First Build optimization?

I have been looking to replace my crashed pc for about 6 months. I had the cash in my pocket and was 15 minutes from micro center yesterday, So I dropped a grand.

I have an Acer AL2216W monitor as well as a LG 45(or so)" plasma TV I plan to use.

The build was relatively painless, except I couldn't find the modular cable to molex plug for my case fans until a few hour after :D

It has been running nonstop for around 36hours.
f6 bios
windows update
3dmark - 8459
5.9 windows index (guess I need an ssd)
ran prime95 for 6 hours
cpu temp 31C idle 45C arma2 demo


How do I know if this thing is running as it should?
What programs are recommended on a fresh install?
How should I go about Overclocking? I tried the gigabyte easytuner and I tried changing the multiplier through bios but cpuz still tells Im running at 3.4ghz

also 1 core runs ~43C while the other three running ~35C strange?

any help will be appreciated.
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  1. Turn off Intel Speedstep, it automatically underclocks when you don't need full performance.
  2. alright we're running at 4.6ghz now!^

    benchmarks and watch my temps to make sure its all good?
  3. Yeah
  4. Looks pretty good honestly. Temps fine, 3DMark looks fine. Sounds good.
  5. furmark bench

    BURN-IN SCORE: 4119 points
    40848 frames, 45 FPS, 71°C
    FPS: min:46, max:47, avg:45

    Im concerned about that 71C. Possibly reapply my 212 evo?
  6. That should be for the GPU. 71C is fine.
  7. Best answer
    Intel say the maximum operating temperature is 71c and you're only getting that in a stress test, no program will get it that hot. You're fine.

  8. thoughts^?
  9. You will probably be OK like that but I would've thought the temperatures would be a little bit lower with that setup. If it was me, I'd drop the OC slightly just to get all temps under 70c to be safe.
  10. Best answer selected by sunnyinphilly.
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