Temp Monitoring: What are you guys using to monitor temps of the gpu, cpu and case with? Is this something that's add-on hardware based, or a function of your specific components/motherboard perhaps? Also, is there any software you can use to alarm when levels reach somehting too high (that you specify perhaps)?
Probably a dumb question ^^, but I'm curious as my build in a few months is going to no doubt generate some heat that I've never dealt with before.
Cooling solutions: For starters, the basic specs of my build will be AMD 3700+SD, 256mb 7800gt 500/1100mhz, 2gb dual chan OCZ platinum, ASUS A8N-SLI Premium.
Initially, I will leave everything stock, but I'll probably overclock the cpu and maybe the gpu eventually.
How's your experience been with the stock cooling with the cpu and gpu I'm going to use? Is it worth replacing down the road?
Also, what's the deal with liquid cooling? Call me crazy, but I for some reason have issues with running liquid so close to my electronics. Is it really necessary for the typical gamer's pc, or just for the uber overclocked dual core cpu, dual 7800gtx type machines?
Thanks for your input!
Your mainboard will almost definatly have a software shipped, that reads out the Temperature from the Bios, (CPU,Bios core, sometimes case) And then your Graphic card also almost definatly has a sensor, measuring the VPU temp and the Case temp, to be looked up at the VPU settings menue.
VPUS also can warn you when they reach a certain, Chip producer specified temperature, level, to activate this warning go to your Graphics settings menue, there to "temperature settings" where you should see a small button "Warn when going over temperature limit" which you simply have to activate.
For the CPU, the above mentioned MOBO software should be able to give out a warning when reaching a user defined temperature, also modern CPUS shut down the PC when the Core becomes to hot (meaning PC will shut down as if you had pushed the reset button, but it will stay off until you push the power button :D)
Software applications such as SiSoft Sandra and SpeedFan are useful for monitoring temperatures from Windows, but you can't beat the BIOS for accuracy. ;)
ObliviousAlso, what's the deal with liquid cooling? Call me crazy, but I for some reason have issues with running liquid so close to my electronics. Is it really necessary for the typical gamer's pc, or just for the uber overclocked dual core cpu, dual 7800gtx type machines?
Water cooling is a relativly efficeint, but complicated and costly way to cool your PC. Generally speaking, yes, it's only for people who want to have pimped out PC's. It's pretty expensive to install, and complicated, espically if your case wasn't designed to handle the water cooling. It makes me nervous too, to put water inside my case, and it can be dnagerous if you don't fully understand how to install it. Generally you should only get it on a pre-built PC if you're going to have it at all.
But it does have some pros. It is silent, so you generally won't need any noisy fans if you install in correctly. It's also does a better job at actually cooling, because the water is below room temp, unlike the air, which is at room temp.
But generally I don't recomend it, it's not worth the money/risk.
The motherboard DOES include Temp readings and moniters.
It should come with overclocking tools and anything you need.
Get an Artic Cooling for your 7800GT....Stock cooling blows. :(
ObliviousTemp Monitoring: I plan to use this case w/ 2x 120mm fans and 1 90mm side fan. At some point, I'm thinking of aftermarket cooling the 3700+ with a Zalman CNPS7000b and Arctic Silver 5 thermal paste.
I original ran 2 120's on my new system, the noise that these 2 fan generated was unbearable, sounded like I had 3 window fans running at once, so make sure you lool for the quietest fans you can find