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Old October 22, 2008, 07:27 AM
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Default Good test programs for new rigs.

Wondering what kind of bootable software to run when hoping to get that POST for the first time?

I know of memtest to check the quality of your ram sticks.
Anything else to know how the parts in your shiny new rig to make sure everything is working well?

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Also, are there any good diagnostic programs to check what parts go wrong if they go wrong?

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Old October 22, 2008, 07:45 AM
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Whoops, I didn't read this right... get Ultimate boot cd Ultimate Boot CD - Download the UBCD it has a single core prime/ many hd tests/ memtest all on one bootable disc.

Prime95 25.7 |MG| Prime95 25.7
Memtest+ (as said) http://www.memtest.org/download/2.01...+-2.01.iso.zip
BOINC + Rosetta http://boincdl.ssl.berkeley.edu/dl/b...s_intelx86.exe
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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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Old October 22, 2008, 07:55 AM
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Good stuff. I'll be sure to bookmark this page and when i build a new rig run all these tests

Thanks!
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Old October 22, 2008, 08:13 AM
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Originally Posted by SKYMTL View Post
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?
I use most these however, Memtest is the 1st one I use before I even install an OS.
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Old October 22, 2008, 03:54 PM
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Yes it is a very good idea to check your RAM before doing anything ! :)

For your HDD you can use the tools that come with your drives, for seagate, seatools for example and run the long tests, which checks every sector on your HDD. For CPU you can use Prime95 or a CPU burnin tool that runs all your core 100% to test for stability and heat - I also like to use GPUCaps and Fur Testing with all settings maxed out, that loads your GPU - and of course gaming - you WILL know if your videocard is defective don't worry :)
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Old October 22, 2008, 05:01 PM
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use memtest86 first, install windows. If you get that far your doing good.

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