, 2010 9:33:52 AM

I'd start by downloading a temperature monitor. I use Realtemp. You can tell a lot from how hot your CPU is getting under stress from each stress test especially if you're not overclocking.

Here's a few I use to test overclocks:

HyperPI - Test your CPU's quickness really. It'll get your temps up a bit.
Cinebench - See how fast you can render and such, not much to it.
Prime95 - Of course. I run Max FPU test and the blend test. Check your temps.
OCCT - Good one for testing overclocks, you might wanna check that out. Temps skyrocket.
HDTach - Testing software for hard drives. Cant remember ever using it but its there.

My favorite way of testing stability is doing what I love most. Play an intense game like Crysis or Fallout 3 or New Vegas. Check for crashes and studdering. Real world testing is always good!
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December 23, 2010 12:04:57 PM

^^^ good list. Memtest86 is also important to test your RAM.
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December 23, 2010 4:42:06 PM

Thanks, I'll test and get back if trouble is found.
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January 2, 2011 1:17:06 AM

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January 27, 2011 3:18:00 PM

kickflipper1087 said:
I'd start by downloading a temperature monitor. I use Realtemp. You can tell a lot from how hot your CPU is getting under stress from each stress test especially if you're not overclocking.

Here's a few I use to test overclocks:

HyperPI - Test your CPU's quickness really. It'll get your temps up a bit.
Cinebench - See how fast you can render and such, not much to it.
Prime95 - Of course. I run Max FPU test and the blend test. Check your temps.
OCCT - Good one for testing overclocks, you might wanna check that out. Temps skyrocket.
HDTach - Testing software for hard drives. Cant remember ever using it but its there.

My favorite way of testing stability is doing what I love most. Play an intense game like Crysis or Fallout 3 or New Vegas. Check for crashes and studdering. Real world testing is always good!



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