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    Posted: 04 Aug 2012 at 2:07pm
I'm looking to receive my new system by the end of the week and figured it would be a good idea to figure out the best way to monitor my system heat. My case, the Corsair Obsidian 550D can run a little warm from what I've read and while I don't think that will be a problem for me I just want to monitor the system for the first month or so just to make sure I don't need to add any fans etc..

Looking for suggestions on the best way to monitor how warm my system is running. I know I have CPU heat and GPU heat so any suggestions are welcome.

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  Quote bprat22 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 04 Aug 2012 at 2:15pm
HWMonitor is great for cpu, gpu temps and fan speeds and vcore.    Also msi afterburner and evga Precision.

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  Quote tju76 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 04 Aug 2012 at 3:59pm
Hmm I prefer real temp and cpu z to monitor vcore
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  Quote JohnD212 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 04 Aug 2012 at 4:48pm
What is vcore?
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  Quote bprat22 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 04 Aug 2012 at 5:14pm
Vcore is the Voltage applied to cpuCOREs to get overclocking.    Just something to look at to see if cpu is under stress like in gaming.   Temps are the variable to monitor.
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  Quote Orange7 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 04 Aug 2012 at 6:39pm
I would just like to say that I love HWMonitor for CPU and GPU temps, but if you are only interested in CPU temps, Core Temp has a better GUI.
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  Quote JohnD212 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 04 Aug 2012 at 6:45pm
well since I'm new to monitoring the temps I guess I'd say I'm interested in both GPU and CPU temps. I just want to make sure I'm keeping everything running smoothly. I have read that adding even a couple fans don't always make a big difference in a case so not sure what good that will do but I want to have the knowledge to decide.
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  Quote Asangard Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 05 Aug 2012 at 3:21am
There are a number of utilities available. HMonitor is a good all around utility.  It shows current, min and max for a lot of variables, including CPU and GPU temps, Fan speeds, voltages just to name a few. 
CPUz is a utility that monitors just the CPU.
Real Temps is a utility that just monitors the CPU temps.  It gives current, min and max and the temps it reports are consistently higher than that of HMonitor.
GPUz monitors many different function of your graphics card.  What I really like about GPUz is that you can set it to record data to a text file.  It records this data every second.  So after a gaming sesion you can go back and look at all the data.  If you have multiple graphics cards you need to select which card to record the data.  You can switch cards later so you can get data from all your cards.
When I want to monitor my system I will run HMonitor, Real Temps, CPUz and GPUz.  Currently CPUz doesn't have the same recording ability that GPUz has which I find kind of strange.  

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  Quote JohnD212 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 05 Aug 2012 at 5:45am
Great. Thanks Asangard, looks like I'll have to play with a few programs. Not even sure what I'm looking for but it's all a learning process. 
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  Quote bprat22 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 05 Aug 2012 at 5:55am
I'd be surprised if you needed to add more fans.   The cpu 240mm cooler will vent out the top and the gtx680 will vent most of it's heat out the back of the case.  Of course, every rig is different but if the gpu temps stay 70's C or less then you are good to go.
 
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  Quote Asangard Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 05 Aug 2012 at 10:33am
Two other programs you may want to get is Prime95 and FurMark.  These aren't monitoring tools but stressing tools.  Prime95 will stress your CPU to 100%.  FurMark is similar but stresses the Grahics Cards 100%.  FurMark will also show the temps on the GPUs.  Running these 2 programs in conjuction with the monitoring tools will give you your max temps that you should ever see.  Let them run for about 30min to an hr. 
You can then run the monitoring tools while gaming to get your real world temps you will see. 
 
All of the programs I mentioned here and above are free.
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  Quote Alex Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 05 Aug 2012 at 10:39am
There is a new optimized testing utility called AIDA64 which comes highly recommend from our vendors. It tests the system under real world conditions and gives you a better scope of your system.
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  Quote Asangard Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 05 Aug 2012 at 11:19am
I have read some good things about AIDA64 and sounds like a really good program.  The down side is it isn't free.  Costs is $39.95 US and that is a license which only lasts for 1 year.  They have a 30 day trial version but functionality is limited according to their website.  
License renewal costs are the following:
+1 year maintenance: $27.95
+2 years maintenance: $41.95
+3 years maintenance: $55.95
 
These prices are for the Home version.  There is a buisness and engineering version but they cost more. 
 
Again an excellent program but it costs. 
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  Quote bprat22 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 05 Aug 2012 at 11:29am
Yep, I'll stick with the free stuff.   Big%20Smile
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  Quote Tidgxor Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 04 Dec 2012 at 2:41pm
I can't vouch for AIDA64, but AIDA32 was awesome. No idea why it ended up changing away from freeware, but I suppose you gotta put food on the table. 

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