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Old October 22, 2008, 07:51 AM
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Well, when I usually set up a rig I install the following software right off the bat:

CPU-Z
To ensure the system is running at the speeds / timings I set in the BIOS. It is also a great general system information tool.

GPU-Z
Same reason as above. Good for information viewing.

Realtemp
Great for temperature viewing. Coretemp is another option.

- OCCT
I make sure that the system has sufficient stability for a 4 hour stress run.

3DMark 06
To make sure my current setup meets the expectations and to view how it performs versus similar systems

HDtach
Good tool to make sure your HDD is running to spec

SIS Sandra
Basically every benchmark imaginable, so why not?
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