Newly Built Gaming PC Questions/Feedback

Hello Everybody!!

First off, I wanted to thank this community. I had 2 previous threads asking for input on my first gaming PC build. All of the feedback and input I received from you all helped me to build an amazing PC. Here are the specs -

Motherboard - ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s

CPU - Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W

GPU - GIGABYTE GV-R785OC-2GD Radeon HD 7850 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16

Memory - G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600

PSU - SeaSonic S12II 620 Bronze 620W ATX12V V2.3 / EPS 12V V2.91 80 PLUS BRONZE

HDD - Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s

Case - Antec Gaming Series one illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower

Optical Drive - SAMSUNG Internal DVD Writer

OS - Windows 7

This entire build was about $950, and I didn't have to pay for shipping because I utilized shoprunner (I live in Hawaii, and it works!!!).

I'm so stoked on this build, i'm pulling 160-198 FPS in Starcraft 2 with Extreme graphics and all Ultra settings!!! Also capturing with Bandicam with amazing quality.

So a couple questions, my CPU temp is about 60C (While i'm gaming and capturing). I'm wondering if this is a safe temperature, or if I should invest in an aftermarket Heatsink and fan. MOBO temp is around 40C. I'm using the stock heatsink, my GPU has 2 fans, and I have 4 chassis fans running.

I'm still a new at this, since this was my first build, so I don't know how to see my GPU temp. Any ideas?

I've been reading alot about Stress Testing newly built PCs. Is this really necessary? I haven't had any problems (knock on wood). If so, then can you guys/gals recommend which ones I should use?
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    Nice build you have there. I think 60C is a perfectly reasonable temp under load (not damaging anything) But you can never have enough cooling. The main purpose of cooling is to avoid component stress caused by excessive heat, ultimately, component stress will reduce the life-cycle of your hardware to varying degrees, or in extreme cases, destroy it completely.

    Extra cooling will have the added benefit of increasing the life expectancy of components. In my opinion, you don't need much more cooling, as they are relatively safe operating temps, however, investing in a third-party cooler will give you more flexibility for Overclocking and/or weather conditions. It's also likely to create less noise emitting from your case, which is always a good thing.

    There are heaps of cooling options on the market, at very reasonable prices. I couldn't tell you which one works the best, but reading the cooling specifications will give you a fair idea of efficiency.

    All the best.
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