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August 4, 2012 12:42:42 AM

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
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6813157293

CPU - Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6819116504

GPU - GIGABYTE GV-R785OC-2GD Radeon HD 7850 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6814125419

Memory - G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820231428

PSU - SeaSonic S12II 620 Bronze 620W ATX12V V2.3 / EPS 12V V2.91 80 PLUS BRONZE
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6817151096

HDD - Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6822148840

Case - Antec Gaming Series one illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6811129182

Optical Drive - SAMSUNG Internal DVD Writer
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6827151255

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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August 4, 2012 3:18:29 AM

60C is pretty good. Though, an aftermarket cooler will bring that down a lot, and let you overclock. If you want to see your GPU temp., open up Catalyst Control Center and look through the options. It will tell you. O r just use this:

http://www.gputemp.com/

Stress testing is just to test the stability of an overclocked PC. If you are overclocking, it is recommended.
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August 14, 2012 3:06:25 AM

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