Rebbig wrote: I wanted to know if there are any recommendations regarding temperature monitoring programs (which components should I be particularly concerned about? CPU? GPU?)?
I like HW Monitor. I monitors temps of your CPU core, GPU, mobo temps, voltages, fan speeds etc all in one window.
Rebbig wrote:Also, do you have any recommendations/tips on how to prolong SSD life and how to optimize the SSD?
Make sure AHCI is enabled in the mobo bios first, then install W7 on the SSD, after installation, right-click My Computer => Properties => Windows Experience Index, and run it. That will allow Windows to detect the SSD which will turn on TRIM, turn off defrag, and some other fun stuff. Some other little tweaks can be found here. Of those, the only one I bother with is disabling hibernation. SSDs cold boot so fast that hibernation is really not worth it anyway, especially for a desktop. Just let your computer sleep or turn it off.