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    What tests can I run on a computer????

    I recently built a computer, but I want to make sure everything is running smoothly in terms of the hardware. I have run a test on the RAM, called MemTest86. What other programs are there available on the internet to test whether the other hardware in the computer is working properly????

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    Re: What tests can I run on a computer????

    Try OCCT to load the CPU, IntelBurnTest (also works on AMD CPUs) is another one which pushes it quite hard so be sure you have adequate cooling before using it, also you could try FurMark to stress test your GPU but it occasionally fries graphics cards so bear that in mind before using it.

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    Re: What tests can I run on a computer????

    IMO, OCCT is more of a overall stability test as it stresses the CPU, NB and memory. However this means that you could save your time from doing separate tests but if there are errors then you would need to separate the tests. IBT gets the processor hotter than pretty much all other CPU tests but it also cycles down a bit each time. Prime95 stresses the CPU(small FTT), RAM (large FTT) or the whole CPU, NB and memory chain (blend), I like it personally because you can leave it on for hours and it stresses nonstop without producing unrealistic heat loads like IBT. I only use it to test CPU though. I use memtest for RAM and OCCT for overall stability.

    Furmark is still the best GPU stress tester though but you'd probably not want to run it for more than half an hour as you risk frying your card. (Personally I never ran it for more than 15 mins)

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    Re: What tests can I run on a computer????

    OK, I'll probably try furmark, but not for long, for obvious reasons. I have tried Prime95, with no problems!

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    Re: What tests can I run on a computer????

    Furmark at max res with as much AA is good; open GPU-z aned run in the background to get a full temp reading on all the possible GPU's components. You can set it to record the max temps so you don't have to keep an eye on it.

    Get a rough idea of how hot your GPU should run before starting and keep your finger on the stop button when you start just in case! Oh and watch for Artifacts; It is not supposed to work on some cards at all well (4870s I think) so have a gander first.

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    Re: What tests can I run on a computer????

    It's not just the monitored components you have to watch, MOSFETs generally don't have temperature monitors and unless they're properly heatsinked they can get very hot very quickly http://www.geeks3d.com/20091209/gefo...ed-by-furmark/ . The point - don't assume everything is fine just because GPU-Z doesn't report anything bad.

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    Re: What tests can I run on a computer????

    On the other hand, if it is working, don't test it to destruction! And when you say working 'properly' - what is your definition of 'properly'?
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