I've just pieced together my first desktop and I'm looking to test out the stability well before I do some mild overclocking.
PSU: XIGMATEK 750w
MB: ASRock Z77 Extreme4
CPU: I5 3570K
CPU Cooler: Hyper 212
GPU: Gigabyte 7950
RAM: 8GB Corsair Vengeance
SSD: Samsung 850 250GB
HDD: WD Blue Caviar 280GB
OS: Windows 8 Pro
Boots right up, no issues so far in normal use; I do intend to use it for gaming soon. Mainly looking to test overall stability of system and to push the graphics card: it was a return so I got a great deal on it at Microcenter, but now I need to make sure it's in decent shape.
So far I've run prime95 blend for 6 hours without error just as an initial check. My intent is to run furmark to test the gpu and prime95 large in-place to push the CPU. Would small FFTs work to test the ram well? Any other recommendations for tests to run or for a good program to track temperatures as I run the others? How about for how long I need to run each to get a good metric?
Thanks for any help you can give; these forums have been essential to me being able to put this thing together at all.
Personally, I think you are worrying too much. You already tested the cpu and know that is good. You could use memtest x86 to test the RAM if you wish. You could download msi afterburner and run kombustor to test your gpu and see the temps it gets to. Another good metric would be playing your favorite game.
Tried it again at 40% and it stayed below 70. But, I've started to see a few flashes and artifacts when looking through pictures and when running Skyrim. And then Skyrim started CTD frequently. No mods on the game at all and no error messages; the temperature never got above 60c either.
Is that just a faulty GPU then and is there some way for me to test it directly for errors like Prime95 does for CPUs?
EDIT: Hmm, and now the whole screen is tinted yellow during some games and the temperature is never getting above 60-65c