I have just completed building my first computer... I have a successful POST, but I still need to tidy cables, update BIOS and install OS. Seeing as it is a first time job, I can't be 100% certain that everything is good just because it made it to a single beep, for instance I am not sure that the stock cooler is firmly attached. I am fairly sure, as the black pins are sticking out the other side of the motherboard, and I had three definite clicks (more like crunches...) and one probably click... also, there were a couple bangs and bumps...
Anyway, I was wondering if there are any programs that are recommended to monitor temperature of the CPU (google turns up a couple...)... and programs that I should run to test stability?... other than just using it, and waiting for something to fall off!!!
My build was:
4 GB Kingston ValueRAM
Earthwatts 500 (in Sonata 3 case)
Thanks in advance for your replies!
PS: I have to say that was the most nerve-racking experience ever!!! I felt so uncoordinated handling everything and putting things together... and my day job is a violinist!... Also, I will never use those push pins again, they are really tricky for a beginner and I was never sure that they were secure...
*disclaimer* There are multiple software products that are capable of doing all the things i'm about to recommend. The ones below are only a list of ones i use or recommend.
I would start off my using memtest86. This will test that your ram is stable. Make sure to read the instructions on the webpage to see how this software product works.
To monitor temps before installing the OS, go into your bios screen and there should be somewhere in there a way to see current temps. Make sure that they are within the normal opperating range recommended by the manufacturor.
Then install your OS.
After installing your OS, download and install cpu-z . This product is great for monitoring cpu and ram voltages, heat, and frequencies.
Then use prime95 to stress test your cpu. Keep an eye on cpu-z to make sure your temps stay below the heat threshold. This program will deffinatly warm your cpu up.
Then for the GPU there are multiple items to do this testing with. The one i prefer is futuremark 3dmark's benchmark test. This is also good for a full system stability test.
If you want to monitor temps coretemp is a good little package. CPU-Z is also useful for general system information.
Running prime95 for ages (24hrs) is often used by overclockers to test for stability but you probably don't need to.
You will probably see a 15-20 degree increase in core temperatures when prime95 is running.
kubes post is very comprehensive I'd just go with Prime and see if it fails.