I would like to start off by saying that even though this is my first post, you guys have already been a VERY big help to me! I'm building my first computer and by searching through your forums you have answered most of my questions already! However I do still have a few questions just to clarify. Sorry if they have already been answered somewhere! I tried to search through the forums, but some of the answers are rather confusing and I'm a bit overwhelmed. I don't know too much about computers and have been trying to learn as much as I can in as short a time as possible.
1. I don't really know if the PSU I'm going to get will provide the right power on the rails.
I think I said that right. There's a lot of numbers I've seen about 12 volt rails and output voltages and numbers that look like this: +12V2@25A. Which honestly don't mean a lot to me. I'll post the specs to the machine I'm building at the bottom of the screen. As a side note, thanks to a guy named, Digerati for posting a link to the eXtreme Power Supply Calculator which helped me decide which PSU to get.
2. What's the best and easiest way to control the speed of fans?
I've seen some posts about using the Motherboard BIOS (which I've never seen and have a very vague understanding about), and some posts about using a program called SpeedFan, and I've seen some cool touch screen fan controllers on Newegg. Is the BIOS easy to use? Or should I just shell out some extra money and buy a fan controller?
3. How do you guys find out all your temperatures?
I've seen a lot of people posting their temperatures of the CPU, the Video Cards, the Hard drives, stuff like that. Do you all use one of those cool laser thermometer handgun things? Do you use magic? Or are there temperature sensors I should buy and place inside my computer? I'm just worried about my case not having enough airflow/cooling capabilities. I don't want to fry my parts or put any unnecessary strain on them.
Antec TPQ-850 850W Continuous Power ATX12V / EPS12V The PSU in question. I know I should only need around 700W, but I figure having an 850W PSU will give me some wiggle room.
COOLER MASTER Elite 330 Case Got free from a friend, slightly used
AMD Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition Currently being shipped to me
GIGABYTE GA-890FXA-UD5 AM3 AMD 890FX Currently being shipped to me
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 Currently being shipped to me. Planning to eventually buy another set and have 16GB of Ram total.
G.SKILL Phoenix Pro Series 60GB SSD Currently being shipped to me. Not the best SSD from the comments but its coming in a combo deal with the CPU, MoBo, and Ram
ASUS Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW
SAPPHIRE Toxic 100282-2GTXSR Radeon HD 5850 (Cypress Pro) 2GB Eventually planning on buying another one and figuring out how to Crossfire them.
2TB Western Digital Caviar Green Internal Hard Drive. Free from Grandparents for Birthday. Not sure exactly which model it is. Apparently they got it from Best Buy.
Also a few extra fans I'm going to stick in and then Windows 7 Ultimate.
As an ending note, sorry for the wall of text. I hope I didn't break any forum rules by linking so much or anything.
And thank you VERY VERY much for your time!!! You guys are awesome!!!
Edited by Mr_Midnight, 09 December 2010 - 03:58 AM.