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  1. #1
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    Some advice for a new builder

    Hello PCPER gurus

    I just build my first computer:

    My Parts List: (Based strongly dream system on the HW Leaderboard)
    Intel Core i7-3960X Extreme Edition Sandy Bridge-E 3.3GHz
    ASUS Sabertooth X79 LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
    Noctua NH-D14 SE2011 140mm and 120mm SSO CPU Cooler
    Patriot Extreme Performance 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
    COOLER MASTER Silent Pro Hybrid RS-D00-SPHA-D3 1300W Intel ATX
    Intel 520 Series Cherryville SSDSC2CW240A3K5 2.5" 240GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
    Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
    PNY VCGGTX680XPB GeForce GTX 680 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
    Pioneer Black Internal BD/DVD/CD Writer SATA BDR-207DBKS
    Creative Sound Blaster Recon3D Fatal1ty Professional (70SB135600000) 5.1 Channels PCI Express x1 Interface Sound Card

    Everything is great so far, though I had one thing give me pause. I got a bios warning about low cpu cooler fan speed. Going into bios I was getting a steady 32 degrees C, and the fans on the Noctua were running about 400 RPMs. I went into the bios and lowered the RPM threshold for the warning and things seem good.

    Does this sound odd to anyone that may be an issue that needs immediate attention?

    Is there a good application that I can use outside of bios to keep an eye on component temps outside of bios as I start to actually using the hardware?

    Thanks in advance for humoring my ignorance on such things.

    Tim

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    Re: Some advice for a new builder

    Looking at the cooler specs, it's PWM controlled.

    So, the fan(s) on the cooler ramps up with temperature change.

    If you are overclocking, I'd turn the PWM off and run the fan(s) 100%


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    Re: Some advice for a new builder

    That is what I was guessing but wanted to consult the experts before I damaged my new parts. Thanks, I appreciate the feedback.

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    Re: Some advice for a new builder

    Oh forgot to mention a temperature monitoring program...

    You didn't mention an OS, I'll assume some flavor of windows

    I use Speedfan

    http://www.almico.com/speedfan.php

    Others have mentioned Real Temp

    http://www.techpowerup.com/realtemp/

    Another option would be Core Temp

    http://www.alcpu.com/CoreTemp/

    Hope this helps


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    Re: Some advice for a new builder

    I use SpeedFan, it free and works with my motherboard, temps and volts work, the fan speed show high ( 14063rpm) , but sounds that loud with the Vantec TD803H Tornado

    SpeedFan at http://www.almico.com/speedfan.php

    this one may work also.
    Core Temp at http://www.alcpu.com/CoreTemp/

    Super PI 1.5 8mil 0h 3m 28.815s checksum 8DEFE50D

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    Re: Some advice for a new builder

    Thank you both very much.

    Running Win7

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    Re: Some advice for a new builder

    Of the options mentioned, I've always found CoreTemp the least intrusive.


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