you're not the only noob... there is only 2 fans on my system and they are controlled by corsairlink according to temp... I don't even have the corsairlink software installed anymore and just the fan sens rpm on the cpu socket (which is actually a pump) is enough to keep my temps in check and pwm the fans. The cpu block itself plugs into a ubs2.0 header on my mobo. and its running it all fine somehow with the fan controllers disabled in the bios.
nice and quiet till 42c and above then they start ramping up slowly to compensate.
I've been as high as 53 on the multiplier that vcore doesn't move from 1.56... memory is still good @ 1201mhz (2400) there with a 100mhz bus (it's a 2133 kit) if I change the bus to 103 the memory speed falls away.
I've been using the bios more, but AISuite has helped me figure out what alot of those settings do...
ps... I didn't install fan expert either Edited by Butter Chicken - 9/15/13 at 11:01am